Books by Larry Day

CIVIL WAR DRUMMER BOY by Verla Kay
Released: May 10, 2012

"Other drummer-boy accounts exist; this one is a cannon-shot shy of making its mark. (Picture book. 8-11)"
The author's note at the beginning sets the time and circumstance: April 21, 1861, when the first shots of the War Between the States were fired. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"A pleasingly lucid look at a complicated relationship, it should prove revelatory to an audience unaccustomed to such nuance. (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Though John Adams and Thomas Jefferson "...were as different as pickles and ice cream," they were able to work together to fight for America's independence—for a while. Read full book review >
NANOOK & PRYCE by Ned Crowley
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Perhaps it's not a go-to source for anyone hoping for an accurate portrayal of the Native cultures of the North, as these heroes bear far more similarities to cartoons than actual people, but for readers who disregard that detail, it's an amusing collaboration. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Appropriating a sturdy ice floe for fishing, igloo roommates Nanook and Pryce, their faithful dog, Yukon, and three put-upon worms set about catching their daily fare. Read full book review >
BYE-BYE, BABY! by Richard Morris
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Certainly cute enough, and a good complement to Robie H. Harris's Mail Harry to the Moon, illustrated by Michael Emberley (2008). (Picture book. 3-6)"
New-baby books for skeptical siblings abound, but here the older brother is still young enough to be prone to a tantrum or two himself. Read full book review >
DUEL! by Dennis Brindell Fradin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2008

"EWSLUGp2005. (bibliography, map) (Informational picture book. 7-11)"
Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr had much in common, yet their feud led to a duel that left one dead and the other forever discredited. Read full book review >
COLONIAL VOICES by Kay Winters
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2008

"Savory historical fare. (historical notes, glossary, bibliography) (Picture book. 9-12)"
Ever wonder what it felt like to be in Boston on December 16, 1773—the day of the infamous Boston Tea Party? Read full book review >
NOT AFRAID OF DOGS by Susanna Pitzer
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"Day's illustrations in pen and ink with watercolor wash convey Daniel's feelings and create a winning personality for the little dog, appropriately named Bandit. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This exploration of a child's fear of dogs focuses on the main character, Daniel, a boy of four or five whose whistle-in-the-dark mantra is, "I'm the bravest boy of all." Read full book review >
GEORGE DID IT by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"An unusually intimate point of view for this audience. (source list) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Jurmain catches the Father of His Country wrestling with anxiety in this amusing historical anecdote. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2005

"Pair it with the equally stirring likes of Stephen Krensky's Dangerous Crossing: The Revolutionary Voyage of John Quincy Adams (p. 53). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Fradin sandwiches a present-tense, practically hour-by-hour account of the confrontations at Lexington and Concord between an introductory cast list and a closing "whatever happened to them" feature. Read full book review >
WILLIAM’S HOUSE by Ginger Howard
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"Still, minor flaws do not detract from this attractive debut and the point is well-taken. (Picture book. 7-9)"
This clever debut from Howard combines historical tidbits about colonial living and demonstrates how geography influences architecture. Read full book review >
TAKING FLIGHT by Stephen Krensky
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2000

"Attractive, realistic watercolor illustrations on almost every page elevate the text and recreate the miracle of early flight, with the cover showing one of the Wrights clinging to the controls and truly flying by the seat of his pants. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
Who were those daring young men in the first flying machines? Read full book review >