Books by Larry Day

Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A good step-by-step portrayal of the dangers slaves were willing to risk for freedom and the complex, lifesaving organization that was the Underground Railroad. (historical notes, note from the author, references) (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
Jeb and Mattie, siblings living under slavery on a Maryland plantation, tell their story of escape on the Underground Railroad. Read full book review >
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 >
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
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
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 >
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 >
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
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
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 >
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 >
TAKING FLIGHT by Stephen Krensky
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 >