Books by Laura Huliska-Beith

THE GOODNIGHT TRAIN ROLLS ON! by June Sobel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Perfectly charming, but with little to distinguish it from other bedtime trains in the field, perhaps it is time to put this series to bed. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It is one thing to put a child to sleep. It is another thing entirely to keep them there. Read full book review >
A FARMER'S LIFE FOR ME by Jan Dobbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"An idealized view of farm life; for a more artistic approach, see Nancy Tafuri's This Is the Farmer (1994) or Elizabeth Spurr's Farm Life, illustrated by Steve Björkman (2003). (Picture book. 3-5)"
A romantic view of the working life of a busy farm is conveyed in a series of irregularly metered three-line rhyming verses followed by a jaunty refrain. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 2010

"Certainly Huliska-Beith's thick paints catch the eye as she cleverly mimics Mommy's activities with the baby's imagined adventures, but even so, this effort is likely to provoke a slew of baffled questions with its skewed view into a fetus's world. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tale that means to impress with its ingenuity ends up instead presenting a confusing take on what goes on in utero. Read full book review >
MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB by Sarah Josepha Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Music is not included. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This classic poem, written in 1830, continues to be a favorite childhood rhyme for illustrators to illuminate. Read full book review >
THE WORST BEST FRIEND by Alexis O’Neill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The ending 'high five' says it all. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Longtime best friends Conrad and Mike do everything together: They "ate together / Read together / Played together..." Read full book review >
THE GOODNIGHT TRAIN by June Sobel
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"The cheerful and rhyming text paired with the frothy art creates an enchanting trip to dreamland. (Picture book. 2-5)"
As The Goodnight Train traverses la-la land, the rhythmic chugging and the cadenced clickety-clacking will eventually lull even the most stalwart child to sleep. Read full book review >
THE WHEELS ON THE SCHOOL BUS by Mary-Alice Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"Still, a lively alternative to the old chestnut, it merits an audience. (musical arrangement) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this high-energy reworking of the familiar sing-along ditty, it's a schoolbus that also picks up a crowd of teachers, lunch ladies and other school employees: "The librarian on the bus says, / "Read, read, read! Read full book review >
HIDING HOOVER by Elise Broach
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"From Steven Kellogg's Mysterious Tadpole (1977) to M.P. Robertson's The Egg (2001), tales featuring the sudden arrival of oversized pets generally show better-knit internal logic. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Readers may trip over some unfilled gaps in this tale of a single parent who—evidently—quietly changes his "No Pets!" stance. Read full book review >
BUBBLE GUM, BUBBLE GUM by Lisa Wheeler
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"Huliska-Beith's illustrations in acrylic, cloth, and paper are bright and wacky in this sweet collaboration. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Maximum rhythm and maximum rhyme spin this story of sticky peril for an eclectic group of animals forced to learn the value of teamwork. Read full book review >
AUNT LUCY WENT TO BUY A HAT by Alice Low
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"It's a droll bit of nonsense that should draw a chuckle from Old Mother Hubbard fans. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Poster Lady for the easily sidetracked, Aunt Lucy, thinking her brand-new blue one has gone missing (it's actually hanging from its ribbon down her back), goes out to buy a hat and comes back with a cat, goes out for milk (for the cat, silly) and returns with silk, seeks thread but finds a bed, and so on. Read full book review >
VIOLET’S MUSIC by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"That message adds an extra level of meaning generally missing from similar tales of young music-makers. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Children marching to the beat of different drummers may take comfort from this tale of a born musician who grows up playing alone, but never doubts that she will find kindred spirits one day. Read full book review >
FAVORITE THINGS by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 2003

"Though the ending is a little saccharine after all those creative adventures, the final page promises Matthew a visit from dancing blue hippopotamuses and leaves the door open for a sequel. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ask an imaginative little boy about his favorite things, and he won't be limited to extolling the virtues of raindrops on roses. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"There are better counting books and hide-and-seek books available, and goodness knows that, in the year following Wiesner's The Three Pigs, there are better books that deconstruct the notion of book. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Bouncing verse takes Ned through the pages of the book as he searches for his lost cat Pistachio. Read full book review >
THE RECESS QUEEN by Alexis O’Neill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Though the suggested strategy works far more easily here than it would in real life, young readers will be caught up by Katie Sue's engaging, fizzy exuberance. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Positing that bullies only act that way because they're lonely, O'Neill (Loud Emily, 1998) puts seemingly meek, new classmate Katie Sue up against aggressive Mean Jean, swaggering boss of the playground. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF BAD IDEAS by Laura Huliska-Beith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Good Idea #1. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Illustrator Huliska-Beith's solo authorial debut is a book that will speak to the personal experience of every reader, even one who has not: parked chewing gum for later, then forgotten where (Bad Idea #14); used parts from the stereo to create an Intergalactic Communication Device (Bad Idea #462); kept glue stick and lip balm in the same pocket (#101); or asked a friend for a quick haircut on class-picture day (#239). Read full book review >