Books by Leigh Hodgkinson

GOLDILOCKS AND THE JUST RIGHT POTTY by Leigh Hodgkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"While most potty books strike readers as too old or too young, here's one that almost everyone can agree is (you guessed it) just right. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A classic fairy tale is cleverly reworked for those transitioning from diapers. Read full book review >
A PLACE TO READ by Leigh Hodgkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"Kids are likely to want to mimic the pseudo musical chairs device, and the story will be just as much fun to share with a group as one-on-one. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Finding the perfect comfortable place to read can be a problem, as a young reader discovers. Read full book review >
THE BIG MONSTER SNOREY BOOK by Leigh Hodgkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2016

"Another way to banish imagination's monsters, as well as being great fun to read, alone or aloud—with, of course, exaggerated sound effects. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Large monsters are hungry for little monsters when they wake from their snoozes…but one little monster has a clever plan to scare them off. Read full book review >
TROLL SWAP by Leigh Hodgkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"Appealing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Family...is right where we belong. Read full book review >
GOLDILOCKS AND JUST ONE BEAR by Leigh Hodgkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Cute, but readers may wonder how a bear who grew up in the cottage that Goldilocks visited could have not a 'crumb-of-a-clue' about porridge, chairs and beds. (Fractured fairy tale. 3-8)"
A sequel to the traditional fairy tale finds a bear lost in a big city. Read full book review >
LIMELIGHT LARRY by Leigh Hodgkinson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Prereaders should be captivated by this cacophony of type and images, and they will certainly identify with the willful peacock. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Larry the peacock finds adventure in... his very own book. Read full book review >
SMILE! by Leigh Hodgkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

When her mom says no to more cookies, chipper little Sunny loses her smile and searches the whole house hoping to get it back. She peers under the bed, sifts through the couch and questions poor Glittergills the goldfish. Even with a small, down-turned mouth Sunny remains cute as a button, and her percolating narration bounces readers from page to page. Wonderfully imperfect hand-lettered sections of text help evoke the high-pitched voice of a small girl. Charming, Lauren Child-like multimedia spreads pop with punchy colors, quirky diagrams and annotations. Sunny might have churned out the illustrations herself, bent over a kitchen table determined to tell her story. Readers learn that in scouring her home, Sunny inadvertently does quite a bit of good work: She cleans up her room, feeds Glittergills, finds Daddy's lost flip-flop and ends up quietly playing cards with Mr. Honeycomb, the family dog. Sunny's mother beams, lavishes her with praise and...Found it! Hodgkinson's vivid artwork and story capture the colorful, intricate and comedic inner workings of a child's imagination. (Picture book. 2-6)Read full book review >
BORIS AND THE WRONG SHADOW by Leigh Hodgkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

Feline Boris awakens from one of the catnaps he pursued in Boris and the Snoozebox (2008) to discover he's got the wrong shadow. A mystified Boris casts the shadow of a wee mouse, causing his cat cronies to snicker and birds to ignore him. After checking out his reflection to make sure he's still 100 percent cat, Boris realizes Vernon the mouse is sporting his shadow. Vernon confesses he swapped shadows when Boris was snoozing because Boris' shadow makes him feel "BIG and IMPORTANT." Saddled with Vernon's tiny shadow, Boris understands exactly how Vernon feels, but he still wants his own shadow back. Using teamwork the unlikely duo switch back, but not before some serious bonding between cat and mouse. Relying on varying font sizes and typefaces to emphasize words, the witty text is cleverly incorporated into enormously creative mixed-media collages combining simple lines, bold patterns and bright colors in a visual cacophony that actively propels readers from page to page as Boris and Vernon pursue and untangle their shadows. Droll drama amid eye-catching artwork. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
BORIS AND THE SNOOZEBOX by Leigh Hodgkinson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

A homeless kitty seeking a catnap takes some unexpected side trips before settling down. Sometimes Boris would do anything for a place to snuggle for a long nap. When he finds an empty cardboard box, it seems the perfect snooze site so he dozes off. Suddenly Boris is sealed in the box, addressed, stamped and delivered to Lady Snootlethorpe, who's shocked to find a cat instead of the teapot she ordered. Next, the box arrives at the North Pole where Mr. Marshmallow is disappointed to find a "silly cat" instead of the fish he ordered. When the box is shipped into outer space, Mister Gobbledeegook is angry to discover Boris instead of a remote-controlled space butterfly. All Boris wants is some peace and quiet, so when the box is delivered to Grandma Flapjack, Boris jumps out and lands on her comfy pillow where he can finally settle for his catnap. The crazy story line is magnified by zany mixed-media illustrations tracking the wacky feline-in-the-box and his surreal journey. An abundance of visual activity adds to the overall confusion and challenge of following Boris. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >