Books by Leslie Tryon

EXTRA! EXTRA! by Alma Flor Ada
FANTASY
Released: July 10, 2007

"A must for every fairy-tale collection. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Ada's latest is a continuation of the Hidden Forest series of fairy-tale adventures, but this time, several editions of the Hidden Forest News newspaper replace the letters of the previous books. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"However, awkward word choice makes this average fare for new chapter-book readers. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Harriet Pig and her friends team up for four sweetie-pie adventures. Read full book review >
WITH LOVE, LITTLE RED HEN by Alma Flor Ada
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Known for both the two previous titles in this series and the Albert series of books, Tryon's detailed illustrations fit the letters perfectly, and close observers will discover something new with each reading. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Lovers of fractured fairy tales will be amused by this further peek into the personal letters of familiar characters by the team that started it all with Dear Peter Rabbit (1994). Ms. Red Hen has just moved to Happy Valley with her brood of chicks, but her neighbors are proving to be less than neighborly. Read full book review >
PATSY SAYS by Leslie Tryon
Released: April 1, 2001

"Now if only the story made a lick of sense. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Tryon's latest is a disjointed tale of a compulsive pig named Patsy, who volunteers her time to a first-grade class. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Few readers will. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When 18 pumpkins go missing from Patsy Pig's Pleasant Valley Pumpkin Patch, it is up to detectives Miss Maple, Shamrock Homes, Sam Slade, and Chief Inspector Albert—a pig, a monkey, a raccoon, and a duck, respectively—to find the wayward squash, in this entertaining mystery from Tryon (Albert's Ballgame, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
ALBERT'S BALLGAME by Leslie Tryon
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Still, as long as baseball continues as the national pastime, this delightful offering should have a life on the shelves. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The assortment of squirrels, kangaroos, monkeys, and ostriches running the bases is not to be confused with replacement players for major leaguers on strike. Read full book review >
ALBERT'S THANKSGIVING by Leslie Tryon
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Nothing can save this story, nothing should. (Fiction/Picture book. 5-8)"
Albert (Albert's Field Trip, 1993, etc.), the witless fowl, is out in the garden readying for the harvest. Read full book review >
DEAR PETER RABBIT by Alma Flor Ada
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"Also available in Spanish (ISBN: 0-689-31915-0). (Picture book. 5-9)"
The events in four familiar tales are cleverly intertwined and reported in a dozen letters. ``Pig One'' invites Peter Rabbit to a housewarming, but he can't go because he's in bed sipping camomile; Baby Bear wants his new friend Goldilocks McGregor to visit; Pigs One and Two report that they're now safely with Pig Three; Peter gets an unexpected invitation from Goldilocks and compliments the three pigs on the wolf's-tail soup served at the housewarming they finally managed to celebrate; the wolf orders a new tail and swears off pigs and little girls. Read full book review >
ALBERT'S FIELD TRIP by Leslie Tryon
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"The book makes a fine introduction to apple farms—or to class trips—but best is following the entrancing animal individuals through the colorful, beautifully designed illustrations. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Albert's third is not quite the imaginative extravaganza of his first two (Albert's Alphabet, 1991, ALA Notable, and ...Play, 1992); it's a fairly straightforward trip to an apple farm, with the amiable duck driving the school bus. Read full book review >
ONE GAPING WIDE-MOUTHED HOPPING FROG by Leslie Tryon
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: March 31, 1993

"Again, Tryon's good- humored caricatures have a wit and charm that should endear them to generations of readers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The talented illustrator who debuted with Albert's Alphabet (ALA Notable, 1991) sports with numbers in a cumulative look at a community where the eponymous frog delivers mail to ``3 monkeys dancing the clog, 4 ostriches who like to jog,'' and so on. Read full book review >
TOOHY AND WOOD by Mary Elise Monsell
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Tryon's frequent b&w illustrations not seen, but the jacket by this talented creator of Albert's Alphabet (1991, ALA Notable) promises endearing characterizations and exquisite detail. (Fiction/Young reader. 7-10)"
The author of several witty fantasies (Crackle Creek, 1990) creates another animal world, this time treating a serious theme with gentle dignity. Read full book review >
ALBERT'S PLAY by Leslie Tryon
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 1992

"Any school would be fortunate to have the unflappable Albert—and every child should have a chance to meet him. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The second book from this talented author-illustrator is as delightfully fresh and innovative as Albert's Alphabet (1991). Read full book review >