Books by LeUyen Pham

TEMPLAR by Jordan Mechner
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 9, 2013

"An explosive but overly wound clockwork whose center doesn't hold."
A sweeping medieval caper set amid the persecution of the Knights Templar during the early 14th century. Read full book review >
BO AT BALLARD CREEK by Kirkpatrick Hill
Released: June 25, 2013

"Some may find this overly sweet, but Bo is an endearing Pollyanna in a parka. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
A warm tale set in an Alaskan gold-mining town in 1929-30. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO LOVED MATH by Deborah Heiligman
Released: June 11, 2013

"Social learners and budding math lovers alike will find something awesome about this exceptional man. (Picture book/biography. 3-9)"
An exuberant and admiring portrait introduces the odd, marvelously nerdy, way cool Hungarian-born itinerant mathematical genius. Read full book review >
ALVIN HO by Lenore Look
Released: April 9, 2013

"Alvin's excitable, first-person narration, replete with his realistic attempts to make sense of what he doesn't understand, will again infect readers with its goofiness. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Alvin Ho's lovable, quirky family is due to increase by one in this fifth installment of the warmly funny series, which again features vibrant, playful black-and-white illustrations by Pham. Read full book review >
VAMPIRINA BALLERINA by Anne Marie Pace
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Readers will applaud this elegantly designed, well-told story. Brava, indeed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Pace and Pham have choreographed a delightful tale of a winsome young vampire trying to make her ballerina dreams come true. Read full book review >
A STICK IS AN EXCELLENT THING by Marilyn Singer
POETRY
Released: Feb. 27, 2012

"A thrilling integration of verse and image, motivating all to serious fun. (Picture book/poetry. 3-8)"
Turning the adage that sticks and stones may break one's bones on its ear, picture-book titans Singer and Pham team up to entice young readers to go where most Generation Xbox angels fear to tread: outside. Read full book review >
ALVIN HO by Lenore Look
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A fresh entry in what is overall an exceedingly enjoyable series; readers will cheer this latest. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Nervous second-grader Alvin Ho digs deep to find the bravery to attend a funeral in this playful and poignant fourth offering in the series. Read full book review >
THE BEST BIRTHDAY PARTY EVER by Jennifer LaRue Huget
FICTION
Released: March 8, 2011

"There are smiles, actually, all around for everyone. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little girl is planning her birthday party, which is only five months, three weeks, two days and eight hours away. Read full book review >
SHOE-LA-LA! by Karen Beaumont
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Though lacking the more detailed story lines of the Fancy Nancy series, this outing, with its glitzy cover, is likely to appeal to her fans as well as to the creative side in every budding shoe connoisseur. (Picture book. 4-7)"
What happens when you turn four party-bound girlfriends loose in the Shoe-la-la boutique? Read full book review >
ALL THE THINGS I LOVE ABOUT YOU by LeUyen  Pham
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Disappointingly bland; Pham has done much better. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The Mommy-loves-her-young-'un genre is so jam-packed that new entries need to really shine in order to find a place, and this one doesn't. Read full book review >
ALVIN HO by Lenore Look
FICTION
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

Back for a third adventure, anxious Alvin Ho faces such terrifying scenarios as a class visit to the houses of famous deceased authors in his Concord, Mass., hometown and negotiating the particulars of being invited to a girl's birthday party, even as he yearns to be invited to the shindig of another (male) classmate. Read full book review >
BEDTIME FOR MOMMY by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 2010

"It's a game played out in families everywhere and executed very well here. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A wry role-reversal tale finds a freckle-faced little girl cajoling her mother into bed. Read full book review >
AUNT MARY’S ROSE by Douglas Wood
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2010

"A gentle slice of the past. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A nostalgic trip through one family's history centers around a hardy rose bush and Douglas, the little boy who is learning to care for it. Read full book review >
ALVIN HO by Lenore Look
FICTION
Released: June 23, 2009

"Another triumph for Alvin Ho. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The second installment in this series about an effervescent but nerve-wracked second grader will please its fans and appeal to new readers as well. Read full book review >
ANY WHICH WALL by Laurel Snyder
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 26, 2009

"Nonetheless, the fast-paced plot and glib narrator—fond of making asides—will keep readers turning pages and looking for magic in their own corners of the world. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Susan, Henry, Roy and Emma stumble upon a wall in the oddest of places—the middle of a cornfield. Read full book review >
PRINCE OF PERSIA by Jordan Mechner
Released: Sept. 2, 2008

"Combine these intricacies with a sprawling, visually literate landscape of love, lore and violence, and the result is a fine saga for older readers. (afterword) (Graphic fiction. YA)"
Completing a solid evolution from video game to graphic novel, Mechner and Sina breathe life, passion and legend into the original concept. Read full book review >
GOD’S DREAM by Desmond Tutu
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The noteworthy illustrations include a touching spread showing children of different faiths all praying in their own way and attractive endpapers with a patchwork of African patterned fabrics. (Picture book/religion. 3-8)"
Archbishop Tutu shares his philosophy in simple but eloquent words intended for young children, accompanied by Pham's appealing illustrations of sweet-faced children of different ethnicities. Read full book review >
ALVIN HO by Lenore Look
FICTION
Released: July 8, 2008

"A witty glossary and Pham's simple yet expressive line drawings perfectly complement this appealing story about the refreshingly original, endearing Alvin. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Bright, energetic Alvin Ho is about to enter the second grade. Read full book review >
GRACE FOR PRESIDENT by Kelly DiPucchio
FICTION
Released: Feb. 26, 2008

"A timely, well-constructed explanation brought down to a level anyone can comprehend. (author's note) (Picture book. 7-10)"
When Mrs. Barrington rolls out a poster displaying all the U.S. presidents' portraits, the observing and bold Grace Campbell asks, "Where are the GIRLS?" Read full book review >
MY CHOCOLATE YEAR by Charlotte Herman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 19, 2008

"Pham's black-and-white drawings add a nostalgic flavor to the book's time period and setting. (Fiction. 8-10)"
The anticipation of "Sweet Semester," the fifth-grade dessert-making contest, has Dorrie and her Chicago classmates planning all sorts of recipes. Read full book review >
THE WINTER’S TALE by William Shakespeare
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Yet the cleverly selected direct quotes and theatrical watercolor and gouache images make this a more than adequate companion to the original play. (Picture book/play. 7-10)"
One of Shakespeare's more problematic romances gets a picture-book treatment in Coville's new rendition. Read full book review >
A FATHER LIKE THAT by Charlotte Zolotow
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2007

"Warm and tender. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A fatherless boy tells his mom of the father he imagines. Read full book review >
AKIMBO AND THE CROCODILE MAN by Alexander McCall Smith
Released: April 1, 2006

"Predictable but pleasant. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Akimbo's third adventure resembles his earlier experiences. Read full book review >
BENNY AND BEAUTIFUL BABY DELILAH by Jean Van Leeuwen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"A fresh addition to the genre. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Van Leeuwen visits a familiar theme in this latest take on the havoc a new baby brings to a household and the attendant feelings of the older child. Read full book review >
ONCE AROUND THE SUN by Bobbi Katz
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2006

"An attractive introduction to poetry for young readers. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A celebration of the 12 months of the year in lyric verse and colorful art. Read full book review >
AKIMBO AND THE ELEPHANTS by Alexander McCall Smith
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"While readers will want to know which country Akimbo calls home and will question the stereotyped sex roles, they will cheer for the good-hearted boy as he bravely faces each danger in his quest to protect his beloved animals. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Well before Smith became known for his deft, book club pleasing Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, he penned sweet stories of Akimbo, the intrepid, nature-loving African boy. Read full book review >
HANUKKAH, SHMANUKKAH! by Esmé Raji Codell
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Dickens purists may wince, but many others will find this effort quite an acceptable way to introduce or review the history behind the holiday. (glossary, bibliography, author's note, illustrator's note) (Fiction. 7-12)"
Codell borrows the plot of A Christmas Carol for this version set in the tenements and factories of New York City in the early 20th century. Read full book review >
BIG SISTER, LITTLE SISTER by LeUyen  Pham
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2005

"Pham offers a frothy fun tale that at its heart shows the depth and breadth of these relationships as something to be cherished. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Illustrator Pham's first foray into writing illuminates the complex and compelling world of sisterhood. Read full book review >
TWENTY-ONE ELEPHANTS by Phil Bildner
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Readers will applaud Hannah's polite persistence. (afterword, resources) (Picture book. 7-10)"
Fact and fiction dovetail neatly in this tale of a wonderfully resolute child who finds a memorable way to convince her father that the newly-finished Brooklyn Bridge is safe to cross. Read full book review >
SING-ALONG SONG by JoAnn Early Macken
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: May 1, 2004

"Pham's illustrations bring the cheerful little boy to life, a happy child marching to his own drummer wherever he goes. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This bubbly tribute to the joys of music is narrated by an African-American boy who lives in an old Victorian house with his parents and baby sister. Read full book review >
PIGGIES IN A POLKA by Kathi Appelt
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"The bouncy prose also makes this one great for reading aloud. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A community of pigs get jiggy with it during their annual "hootenanny" and seem to dance right off the page with the help of Appelt's twangy playful rhymes. Read full book review >
BEFORE I WAS YOUR MOTHER by Kathryn Lasky
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2003

"It will no doubt inspire lots of similar stories in its readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A delicious tale with loads of girl appeal is satisfying for mothers and daughters (and brothers) alike. Read full book review >
WHICH HAT IS THAT? by Anna Grossnickle Hines
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A high-spirited guessing game perfect for read-alouds and circle time. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Hines and Pham bring back their merry mouse in a companion tale to Whose Shoes? (2001). Read full book review >
WHOSE SHOES? by Anna Grossnickle Hines
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A merry read-aloud romp. (Picture book. 2-5)"
With exuberant rhymes and clever illustrations, this lively guessing game taps into children's love of shoes and dress-up play. Read full book review >
LITTLE BADGER’S JUST-ABOUT BIRTHDAY by Eve Bunting
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A thoughtful example of generosity, an unbroken circle of giving and taking, and, when she's not being coy, richly atmospheric illustrations. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bunting's Little Badger is as sweet and good as they come, and it is to her credit that the wee beast doesn't dissolve into a saccharine puddle, despite a push in that direction from Pham, who has a fondness for Disneyesque doe eyes and shy glances. Read full book review >
A PERFECT NAME by Charlene Costanzo
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Made to be part of a storytime that could include Kevin Henkes's Chrysanthemum and Yangsook Choi's The Name Jar, and sure, as the author writes in "A Note to Parents," to inspire queries about the source and meaning of children's own names. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Two hippos, Mama and Papa Potamus, strive to choose just the right name for their Little One. Read full book review >