Books by Lindsay Ward

ROSIE by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2020

"They could do it! (author's note, timeline, sources) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Cross-cultural feminist history goes down easy in this kid-friendly story. Read full book review >
THIS BOOK IS GRAY by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2019

"Low grade. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-6)"
A gray character tries to write an all-gray book. Read full book review >
LET’S GO! by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2019

"An entertaining vehicle that has a few dings. (Board book. 1-3)"
A guessing-game introduction to wheels and the vehicles that use them. Read full book review >
VACATION FOR DEXTER! by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 16, 2019

"Jack and Dexter have become a beloved duo, and the dino's behavior-modeling sure goes down easily. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Jack and his over-the-top, animate, orange T. Rex toy are back, this time tackling their fears of flying. Read full book review >
IT'S SHOW AND TELL, DEXTER! by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2018

"In this sequel, Dexter's still funny, but he is in danger of becoming a one-note joke. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Dexter is as anxious as in his debut, Don't Forget Dexter! (2017), and he's worked himself into a frenzy over the fact that Jack's show-and-tell day is tomorrow. Read full book review >
DON'T FORGET DEXTER! by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"Lost and found was never so riotously funny or emotionally draining. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A lost toy goes through an existential crisis. Read full book review >
BROBARIANS by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"Good and campy and a fine opportunity for vocabulary building. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two brothers, two great warriors—two brobarians!—engage in an epic backyard battle, until the "magic that ruled all" (aka mother) calls them in. Read full book review >
ROSCO VS. THE BABY by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2016

"Call the ref—this bulldog and baby are down for the count. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A French bulldog learns to love the new baby at his house. Read full book review >
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING 3 by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Cute but unconvincing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
"All the best things / come in three" burbles the twin-ponytailed Asian-American 3-year-old who narrates the rhyme. Read full book review >
HENRY FINDS HIS WORD by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

" Let this be the first first-word book to pull from the shelf. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Seeing that baby talk isn't working as well as he'd like, Henry decides to find his first word. Read full book review >
PLEASE BRING BALLOONS by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2013

"Enjoy for the subject matter and design, search elsewhere for heart and character. (Picture book. 3-5)"
With balloons and a carousel taking center stage, this nocturnal fantasy will provide a pleasurable lift for young audiences. Read full book review >
WHEN BLUE MET EGG by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 2, 2012

"A bittersweet tribute to New York City, tinged with deep loneliness and self-delusion. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Egg is a snowball that was inadvertently lobbed into Blue's wintery nest by a bundled-up child in Central Park. But Blue doesn't know that. Read full book review >
PELLY AND MR. HARRISON VISIT THE  MOON by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

The going-to-bed routine morphs into a fantastic adventure when Pelly notices an unusual fixture attached to her family's bathtub. Accompanied by her canine sidekick, Mr. Harrison, the inquisitive child soars into outer space when her bath rockets out the window. The lively pair meets aliens who demonstrate striking similarities to their human counterparts. At times, the storyline's action merely hums along—"Pelly and Mr. Harrison got into the bathtub and floated back down to earth"—but curious details add depth. The sun heats the alien version of s'mores (s'moons), while moon pies prove to be a delectable delicacy. There are no unexpected bumps along the journey home, as Pelly returns to reality just in time to hear her mother's call. Both perspective and Pelly's stature vary whimsically against the vast space skies. Solid bursts of colors add drama, and the repeated use of compact typed captions ("moon... moon... moon....") make for playful use of environmental print. A graph-paper background peeks through thinly applied paint, adding a sense of scientific discovery to the adventure. The concluding page hints at the possibility of a remarkable reunion. All in all, a light, imaginative romp. (Picture book. 4-7) Read full book review >
A GARDEN FOR PIG by Kathryn K. Thurman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

Pig is tired of his nothing-but-apples diet from Apple Farm. Apples roasted, baked, sauced and pied are all very well, but he would love to eat something else for a change. With all the defiance a small pig can muster, he busts into the vegetable garden and "accidentally" swallows some squash. Using a light touch, Thurman allows her little pig to demonstrate organic gardening in his pen by stretching in the mud and turning the dirt over. "Rumble" goes his tummy, and "Ploop!"—out pop the squash seeds onto the newly furrowed ground. The rest of the book finishes in a hurry, with a squash plant appearing after some rain. While the unanswered question of where all the apple seeds Pig had eaten previously went lingers, the charming artwork, using cut paper and stamping, succeeds. Ward makes effective use of found materials, allowing apple-based recipes and gardening instructions to peek through lightly applied paints. Mock-dictionary definitions add to the fun: "n. apple / boring, same / over it!" These and other details will help carry readers over the holes in the story. (endnotes on organic gardening) (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >