Books by Lisa McCue

LITTLE WOLF GOES TO SCHOOL by Mary Packard
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Sweet and comforting, as intended. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The first two in Packard's new Watch Me Grow series address first-day-of-school fears and the welcoming of a new baby. Read full book review >
QUIET BUNNY & NOISY PUPPY by Lisa McCue
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"For those toddlers who crave more of a story than traditional opposites books offer, this just may fit the bill. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Quiet Bunny's third outing (Quiet Bunny's Many Colors, 2011, etc.) explores opposites as he makes a new friend who is his different from him in every way. Read full book review >
QUIET BUNNY'S MANY COLORS by Lisa McCue
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"But since she is a prolific artist with many fans, Quiet Bunny will probably quietly move on to the next entry in his series. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This is the second offering in a new series about the titular rabbit, following a previous exploration of animal sounds (Quiet Bunny, 2009). Read full book review >
THE SWIMMING LESSON by Dori Chaconas
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 22, 2011

"This swimming lesson will make learning to read a pleasure. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Possum Fuzz and muskrat Cork are at odds over Fuzz's reluctance to visit Cork's house "in the middle of a pond" in this early-reader series entry. Read full book review >
CORK & FUZZ by Dori Chaconas
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"This Level 3 in the Viking Easy-To-Read program offers a touch more in linguistic sophistication than the venerable Frog and Toad but definitely partakes of that timeless sensibility. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Cork the muskrat loves to find things like feathers and smooth sticks, while Fuzz the opossum likes to keep things like food in his mouth. Read full book review >
CORK AND FUZZ by Dori Chaconas
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"A welcome addition to a sweet, funny series. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
Cork, the short muskrat who collects shiny stones, and Fuzz, the tall possum who collects, well, most things, including feathers, return in a fourth easy reader. Read full book review >
CORK AND FUZZ by Dori Chaconas
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"This laugh-out-loud treat never falls short. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
In this delightful second installment, Cork the muskrat and Fuzz the possum struggle to resolve differences that jeopardize their friendship. Read full book review >
HOW DO I LOVE YOU? by Leslie Kimmelman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"The illustrations and text suit either gender of both parent and child, making this suitable for any combination. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A crocodile parent uses her child's digits to count the ways she loves him in this beautiful rhyming tribute: "How do I love you, little one? / Let me count the ways. . . . / One in sunshine; / Two in snow; / Three on rainy days." Read full book review >
CORK & FUZZ by Dori Chaconas
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"Readers will hope for sequels. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
In this droll take on the evergreen theme of unlikely friendships, a small, lonely muskrat and a newly met, considerably larger possum search gamely for common ground. Read full book review >
FEATHERS by Eileen Spinelli
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2004

"This lively companion to the likes of Kate Kiesler's Wings on the Wind (2002) and Douglas Florian's ever-clever On the Wing (1996) finishes with sketchy endnotes that elaborate on information delivered in the verses. (Poetry. 7-10)"
McCue's clean-lined, brightly colored close-ups of smiling birds, all in natural settings framed by garlands of vines, flowers or patterned ribbons, will draw children to these 27 impish rhymes, each of which celebrates a particular kind of bird. Read full book review >
CORDUROY'S BIRTHDAY by B.G. Hennessy
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Call it a lift- the-flap, call it a birthday book, but don't call it Don Freeman's Corduroy (1968). (Picture book. 2-6)"
 It's Corduroy's big day, and although he is pushing 30, he doesn't look a day over 5; in the years since his first appearance he has learned how to keep both straps of his overalls buttoned. Read full book review >