Books by Lisa Passen

THE ABOMINABLE SNOW TEACHER by Lisa Passen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

Passen once again mines B-grade monster movies, as Irma Birnbaum—dubbed "the toughest teacher in town," but "most obsessive" would be more like it—undergoes a third form- and character-altering transformation. Read full book review >
THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING TEACHER by Lisa Passen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Expect the unexpected in this purely pleasurable tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Miss Irma Birnbaum, "the toughest teacher in town" and star of Passen's Attack of the 50-Foot Teacher (2000), returns in this hilarious end-of-the-school-year adventure. Read full book review >
ATTACK OF THE FIFTY-FOOT TEACHER by Lisa Passen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"That's pretty hard to swallow, as excuses go, and deeply unsatisfying, like driving in a car that runs out of gas: the sudden stillness is disconcerting. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A potentially humorous Halloween caper is left stranded in the author's latest effort. Read full book review >
UNCLE'S NEW SUIT by Lisa Passen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"In the naive style she used in Fat, Fat Rose Marie (1991), Passen portrays these wonderfully ordinary people as cheerfully plain—an extended family of 21 Italian-Americans who can depend on each other. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Drawing on real characters from her childhood, Passen tells a warmhearted story that is ``true, sort of.'' ``Back when there was only black-and-white television,'' she and her immediate family shared a house with Nana and Poppa, Uncle Angelo (a cop on the night-shift) and his rapidly growing brood, and Uncle Carmen, who comes home one day with terrific news: ``He gotta new job! Read full book review >
FAT, FAT ROSE MARIE by Lisa Passen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Like Claire, readers may not be sure that her assertiveness takes the best form, but that—plus the incisive caricatures in Passen's colorful illustrations—makes the story all the more thought-provoking. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Though everyone else teases new girl Rose Marie because she's fat, narrator Claire (freckles, heavy glasses) likes her company, and the two become good friends. Read full book review >