Books by Lydia Monks

WHAT THE LADYBUG HEARD NEXT by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"A whimsical sequel. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The ladybug returns to foil another barnyard theft (What the Ladybug Heard, 2010). Read full book review >
WHAT THE LADYBUG HEARD by Julia Donaldson
ANIMALS
Released: May 11, 2010

"Read-it-again fun. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Ten googly-eyed farm animals (cow, hen, goose, duck and others) all say just the right things ("Moo," "cluck," etc.) while the ladybug simply listens. Read full book review >
WAKING BEAUTY by Leah Wilcox
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"This irrepressible read-aloud will have the audience shouting directions at the poor hapless Prince—who could ask for a better endorsement than that? (Picture book. 3-8)"
The team that created the hysterical Falling for Rapunzel (2003) now tackles Sleeping Beauty. Read full book review >
NO MORE EEE-ORRH! by Lydia Monks
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"They should attract young listeners. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The braying of Dicky Donkey annoys everyone in town, but are they better off without it? Read full book review >
AAAARRGGHH! SPIDER! by Lydia Monks
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 30, 2004

"Monks's cartoonish illustrations are lively and offer some genuinely funny moments, but they don't save what is essentially a very lightweight story about how spiders are people, too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The resident spider in a human family's home would much prefer to be a pet than a silent bystander, but when she tries to dance fetchingly by the couch or show how clean she is (by hanging out in the bathtub), the family screams "Aaaarrgghh! Read full book review >
FALLING FOR RAPUNZEL by Leah Wilcox
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"And the twist on 'happily ever after' spins a reality-based meaning on the phrase 'falling for you' that kids should find funny. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)"
"Once upon a bad hair day, a prince rode up Rapunzel's way." Read full book review >
THE SCARIEST MONSTER IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD by Pamela Mayer
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"Will appeal to monsters everywhere. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Thea Dewhickey's parents might be a couple of potato-heads, but they are also overachievers of the worst type: They overachieve for their daughter. Read full book review >
MAD DOG MCGRAW by Myron Uhlberg
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2000

"A delightful story, but children shouldn't take its lesson too seriously when dealing with strange 'mad dogs.' (Picture book. 3-8)"
Love conquers fear in a charming story about a boy and a fearsome dog. Read full book review >
THE CAT BARKED? by Lydia Monks
Released: April 1, 1999

"Readers will be firmly converted to the superiority of the cat's life, and pleasingly distracted by the high-wattage collage artwork. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This candy-colored tribute to cats starts with a particular cat bemoaning, in verse, its lot compared to a dog's life. Read full book review >