Books by Lynn Munsinger

NIGHTY-NIGHT, COOPER by Laura Numeroff
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"As lullabies go, the familiar tunes with the new lyrics may just keep sleepyheads entertained enough for a few go-rounds, and sleep can wait. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Despite his mama's inviting, warm pouch, Cooper, a young kangaroo, is having trouble falling asleep. Read full book review >
THANKSGIVING DAY THANKS by Laura Malone Elliott
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"With its wide variety of activities and crafts, this is sure to spark some classroom celebration ideas, though it otherwise doesn't stand out from other holiday titles. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sam has trouble thinking of what he is most grateful for when his class celebrates Thanksgiving, and Elliott has trouble sustaining the focus on group relationships begun with Sam's first outing (A String of Hearts, 2010). Read full book review >
HAPPY BIRDDAY, TACKY! by Helen Lester
Released: May 14, 2013

"Another enthusiastic embrace of silliness from Antarctica. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It takes a lot of planning to put together the perfect penguin party. And even then... Read full book review >
LOTS OF LAMBS by Laura Numeroff
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"A possibility for bedtime use, considering the soporific verse and routine (at best) "enhancements." (Novelty. 2-5)"
This insipid ovine litany pairs a monotonous, uninspired rhyme with poorly designed extras and bland scenes of clothed sheep at play. Read full book review >
ALL FOR ME AND NONE FOR ALL by Lynn Munsinger
Released: April 3, 2012

"Given a name like Gruntly, there's little to expect but greed, but this pig flies to higher ground. (Picture book. 4-8) "
Gruntly is a literal and metaphorical hog who serves as his own comeuppance in this gentle, if spirited, admonition. Read full book review >
WODNEY WAT'S WOBOT by Helen Lester
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 3, 2011

"This sequel will be embraced by youngsters who struggle with their speech and need some hints on how to handle the capybaras in their lives. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Wodney Wat, the lovable rodent who cannot pronounce the r sound, receives a remarkable robot as a birthday present (Hooway for Wodney Wat, 1999). Read full book review >
WHAT PUPPIES DO BEST by Laura Numeroff
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 7, 2011

"Utterly adorable. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What's cuter than a puppy? Puppies with children, as this book effectively demonstrates. Read full book review >
ROCK 'N' ROLL MOLE by Carolyn Crimi
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"It may not be, as Mole says at the end, "pure platinum," but it's not too far off. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When a friend's in need, sometimes it does come down to "Just do it," as one little mole learns. Read full book review >
THE JELLYBEANS AND THE BIG CAMP KICKOFF by Laura Numeroff
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Munsinger's watercolor illustrations are bright and suggest vigor and happiness, like the Jellybeans themselves. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Those colorful Jellybeans bring their pep and playfulness to the great outdoors (The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >
PONYELLA by Laura Numeroff
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"That doesn't mean it won't have readers: Horse lovers and libraries who serve them won't want to miss this one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This pony version of the traditional Cinderella story is bound to appeal to horse lovers. Read full book review >
A STRING OF HEARTS  by Laura Malone Elliott
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"While Elliott fails to delve deeply enough into Sam's difficulty in saying nice things about ALL his classmates, this is a solid, albeit predictable, tale of the value of true friends and the façade that sometimes covers popularity. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
When Mrs. Wright instructs the class to make a valentine for everyone, Sam knows his valentine to popular Tiffany has to be very special…but he doesn't know how to make one. Read full book review >
BIRTHDAY ZOO by Deborah Lee Rose
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"What's more, kids will get an introduction to animals that aren't found in the standard farmyard—tapirs, swifts, and all the above—in addition to revisiting old familiars: monkeys, moose, bears, and snails. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A cheerful, rhymed birthday celebration for a young boy staged by the animals of a zoo. Read full book review >
TACKY'S CHRISTMAS by Helen Lester
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A CD of Tacky's Christmas songs is included. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In the latest amusing addition to the long-running Tacky the Penguin series, the irrepressibly individualistic penguin saves the day once again. Read full book review >
THE JELLYBEANS AND THE BIG BOOK BONANZA by Laura Numeroff
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2010

"Munsinger's watercolors depict the characters with maximum cuteness; Numeroff and co-author Evan's story is similarly warm and simple—if also unabashedly didactic. (Picture book. 3-6)"
No matter what your passion, there's a book written just for you. Read full book review >
THE UNDERGROUND GATORS by Tina Casey
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"Fun enough, in an ephemeral sort of way. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Casey offers a free-association reply to a question she heard many times as an employee of New York's Department of Environmental Protection. Read full book review >
CROCS! by David T. Greenberg
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"For fans of the pair's previous books, this title will offer much of the same with a sweet edge entirely its own. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Greenberg has mellowed some since the gleeful grotesqueries of his glorious Slugs! (1983), but his penchant for creatures creepy and crawly hasn't abated a jot. Read full book review >
THE JELLYBEANS AND THE BIG DANCE by Laura Numeroff
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"This timely tale of forging connections despite seemingly insurmountable differences provides a light-hearted look at the power of cooperative action. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Four disparate students plus one dance recital add up to a bundle of trouble in this collaborative effort from Evans and Numeroff. Read full book review >
THE SHEEP IN WOLF’S CLOTHING by Helen Lester
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 24, 2007

"But the book fails to gel, and why any of this should result in Ewetopia's acceptance of her own true self is a mystery. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ewetopia lives among a flock of the humorless and uptight. Read full book review >
THE THUNDERSTRUCK STORK by David J. Olson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Hence, the next time young readers behave like rogue elephants in a family of damselflies, they will understand that such things happen and no one's going to be thrown from the nest. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When Webster the stork, charged with delivering babies west of New York, has a head-on collision with a hot-air balloon, his brains get scrambled. Read full book review >
HUNTER’S BIG SISTER by Laura Malone Elliot
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Like a capsized sailboat that rights itself, Hunter is self-correcting while beaming the message, "Don't do this at home, kids." (Picture book. 4-7)"
Hunter, a young raccoon, has already learned the hard way about friendship and sportsmanship. Read full book review >
HUNGRY MONSTER ABC by Susan Heyboer O’Keefe
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 2007

"Bonus: a pack of alphabet flash cards. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ten undisciplined monsters visit school to learn their ABCs. Read full book review >
BATTER UP WOMBAT by Helen Lester
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 21, 2006

"Comically absurd wordplay and Munsinger's typically goofy art make this an unbeatable combination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"The Champs weren't," writes Lester, introducing Munsinger's hairy, delightful baseballers. Read full book review >
ZANY ZOO by William Wise
ANIMALS
Released: March 27, 2006

"After all, "one good tern deserves another." (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)"
Wise will drop readers fond of relentlessly pun-ishing doggerel into hog heaven with this manic menagerie. Read full book review >
TACKY AND THE WINTER GAMES by Helen Lester
Released: Oct. 24, 2005

"Tacky, the clueless role model, takes it all the time. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Lester's Tacky is tacky, though he is even more a Society of Oddfellows unto himself, a pleasing misfit among his righteous penguin cohort of Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly and Perfect. Read full book review >
SEVEN SPUNKY MONKEYS by Jackie French Koller
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Though the fun with counting is an added plus, the beauty of this is the harmony of art to word, both of which are delirious and soaring, with great honks of laughter that are music to the ears. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Koller and Munsinger are up to their monkey tricks again, with the same joyful wordplay and high-spirited artwork they brought to One Monkey Too Many (1999). Read full book review >
HUNTER & STRIPE & THE SOCCER SHOWDOWN by Laura Malone Elliott
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Elliott neatly separates pleasure from instinct, while Munsinger's stumpy, zealous characters add the right degree of empathy and laughs. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Winning isn't everything," coach Vince Lombardi famously said, "it's the only thing." Read full book review >
BEATRICE DOESN’T WANT TO by Laura Numeroff
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"While big people might see the end coming, the target audience will enjoy the twist and wish for further adventures. (Picture book. 2-6)"
"Beatrice didn't like books. She didn't even like to read. Read full book review >
HURTY FEELINGS by Helen Lester
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 27, 2004

"Fortunately, Munsinger's illustrations prop up this teetery tale with a brace of good cheer and well-tempered comedy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Fragility is a hippo and as such, she is "a solid piece of work," but her feelings are as soft as tofu. Read full book review >
SNAKES! by David T. Greenberg
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"Come, child, and enjoy a snake or two, these "pyroclastic streams of melted crayon." (Picture book. 6-8)"
A good and creepy (slithery just doesn't capture the reason your neck hairs may stand on end) story of a boy and the uninvited snakes in his life, from Greenberg (who likes his creatures on the outré side: he has also tackled insects, skunks, and, famously, slugs). Read full book review >
SOMETHING MIGHT HAPPEN by Helen Lester
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 29, 2003

"Lester and Munsinger have once more delivered a silly yet instructional tale sure to please generations of listeners. (Picture book. 4-8)"
There certainly are a lot of scary things that might happen, but most people aren't afraid of their shampoo or their sneakers. Read full book review >
TACKYLOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS by Helen Lester
Released: Sept. 30, 2002

"Another victory for oddfellows everywhere. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Pomposity gets one on the snoot when Tacky the Penguin (Tacky and the Emperor, 2000, etc.) returns to take the lead in the school play. Read full book review >
HUNTER’S BEST FRIEND AT SCHOOL by Laura Malone Elliott
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Readers will readily respond to Hunter's dilemma and be reassured by his ultimate success. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Hunter wonders what to do when his best friend Stripe decides to be naughty at school and expects Hunter to join in on the roguish behavior. Read full book review >
A STORMY RIDE ON NOAH’S ARK by Patricia Hooper
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"They awaken as comrades in a peaceable kingdom, stepping to a joyous circle dance, with their great project ahead and more important things on their minds than the next mouthful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When the animals first start taking the measure of their circumstances on Noah's ark, in Hooper's (Where Do You Sleep, Little One?, p. 940) vision the food chain is a hot topic of discussion. Read full book review >
SCORE ONE FOR THE SLOTHS by Helen Lester
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"And the belly laughs induced by Lester's words will keep everyone awake. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An amusing, if decidedly sleepy, tale of sloths and the very relaxing atmosphere of their school—an institution thrown in jeopardy by a bureaucrat of conventional stripe—from the hand-and-glove team behind Tacky the Penguin and Wodney Wat. Read full book review >
SKUNKS! by David T. Greenberg
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Take it for a ride" are particularly desperate—yet mostly Greenberg manages to make the fragrant nightlifer an object of mirth and high-spirited language. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Master of revulsion Greenberg (Bugs, not reviewed, etc.) takes on skunks, to the merriment of his audience. Read full book review >
TACKY AND THE EMPEROR by Helen Lester
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Children will think this book is a riot and won't even realize that a message is being delivered—a charming one about the joys of non-conformity. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Tacky, the delightful penguin who marches (or is it waddles?) to a different drummer is back in another funny and charming tale—this time involving a royal visit from the emperor. Read full book review >
WHAT GRANDMAS DO BEST/WHAT GRANDPAS DO BEST by Laura Numeroff
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Grandparents (and their offspring) will love this one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Numeroff's grandmas and grandpas are lots of fun to be with in this charming flip-flop book—grandmas on one side, grandpas on the other. Read full book review >
DINOSAURS FOREVER by William Wise
POETRY
Released: May 1, 2000

"There will always be Dinosaurs!" (Poetry. 5-9)"
Twenty-one dinosaur poems and dozens of humorous drawings to delight dinosaur lovers of all ages will make this new collection a real favorite. Read full book review >
WHOOO'S HAUNTING THE TEENY TINY GHOST? by Kay Winters
Released: Aug. 31, 1999

"Munsinger's merry illustrations, overflowing with many humorous touches, contribute to this gleefully boisterous tale. (Picture book. 3-8)"
PLB 0-06-027359-3 The timorous specter from this team's The Teeny Tiny Ghost (1998) reappears for a thrilling, hair-raising adventure. Read full book review >
WANTED: BEST FRIEND by A.M. Monson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Best friend'' means the friend Cat can best tolerate in a field of rejects. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 After being repeatedly thrashed at checkers, Mouse suggests to Cat a game of crazy eights. Read full book review >
PRINCESS PENELOPE'S PARROT by Helen Lester
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Any interest that Munsinger's familiar cartoon figures spark will quickly disappear beneath the heavy lesson and trite plotline. (Picture book. 5-7)"
 Princess Penelope's Parrot ($14.95; Oct. 1996; 32 pp.; 0-395-78320-8): A routine, predictable morality tale: Despite selfish Princess Penelope's threats and demands, her new parrot refuses to talk—until Prince Percival pays a call. Read full book review >
OLLIE KNOWS EVERYTHING by Abby Levine
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Munsinger's animals are marvelous caricatures of human types, at once incisive and sympathetic; her subway scenes, with a multitude of species reluctantly pressing together, are a delight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 Ollie is Herbert's brother; and when the O'Hare family flies to New York for a vacation, the younger bunny finds his superior knowledge (how to fasten a seatbelt, read a menu, or open his eyes underwater in the hotel pool) particularly grating. Read full book review >
JUST A LITTLE BIT by Ann Tompert
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

 With a nifty fillip of scientific principle, a delightful variant on such tales as ``The Turnip,'' where the last, smallest creature's help accomplishes a goal. Read full book review >
BABYSITTING FOR BENJAMIN by Valiska Gregory
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"This wholesome message is appealingly packaged with amusingly wry dialogue and disarming illustrations of the irrepressible little rabbit—not only bigger than the mice but once, in a cross section of their cozy two-story home, literally everywhere at once. (Picture book. 3-8)"
 Nice old mouse couple Frances and Ralph scurry about preparing for their charge—the bunny's just a baby, but bigger than they are; and though they've ``baby-proofed,'' Benjamin's leaps and ``PLAY!'' cause mayhem. Read full book review >
A ZOOFUL OF ANIMALS by William Cole
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

"Index. (Poetry/Picture book. 3-10)"
 A welcome companion to A Zooful of Animals (1978): 45 poems, from sources old and new, many of them spread over several pages as Munsinger elaborates on the humor in loving detail. Read full book review >
RABBIT'S BIRTHDAY KITE by Maryann Macdonald
ANIMALS
Released: June 3, 1991

"Bank Street Ready-Read'' (Level 2). (Easy reader. 4-8)"
 Hedgehog has made Rabbit a grand kite, but Rabbit is too impetuous—his eager attempts to fly it without a tail, and then in the woods, end in mishaps that Hedgehog patiently shows him how to right. Read full book review >