Books by Lynn Plourde

YOU'RE WEARING THAT TO SCHOOL? by Lynn Plourde
Released: June 25, 2013

"Penelope joins the ranks of some other popular nonconformists, including Ian Falconer's Olivia, David Shannon's Camilla Cream and Victoria Jamieson's Bea. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A hippo with her own sense of style shows her 1-year-older, uptight, mouse best friend that it's important to be true to yourself. Read full book review >
DINO PETS GO TO SCHOOL by Lynn Plourde
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2011

"Readers will delight in this latest dino pets installment and wonder where the dinosaurs might go for their next calamitous adventure. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The little boy from Dino Pets (2007) finally gets to show his menagerie off to his class, but will school ever be the same again? Read full book review >
GRANDPAPPY SNIPPY SNAPPIES by Lynn Plourde
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"There's plenty of "suspension" of absurdity here. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Remove tongue from cheek and flex it to get ready to trippingly read this story in rhyme that positively boings with silly sound effects. Read full book review >
THE DUMP MAN’S TREASURES by Lynn Plourde
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Owens's soft, realistic watercolors nicely complement this gentle tale. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Bill Pottle doesn't mind being called the dump man, because that's his job and he loves it. Read full book review >
SCIENCE FAIR DAY by Lynn Plourde
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Wickstrom's cartoon-like illustrations set the tone for the silliness, and the subject of the book is sure to be a winner with teachers and children alike. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The latest in the series of picture books occurring in Mrs. Shepherd's class focuses on the ubiquitous science fair. Read full book review >
A MOUNTAIN OF MITTENS by Lynn Plourde
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2007

"A happy and sublimely silly tale—but why is a book about mittens publishing in the summer? (Picture book. 4-7)"
Where do all those lost mittens go? Read full book review >
DINO PETS by Lynn Plourde
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"A great one to pair with Bernard Most's work, dinosaur fans will revel in the possibilities. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Dinosaur lovers' imaginations soar with this inventive flight of fancy from Plourde. Read full book review >
BOOK FAIR DAY by Lynn Plourde
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2006

"Wickstrom's smiling, spindly-legged watercolors of a multicultural classroom are a big plus. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Dewey loves books of all kinds. Read full book review >
DAD, AREN’T YOU GLAD? by Lynn Plourde
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2005

"No surprises in this old tale of a helping hand run amuck, but quick fun, and just brimming with bad ideas ready for insertion in kids' melons. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Good-intentioned mayhem follows in the wake of a little boy's attempt to make his father's day a special one. Read full book review >
PAJAMA DAY by Lynn Plourde
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

Isn't there one in every class? Read full book review >
MOTHER, MAY I? by Lynn Plourde
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2004

"But, churlishly, nary a word of appreciation is peeped. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Despite all the pop and fizz, this story of a mother getting the full Mother's Day treatment from her young daughter suffers from the relentlessly pained expression on the mother's face. Read full book review >
SUMMER’S VACATION by Lynn Plourde
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2003

"A dazzling completion to an attractive series. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Summer, the youngest child of Mother Earth and Father Time, takes readers along on her playful vacation in this latest addition to this duo's wonderful series about the seasons. Read full book review >
TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY by Lynn Plourde
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

"Teachers will appreciate it. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It's all a matter of proportion, suggests Plourde, and Maybella Jean Wishywashy just hasn't got any. Read full book review >
THANK YOU, GRANDPA by Lynn Plourde
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2003

"Though rather sweet, this will provide comfort in times of loss with its reassurance that death is part of the natural cycle of life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Soft-focus illustrations in greens and blues, warmed by touches of orange and gold, and set off by warm orange end-papers set the mood for the brief text that tells the story of a young girl and her beloved grandfather. Read full book review >
SCHOOL PICTURE DAY by Lynn Plourde
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2002

"Young readers, with or without a mechanical vocation, will laugh at Josephina Caroleena Wattasheena the First's compulsive "fidgeting, fiddling, fuddling, and foodling," as well as the decidedly unusual class portrait that ultimately results. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A child's urge to tinker brings her entire class to the brink of disaster—and, happily, back. Read full book review >
SPRING’S SPRUNG by Lynn Plourde
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2002

"The large, vertical format is equally suitable for storytime or individual readings. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The spring season gets a treatment of its own, following autumn (Wild Child, 1999) and winter (Winter Waits, 2001) from the same author/illustrator team. Read full book review >
SNOW DAY by Lynn Plourde
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"And she has caught the magic of a snow day, one of childhood's unexpected gifts, to give the story a natural buoyancy. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This picture book will challenge, and likely enthrall, young readers with its jagged cadence and wealth of imaginary words, all the while soothing them with Takahashi's artwork, which, despite the clarity of its color and lines, has an air-brushed softness. Read full book review >
WINTER WAITS by Lynn Plourde
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Teachers of older children will also use this oversized picture book as an introduction to mythical characters or allegory or as a springboard to creative-writing assignments. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Plourde and Couch continue their seasonally themed picture-book partnership, which began with Wild Child (1999), a well-received story of young Autumn and Mother Nature. Read full book review >
WILD CHILD by Lynn Plourde
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Couch's absorbing illustrations match the allegorical aspect of the poetic text, and both transport readers with images of unusual clarity and depth. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The change of seasons from fall to winter makes a captivating bedtime story as Mother Nature tries to tuck in her wild child, Autumn. Read full book review >
PIGS IN THE MUD IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RUD by Lynn Plourde
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"A wonderful frolic in mud and verse, and Plourde's debut. (Junior Library Guild Selection) (Picture book. 4-8)"
 The road is blocked by big pink pigs, and there's nothing to do but get out of the car and try to get them to move. Read full book review >