Books by Lynne Chapman

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"The short length of the poems, humorous illustration and, of course, those ever-popular flaps all combine to make this a sure hit…but beware—exposure to these poems could transform children into Againosauruses. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
The team of Mitton and Chapman present dinosaur lovers with another collection of poems (Gnash, Gnaw, Dinosaur!, 2009). Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"With great vocabulary, verses that scan well and a large trim size, this fits well into dinosaur-themed storytimes. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
While seemingly light fare at first glance, Mitton's rhyming verses impart a fair amount of information about their dinosaur subjects, reflecting their behavior, food and eating habits and habitats. Read full book review >
A LARK IN THE ARK by Peter Bently
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"There is no religious content beyond the Noah's Ark premise; this version of the story is just for the fun of peeking behind the 25 flaps. (Religion/picture book. 3-5)"
This British import offers an amusing look at the Noah's Ark story, in a design for preschoolers with sturdy coated pages and a lift-the-flap format well suited to the hide-and-seek theme. Read full book review >
KANGAROO’S CANCAN CAFÉ by Julia Jarman
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Still, this should amuse young listeners and prompt them to shake it. (Picture book. 3-6)"
After an inspiring trip to Paris, a kangaroo starts his own dance troupe. Read full book review >
MULE SCHOOL by Julia Rawlinson
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2008

"Chapman's bright, cartoonish chalk pastels heighten the humor. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this quirky but direct take on the "it's okay to be different" theme, Stomper, a polite and caring mule, struggles with his school's curriculum, which focuses entirely on mastering stubbornness skills. Read full book review >
CLASS TWO AT THE ZOO by Julia Jarman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Just the ticket for reading prior to a class trip. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A visit to the zoo turns suddenly perilous for a rambunctious class in this bouncy cautionary tale. Read full book review >
ROCKY AND THE LAMB by Greg Gormley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"June 2006), illustrated by Nate Lilly. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this unexceptional bully tale, a wolf as "mean and cowardly as a dog at bath time" changes his ways after snatching a box from a cute little lamb in a pink coat, and discovering the literal truth of her claim that it contains a beautiful crown guarded by "the scariest, hairiest monster you could possibly imagine." Read full book review >
WHEN COWS COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by Dori Chaconas
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Her cows all have their own personalities, right down to little cousin Dale, who hangs a golden star on Moosha's tail and solves the family's dilemma. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Three amiable bovine sisters always hoof it back to the ranch each year for the holidays, only this year they have a little problem. Read full book review >
BAD HARE DAY by Miriam Moss
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"The best part of this is the title—and that's not even original. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A weak outing from the creators of the Smudge books (A New House for Smudge, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >
BIG BAD WOLF IS GOOD by Simon Puttock
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Chapman's hammy pastels, with their hangdog wolf and frantic fowl, ably carry this story of just how hard it is to unsully a bad reputation and that intentions are good only if you keep following through. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The more the Big Bad Wolf tries to shed his big bad reputation, the more he gets the same terrified response from the local bird population. Read full book review >
THE RICKETY BARN SHOW by Jemma Beeke
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Start practicing your audience skills and watch out for those death-defying sheep. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A pleasingly silly bauble of a story, somewhat akin to Old MacDonald in picture-book format. Read full book review >