Books by Madelyn Rosenberg

TAKE CARE by Madelyn Rosenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"Use this for Earth Day or other environmental celebrations in nursery schools, libraries, or at home. (Picture book. 3-5)"
An invitation to young children to "take care" of their world. Read full book review >
THIS IS JUST A TEST by Madelyn Rosenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"A nostalgic and heartwarming period coming-of-age comedy. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In the months leading up to his bar mitzvah, David Da-Wei Horowitz deals with a host of middle school crises, from bickering grandmas and trouble talking to his crush to fearing the possibility of nuclear fallout. Read full book review >
NANNY X RETURNS by Madelyn Rosenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Readers will join Alison in hoping for more cases to come their way. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Is Nanny X of the Nanny Action Patrol too old for the spy game? Read full book review >
HOW TO BEHAVE AT A DOG SHOW by Madelyn Rosenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"An entertaining but somewhat frantic tale, illustrating that homemade fun often wins over 'official' competition. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Siblings Julia and Charles take their bulldog, Rexie, to a dog show in this sequel to How to Behave at a Tea Party (2014).Read full book review >
NANNY X by Madelyn Rosenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"A fun and funny blend of Spy Kids and Mary Poppins. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Lots of nannies are special; this one is a special agent. Read full book review >
HOW TO BEHAVE AT A TEA PARTY by Madelyn Rosenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Fizzy and sweet if not exactly groundbreaking. (Picture book. 3-6)"
With such a mischievous little brother, what's a young hostess to do?

As Julia plans and sets up her backyard tea party, younger brother Charles runs rings around and through it with the cute family dog, Rexie. And not far away are the McKagan brothers, redheaded twins with googly eyes, who match Charles prank for prank. They eat the peonies on the table (while Rexie is eating the tablecloth), and one of them stacks the teacups on his head. The metajoke of this book is that the text reads like a set of instructions written by Miss Manners that hint at the chaos shown in the pictures. "You may bring a stuffed animal. And a present. / Do not eat the peonies. Or the tablecloth!" Julia loses her temper and sends the boys away with big angry words that fill the page. But a tea party for one is not much of a party. She reinvites the boys and even allows Rexie to return. Before long, she's playing as rambunctiously as they are, building a rocket ship out of sugar cubes and climbing the big backyard tree. Rosenberg's prose is apt and economical, playing right into the humor of the book's digital illustrations, created with Photoshop. Ross' repertoire of facial expressions is a highlight.

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DREAM BOY by Mary Crockett
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 1, 2014

"Hits the chick-lit and romance buttons, adding suspense and an intriguing idea as well for nicely rounded entertainment. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
The worlds of dreams and reality mix in chem class. Read full book review >
CANARY IN THE COAL MINE by Madelyn Rosenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Endearing and original, if a bit long and drawn-out. (Historical fantasy. 8-12)"
The challenges of the coal-mining life from a working canary's point of view. Read full book review >
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TREE! by Madelyn Rosenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Ingenuous and sweet. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
On the Jewish holiday of Tu B'Shevat, the birthday of the trees, Joni strives to create a celebration befitting her old majestic tree. Read full book review >
THE SCHMUTZY FAMILY by Madelyn Rosenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Delightful and unpretentious in its approach to welcoming the Sabbath. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The Schmutzy family, appropriately named for their carefree exploration of all things messy, cleans up perfectly at the end of each week for a proper Sabbath celebration. Read full book review >