Books by Marc Brown

Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Just right for family play, while honoring the tradition of passing these rhymes to future generations. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
Twenty of Brown's favorite finger rhymes, complete with tiny pictograms to demonstrate motions and actions for each phrase. Read full book review >
ARTHUR'S BIRTHDAY by Marc Brown
by Marc Brown, illustrated by Marc Brown, developed by Wanderful, Inc.
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 4, 2013

"This Arthur app makes great use of humor to help make reading skills fun. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
Arthur and Muffy have planned their birthday parties for the same day, which kicks off a round of problem-solving and a lesson in conflict resolution. Read full book review >
TEN TINY TOES by Todd Tarpley
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Nevertheless, a cozy, sweet cuddle that is just right for bedtime. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Tarpley pays homage to babies and the miraculous ways in which they inspire love. Read full book review >
WILD ABOUT YOU! by Judy Sierra
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"While human adoptions may never be this random and unexpected (and have been covered by the likes of Jamie Lee Curtis and Rose Lewis), this nicely captures the cross-species bonds animals sometimes form. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In lively rhyming couplets that beg to be read aloud, Sierra's zoo animals are back, this time proving that it takes a village zoo to raise children…especially when those children are adopted. Read full book review >
IF ALL THE ANIMALS CAME INSIDE by Eric Pinder
Released: April 17, 2012

"All the fun of imagination without the mess of reality. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young boy imagines the riot that would ensue if his house were overrun with wild animals. Read full book review >
ZOOZICAL by Judy Sierra
by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Marc Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

Carrying on where they left off with Wild About Books (2004), their Seuss homage, Sierra and Brown find the good citizens of Springfield, and especially the residents of the zoo, overcome by the doldrums of winter.

It's windy and cold and snowy, and the sky can't get any lower. Read full book review >

FARMYARD BEAT by Lindsey Craig
ANIMALS
Released: June 14, 2011

"It won't take but one or two readings before kids join right in with the syncopated fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When the sun goes down, the farmyard animals are supposed to go to sleep. But wait: "Chicks can't sleep. Chicks can't sleep. / Chicks can't sleep / 'cause they got the beat!" Read full book review >
ARTHUR TURNS GREEN by Marc Brown
by Marc Brown, illustrated by Marc Brown, developed by ScrollMotion
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 23, 2011

This adaptation of Brown's newest Arthur story offers pretty much the traditional experience of reading a book; the interactive features that are the hallmark of this new generation of the "book" experience are somewhat limited.

On the first page Arthur's teacher assigns a project called the Big Green Machine. Arthur and his friends quickly start thinking of ways they can "help make the planet a better place to live." Read full book review >

ARTHUR TURNS GREEN by Marc Brown
ANIMALS
Released: April 5, 2011

Working on a school project his teacher calls "the Big Green Machine," Arthur finds many ways to save energy at home but frightens his little sister D.W., who thinks he and their father and Arthur's friend Buster might really be turning green. Read full book review >

WILD ABOUT BOOKS by Judy Sierra
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 21, 2011

"Otherwise a seamless adaptation of a modern classic, inventively enhanced, hilarious, a joy to read—particularly aloud. (iPad storybook app. 5-9)"
Still the best Dr. Seuss tribute ever, Sierra's rhymed 2004 tale of a librarian who gets all the animals in the zoo reading and writing is even funnier and more kinetic with digital flourishes. Read full book review >
DANCING FEET! by Lindsey Craig
ANIMALS
Released: May 11, 2010

Craig's children's-book debut is a riotous, rhythmic romp that gives children the chance to make guesses, experiment with sound and movement and play with language. Read full book review >

BUYING, TRAINING & CARING FOR YOUR DINOSAUR by Laura Joy Rennert
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

Expanding on the principle that there's "a dino for every kid," Rennert introduces a handful of dinosaurs, then offers useful general advice for new owners about care, feeding and elementary training. Read full book review >

BORN TO READ by Judy Sierra
FICTION
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

In the department of preaching to the choir, from the duo who first celebrated reading in the Seussian Wild About Books (2004). Read full book review >

THE GULPS by Rosemary Wells
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2007

It's unfortunate that this disappointingly didactic and extremely insensitive tale of a fat family that finds fitness on the farm is guaranteed a place in most libraries. Read full book review >

WILD ABOUT BOOKS by Judy Sierra
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 10, 2004

A rollicking, loving tribute to Dr. Seuss (to whose memory this is dedicated) and to books and libraries. Read full book review >

D.W.’S LIBRARY CARD by Marc Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

D.W. has to learn to write her full name before she can check out library books with her very own card. Read full book review >

ARTHUR’S PERFECT CHRISTMAS by Marc Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

Arthur imagines his ideal Christmas to include snow, the perfect tree, and his favorite food, but soon realizes that life isn't always what you'd expect. Read full book review >

DINOSAURS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

With simplicity and humor, barring all condescension, the Browns (When Dinosaurs Die, 1996, etc.) deliver the promise of the subtitle. Read full book review >

WHAT'S THE BIG SECRET? by Laurie Krasny Brown
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

A well-intentioned but less than satisfactory picture book on sex education for primary-grade children, from the team behind Dinosaurs Die (1996), and other guides. In simple words and drawings, the book covers anatomical differences (both external and internal) between boys and girls; rudimentary facts about sexual behavior (including masturbation), pregnancy, and birth; and information about ``good'' touching and ``bad'' touching. Read full book review >

REX AND LILLY SCHOOLTIME by Laurie Krasny Brown
DINOSAURS
Released: April 1, 1997

Rex And Lilly Schooltime (32 pp.; $12.95; Apr. 1997; 0-316-10920- 7): Three short, funny chapters comprise this easy-to-read book starring dinosaurs Rex and Lilly from dino-experts Brown and Brown (When Dinosaurs Die, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

DINOSAURS
Released: April 1, 1996

In the newest title in their sensible, upbeat self-help series, the Browns (Dinosaurs to the Rescue, 1992, etc.) take on the subject of death. Read full book review >

ARTHUR'S FIRST SLEEPOVER by Marc Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

Arthur's first sleepover is everything it should be: He and his two best friends camp out in the backyard, eat pizza, trade baseball cards, and stay up until all hours. Read full book review >

ARTHUR'S NEW PUPPY by Marc Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Both Arthur and his little sister D.W. are featured in two new titles. Read full book review >

ARTHUR'S FAMILY VACATION by Marc Brown
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

Arthur would rather join his friends for baseball practice or camp, but his parents are firm: it's going to be a weeklong family vacation. Read full book review >

ARTHUR BABYSITS by Marc Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

In number 16 in this popular series, D.W. volunteers her big brother's services taking care of the rambunctious twins visiting their grandmother, Mrs. Tibble, in her dauntingly huge Victorian house. Read full book review >

DINOSAURS
Released: April 1, 1992

The humorous dinosaurs of Dinosaurs Travel and Dinosaurs Divorce (both 1988) are back with some sensible, enthusiastic suggestions for minimizing waste, garbage, and pollution. Read full book review >

ARTHUR MEETS THE PRESIDENT by Marc Brown
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

``How I Can Help Make America Great'' is the subject; Arthur thinks about how much more can be done when everyone helps, then writes his essay—and wins a national contest. Read full book review >