Books by Margaret Wise Brown

GOODNIGHT SONGS by Margaret Wise Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 4, 2014

"Nevertheless, children will enjoy the whimsical scenes, and adult mavens of children's literature will appreciate and delight in the background of the discovery. (CD) (Picture book. 3-5)"
It's a treasure trove: one dozen previously unpublished lyrical songs illustrated by the likes of Jonathan Bean, Carin Berger and Melissa Sweet. Read full book review >
DOCTOR SQUASH by Margaret Wise Brown
FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Entertaining and charming. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A Little Golden Book first published in 1952 with illustrations by J.P. Miller sees new life with new art, proving yet again that Brown is synonymous with timelessness. Read full book review >
THE FATHERS ARE COMING HOME by Margaret Wise Brown
POETRY
Released: April 27, 2010

"Savage's illustrations—glowing, blocky linocuts, which evoke in line, shape and color the classic work of Esphyr Slobodkina—do their best, but they cannot lift this barely middling text to greatness. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The author of Goodnight Moon has, justifiably, been apotheosized into the pantheon of children's literature's greats. Read full book review >
SLEEPY ABC by Margaret Wise Brown
ABC BOOKS
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"It's bound to find its way to many a bedside table, to be rightly enjoyed by a new generation. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Take an old story by a skilled wordsmith (the text dates from 1953 and was originally accompanied by Esphyr Slobodkina's illustrations), add cheerful, cuddly illustrations and a fresh new ABC book that's also a bedtime tale is born. Read full book review >
A CHILD’S GOOD MORNING BOOK by Margaret Wise Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"It's the morning after "goodnight moon"—time to wake up and welcome (back) a new day. (Picture book. 3-5)"
It's amazing how many reincarnations of Margaret Wise Brown's books maintain relevance to today's toddlers, proving just how much she was in touch with children's feelings. Read full book review >
NIBBLE NIBBLE by Margaret Wise Brown
POETRY
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Minor's furry, natural-looking animals and flowery meadows have an almost tactile reality, and his illustrations add movement, drama and context to the poems, making this book a treasure for a new generation. (Picture book/poetry. 2-6)"
Five poems, originally published in 1959, are newly illustrated with lovely, detailed illustrations of bunnies, mice and other animals in natural surroundings. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"It's aged well, though the format will likely prove less durable. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Reissued with new illustrations by Hurd's son, Thacher, 68 years after its original appearance, this first collaboration between Brown and Hurd of Goodnight Moon fame pairs simple, cozy animal scenes done up in saturated colors with an open-ended series of Bigs and Littles: "There were two great big chickens / and some tiny little chickens [turn] There were some great big fish / and a lot of little fish." Read full book review >
THE LITTLE FIR TREE by Margaret Wise Brown
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Still, this is a lovely way to revisit an old favorite. (Picture book. 3-6)"
LaMarche updates this sentimental story, first published in 1954, with new illustrations showcased through an oversized format and many double-page spreads. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS IN THE BARN by Margaret Wise Brown
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"She also included a rabbit family (mother, father, and baby) throughout many of her illustrations, in tribute to Brown's best-loved works. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Brown's quietly understated text, first published in 1952 with different illustrations, provides the words for this simple, sweet, and satisfying introduction to the Nativity story. Read full book review >
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? by Margaret Wise Brown
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"More polished than some of the fragmentary texts recently mined from Brown's archives, this combines soothing verbal and visual rhythms with a sense of mystery that will leave young readers or listeners spellbound. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The Dillons create an eldritch world for this philosophical rhyme, which was first published 50 years ago with misguidedly twee art by Barbara Cooney. Read full book review >
THE FIERCE YELLOW PUMPKIN by Margaret Wise Brown
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"The mice do indeed scamper off, but young audiences are more likely to stay put, ready for a repeat encounter with this long-buried episode. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In a previously unpublished tale from Brown (whose newly unearthed early work is filling the shelves lately), a "fat little, round little, yellow little pumpkin" enviously regards a one-eyed scarecrow while growing into a "fiery orange-yellow pumpkin. Read full book review >
SHEEP DON’T COUNT SHEEP by Margaret Wise Brown
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"No writer is superior to Margaret Wise Brown for putting children to sleep, but this uninspired outing won't win her—or Huang, illustrator of Teresa Bateman's Hunting the Daddyosaurus (2002) and dozens of other titles—any new fans. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Puffy as clouds and looking distinctly like cuddly toys, the sheep in this effective snooze-inducer loll in a rolling meadow strewn with exotic flowers and fairylike insects, but with skies and backgrounds that change with every turn of the page. Read full book review >
SAILOR BOY JIG by Margaret Wise Brown
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2002

"One can already hear the stamp and thud of laughing kindergartners, and if you peek further in your mind you'll see them, one arm in front, one in back, hopping to their teacher's musical exhortation as she falls back on this tried and true but freshly new classic. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Any return of this beloved author is an event—and this is an especially exuberant one. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: March 1, 2002

"Brown's unique voice and talents. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
The subtitle is unfairly limiting; among these 24 previously unpublished poems are deceptively simple lyrics that will engage readers of any age: "Brace nothing against it / Safe in your bed / Listen / And give yourself to the rain. . . ." Read full book review >
MY WORLD by Margaret Wise Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2001

"One scene showing Father, Mother, and Child sharing the bathroom may explain why the original was allowed to pass out of print, but these days it shouldn't raise any eyebrows. (Picture book. 3-6)"
First published in 1949, this looks and reads just like its predecessor Goodnight, Moon, with a series of cozy domestic scenes featuring a bunny family matched to childlike rhymes, some of which—"My dog. / Daddy's dog. / Daddy's dog / Once caught a frog"—is engaging silly talk, more about sound than meaning. Read full book review >
TWO LITTLE TRAINS by Margaret Wise Brown
FICTION
Released: May 31, 2001

"Sure to delight yet another generation of children. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Brown's adorable bouncing rhyme about trains has been inventively re-imagined by two award-winning illustrators. Read full book review >
ROBIN’S ROOM by Margaret Wise Brown
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Filled with incredible options, this can't help but inspire young decorators who've outgrown the "great green room." (Picture book. 4-8)"
A timeless tale of creativity unfurled. Read full book review >
THE DIRTY LITTLE BOY  by Margaret Wise Brown
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Not since Harry the Dirty Dog (1956) has the twin adventure of getting grimy, then scrubbing it all off, been better captured. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Proclaiming "I am one dirty little boy," a lad asks his busy mother for a bath—but she instead sends him off to see how the animals clean themselves. Read full book review >
MY WORLD OF COLOR by Margaret Wise Brown
COLORS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Stealing the spotlight in this way weakens rather than complements the text, resulting in an awkward mix of art and literature. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When painter mouse and his young apprentice leave their castle to explore, they touch, smell, and observe, immersing themselves in the experience, and then wield their paintbrushes to capture some of the colors they find. Read full book review >
LOVE SONGS OF THE LITTLE BEAR by Margaret Wise Brown
POETRY
Released: March 1, 2001

"Though Jeffers confesses that she isn't sure whether Brown considered these rough drafts or finished pieces, they read smoothly enough, and the lovely pictures make them into small stories that capture their sense as well as their depth of feeling perfectly. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Jeffers returns to illustrating Brown (Baby Animals, 1989) as she sets four previously unpublished poems to bright, crisply detailed outdoor scenes featuring an animated teddy bear investigating an idyllic natural world. Read full book review >
A CHILD IS BORN by Margaret Wise Brown
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"While the text and many of the illustrations are pedestrian, this will resonate with readers seeking a multi-ethnic version of the Christmas story. (Picture book/poetry. 4-7)"
Cooper, illustrator of several Coretta Scott King Award books, presents the Christmas story with an African-American cast. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 31, 1999

"Think of this as a free-spirited alternative to Robert Kraus's Leo the Late Bloomer (1973) and its blatantly commercial reprise, Little Louie the Baby Bloomer (1998, not reviewed). (Picture book. 1-6)"
Raschka (Like Likes Like, p. 304, etc.) illustrates this previously unpublished companion to the recently reissued The Important Book (1999) with page after page of wriggly children rendered in looping, calligraphic black strokes and freely brushed color. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE SCARECROW BOY by Margaret Wise Brown
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 30, 1998

"The deceptively simple story conveys a powerful and reassuring message. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Diaz softens his palette and simplifies his lines for a story from Brown, about growing up and steadfast parental love. Read full book review >
THE SLEEPY MEN by Margaret Wise Brown
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"They make pleasing counterpoints to a classically framed lullaby. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Another from Brown's canon of bedtime books, full of lulling cadences and rhythms. Read full book review >
ANIMALS IN THE SNOW by Margaret Wise Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Schwartz's sweetly rendered gouache paintings add to the old-fashioned style of the piece. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Another never-published manuscript from Brown (The Diggers, p. 464), who seems to be experiencing a minor renaissance. Read full book review >
THE DIGGERS by Margaret Wise Brown
NONFICTION
Released: April 10, 1995

"It is technology with a human face in this utterly modern revisitation of a classic—even as it blithely bypasses ecological concerns. (Picture book. 3-6)"
For those unfamiliar with Brown's 1960 work, illustrated by Clement Hurd originally and welcomed in these pages, it is a book in verse—half of it rhymed, half not—about digging. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN BIRTHDAY BOOK by Margaret Wise Brown
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 1989

From a favorite author (Goodnight Moon), who died in 1957: a trite, previously unpublished story about little animals getting overappropriate presents; lushly illustrated in his own inimitable style by her longtime, Caldecott-winning collaborator. Read full book review >
LITTLE CHICKEN by Margaret Wise Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1982

"A wispy little conceit, wanly pictured too, and not really worth reviving."
A reprint of one of Margaret Wise Brown's lesser works—in itself, a loose amalgam of motifs and phrasings from some of the more auspicious. Read full book review >
FOX EYES by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: April 1, 1977

"A 1951 edition, with stylized illustrations by Jean Chariot, failed to take hold; Garth Williams' naturalistic, softer animals make the odd story all the more unsettling."
Fox eyes stare compellingly from the jacket; more eyes lurk in the dusky brush of the title page; and then—with "There was once a spy, a red fox who came to spy on the opossums"—just one eye, set in red fur, "gleams" at the sleeping animals through a hole. Read full book review >
THE STEAMROLLER by Margaret Wise Brown
FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1974

"Evaline Ness' vervey Christmas colored block prints are inspired, and needless to say this leaves a vehicle like A Train for Jane (see Klein, below) coughing up dust — or more appropriately, flattened to a shadow."
First published in a 1938 story collection, this fantasy about the steamroller Daisy gets for Christmas has obvious current appeal, but it couldn't be farther from a made-to-order liberation message. Read full book review >
THE DEAD BIRD by Remy Charlip
Released: June 15, 1958

"The tone is reverent and solemn rather than morbid."
The bird was dead when the children found it. Read full book review >
THREE LITTLE ANIMALS by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: Oct. 3, 1956

"Weak stitching."
To each his own- so these three small bears discover in the story and pictures by Margaret Wise Brown and Garth Williams. Read full book review >
BIG RED BARN by Felicia Bond
Released: June 15, 1956

"Durably side sewn."
From dawn to dusk this trip around the barn creates a farm yard warmth as it introduces the animals casually one by one. Read full book review >
DAVID'S LITTLE INDIAN by Remy Charlip
Released: June 15, 1956

"Firmly side sewn."
The publishers note that this is the last of Margaret Wise Brown's scripts in their hands. Read full book review >
HOME FOR A BUNNY by Garth Williams
Released: June 15, 1956

"Garth Williams' colored spreads for the book have subtle, exact details which keep revealing themselves each time the pictures are looked at."
None but the bunny's home is his own and he doesn't find it until he meets another bunny. Read full book review >
YOUNG KANGAROO by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: June 15, 1955

"The pictures by Symean Shimin have a lyric quality that captures the poetry of the text."
It is rather a relief to have a factual book about the growth and development of the always intriguing kangaroo. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1955

"Jean Charlot's drawings of the boy and of the white pawed puss have a stripped simplicity."
In her characteristic way, Margaret Wise Brown has made Sneakers a very lovable little pussy. Read full book review >
WHEEL ON THE CHIMNEY by Tibor Gergely
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 22, 1954

"When the birds fly south in the fall, they live in deep Africa with the flamingos until spring comes and the Hungarian farmer again puts up his wheel for their nest."
A basic life cycle story- of migrating storks in Europe and Africa- has a simple charm in Margaret Wise Brown's telling and a charming brilliance in Tibor Gergely's panorama pictures. Read full book review >
LITTLE INDIAN by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: June 15, 1954

"Bow and arrow pictures by Richard Scarry make the Indians more friendly than fierce."
There's a humorous big-little identification as Little Indian goes off with his father on a day of adventures with their raccoons. Read full book review >
THE FRIENDLY BOOK by Garth Williams
Released: June 15, 1954

"Good reading aloud."
With Garth Williams' pictures, perfectly keyed to her verse, here are poems about the things Miss Brown liked:- cars, trains, fish, snow, people. Read full book review >
WILLIE'S ADVENTURES by Crockett Johnson
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1954

"Miniscule meanderings, winsome and fetching in the right way."
A tiny trilogy by a skillful hand has its own quiet quality and forms three imaginative openings into the world of small boy adventures. Read full book review >
THE SAILOR DOG by Garth Williams
Released: June 15, 1953

"On the bounding main, Scuppers is wrecked - but he repairs his ship, hits an Arabian port (where the dogs are veiled), gets new gear and heads for the sea again - happily."
Funny, sagacious pictures by Garth Williams go with the one-dog, he-dog adventures of Scuppers. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN HOUSE by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: April 29, 1953

"And the captivation of the old house is fulfilled by the cartoon effects in Aaron Fine's pictures."
There's enchantment and fairy tale surprise to this description of a small house, complete with a garden right in the middle of a big city. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE FIREMAN by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: Sept. 8, 1952

"Here there is a nice ending when the little fireman has a dream of putting out a big fire while the big fireman dreams the reverse, but the parallel road towards climax is contrived and illogical, so we still don't endorse whole-heartedly."
A new edition with new pictures by Esphry Slobodkina in a green and red cutout and patch-work technique that turns this into a companion piece for The Little Farmer and The Little Cowboy Our opinion of Margaret Wise Brown's Big and Little series started on the downgrade with the cowboy book where a monotony of the big versus little themes and some rather stiff, faceless figures detracted from warmth and reality. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1952

"Garth Williams' illustrations are not inspired but there's more fun in them than in the text."
A well-meant fantasy about a dog who owned himself. Read full book review >
PUSSY WILLOW by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: June 15, 1952

"On an adult level the book has great appeal."
Enchanting Leonard Weisgard pictures splashed in rich full color all over the double spreads, and a story that reads quite delightfully as a round the season pattern of growing things —this should prove a special Easter item, and a good all year round gift item. Read full book review >
SEVEN LITTLE POSTMEN by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: June 15, 1952

A history in rhyme of a mail delivery and its workings from big city to R. F. D., and by way of a secret letter from a little boy to his grandmother about a visit to the country. Read full book review >
THE NOON BALLOON by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: June 15, 1952

"But the format is exquisite."
Magic combination of names- with Leonard Weisgard as illustrator- but a story that seems to this reader rather pointless from two who know better. Read full book review >
LITTLE FUR FAMILY by Garth Williams
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 5, 1951

"A soft lulling repetitious style is a perfect bridge between waking and sleep."
The new edition of this gentle little story is, we think, much more successful in its present simple form than in the furry novelty format in which it first appeared in 1946. Read full book review >
A CHILD'S GOOD NIGHT BOOK by Jean Charlot
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 15, 1951

"Board."
A gentle, rhythmic text, in the somnolent style for which this author is well-known, tells the sleepy-stories of friendly animals and machines in a lovely book designed to ease heavy-lidded toddlers to sleep. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER NOISY BOOK by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: June 15, 1951

"Noises unexplained tease the young listener on to the next page, the colored text blends in shape and tint with the handsome design, and the whole production is an exhilarating sense experience."
The joys of hearing familiar names and lovely satisfying sounds mark the constant appeal of the Noisy Books, and the richly colored, striking illustrations by Leonard Weisgard contribute to the buoyant confusion of clatters, rustles and booms. Read full book review >
TWO LITTLE GARDENERS by Thacher Hurd
Released: June 15, 1951

"But if you are looking for a book that gardeners will recommend, this isn't it."
An effective looking book and one that has entertainment value. Read full book review >
THE DREAM BOOK by Richard Floethe
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 8, 1950

"Comes at this point, we think, a yawn."
Another experiment with the dream-theme, with a mood enchantment in illustrations and word-rhyme, but without the careful coordination and direct appeal to children of Who Dreams of Cheese? Read full book review >
Released: June 21, 1950

"Somehow it doesn't come off."
When two artists like this artist with words and Leonard Weisgard join forces here should be occasion for exultation. Read full book review >
THE PEPPERMINT FAMILY by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: June 15, 1950

"The text and unfocussed pictures in red and white by Clement Hurd have an unpleasant quality."
Much ado about peppermint in an amorphous picture book, possibly evolved in haste- a great disappointment from this author who has made so many fine contributions to children's literature. Mr. Peppermint goes to the North Pole (for no apparent reason) and the Peppermint baby is born. Mrs. Peppermint sends a letter to the North Pole for a name ("Chocolate Peppermint" is the choice), and Mr. P. returns home to see the baby. Read full book review >
THE QUIET NOISY BOOK by Margaret Wise Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1950

"Again the text evokes shades of mystery and the warmth of sight and sound sensation."
Number six in the N Book series (now taken over by Harper) with luscious illustrations by Leonard Weisgard. Read full book review >
THE IMPORTANT BOOK by Margaret Wise Brown
FICTION
Released: May 25, 1949

"This is tops- with us."
A perfect book for very small children, one that will go on long after the printed word has been absorbed, for the text establishes a word game which tiny children accept with glee. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE COWBOY by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: March 25, 1949

"And I still don't like faceless human figures."
The opinion here is unanimous — we don't like this book! Read full book review >
WAIT TILL THE MOON IS FULL by Garth Williams
Released: June 15, 1948

"Simple and nice."
It's a big Margaret Wise Brown this season, from Harpers — and there are lovely Garth Williams' pictures for a text unexceptional for this author. Read full book review >
MARGARET WISE BROWN'S WONDERFUL STORYBOOK by Margaret Wise Brown
FICTION
Released: April 15, 1948

"One could wish that the acknowledgments were more particular, but perhaps that is being captious with a book which will afford extensive pleasure, and is a good buy."
A Big Golden Book collection of Margaret Wise Brown's poems and stories, forty two of them, and good stories they are, bearing rereading even if you've had them before. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE FARMER by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: March 15, 1948

"In order to help the small reader follow as the text is read, the type has been set in different sizes (and the voice should follow its lead)."
Margaret Wise Brown's BIG and Little Series needs no introduction. Read full book review >
THE FIRST STORY by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: Sept. 17, 1947

"The story may cause some confusion too in the small mind that has learned of the origin of the world through Bible stories."
In the tradition of the poetic, wondrous fantasies of Oscar Wilde fairy tales here is a dreamy, rather tiresome story of the "world before anyone knew anyone else". Read full book review >
THE WINTER NOISY BOOK by Margaret Wise Brown
FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1947

"The same techniques of guessing game and sounds in words as in the other titles are employed in this one."
Number Five in a popular series — as the sounds of winter come to Muffin who hasn't known before about ice and snow and woodfires and cracking nuts and popping corn. Read full book review >
GOODNIGHT MOON by Margaret Wise Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 3, 1947

"Despite the high price, which takes it out of the straight merchandise market, this is a good buy, from quality of text and pictures — and most of all, idea."
Little children will love this going to sleep book — a really fresh idea by a talented and prolific author, illustrated by Clement Hurd. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN EGG BOOK by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: June 15, 1947

"Hard surface glaze finish, for heavy board binding."
One of the best of the Big Golden Books — and tops in merchandise value, while at the same time the simple little story has very direct appeal, particularly for Easter seasonal sale, to any three-to-five year old. Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 1947

"Nonsense tale with Clement Hurd pictures in two color- the background is a trifle off the line of child experience or interest but the development gives it some measure of general appeal."
Nature gangs up on the little duck hunter, and makes his day in the duck blind an utter failure. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE FISHERMAN by Dahlov Ipcar
FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 1945

"Pictures by Dhlov Ipcar, in four-color-unusual coloring-large clear type- paper over board binding."
A very attractive book in four colors about a big fisherman and a little fisherman both of whom lled boats. Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 1945

"A quaint little story, not too sugar-coated which does bring fine art to small persons."
Orchids to Margaret Wise Brown for experimenting with an idea and to Harper for publishing it. Read full book review >
THE BIG FUR SECRET by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: Oct. 25, 1944

"Good looking book-cloth."
The text shows excellent understanding of the child mind — for I am convinced she is right in suggesting that children think adults are silly when they talk "pretend" of what animals are saying when they bark and roar and growl. Read full book review >
BLACK AND WHITE by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: May 24, 1944

"And definitely not geared to picture book age sense of fun, as I know it."
I can't see this — it's a tour de force that doesn't come off. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1943

"The large shadowy pictures have a good deal of humor and action despite their sombre tone."
Not as successful as her Noisy Books, this whispering book will appeal nevertheless to children who like utter nonsense. Read full book review >
THE NOISY BIRD BOOK by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: Feb. 15, 1943

"It will provide an easy way to teach the youngest the looks and sounds of our better known birds."
With drawings after Audubon this new addition to the Noisy Book Group has greater importance than the others and will probably have as much appeal. Read full book review >
DON'T FRIGHTEN THE LION! by H.A. Rey
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 16, 1942

"Somehow neither author nor illustrator is up to their excellent best in this."
Another book illustrated by the prolific Mr. Rey who has even added a paper-doll dog which can be detached from the back of the front cover. Read full book review >
THE INDOOR NOISY BOOK by Margaret Wise Brown
FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 1942

"Have you tried selling them to the medicos in your locality?"
With pictures by Leonard Weisgard this fourth noisy book will be most welcome. Read full book review >
THE RUNAWAY BUNNY by Margaret Wise Brown
ANIMALS
Released: March 5, 1942

"The text pattern is a successful dialogue with almost nursery rhyme repetition and rhythm (those in prose)."
This is one of the nicest things Margaret Wise Brown has done, and Clement Hurd has made enchanting pictures, with line drawings and eight double spreads in four colors, beautifully reproduced. Read full book review >
BRER RABBIT by Joel Chandler Harris
Released: Oct. 28, 1941

"Here's a chance to try Brer Rabbit and his friends on Yanken youngsters."
I have oddly mixed feelings about this book. Read full book review >
THE SEASHORE NOISY BOOK by Margaret Wise Brown
FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1941

"The child shares in the right and wrong answers to successive questions of sound, and in this particular instance the book would be limited to children familiar with the seashore."
Companion volume to the successful Noisy Book and Country Noisy Book. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1941

"There is perhaps an element of confusion from the fact that the little penguin applies his instructions at the wrong times or with the wrong people, but it makes for an entertaining nonsense tale."
A new sort of manners book, through the story of the raccoon and the penguin who lived and travelled together, and of how the raccoon impressed various aspects of good manners on the little penguin. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1941

"A lovely looking book, done in soft tones."
The French poodle pup is a beguiling small bunch of fur and a convincing one in this otherwise somewhat adult picture story book. Read full book review >
COUNTRY NOISY BOOK by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: Sept. 15, 1940

"The Leonard Weisgard illustrations are silhouetted in color, modern in feel."
I liked this better than its companion volume, the Noisy Book, for this is more positive in the approach, and the negatives are inserted only for contrast. Read full book review >
PUNCH AND JUDY by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: June 15, 1940

"The story is the old familiar puppet story."
This is straight slapstick comedy, which should be handled carefully in training children to take advantage of the ingenious — but not very simple — playbook set up of the cover and character sheets. Read full book review >
THE STREAMLINED PIG by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: Sept. 21, 1938

"It ought to be amusing — it has echoes of Phil Stong's High Water, but where that is grand comedy, this approaches farce, and seems a bit strained and unjuvenile."
This just misses, and it is hard to put the finger on the reason. Read full book review >
THE FISH WITH A DEEP SEA SMILE by Margaret Wise Brown
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1938

"But on the whole they are delightful and original."
The author-illustrator of When The Wind Blew (Harper) offers here a collection of stories and verse, definitely modern, somewhat experimental in content and treatment. Read full book review >
WHEN THE WIND BLEW by Margaret Wise Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 22, 1937

Margaret Wise Brown's early, tender, truly sad story about the old, old lady warmed back to life—when "her toothache was all that there seemed to be in the world"—by her little blue gray kitten, is a perilous choice for picture-book revival, being long on atmosphere and short on action; but to succeed at all it needs far more resonant pictures than these configurations, which have neither drawing, detail, nor conception to commend them. Read full book review >
THE CHILDREN'S YEAR by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: Sept. 8, 1937

"Not a book children would choose for themselves — and the pictures are exquisite in coloring but uneven in content appeal."
The pictures by Rojan will be the sales slant on this book, which has little to recommend it to the average child. Read full book review >
ANIMALS

"Done in lovely pictures by Helen Stone, and a rhythmic, repetitive prose patterned text, which reads aloud beautifully."
The idea is one that will appeal at the two and three year old level- of what the little cat thinks about the excitements of Christmas, the rattly paper, the tempting ribbons, the irresistible Christmas tree ornaments. Read full book review >