Books by Margery Cuyler

THE LITTLE SCHOOL BUS by Margery Cuyler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 24, 2014

"While it's cute and will help to complete vehicle lovers' collections, this package doesn't do much to address school fears or preparedness in the preschool audience it appears to be aimed at. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Rhyming verses stretch out the job of a school bus to 12 spreads. Read full book review >
SKELETON FOR DINNER by Margery Cuyler
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A poison-ivy bouquet, full bowls of stew and happy friends bring the story to a satisfying close. Make sure to tuck in to this delicious tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mother and daughter witch want to have skeleton for dinner. Is he on the menu or intended to be a guest? Read full book review >
TICK TOCK CLOCK by Margery Cuyler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Any new reader lucky enough to spend a day with Grandma will want to read this to her. (Early reader. 3-5)"
Grandma spends a busy day with her twin granddaughters in a day filled with action, rhythm and rhyme. Read full book review >
GUINEA PIGS ADD UP by Margery Cuyler
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2010

"This should be required reading for any teacher considering a class pet. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A humorous look at one classroom's quest for the perfect pet. Read full book review >
I REPEAT, DON’T CHEAT! by Margery Cuyler
FICTION
Released: June 22, 2010

"A misstep. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Worrywart Jessica has a new, unexpected problem: Her best friend, Lizzie, has begun copying off Jessica's spelling tests and lying about the rules of games. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"A good way to get kids to see the silver lining. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Cuyler continues her That's Good! Read full book review >
THE LITTLE DUMP TRUCK by Margery Cuyler
Released: Sept. 29, 2009

"Construction trucks for the youngest set. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The titular little dump truck cheerily gives the youngest listeners the lowdown on its duties. Read full book review >
BULLIES NEVER WIN by Margery Cuyler
FICTION
Released: June 23, 2009

"With messages on many different levels for both the bully and the bullied, this has a home on library shelves. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Worrier Jessica's previous problems with finding 100 things, remembering fire-safety rules and reading aloud all seem trivial in the face of Brenda Bailey, the bully of the first grade (Hooray for Reading Day, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
PRINCESS BESS GETS DRESSED by Margery Cuyler
FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"A good choice for budding princesses both starry-eyed and sassy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A stylish young princess, weary of dressing à la mode, yearns for her favorite outfit. Read full book review >
WE’RE GOING ON A LION HUNT by Margery Cuyler
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"While nothing beats or can replace the classic Rosen-Oxenbury collaboration, We're Going on a Bear Hunt (1989), the classroom setting this outing offers makes it a terrific invitation for young listeners to take 'Lion Hunt' out of the story circle for some happy dramatic play. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A gentle adaptation of the familiar call-and-response game. Read full book review >
MONSTER MESS! by Margery Cuyler
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"Simple but sublime, best suited to the very young. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A cheerily skewed take on the familiar monster-under-the-bed schtick. Read full book review >
HOORAY FOR READING DAY! by Margery Cuyler
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2008

"Linus and Snoopy would give Jessica a high five. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Jessica worries about everything, especially reading aloud in her first-grade reading group. Read full book review >
THAT’S GOOD! THAT’S BAD! IN WASHINGTON, DC by Margery Cuyler
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: July 1, 2007

"This is only worth it if a unit on DC is a big part of your curriculum. (Picture book. 3-6)"
On a visit to the nation's capitol, a boy and his class hop aboard a DC Duck. Read full book review >
KINDNESS IS COOLER, MRS. RULER by Margery Cuyler
FICTION
Released: June 26, 2007

"The appealing pictures, expansive double-page spreads and positive message will likely ensure a wide audience—but a tad more creativity would have been welcome. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Kindness is cool, but it's unclear whether this purposive effort will really encourage young listeners to commit good deeds. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Required reading for parents and children alike. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Penguin's second outing is all about playground safety, with a healthy dose of good manners and respect thrown in for good measure. Read full book review >
GROUNDHOG STAYS UP LATE by Margery Cuyler
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Great for a read-aloud in classrooms. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In a twist on the classic tale of the Grasshopper and the Ants, Groundhog must find a way to get his hibernating friends to share their food stores with him after he has played away the fall and early winter. Read full book review >
THE BUMPY LITTLE PUMPKIN by Margery Cuyler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

In this holiday-themed retread of The Biggest, Best Snowman (1998), Little Nell once again "proves" (with plenty of help) that she's more capable than her two big sisters suppose. Read full book review >
BIG FRIENDS by Margery Cuyler
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 2004

"This is a predictable tale with just enough tension (and brilliantly lush, acrylic-and-gouache illustrations) to keep readers reading and listeners listening and everyone smiling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A hint of Goldilocks and a touch of Going on a Lion Hunt make this new tale of friendship seem familiar. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"A must for every children's library—and for the frustrated parents of young ones. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The table manners of Penguin's dinner guests are under scrutiny in this delightful look at mealtime behavior. Read full book review >
SKELETON HICCUPS by Margery Cuyler
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"For all the hiccupping, this outing has a quiet feel not up to the standards of some of Cuyler's earlier books, but the right audience will enjoy its fun. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Who hasn't shared the aggravation of a whole day's worth of bone-rattling hiccups? Read full book review >
STOP, DROP, AND ROLL by Margery Cuyler
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Stop, sit, and read. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In 100th Day Worries (2000), Jessica was introduced as a bright, focused, well-loved worrier in both text and illustration. Read full book review >
THAT’S GOOD! THAT’S BAD! IN THE GRAND CANYON by Margery Cuyler
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Stick with Remy Charlip's Fortunately (1984). (Picture book. 5-7)"
Cuyler flogs a one-trick pony in this uninspired sequel to 1991's That's Good! Read full book review >
ROADSIGNS by Margery Cuyler
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Open this engaging debut for the illustrator and there'll be 'No Stopping.' (Picture book. 4-7)"
Proud Hare gets his comeuppance again, this time leading (at least until the end) slow-but-steady Tortoise along a winding, mostly paved road liberally endowed with large, standard cautionary and directional signs. Read full book review >
100TH DAY WORRIES by Margery Cuyler
THE BATTLEFIELD GHOST by Margery Cuyler
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The actions of the characters unfold mechanically, for it's the history lesson that drives this tale; nevertheless, this entertaining story may have readers seeking out their own local histories for possible ghost tales. (b&w illustrations) (Fiction. 8-10)"
A mild ghost story, intent on imparting history painlessly, from Cuyler (From Here to There, p. 531, etc.). Read full book review >
FROM HERE TO THERE by Margery Cuyler
Released: April 1, 1999

"Pak's bright colors and perspective help children keep track of Maria's place in the universe, and with folksy familiarity, take the vistas from local to grand. (Picture book, 3-6)"
The scope of a girl's world broadens in this simple book that introduces the scale of existence, in a game of identity and location that most children have played. Read full book review >
THE BIGGEST, BEST SNOWMAN by Margery Cuyler
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Hillenbrand's comic exaggerations put both the characters and the landscape powerfully in place. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This funny winter's tale from Cuyler features a girl who needs a boost of confidence to get past the teasing of her overwhelming, overbearing mother and sisters. Read full book review >