Books by Marilyn Singer

Marilyn Singer is the author of many books, including two previous collaborations with Frané Lessac-Nine O'Clock Lullaby and On the Same Day in March. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


TALLULAH'S TAP SHOES by Marilyn Singer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"The ballerina-to-be explores new and challenging steps—successfully. (Picture book. 4-7)"
To toe or to tap—that is the question for Tallulah. Read full book review >
I'M GONNA CLIMB A MOUNTAIN IN MY PATENT LEATHER SHOES by Marilyn Singer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"So can a girl rough it in ruffles? Silly question. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl takes all her feminine favorites on a camping trip. Read full book review >
RUTHERFORD B., WHO WAS HE? by Marilyn Singer
Released: Dec. 17, 2013

"Carefully crafted poetry and artwork ideally suited to history buffs. (author's note, presidential biographies, sources) (Informational picture book/poetry. 9-13)"
Witty poetry and equally clever caricatures of all 43 presidents create a book that can add spice to serious studies, but it's not for beginners. Read full book review >
TALLULAH'S NUTCRACKER by Marilyn Singer
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Tallulah shines as a real little dancer with her own distinct style, learning step by step. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In the fourth entry in the popular series about budding ballerina Tallulah, she wins a part as a mouse in a professional production of The Nutcracker, but the performance doesn't turn out as she imagines. Read full book review >
TALLULAH'S TOE SHOES by Marilyn Singer
Released: March 19, 2013

"A charming entry in the ongoing saga of Tallulah. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Toe shoes are de rigueur for ballerinas, and Tallulah wants them—now! Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 7, 2013

"Read alongside the traditional tales it plays off of or enjoyed on its own, this volume is one to savor. (about reversos, about the tales) (Picture book/poetry. 8-12)"
A companion piece to the acclaimed Mirror, Mirror (2010), this offering presents more delightful "reverso" poems to treasure. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A felicitous pairing of two children's literature pros to encourage our sense of wonder. (Picture book/poetry. 5-12)"
Poems in varied forms urge readers to marvel at animals living in surprising environments. Read full book review >
THE SUPERHEROES EMPLOYMENT AGENCY by Marilyn Singer
Released: July 24, 2012

"When budgets or problems aren't quite right for the likes of Spider-Man or the Dark Knight, here's a reasonably priced alternative. (Picture book/poetry. 7-9)"
From Blunder Woman to Stuporman, this gallery of underemployed B-list superheroes is up for any task. Read full book review >
TALLULAH'S SOLO by Marilyn Singer
Released: May 1, 2012

"A lovely story that gently and effectively presents common childhood difficulties wrapped in a world of tutus and sparkles. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The ballerina-in-training sparkles in her return engagement when she learns to be a good big sister and to share the spotlight. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO CRIED ALIEN by Marilyn Singer
Released: March 20, 2012

"Inventive, musical rhyming pulls this effort, while the story and illustrations watch from the sidelines. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A prairie fire of wordplay engulfs Singer's otherwise silly tale of visiting aliens. Read full book review >
EVERY DAY'S A DOG DAY: A YEAR IN POEMS by Marilyn Singer
Released: March 15, 2012

"These cute dogs and kids don't break any new ground in the crowded field of dog-themed books for children. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
A chronological collection of 30 short poems follows four canine pals and their young owners through a calendar year, in an earnest but uneven effort that tries too hard to please, rather like an overly enthusiastic Labrador. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Feb. 27, 2012

"A thrilling integration of verse and image, motivating all to serious fun. (Picture book/poetry. 3-8)"
Turning the adage that sticks and stones may break one's bones on its ear, picture-book titans Singer and Pham team up to entice young readers to go where most Generation Xbox angels fear to tread: outside. Read full book review >
WHAT IS YOUR DOG DOING? by Marilyn Singer
ANIMALS
Released: June 7, 2011

"Amiable and entertaining, just like a well-behaved canine companion. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Snappy illustrations and a short, rhyming text depict a collection of canines in humorous activities from dreaming and scheming to shedding and sledding in this fetching story suitable as a read-aloud for young children or for newly independent readers. Read full book review >
A FULL MOON IS RISING by Marilyn Singer
POETRY
Released: May 30, 2011

"Gentle and lovely, just like its inspiration. (Picture book/poetry. 7-10)"
A celebration of the full moon via various cultures, countries and festivals. Read full book review >
TALLULAH'S TUTU by Marilyn Singer
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"An additional purchase. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Young Tallulah knows she can be "a great ballerina—if only she had a tutu." Read full book review >
TWOSOMES by Marilyn Singer
POETRY
Released: Jan. 11, 2011

"The line work is delicate and exacting, and the colors look as fresh as if they'd just been scraped from the palette. (Picture book/poetry. 6 & up)"
This is a gift book, a little Peter Rabbit-sized treat you would give your valentine along with an appropriately diminutive box of sweets. Read full book review >
MIRROR MIRROR by Marilyn Singer
POETRY
Released: March 1, 2010

"A mesmerizing and seamless celebration of language, imagery and perspective. (note on the form) (Poetry. 8-12)"
A collection of masterful fairy-tale-inspired reversos—a poetic form invented by the author, in which each poem is presented forward and backward. Read full book review >
I’M GETTING A CHECKUP by Marilyn Singer
HEALTH
Released: Sept. 14, 2009

"Prescribe this child-centered offering to all nervous young patients. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-6)"
Children's doctors' visits should receive a clean bill of health with this engaging and informational treatment. Read full book review >
I’M YOUR BUS by Marilyn Singer
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2009

"As a first-day-of-school reassurance for newly minted kindergartners, for whom the school bus is an often anxiety-producing rite of passage, this one's top-notch. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A cheery yellow school bus, grille grinning from headlight to headlight, introduces itself to the children it carries from home to school and back again in rhythmic, three-line stanzas: "Watch those backpacks coming through. / Have fun today. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The interesting combination of identifiable poetic forms and Yoshikawa's amusing illustrations should make this a popular choice for classroom reading, as students recognize at least some of their own school experiences (though, one hopes, not food fights) in the poetry. (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)"
Lively and engaging acrylic-and-pastel illustrations that include bits of lace, fabric and other found items accompany 29 poems describing the school experiences, from first day to last, of a middle-grade class. Read full book review >
SHOE BOP! by Marilyn Singer
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2008

"This sparkling tale serves as a fun introduction to poetry as well as a paean to the undeniable appeal of new shoes. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Singer weaves a collection of fanciful poems into a clever salute to shoes. Read full book review >
EGGS by Marilyn Singer
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2008

"An unusual take on a familiar subject. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
Birds and spiders, most insects, fish, amphibians and even a few mammals lay eggs. Read full book review >
CITY LULLABY by Marilyn Singer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 15, 2007

"Cheerfully over-stimulating—a bit like the city itself. (Picture book/poetry. 3-7)"
Inspired by Brooklyn's cacophonous streetscapes, Singer's cumulative rhyme counts down from ten to one: "Traffic jam, 10 horns beeping, / In the stroller, Baby's sleeping." Read full book review >
VENOM by Marilyn Singer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A two page webliography lists an intriguing variety of mostly academic and governmental sites for further exploration of this always interesting subject. (acknowledgments, bibliography, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This substantial introduction to toxic creatures of all kinds, both poisonous (to eat) and venomous (injecting their poison), is chock full of fascinating facts. Read full book review >
HEALTH
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A real joy from start to finish. (Fiction. 12+)"
It isn't often that a book of short stories doesn't hold a clunker or two. Read full book review >
MONDAY ON THE MISSISSIPPI by Marilyn Singer
FICTION
Released: April 6, 2005

"Vibrant gouache illustrations in a naïve style help bring the Mississippi and its surroundings to life. (author's note) (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)"
This unique introduction to Old Man River combines poetry, art, history and geography into a multifaceted whole that just keeps rolling along down the path of the mighty river's progress. Read full book review >
CENTRAL HEATING by Marilyn Singer
POETRY
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Its engaging design will surely entice readers to open and read, perhaps in front of their own candle, hearth, or stove. (Poetry. 7-11)"
Continuing their series of poetic evocations of the natural world, Singer and So present 19 poems about fire, this time printing in a curving, delicate red font and choosing a powerful red for the illustrations. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"Great cover art should help sell this generally admirable collection, whose sales will benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project. (Fiction. 12+)"
Stories by well-known authors take on highly charged issues of race. Read full book review >
BLOCK PARTY TODAY! by Marilyn Singer
FICTION
Released: May 11, 2004

"It's just a matter of time until the girls set aside their differences to enjoy a summertime tradition. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A neighborhood block party is the setting for this spot-on tale of friendship and togetherness. Read full book review >
CREATURE CARNIVAL by Marilyn Singer
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2004

"Step right up. (Poetry. 7-10)"
A true feast for all monster fans, this versified tour gathers creatures from myth, folklore, urban legends, and even films, into a decidedly unsavory sideshow. Read full book review >
HOW TO CROSS A POND by Marilyn Singer
NATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2003

"Take it for its frequently splendid parts, not its whole. (Poetry. 8-12)"
The team behind Footprints on the Roof (2002) returns to present another slim, elemental celebration. Read full book review >
FIREFLIES AT MIDNIGHT by Marilyn Singer
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2003

"The midnight blue cover with glowing fireflies hints at the magical nature of what lies inside: luminous poems that will stand the test of time. (Poetry. 5-10)"
Devoted fans of Turtle in July (1989) will savor each minute spent with this companion collection of chronologically organized poems from the prolific and versatile poet. Read full book review >
THE COMPANY OF CROWS by Marilyn Singer
FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

"An illustrated nonfiction account of crows and their habits might have been much more successful—see Pringle, above. (Poetry. 7-9)"
Crows and more crows fill the pages of this collection of poems. Read full book review >
BOO HOO BOO-BOO by Marilyn Singer
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2002

"Boo hoo, this one is a boo-boo. (Picture book. 2-5)"
When trying to do anything new or exciting, there are apt to be some minor bumps and bruises and the children featured in this story manage to shake off their falls and try it again. Read full book review >
QUIET NIGHT by Marilyn Singer
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 22, 2002

"Great fun for reading and laughing out loud, or even for a choral recitation. (Picture book. 3-5)"
What starts out as a quiet night with only one frog bar-rumming soon turns into a raucous cacophony as two owls, three geese, four fish, and a host of other creatures yowl, scratch, and honk. Read full book review >
MONSTER MUSEUM by Marilyn Singer
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A 'Glos-scary' offers excellent definitions of all the monster variations, with enough concrete information and background to satisfy the most committed monster maniac. (Poetry. 5-10)"
This clever collection of 21 rhyming poems by the versatile Singer (Tough Beginnings: How Baby Animals Survive, p. 805, etc.) follows a group of schoolchildren on a field trip to a most unusual museum. Read full book review >
TOUGH BEGINNINGS by Marilyn Singer
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2001

"The picture-book format, handsome paintings, and fascinating choice of facts presented make this an engaging and useful science nature title for younger children. (Nonfiction. 5-8)"
All sorts of baby animals have tough beginnings, whether they are tiny sea turtles scrambling to reach the ocean before they are eaten, cicadas emerging from a 17-year sleep, or penguin chicks surviving in the minus-70-degree temperatures of Antarctica. Read full book review >
FRED’S BED by Marilyn Singer
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Just right. (Harper Growing Tree series) (Picture book. 2-4)"
A simple, satisfying, reassuring tale of little Fred's transition from crib to "big boy's bed." Read full book review >
DIDI AND DADDY ON THE PROMENADE by Marilyn Singer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 19, 2001

"The sweeping panoramic views are strikingly reproduced on double-paged spreads and those who know the area can spot familiar sites from the Statue of Liberty to the twin towers on down to the Brooklyn Bridge. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-5)"
A preschooler drags her father from his comfy bed for adventures on the landmark Brooklyn Promenade. Read full book review >
A PAIR OF WINGS by Marilyn Singer
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2001

"The author concludes with Web sites and addresses of organizations to contact for more information about conservation, a glossary, further reading, and a brief index. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
This diverse writer, sometimes poet, sometimes humorist, sometimes naturalist, explores the topic of wings—how they are shaped, what they are made of, and how they work for their animal owners. Read full book review >
FOOTPRINTS ON THE ROOF by Marilyn Singer
POETRY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Esbensen's venerable Cold Stars and Fireflies (1984) makes a nice accompaniment. (Poetry. 7-10)"
Nineteen poems, some rhymed, are paired with So's (Countdown to Spring, p. 50, etc.) ink drawings. Read full book review >
THE CIRCUS LUNICUS by Marilyn Singer
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Luminous and humorous. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Solomon (Solly for short) has lots of problems: a mean stepmother, two inconsiderate and lazy stepbrothers, an absent father, and an unresolved longing for mothering. Read full book review >
SOLOMON SNEEZES by Marilyn Singer
Released: Sept. 30, 1999

"Throughout the book, he cleverly shows only the sneezes' aftermaths, saving a complete tableau of a sneeze in action for the very end. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In the Growing Tree series, a story of sneezing: "Solomon Snorkel has such a big sneeze, he can blow all the leaves off the sycamore trees." Read full book review >
JOSIE TO THE RESCUE by Marilyn Singer
Released: March 1, 1999

"It's sweet and smooth, with the rivalry between Josie and Mary Jane spicing up the plot. (Fiction book. 6-9)"
Second-grader Josie, with a new baby sibling, finds out that her parents are having financial troubles; she wants to help by coming up with an idea so "wonderful, fabulous, terrific" that it will not only solve their problems, but prove once and for all that she's a more helpful girl than her cousin and rival, Mary Jane. Read full book review >
STAY TRUE by Marilyn Singer
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"It's an unambitious, often charming sampler, sure to make readers smile, think, and dream. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Eleven well-known authors—all women—use humor, pathos, and fantasy in a skillfully wrought panoply of short stories that resound with a "you go girl" attitude toward life. Read full book review >
DEAL WITH A GHOST by Marilyn Singer
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"The provocative premise gets only cursory treatment, and readers are bound to be disappointed. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Is it possible for a girl to make the same mistakes that her mother and grandmother made before her? Read full book review >
THE MAIDEN ON THE MOOR by Marilyn Singer
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1995

"An adapted version of the ballad appears as a preface. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Tangentially inspired by an old English ballad (LC's 398.2 designation is questionable), this tale of a maiden found unconscious on a snowy moor has grand atmosphere but some unresolved mysteries. Read full book review >
THE PAINTED FAN by Marilyn Singer
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1994

"The Chinese-born illustrator, now a professor at Duke University, makes a fine picture-book debut with dramatically posed scenes of realistically depicted figures in impressionistic settings that effectively enhance the mood. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Set in long-ago China, a tale of a greedy lord who hopes to evade his fate and the courageous girl who brings it to pass. Read full book review >
SKY WORDS by Marilyn Singer
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"A good collection for use in thematic teaching units as well as in the poetry section. (Poetry/Picture book. 6-9)"
Fifteen poems about the sky, its changing moods and weathers and the things to be seen in it—skywriting or fireworks, the moon and stars, ``Monarchs Migrating,'' birds. Read full book review >
BIG WHEEL by Marilyn Singer
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"A surefire story from a popular author. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Big Wheel Wiggins is the undisputed leader of his gang—an affable and diverse clutch of boys and a few girls who acquired local notoriety with high-jinks like conducting a bowling tournament with plastic flamingos, toadstools, and elves on a vacationing family's lawn. Read full book review >
CHESTER THE OUT-OF-WORK DOG by Marilyn Singer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Smith's lively, comical illustrations effectively convey the characters' feelings, especially the appealing dog's. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Busy caring for the sheep, Chester is happy on the farm; but then his family moves to a city apartment. Read full book review >
IN MY TENT by Marilyn Singer
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"McCully's impressionistic watercolors nicely reflect the quiet mood and warm interaction. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-8)"
A cycle of poetic vignettes centering on the young narrator's tent (``what I like best is the color/suddenly orange/like an oriole landing/in the emerald woods/quietly saying, I'm here''), promised her during a snowfall ``On the day the twins were born.'' Most of the episodes occur during a summer camping trip: Dad's affectionately teasing wake-up call; getting a little lost in the woods; finding out that even baked beans are delicious here; regretfully taking down a spider's web with the tent. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN HEART OF WINTER by Marilyn Singer
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 14, 1991

A new story in a traditional mode: a blacksmith sends his three sons on an heir-deciding quest for ``something of value.'' En route, the first two scorn a trapped raven; the third, Half[wit], frees her and is rewarded with the story of a magical heart: Life has buried it, but Death would like to find it in order to create eternal winter. Read full book review >
NINE O'CLOCK LULLABY by Marilyn Singer
FICTION
Released: March 29, 1991

"A useful, attractive concept book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Beginning in Brooklyn, N.Y. at nine p.m., Singer samples activities that might be taking place simultaneously around the world, moving west to east, including an anomalous Indian time- zone (half an hour different) and contrasting points in the same zones (Zaire and Switzerland). Read full book review >
CHARMED by Marilyn Singer
Released: Oct. 30, 1990

The evil Charmer threatens many worlds; only a small group of companions with the "Correct Combination" of traits can stand against him. Read full book review >