Books by Marjorie Priceman

Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"A bracing, vivacious account of a pioneering woman. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
"Women cannot be doctors. They should not be doctors." Elizabeth Blackwell received 28 rejections from medical schools before one accepted her. Read full book review >
COLD SNAP by Eileen Spinelli
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"This may not be the most exciting or enthralling winter tale, but it is perfect for sharing during readers' own cold snaps—calming, reassuring, charming. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A community caught under the pall of a weeklong cold snap comes together in this cozy, old-fashioned story that is high on both charm and appeal. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Opening oversight aside, a thoughtful and visually arresting trove of seasonal verse. (Poetry. 6 & up)"
From this well-known mother-and-daughter anthologist duo (Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies, 2009, etc.) comes another rich compendium of occasional poems loosely chronicling the months and holidays. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"In any consideration of noteworthy lives, Baker stands tall and sparkles as a determined, brave and singular woman of color. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
The African-American singer and dancer was idolized in France because of her extraordinary talent as a stage performer and scorned in the United States because of her color. Read full book review >
THE RIDE by Kitty Griffin
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

It's 1775 and the people of North Carolina want freedom from England's rule, but "[w]hen sixteen-year-old Betsy Dowdy heard Papa talk about war approaching, she felt as helpless as a ghost crab skittering along the sand." Read full book review >

PARIS IN THE SPRING WITH PICASSO by Joan Yolleck
FICTION
Released: March 23, 2010

Yolleck's admiration for a group of early-20th-century artists and friends spurred her to imagine a typical soirée hosted by Gertrude Stein. Read full book review >

HOW TO MAKE A CHERRY PIE AND SEE THE U.S.A. by Marjorie Priceman
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

The visuals take the cake, or rather the pie, in this folksy jaunt across the country. Read full book review >

THIS IS THE DAY! by Phillis Gershator
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

Counting, adding, and the days of the week are introduced in this quirky traditional song about babies and adoption. Read full book review >

THE BAKE SHOP GHOST by Jacqueline K. Ogburn
FICTION
Released: July 25, 2005

Cora Lee Merriweather may have a sour lemon-pucker mouth, but she makes the sweetest cakes around. Read full book review >

NONFICTION
Released: July 1, 2005

On September 19, 1783, thousands of people visited Versailles to witness the launching of the Montgolfier brothers' new-fangled hot-air balloon. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

Avi at his most Margaret Wise Brown-esque, in nine offbeat, gnomic tales, drawn from the 30 in his first, same-named collection (1970). Read full book review >

FROGGIE WENT A-COURTING by Marjorie Priceman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

It is difficult not to use the word "exuberant" in describing Priceman's lavish hand with shape and color, and here she takes the ancient folk song and places it smack dab in the 21st century. Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 1999

PLB 0-679-97685-X In this tale, Priceman (My Nine Lives by Clio, 1998, etc.) uses color with great verve and energy, while her sly, appealing sense of humor allows a very different story to unfold in the pictures than the one taking place in the text. Ms. Splinter's second grade is at the circus, and while the teacher holds forth about what is happening before their eyes, Emeline is having a parallel but distinctly separate adventure. Read full book review >

MY NINE LIVES BY CLIO by Marjorie Priceman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

The whimsical journal of a cat, chronicling its nine lives, lived through the ages. Read full book review >

DANCIN' IN THE KITCHEN by Wendy Gelsanliter
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Spices don't have to come from jars—this family flavors its cooking with promenades and pirouettes. Read full book review >

ONE OF EACH by Mary Ann Hoberman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

An exuberant story in singsong about the pleasures of sharing with friends, from the author of The Seven Silly Eaters (p. 223). Read full book review >

WHAT ZEESIE SAW ON DELANCEY STREET by Elsa Okon Rael
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

An ebullient immigrant tale in which the members of a community take care of each other without shaming the less fortunate among them. On Zeesie's seventh birthday, her to parents take her a ``package party,'' where elaborately wrapped dinner packages are auctioned off to raise money to bring more immigrants to America. Read full book review >

COUSIN RUTH'S TOOTH by Amy MacDonald
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1996

`` `Rachel Fister, get your sister!' Mrs. Fister spread the word. `Cousin Ruth has lost a tooth! Read full book review >

HOW EMILY BLAIR GOT HER FABULOUS HAIR by Susan Garrison
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

A book about Emily Blair, who has straight hair and tries everything to make it curly like her friend Pamela's. Read full book review >

ZIN! ZIN! ZIN! A VIOLIN by Lloyd Moss
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

A trombone pulls a long note, to which is added the bite of a trumpet, then the downdraft of a French horn—a solo becomes a duo becomes a trio—and so on until a complete chamber group of ten (one more than a nonet) is assembled. Read full book review >

ADVENTURE
Released: May 2, 1994

What if the market was closed when you wanted to bake a pie? Read full book review >

A. NONNY MOUSE WRITES AGAIN! by Jack Prelutsky
FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 1993

The much overlooked Ms. Mouse, whose Poems of A. Nonny Mouse (1989) was an ALA Notable, reappears with another collection of comic verse often attributed to ``Anonymous'' (plus four entries claimed to be the work of her compiler). Read full book review >

THE TINY, TINY BOY AND THE BIG, BIG COW by Nancy van Laan
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

Adapted from a story by Joseph Jacobs, a cumulative Scottish tale in which a ridiculous scenario's humor is magnified by the doubling of adjectives. Read full book review >

FOR LAUGHING OUT LOUD by Jack Prelutsky
POETRY
Released: April 10, 1991

Well over 100 funny poems collected by one of our funniest poets, who, fortunately, slips in a few of his own along with a fine selection of the old and new, familiar and unfamiliar. Read full book review >