Books by Mark Buehner

SNOWMEN AT WORK by Caralyn Buehner
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Fans and those looking for books about occupations may find themselves looking askance at every snowman they see. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The Buehners continue their snowmen-come-to-life shtick with this look at occupations. Read full book review >
SNOWMEN ALL YEAR by Caralyn Buehner
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"But this outing lacks the magic of the pair's Snowmen at Night (2002) almost entirely, coming alive only on the very last page, which suggests that perhaps it's time for this franchise to melt. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little boy who loves building snowmen but doesn't so much love seeing them melt imagines a magic snowman who "could stay with me all year!" Read full book review >
THE QUEEN OF STYLE by Caralyn Buehner
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Clad in peasant dress but sporting elaborate hairstyles (or, for the sheep, poodle cuts and jellybean colors), the figures in the hilariously understated illustrations add a plethora of sight gags to the mix. (Picture book. 6-8)"
As much an essay on the responsibilities of government as it is a cautionary tale about the hazards of boredom, this tale of a queen who takes a beauty-school correspondence course and uses her unwilling subjects—and their sheep—for practice will give readers food for thought as well as a chuckle or two. Read full book review >
GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS by Caralyn Buehner
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"Cute, but there's not quite enough new here to make it a must. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The Buehners retell the old familiar tale with a jump-roping, rhyme-spouting Goldilocks. Read full book review >
SNOWMEN AT CHRISTMAS by Caralyn Buehner
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"As in the previous story, there are tiny hidden pictures to search for in each illustration. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The husband-and-wife team who created the popular Snowmen at Night revisits their snowy creations to see how snowmen celebrate Christmas. Read full book review >
NICCOLINI’S SONG by Chuck Wilcoxen
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Recalling the gentle, slightly melancholy ballad of yore, this bedtime story will soothe and captivate both young and old. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Clouds form fanciful shapes in the star-sprinkled sky as the locomotives settle down for the night. Read full book review >
SUPERDOG by Caralyn Buehner
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"No—but this low-slung role model shows the inner stuff, both to transform himself, and to rise to the challenges that come his way. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The Buehners convincingly suggest that heroes, super or otherwise, are self-made. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE MORNING by Pearl S. Buck
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Buck's sentimental but touching story memorably illustrates the value of a gift created with love, a gift like Buehner's. (illustrator's note) (Picture book. 6-9)"
This longer story by Nobel Laureate Buck, originally published in 1955, is presented for the first time as an illustrated work for children. Read full book review >
SNOWMEN AT NIGHT by Caralyn Buehner
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"It would be difficult not to fall in love with this rollicking flight of imagination created by a terrific combination of talent. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The work of this husband-and-wife team best known for The Escape of Marvin the Ape (1992) is always special; here it comes together in a delightful story about the nocturnal activities of snowmen that is refreshingly original and visually sparkling. Read full book review >
THIS FIRST THANKSGIVING DAY by Laura Krauss Melmed
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A refreshing look at an American tradition that reinforces the spirit of the holiday. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Melmed (Moishe's Miracle: A Hanukah Story, 2000, etc.) treats children to a traditional Thanksgiving scene while allowing them to interact in this New World counting story. Read full book review >
I DID IT, I'M SORRY by Caralyn Buehner
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

"Most children will have no problem discerning correct behavior, and some adults may wince in recognition at the black-and-white approach to ethics: It's not right to lie about a child's age at restaurants where those under five eat free. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Buehners (It's a Spoon, Not a Shovel! 1995, etc.) continue their mission to make learning decorum a giggle instead of a slap on the wrist. Read full book review >
MY LIFE WITH THE WAVE by Octavio Paz
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Beyond the subtext, the story is full of drama; its fresh subject and boisterous improbabilities beckon. (Picture book. 5-7)"
 An outlandish and original tale by Paz (for adults, In Light of India, 1997, etc.) is cut and pressed into the picture-book format, for which Buehner provides wild images and, with Cowan, a humorous ending. Read full book review >
FANNY'S DREAM by Caralyn Buehner
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1996

"A delightful wedding of winsome story and ingenious illustrations; there is no more to be asked of a book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 An ungainly farm girl named Fanny Agnes has a bit of the Cinderella in her and on the night of the mayor's ball goes out to the garden to wait for her fairy godmother. Read full book review >
IT'S A SPOON, NOT A SHOVEL by Caralyn Buehner
NONFICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"Great guidelines for children in the formative years. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 A manners manual for etiquette-minded children in the '90s, in multiple choice. Read full book review >
HARVEY POTTER'S BALLOON FARM by Jerdine Nolen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A wonderfully appealing premise, skillfully developed. (Picture book. 6-8)"
 Harvey Potter owns a genuine US Government Inspected balloon farm where he grows balloons to order: clowns, animals, monsters for Halloween, and even—when the young narrator who has been delightedly watching the crops gets old enough to strike out on her own—a huge floater to carry her off. Read full book review >
A JOB FOR WITTILDA by Caralyn Buehner
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A slight tale, lively in the telling, with vibrantly comical Hopperesque illustrations featuring the dowdy, earnest witch and her delightful slew of bug-eyed cats. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 Having trouble making ends meet, witch Wittilda kisses her 47 cats good-bye to go job-hunting, but promptly gets into trouble when, as a newly hired hairdresser, she arranges Mrs. Hatrack's hair into a web, complete with spider. Read full book review >
THE ESCAPE OF MARVIN THE APE by Caralyn Buehner
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Good fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 Like Fatio's Happy Lion, Marvin leaves his cage at the zoo through an open door; unlike the lion, no one ever notices him as he roams—reading on the subway, giving his order to a bored waiter, catching a foul at a ballgame, or playing checkers in a park—nor does he return to the zoo (a hippo-escape provides the conclusion). Read full book review >
MAXI, THE HERO by Debra Barracca
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"(Picture book. 4-8)"
 Maxi, the Taxi Dog (1990) again tours N.Y.C. His adventures, recounted in sprightly but rather forced verse and capped predictably by his chasing and capturing a thief, are unexceptional, but Buehner's vibrant paintings of the city and its inhabitants are observed with insight and a fresh eye; their lively detail is sure to hold attention. Read full book review >