Books by Mark Teague

HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY I'M MAD? by Jane Yolen
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Although no new concepts are introduced, not only will this title be a favorite at storytime, it may also serve as a discussion starter about feelings and how best to express and cope with them. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Yolen and Teague continue their best-selling series with a comic look at what dinosaurs might and then should do when they are angry. Read full book review >
THE THREE LITTLE PIGS AND THE SOMEWHAT BAD WOLF by Mark  Teague
Released: May 1, 2013

"A fine addition to the fractured-fairy-tale shelf, though it does lack that certain something that made Eugene Trivizas' The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (1993), such a standout. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The classic fairy tale gets an update with a subtle message about healthy eating and a happy ending for a hungry wolf. Read full book review >
HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY HAPPY CHANUKAH? by Jane Yolen
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Entertaining and loving, though the concepts and legend behind the annual weeklong winter remembrance are missing. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Yolen and Teague's rascally dinosaurs bring their mischief to the titular holiday, illustrating the many ways it is recognized and celebrated by similarly behaving children in American Jewish households. Read full book review >
HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS? by Jane Yolen
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"What child wouldn't love to grab all the presents and lick all the candy canes one by one? Those naughty dinosaurs have the most fun, and their fans will be waiting to see what they get up to next. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Yolen and Teague extend their dinosaur franchise with this rollicking romp of rampaging dinosaurs up to their terrible tricks throughout the Christmas season. Read full book review >
HOW DO DINOSAURS EAT COOKIES? by Jane Yolen
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Despite some glitches in the scansion and lack of originality, this outing goes down pretty easily. (Board book. 1-3)"
This familiar dinosaur series takes a look at a favorite treat. Read full book review >
LARUE ACROSS AMERICA by Mark  Teague
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Bone Voyage. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Ike, that cute, crafty canine, is back in his fourth adventure. Read full book review >
FIREHOUSE! by Mark  Teague
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2010

"No depicted conflagrations here—just sure-fire fun. (Picture book. 3-5)"
"Edward wants to be a firefighter. One day he and Judy visit a firehouse." Read full book review >
DOOM MACHINE by Mark  Teague
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Though the author gives most of the active roles to the grown-ups, leaving Jack and his science-crazy new friend Isadora largely observers, his feeling for oddball characters and twists recalls Adam Rex's The True Meaning of Smekday (2007) and should draw the same audience. (Science fiction. 11-13)"
A small band of more-or-less ordinary Earth humans takes on a galactic empire in Teague's first full-blown novel (Funny Farm, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
FUNNY FARM by Mark  Teague
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"Ultimately, there's very little story holding the book together, but the humor found on each page is satisfying in its own right. (Picture book. 3-5)"
In this picture-book twist on Green Acres, the joke is on citified cousin Edward, a dapper dog who visits his Uncle Earl's farm. Read full book review >
LaRUE FOR MAYOR by Mark  Teague
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"Though less an election-year primer than a tale for dog lovers of every breed, this merits a spot alongside Doreen Cronin's wickedly satiric Duck For President, illustrated by Betsy Lewin (2004) as a waggish take on the theme. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Giving fans even more reason to "Like Ike"—the dog, that is—Teague pits his irrepressible, letter-writing canine against "Law and Order" candidate Hugo Bugwort in a race for Mayor of Snort City. Read full book review >
HOW DO DINOSAURS GO TO SCHOOL? by Jane Yolen
DINOSAURS
Released: July 1, 2007

"The standard-sized schoolyard and show-and-tell provide plenty of opportunities for giant lizards to be acrobatic, misbehave and generally cause a ruckus, but each of these dinosaurs earns top marks and works well with others. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Off to school with our prehistoric pals from the popular How Do Dinosaurs . . .? series, in which familiar scenes are made riotous by the scale-skewing enormity of elementary school-student dinos. Read full book review >
PANCAKES FOR SUPPER! by Anne Isaacs
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Totally delightful and a great new spin on an old story. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Quick-thinking frontier gal outsmarts a passel of mean critters in a tale with echoes of a boy, tigers and pancakes. Read full book review >
HOW DO DINOSAURS EAT THEIR FOOD? by Jane Yolen
DINOSAURS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A humorous, highly palatable read-aloud primer on table etiquette for the preschool dining set. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Dynamic dinosaur duo Yolen and Teague team up again, this time tackling the touchy topic of table manners. Read full book review >
DETECTIVE LARUE by Mark  Teague
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Teague's innovative approach to storytelling is fun, but educational as well, skillfully imparting some valuable lessons in point of view and reading between the lines. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The captivating canine from Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School (2002) returns for a second adventure revealed through Ike the dog's letters, this time written from jail. Read full book review >
HOW DO DINOSAURS GET WELL SOON? by Jane Yolen
DINOSAURS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"This salutary combination of savvy advice and sidesplitting art belongs next to every sickbed. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Repeating the winning formula of How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? (2000), Teague supplies art for Yolen's sprightly ditty on proper behavior while under the weather. Read full book review >
DEAR MRS. LARUE by Mark  Teague
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The work as a whole is energetic but ultimately fails to follow through on a promising concept. (Picture book. 6-9)"
An epistolary picture book detailing the misadventures of a very imaginative dog at obedience school. Read full book review >
POPPLETON IN WINTER by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"862, etc.) jovial, scrubbed artwork has Poppleton written all over it, especially when capturing Cherry Sue at her most indignant. (Easy reader. 3-8)"
This wintry triptych of Poppleton tales is all readers have come to expect from Rylant's (Little Whistle's Dinner Party, above, etc.) worthy pig: dry humor, natty friendships, and doings that kids can relate to. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Horus has the real fears of any entering first grader, and this story will be popular with kindergarten and first-grade teachers and students, who will be waiting for Episode 2. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Horus wears jeans, a striped shirt, and a backpack like any other first grader, but he travels to school in a flying cup (flying saucers are so last century), because his school is on Mars. Read full book review >
THE GREAT GRACIE CHASE by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Gracie Rose deserves a series! (Picture book. 4-7)"
Gracie Rose, a charming brown-and-white puppy, loves a quiet house. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Like Dan Yaccarino's Blast Off Boy and Blorp series, the themes are familiar, but they're played out in a nutty, futuristic setting, so the lesson seems less heavy-handed. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
A first grader finds reason to be proud of her physical differences rather than upset about them in this daffy follow-up to Episode 1: Horus's Horrible Day (p. 862). Read full book review >
POPPLETON HAS FUN by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Poppleton is a darling, especially so in these stories, which can be favorably paired with tales in which he is a bit more of a rogue element. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
Here is Poppleton at his brief, mellow, sentimental best, mooning over the pleasure of friends in the coziest of settings. Read full book review >
HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOODNIGHT? by Jane Yolen
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 2000

"Verse and illustration are beautifully matched in these bedtime scenarios familiar to all parents of young children. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Huge, fanciful dinosaurs confront their parents at bedtime in this playful romp. Read full book review >
ONE HALLOWEEN NIGHT by Mark  Teague
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Small ghosts and goblins will enjoy this fantastical tale of Halloween night. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Wendell, Floyd, Alice, and Mona discover that "anything can happen on Halloween" when their annual holiday outing turns into an unexpected adventure. Read full book review >
THE LOST AND FOUND by Mark  Teague
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The illustrations offer plenty to pore over, and will sustain Teague's fans until his next work rolls out. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A wobbly offering from Teague (Baby Tamer, 1997, etc.), in which Wendell and Floyd, who missed their math test when a giant squid trapped them in the restroom, are waiting to see the principal when a new girl, Mona, approaches the lost and found box in search of her lucky hat. Read full book review >
SWEET DREAM PIE by Audrey Wood
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1998

"After the tall-tale build-up to the pie's alleged effects, the monsters amount to little more than a burp of indigestion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
People in houses are upended, and cats and dogs tumble down Willobee Street when Ma Brindle gets out her ``extra-large utensils,'' scratches up some dough, and rolls out a crust for her famous Sweet Dream Pie. Read full book review >
BABY TAMER by Mark  Teague
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"An amusing romp. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Smart, self-assured babysitter Amanda Smeedy doesn't know what she is in for when she meets the Eggmont kids. Read full book review >
POPPLETON AND FRIENDS by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"This is a far stronger showing than the first book, and Teague makes Rylant's characters all the more lovable. (Fiction. 6-8)"
In this second outing for the kindly pig (Poppleton, 1997), readers learn that the keys to happiness are in sharing, kindness, and friendship. Read full book review >
POPPLETON by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Teague's scenes of a small town are charming but have no real story in which to take root, and the book is printed on cardboard-weight stock that all but overwhelms the format. (Fiction. 4-7)"
The first book in a proposed series of easy readers from the usually reliable Rylant (The Bookshop Dog, p. 1055) is an unqualified flop. Read full book review >
THE SECRET SHORTCUT by Mark  Teague
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Readers who have found themselves tardy and lacking suitable excuses will prize the brio of Wendell and Floyd. (Picture book. 5+)"
Teague (who illustrated Audrey Wood's The Flying Dragon Room, p. 75) takes the sidelong view of life in this story about Wendell and Floyd, who are chronically late for school. Read full book review >
MR. POTTER'S PET by Dick King-Smith
Released: April 15, 1996

"With Teague's humorous black-and-white illustrations, this is an endearing book from beginning to end, for classroom or family sharing. (Fiction. 7-10)"
In a short, simple chapter book, King-Smith (The School Mouse, 1995, etc.) tells the blissfully silly story of poor Mr. Potter who, after his parents are accidentally poisoned by a dinner of tinned crab on his 50th birthday, gets his first pet. Read full book review >
THE FLYING DRAGON ROOM by Audrey Wood
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1996

"It's just unfortunate that it often seems so derivative. (Picture book. 4-9)"
While Mrs. Jenkins helps Patrick's parents paint their house, she gives Patrick her special tools to work with; a week later, Patrick invites his parents and Mrs. Jenkins on a tour of his new place, a kind of magical amusement park consisting of endless fantasy rooms—the Small Creature Garden, the Bubble Room, the Food Room, the Jumping Room—through which the family and Mrs. Jenkins pass, not without adventures. Read full book review >
HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION by Mark  Teague
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Rip-roaring fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In an illustration bounded by neat white borders, Wallace Bleff writes ``How I Spent My Summer Vacation'' on the blackboard at school. Read full book review >
THREE TERRIBLE TRINS by Dick King-Smith
Released: Oct. 3, 1994

"A lively comic adventure. (Fiction. 8-12)"
King-Smith (Sophie in the Saddle, 1994, etc.) parodies human behavior in another of his animal fantasies. Read full book review >
PIGSTY by Mark  Teague
by Mark Teague, illustrated by Mark Teague
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"You'll want to give these good-time Charlies space in your room, rent free. (Fiction/Picture book. 6-9)"
Wendell Fultz has a problem picking up after himself. Read full book review >
THE FIELD BEYOND THE OUTFIELD by Mark  Teague
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1992

"Another eye- roller from the author of Moog-Moog, Space Barber (1990). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Ludlow Grebe's daydreams become too much for his parents, who sign him up for ``something real'': Little League. Read full book review >
FROG MEDICINE by Mark  Teague
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Another surreal adventure for Elmo, hero of Moog-Moog, Space Barber (1990). Read full book review >
MOOG-MOOG, SPACE BARBER by Mark  Teague
Released: Nov. 1, 1990

Elmo's haircut is an embarrassing disaster. Read full book review >