Books by Marla Frazee

IT TAKES A VILLAGE by Hillary Rodham Clinton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"The book reaches for inspiring but stalls out at bland. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Although it shares a title with Clinton's 1996 work calling for a social commitment to children's welfare, this picture book offers just 16 sentences spread over 40 pages illustrated with Frazee's customarily humanistic detail. Read full book review >
THE BOSSIER BABY by Marla  Frazee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Someone give Frazee a raise. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A new baby sister hands the Boss Baby a demotion. Read full book review >
ONE AWESOME THING by Sara Pennypacker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"An upbeat celebration of lively imagination, friendship, family, community, and the exuberance of childhood. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Fourth-grader Waylon Zakowski is struggling to navigate change. Read full book review >
IS MOMMY? by Victoria Chang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A funny and deceptively simple meditation on unconditional filial love. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A passel of tots discuss their moms' positive and negative aspects with uncontained glee. Read full book review >
COMPLETELY CLEMENTINE by Sara Pennypacker
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"Though looser in weave than previous appearances, still this provides the emotional honesty readers have come to expect. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Antic third-grader Clementine faces her biggest challenge yet: looming change. Read full book review >
THE FARMER AND THE CLOWN by Marla  Frazee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"The beauty of an unexpected visit, done beautifully. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A solitary farmer on an empty plain receives the most unlikely visitor. Read full book review >
GOD GOT A DOG by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Funny, devout and oh, so human; this collection hits home. (Poetry. 10 & up)"
Several of the poems from Rylant's wry meditation God Went to Beauty School (2003) are regathered, rearranged and luminously illustrated by Frazee. Read full book review >
BOOT & SHOE by Marla  Frazee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Read unhurried, in a lap, again and again. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This gem about canine siblings goes from peaceful routine to funny mayhem to erroneous bereavement—and relief. Read full book review >
STARS by Mary Lyn Ray
by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Marla Frazee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Ideal for bedtime, this will shine on through repeat readings. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A poetic paean to stars both real and metaphorical brings the heavenly down to readers without robbing it of mystery. Read full book review >
CLEMENTINE AND THE FAMILY MEETING by Sara Pennypacker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Filled with familiar Clementine charm but, more importantly, a whole lot of heart, too. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Clementine has had many not-so-good days. But this one just might be the worst. Read full book review >
THE BOSS BABY by Marla  Frazee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"This wry picture book will appeal to parents, of course, but also to siblings who see a new baby demand so much of mom and dad's time and energy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sporting a black business-suit onesie, this baby looks and acts more like a balding CEO than an infant. Read full book review >
ALL THE WORLD by Liz Garton Scanlon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"At once a lullaby and an invigorating love song to nature, families and interconnectedness. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In flowing rhyme, Scanlon zooms outwards from smallness to bigness: "Rock, stone, pebble, sand / Body, shoulder, arm, hand / A moat to dig, / a shell to keep / All the world is wide and deep." Read full book review >
CLEMENTINE’S LETTER by Sara Pennypacker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2008

Clementine's only just "getting the hang of third grade"—she hasn't been sent to Principal Rice's office for a whole week—when her world turns upside-down: Her beloved Teacher is a finalist for an Adventures for Teachers award, and if he wins, he'll be gone for the rest of the year. Read full book review >
A COUPLE OF BOYS HAVE THE BEST WEEK EVER by Marla  Frazee
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"As respectful of kid sensibilities and priorities as it's possible for an adult to achieve. (Picture book. 5-8)"
James and Eamon spend a week with Bill and Pam, Eamon's grandparents, while they take in a week of nature camp—a week that turns out to be "the best week ever." Read full book review >
THE TALENTED CLEMENTINE by Sara Pennypacker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Every kid will understand her desperate desire not to look like a fool in front of her classmates, and they will find her very talented solution—achieved with a little help from her principal—enormously satisfying. (Fiction. 7-10)"
What to do when all the third- and fourth-graders are putting on a talent show but you don't have a talent? Read full book review >
CLEMENTINE by Sara Pennypacker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Give this to readers of Cleary and Blume and cross your fingers for more. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Maybe it was because third-grader Clementine was a little bit angry with her best friend Margaret that things got out of hand with the scissors and the permanent markers and the hair. Read full book review >
WALK ON! by Marla  Frazee
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Frazee's saucy invitation to all generations to 'walk on' has just enough kick and sass to incite action in babies (and grown-ups) everywhere. (Picture book. 1-3)"
"Is sitting there on your bottom getting boring?" asks an unseen narrator of a roly-poly tot with one curl on his head, followed by the announcement, "It is time to learn how to walk!" Read full book review >
SANTA CLAUS by Marla  Frazee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"An oversized, horizontal format adds to the unique view of this Santa's workaday world. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This unusual view of Santa Claus focuses solely on the jolly old fellow himself, because in Frazee's interpretation, dedicated Santa does all the work, all the time and all alone, from initial toy selection to final package delivery. Read full book review >
NEW BABY TRAIN by Woody Guthrie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Unfortunately, as charming as the illustrations are, this train isn't bound for glory, as there is no music included for the unfamiliar song (which was only recently recorded for the first time) and the lyrics are not particularly successful as text to be read aloud. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rather than airborne transport of newborns by the stork, singer and songwriter Woody Guthrie imagined distribution of infants by a special-delivery train. Read full book review >
ROLLER COASTER by Marla  Frazee
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"Capturing both the train's breathtaking speed and a hilarious range of rider reactions with consummate skill, the artist who made Linda Smith's Mrs. Biddlebox (2002) and Susan Meyers's Everywhere Babies (2001) such delights is once again in top form. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The most exhilarating amusement park visit since Kevin O'Malley's Roller Coaster (1995) begins with a line of prospective riders, each drawn as a distinct individual; some look eager, or at least confident, but "at least one of them has never ridden on a roller coaster before, ever." Read full book review >
MRS. BIDDLEBOX by Linda Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"If Betsy Everitt's Mean Soup (1992) isn't filling enough, dish up this tempting dessert. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Features pinched, frizzy hair floating like a cloud of concentrated gloom overhead, entirely surrounded by great, dark angry swirls of color, old Mrs. Biddlebox has definitely gotten up on the wrong side of the bed. Read full book review >
EVERYWHERE BABIES by Susan Meyers
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"The text and pictures make beautiful music together, and like babies themselves, this composition is irresistible. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Meyers and Frazee play a happy, well-tuned concerto on every reader's genetically preprogrammed heartstrings with this long parade of babies: swaddled, sleepy, bright-eyed, screaming with joy and/or rage, being fed, nuzzled, carried, and generally loved by a parental cadre that, unobtrusively, will raise no diversity issues. Read full book review >
HARRIET, YOU'LL DRIVE ME WILD! by Mem Fox
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"The story, insightful and with ample doses of gentle humor, should prove a soothing balm for exasperated moms and their busy little bees. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Fox offers a wry look at the often-tumultuous life of a toddler and her harried mother. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A funny, earthy interpretation, with plenty of scenic details to pore over. (Picture book/folklore. 3-6)"
The traditional folk lullaby is given an Appalachian setting in which the pictures tell their own story. Read full book review >
THE SEVEN SILLY EATERS by Mary Ann Hoberman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"Point taken—the antidote for picky eaters (and for the happy trials of large families) is a good sense of humor. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hoberman (The Cozy Book, 1995, etc.) renders the story of finicky eaters with an understatement that both children and those who cook for them will appreciate. Read full book review >