Books by Marla Frazee

GOD GOT A DOG by Cynthia Rylant
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
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
FICTION
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
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
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
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

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
POETRY
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

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
FICTION
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
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2008

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
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2007

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
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

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
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"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
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

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
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

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
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2003

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
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

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
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2001

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
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2000

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

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
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1997

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. Persnickety eaters—they are Mrs. Peters's cross to bear, and she has seven of them. Read full book review >