Books by Martin Waddell

CAPTAIN SMALL PIG by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"This is an affectionate nod to friendship between ages (and types). (Picture book. 4-7)"
Old Goat (comfortably amiable), Turkey (a bit of a gloomy Gus) and Small Pig (enthusiasm incarnate) find a red boat and go rowing on Blue Lake. Read full book review >
THE SUPER HUNGRY DINOSAUR by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Super good. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In this sure candidate for many, many repeat read-alouds, young Hal puts up a stout defense when a Super Hungry Dinosaur crashes into his backyard and bellows that he's going to eat him, his father, his mother and his dog Billy. Read full book review >
SLEEP TIGHT, LITTLE BEAR by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

This winning author/illustrator team scores again with their fifth tale of Big Bear and Little Bear. Read full book review >
IT’S QUACKING TIME! by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"The biological details may differ, but the situation and outcome will be perfectly meaningful to ducklings of the unfeathered sort, and the warm, low-key tone will provide a generous measure of comfort. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Waddell adds an unusual twist to a familiar tale: "What's that thing?" Read full book review >
ROOM FOR A LITTLE ONE by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"The poetic patterned text with just a few, well-chosen lines is quietly powerful and will be accessible to little ones just learning about the Christmas story. (Picture book. 2-7)"
The old concept that all the animals were welcomed with kindness into the stable in Bethlehem is the theme of this evocative exploration of the Nativity story. Read full book review >
TINY’S BIG ADVENTURE by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"Like Jane Simmons's Come Along, Daisy (1998) or Waddell's own Owl Babies (1992), illustrated by Patrick Benson, this makes comforting reading for timorous little mice of the two-legged sort. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Under the watchful eye of his big sister, a very small mouse ventures out into the wide world for the first time. Read full book review >
HI, HARRY! by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

After Buster Rabbit, Stan Badger, and Sarah Mouse gallop by, Harry Tortoise sets off at his own deliberate pace to find "someone not quick who has time to play with a tortoise." Read full book review >
SNOW BEARS by Martin Waddell
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"A captivating mixture of winter fun and warmly inviting illustrations, this is an ideal choice to cuddle up with on nippy winter days. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A snowy winter's day provides fun and frolic for a mother bear and her cubs. Read full book review >
WEBSTER J. DUCK by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Simple, sweetly humorous, and just ducky. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Webster J. Duck emerges from his egg a beguiling, web-footed, and fuzzyheaded yellow duckling who has not yet seen his mother. Read full book review >
TOM RABBIT by Martin Waddell
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"Read this to your bunny (to paraphrase Rosemary Wells) only if you're prepared for repeat performances. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Shades of The Velveteen Rabbit: young Sammy takes his plush friend Tom out one day to see "real rabbits," then runs off, distracted. Read full book review >
A KITTEN CALLED MOONLIGHT by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Here he has been aided and abetted by the soft-focus chalk pastel artwork, which emits beatitude and patience like radioactive substances, and cat lovers everywhere will swoon. (Picture book 3-6)"
Waddell out-Waddells himself in the honeyed department with this story of a young girl's rescue of an abandoned kitten. Read full book review >
WHO DO YOU LOVE? by Martin Waddell
Released: April 1, 1999

"It's all very tender, and in conjunction with Ashforth's drowsy watercolors—resembling John Goodall's in style and mastery—is a story that almost melts with geniality. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Waddell's latest is a bedtime love tease that neatly abstains from the competitiveness and maneuvering that can mar the how- much-do-you-love genre. Read full book review >
YOU AND ME, LITTLE BEAR by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The bears, once again the quintessence of charm, remain the smiling teddy bears so many readers have scooped up with open arms; the day may gently remind parents to make time to play, a message sufficiently softened, to be heard with the heart. (Picture book. 3-6)"
 Waddell and Firth (Let's Go Home, Little Bear, 1993, etc.) have come up with another winning foray into the lives of the lovable Big Bear and Little Bear. Read full book review >
THE KIDNAPPING OF SUZIE Q. by Martin Waddell
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

 A taut, realistic thriller from Waddell (Tango's Baby, 1995, etc.) featuring a feisty, thoughtful heroine. Read full book review >
TANGO'S BABY by Martin Waddell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

 From a prolific picture-book author (The Big Big Sea, 1994, etc.) comes a murky, confusing novel about two young slum dwellers forced prematurely into self-reliance. Read full book review >
THE BIG BIG SEA by Martin Waddell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Clearly, memories are made of such stuff, but the touch is light; the spare text doesn't allow for ham-handedness. (Picture book. 3+)"
 The indefatigable Waddell (Little Mo, 1993, etc.) shines with this tale of memory-making. Read full book review >
LITTLE MO by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

 Rainbow scarf around her neck, Little Mo (a polar bear) steps hopefully onto the ice, only to bump down hard. Read full book review >
STORIES FROM THE BIBLE by Martin Waddell
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A lively and attractive rendition that should find many uses. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
 Seventeen tales, from the Creation to Jonah, carefully chosen to demonstrate that ``God wants everyone to trust in Him,'' recounted in an easy, colloquial manner and recommended for reading ``with the Bible, and not instead of it.'' Waddell's simplifications are very accessible but not irreverent—God ``took one of Adam's ribs and made Eve from it, so that in an odd way they were one person''; ``It may have seemed simple enough to God who can do anything, but it was a huge job for poor Noah''; or, ```This boasting has got to stop!' Jacob told Joseph. `What kind of a dream is that?''' Problematic stories—Cain killing Abel, Abraham offering to sacrifice Isaac, Jacob cheating Esau or being tricked into marrying Leah, the plagues inflicted on Egypt- -are omitted, together with most of the violence and vengeance. Read full book review >
LET'S GO HOME, LITTLE BEAR by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Firth re-creates these endearing characters in soft pencil and watercolors of mostly brown and snow-shadow blue, in a relaxed style that perfectly captures the affectionate mood. (Picture book. 2-6)"
 The beguiling bears introduced in Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? (1992) are coming back from a walk in the snowy woods. Read full book review >
OWL BABIES by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

 Three little white owls perch outside their cozy nest, wishing Mother would come home. Read full book review >
SAM VOLE AND HIS BROTHERS by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The well-honed, repetitive text would also make an amusing easy reader. (Picture book. 3-7)"
 Whenever little Sam goes out ``voling,'' his big brothers come too; whatever he brings home to Mother—nuts, daisies— Arthur and Henry bring more of it. Read full book review >
THE PIG IN THE POND by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A perfect hot- weather book, sure to create demands for a swim. (Picture book. 3-7)"
 Watching the ducks and geese in farmer Neligan's pond, the pig ``didn't go in, because pigs don't swim.'' Finally, though, the hot day overwhelms her and in she splashes, cavorting with such glee that the others are driven out. Read full book review >
LITTLE OBIE AND THE FLOOD by Martin Waddell
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"At best, adequate supplementary reading. (Fiction. 7-10)"
 Life on the generic American frontier, as imagined by a capable, prolific British picture-book author (Farmer Duck, p. 401), is dominated by calamities: in the first of four easily read chapters, Little Obie and Grandad rescue Obie's friend Marty, who has barely survived the flood that killed her pa and washed away the cabin where Little Obie and his grandparents live; the orphaned Marty pines until Effie (Little Obie's grandmother) is bitten by a hog and Marty pitches in with needed help. Read full book review >
THE HAPPY HEDGEHOG BAND by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"For an intriguing contrast, pair this light-hearted merriment with Marie Hall Ets's pensive In the Forest (1944). (Picture book. 3-8)"
 Harry Hedgehog makes himself a drum; Helen likes the sound and makes another, as do two more hedgehogs—each drum with its own distinctive sound (``Ratta-tat-tat''; ``BOOM''). Read full book review >
FARMER DUCK by Martin Waddell
Released: April 1, 1992

"MPQUOTEPAGECOUNT 58): a book with all the marks of a nursery classic. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A faithful duck labors while the indolent farmer lazes in bed, eating candy and occasionally inquiring, "How goes the work?"—to which the duck replies, "Quack!" Read full book review >
SAILOR BEAR by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

"A charming choice for lap or group. (Picture book. 2-6)"
 With unerring simplicity and grace, the prolific Waddell fashions yet another Distinctive tale for the very young. Read full book review >
CAN'T YOU SLEEP, LITTLE BEAR? by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: March 5, 1992

"Perfect for bedtime, or anytime. (Picture book. 3-7)"
 In this comforting story about a big bear trying to help a little bear overcome his fear of the dark, both the affectionate humor and the beguiling variations on a repetitive theme are reminiscent of Minarik's classic Little Bear (1957); but this British team gives a fresh flavor to the old formula. Read full book review >
LITTLE DRACULA GOES TO SCHOOL by Martin Waddell
FANTASY
Released: March 5, 1992

"Also available: Little Dracula at the Seashore; both were originally published in Britain in 1987. (Picture book. 5-7)"
 On his first day at the Academy for Boys and Ghouls, Little Dracula's initial hesitancy dissolves after he meets the horrible creatures in his class, takes simple lessons in geography (``New Vampshire''), nature study (the difference between garlic and peasants is that garlic is ``bad to bite''), and plays a game of hearts (not with cards) at Playtime. Read full book review >
SQUEAK-A-LOT by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: May 24, 1991

"Woof-a-lot,'' etc. Skillfully crafted, appealing, and original; the brightly colored illustrations, deftly limned in broad, scribbly pencil, are perfect for group sharing. (Picture book. 2-6)"
 In the repetitive cadence of a traditional nursery tale, a mouse seeks a playmate (`` `Can I play with you?' the mouse asked the bee. `Of course...We'll play Buzz-a-lot,' said the bee...But the mouse didn't like it a lot''). Read full book review >
GRANDMA'S BILL by Martin Waddell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1991

"Johnson's realistic illustrations nicely extend the pathos and joy of Grandma's narrative and the affection she shares with young Bill. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 When Bill visits Grandma, she tells him about ``my other Bill...Your daddy's daddy,'' showing Bill a photo album that goes back to his grandfather's infancy. Read full book review >