Books by Mary Ann Fraser

PAPA BEAR'S PAGE FRIGHT by Wade Bradford
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2018

"This is metafiction done very well; it's actually three stories in one: Goldilocks', Papa Bear's, and of course, the one read by the Narrator character. All will have children chortling. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Fractured versions of familiar tales never seem to get old; they're almost always funny, especially with a main character as hilariously abashed as this one. Read full book review >
ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL ANSWERS THE CALL by Mary Ann Fraser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Calling out to history buffs and scientists, this will inspire young inventors. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
From an early age "Aleck" (Bell's family nickname) evinced an interest in sound and hearing, probably due to his father's profession of speech therapy and his mother's hearing loss. Read full book review >
HEEBIE-JEEBIE JAMBOREE by Mary Ann Fraser
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"Anyone for eyes cream or barbecued bat wings? A rollerghoster of fun for younger trick-or-treaters. (Picture book. 4-7)"
What kid doesn't want to be spooked on Halloween? Read full book review >
HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE by Eve Bunting
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Not the least of the music made here will be in a sing-along read-aloud, with accompanying guffaws to mark the time. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bunting is perhaps best known for her skirmishes with heavy weather—racism, riots, homelessness, war—but that is not to deny her talent for pure whimsy, and that is what she delivers here. Read full book review >
MEET MAMMOTH by Ian Fraser
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Certainly, it won't take a mammoth lover to enjoy the hijinks of these sweet, ancient boneheads. (Fiction. 4-9)"
Like a prehistoric precursor to Abbott and Costello or Laurel and Hardy, Ogg and Bob show the ups and downs of friendship in an age of wooly mammoths and saber-tooth tigers. Read full book review >
PET SHOP FOLLIES by Mary Ann Fraser
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A sweet lap-read companion to Pet Shop Lullaby (2009). (Picture book. 2-5)"
Though nearly wordless, this cheery story is full of deeds. Read full book review >
PET SHOP LULLABY by Mary Ann Fraser
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A nifty approach to problem solving, a peek at the difference between diurnal and nocturnal and a good argument as to why light sleepers should not keep a hamster as a pet. (Picture book. 2-6)"
When it comes to a good night's sleep, hamster is a problem. Read full book review >
MERMAID SISTER by Mary Ann Fraser
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2008

"A fine addition to storytimes on siblings or the sea. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Shelly's little brother Gordy is "a pain in the patootie." Read full book review >
I.Q. GETS FIT by Mary Ann Fraser
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"EWSLUGIQ is one determined mouse who will have youngsters cheering for him as they subtly absorb the lesson he's teaching. (Picture book. 4-7)"
I.Q., that lovable mouse, is back, this time helping children learn how to keep fit. Read full book review >
I.Q., IT’S TIME by Mary Ann Fraser
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"A comforting look at what to expect from kindergarten by an already beloved character. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The focus is on schedules and routines in I.Q.'s latest time-centered outing. Read full book review >
I.Q. GOES TO THE LIBRARY by Mary Ann Fraser
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"EWSLUGp1985 or Marc Brown's D.W.'s Library Card (2001), this artfully conveys both the basics of how most libraries are organized, and a sense of why they're the place to be. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Opening and closing with a handful of precious but on-target ground rules—"To keep the books looking new, never mark, draw, cut, or glue"—this barely disguised tutorial follows a mouse and his human classmates through a week's worth of visits to their school library. I.Q. wants the storybook Mrs. Binder, the librarian, reads on Monday, and on each successive day he gets closer to finding it—meanwhile discovering the fiction, nonfiction, and nonprint sections, making a bookmark, using the online catalogue, and at last getting his own library card. Read full book review >
I.Q. GOES TO SCHOOL by Mary Ann Fraser
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Fraser's overall handling is tender, totally focused on the development level of the reader, and sensitive to the needs of the young student who will be learning just like I.Q. Now on to camp. (Picture book. 5-7)"
All through the school year, I.Q., the class's pet mouse, wants to be student of the week; he has done everything the class has done, but everyone seems to ignore him as a candidate, regardless of his attentiveness to the literary arts, science, math, crafts, and recess. Read full book review >
HOW ANIMAL BABIES STAY SAFE by Mary Ann Fraser
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"No new ground is broken here, but baby animals do have an eternal appeal to the young of the species that can read. (author's note) (Nonfiction. 5-7)"
This addition to the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series offers a broad look at the way young animals are protected by their parents and by their own instincts. Read full book review >
WHERE ARE THE NIGHT ANIMALS? by Mary Ann Fraser
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 31, 1999

"Naturalistic illustrations provide stills of each animal against deep blues, teals, and aquamarines; endnotes explain where nocturnal animals hide during the day. (Picture book. 3-6)"
PLB 0-06-027718-1 paper 0-06-445176-3 This Stage 1 entry in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series focuses on eight common nocturnal creatures, from the barn owl to the harvest mouse. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"The scenes evoke the California terrain and climate; the book has region-specific uses, but will appeal to readers in any part of the country. (maps, diagrams, chronology, further reading) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Fraser (One Giant Leap, 1993, etc.), in her specific portrait of one mission in southern California, gives a broad historical perspective of the settlement and development of the state. Read full book review >
ONE GIANT LEAP by Mary Ann Fraser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"Glossary. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 9-11)"
Based on authoritative sources, a vivid account of the Apollo 11 mission by the author of On Top of the World: The Conquest of Mount Everest (1991). Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1993

"Concluding note; bibliography. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
In the context of building the entire Transcontinental Railroad, a detailed account of April 28, 1869, when—as the result of a $10,000 wager—Central Pacific crews laid a record- setting ten miles of track. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

A dramatic recreation of that final, climactic morning in 1953 when New Zealand beekeeper Edmund Hillary and his veteran Sherpa companion, Tenzing Norgay, climbed the last 1100 feet to stand on Earth's highest point. Read full book review >