Books by Mary Ann Hoberman

I LIKE OLD CLOTHES by Mary Ann Hoberman
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"With Barton's nuanced illustrations, Hoberman's 36-year-old hand-me-down poem defines sustainability for the next generation. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hand-me-downs gain new poetic life in this charming picture-book remake. Read full book review >
FORGET-ME-NOTS by Mary Ann Hoberman
Released: April 3, 2012

"An oversized, ambitious collection of verse that, in the end, proves sadly forgettable. (Poetry. 8-14)"
Over 120 poems, with accompanying illustrations, selected to help young readers discover the pleasures of committing verse to memory. Read full book review >
THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF WHY I HATE HER by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 27, 2010

"Carly is ultimately a pitiable figure, and Jacobson's gradual reveal, through Nola's first-person, present-tense narration, of the fun, then the danger, of this classic frenemy's borderline personality disorder is deliciously, palpably tense. (Fiction. 15 & up)"
Nola has always stood by her younger sister, Song—through surgery, chemotherapy, remission and the recurrence of Song's cancer—but, craving adventure and normalcy, she takes a summer job as a waitress at Rocky Cove, a swanky Maine resort. Read full book review >
ALL KINDS OF FAMILIES! by Mary Ann Hoberman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"French artist Boutavant's stylized, digitally produced illustrations are a clear departure from Fraser's watercolors, but they share a high attention to detail, inviting children to pore over pictures for new discoveries on every page opening. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Readers who approach this title expecting a 21st-century love-makes-a-family message overtly embracing adoptive, queer, blended and other diverse family constellations will be disappointed. Read full book review >
STRAWBERRY HILL by Mary Ann Hoberman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2009

"Neither a great friendship saga nor a good choice for historical reading. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Ten-year-old Allie is beside herself when she learns that her family is moving far away from her best friend, Ruthie. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Nifty. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hoberman and Emberley return with their fourth collaboration of short read-aloud stories in verse, this time a baker's dozen of goofy-scary original ones. Read full book review >
I’M GOING TO GRANDMA’S by Mary Ann Hoberman
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 2007

"While this has limited applicability, it may alleviate some anxiety or help some grandparents start a new tradition, and is a sweet tale on its own. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The first time a granddaughter sleeps over, Grandma makes her a little more comfortable when she tells the story of her special quilt. Read full book review >
MRS. O’LEARY’S COW by Mary Ann Hoberman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

In this adaptation of Brian Wilson's song (originally about the supposed origins of the "Great Chicago Fire"), the excitement begins when the cow kicks over the lantern. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: July 6, 2005

"Sure to draw giggles from the most reluctant young readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A companion to the two earlier volumes put out by this duo, this venture features original stories based on Mother Goose. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"And what fun this is for readers and listeners alike. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Playful rhymes celebrate the sheer joy of reading in this exuberant read-aloud collection. Read full book review >
RIGHT OUTSIDE MY WINDOW by Mary Ann Hoberman
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

Layering paint, gesso, and natural objects thinly atop scraped concrete surfaces, Wilton (Where Does the Butterfly Go When It Rains?, 1997, etc.) places stylized flora and fauna into subdued settings suggestive of passing seasons. Read full book review >
BILL GROGAN’S GOAT by Mary Ann Hoberman
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: April 1, 2001

Keeping the rhythm and rhyme of the familiar song, Hoberman (The Looking Book, below, etc.) updates and extends its ending. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"There are better counting books and hide-and-seek books available, and goodness knows that, in the year following Wiesner's The Three Pigs, there are better books that deconstruct the notion of book. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Bouncing verse takes Ned through the pages of the book as he searches for his lost cat Pistachio. Read full book review >
THE MARVELOUS MOUSE MAN by Mary Ann Hoberman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A rollicking, readable remake from one of the best versifiers in the business, and a strong debut for the illustrator. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A classic legend gets a more or less good-humored makeover with a happier ending. Read full book review >
IT’S SIMPLE, SAID SIMON by Mary Ann Hoberman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Readers who never have liked the way the Gingerbread Boy meets his end will be pleased by Simon's escape—easily. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In sketchy, expressive watercolors, So (Tasty Baby Belly Buttons, 1999, etc.) deftly shifts the scene from city sidewalk to jungle path as a strolling lad takes on more and more difficult challenges from animals met along the way. Read full book review >
THE TWO SILLIES by Mary Ann Hoberman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A crowd-pleaser. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hoberman's rhymes are ever a pleasure and so they are here in this staccato bit of folderol verse about taking the longest distance between two points. Read full book review >
THE EENSY-WEENSY SPIDER by Mary Ann Hoberman
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: April 1, 2000

"Begging to be read aloud, this is a sure-fire hit for story time. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Readers all know that the eensy-weensy spider went up the spout again, but then what did she do? Read full book review >
ONE OF EACH by Mary Ann Hoberman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Finding all the things Oliver adds to his house to make it fit for two is a pleasant challenge. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An exuberant story in singsong about the pleasures of sharing with friends, from the author of The Seven Silly Eaters (p. 223). Read full book review >
THE SEVEN SILLY EATERS by Mary Ann Hoberman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
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 >
THE COZY BOOK by Mary Ann Hoberman
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Accept this as riotously pell-mell wordplay and as a catalog of a child's world—then it's right on the mark. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The word cozy—warmth, ease, snugness—may not be the perfect choice for this compendium of hundreds of action and sensory experiences associated with one long day. Read full book review >
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Full of insight and lots of fun. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-9)"
Thirty wise, witty, neatly constructed poems, from a spirited definition (``Whether there's ten or there's two in your family,/All of your family plus you is a family!'') to an inclusive celebration (``Our Family Comes from Round the World''). Read full book review >
A FINE FAT PIG by Mary Ann Hoberman
POETRY
Released: March 15, 1991

"The poems do make good companions to the naive paintings, whose bold forms and colors will especially appeal to young children while their elders enjoy the exquisite balance of the vibrant tones.~(Poetry/Picture bool. 2+)"
Fourteen paintings of animals in a modern ``folk art'' style, accompanied by amusing, deftly phrased verse that seems to have been devised for the art, rather than the reverse: while Hoberman's usual wit and craftsmanship are in evidence, the book as a whole has less unity than her other popular titles (A House Is a House for Me, 1978). Read full book review >