Books by Mary Jane Auch

THE BUK BUK BUK FESTIVAL by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"This one should fly off the shelf frequently and will be eminently useful in author-visit prep. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The latest pun-filled poultry parody from the Auchs (Beauty and the Beaks, 2007, etc.) explores the travails and triumphs of a hen who strives to be a published writer.Read full book review >
A DOG ON HIS OWN by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 2008

"A delightful little romp for boys and girls alike. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In this tale told from the mutt's point-of-view, spunky serial-adoptee K-10 believes in his ability to make it on his own without humans, whom he charms but always leaves. Read full book review >
BEAUTY AND THE BEAKS by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2007

"Readers will cackle endlessly. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Leaving no yolk uncracked, the Auchs strut their stuff once again with this Thanksgiving tale of an arrogant turkey and the goodhearted hens who take him under their wings. Read full book review >
CHICKERELLA by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 2005

"In a market stuffed with fairytale remakes, this one is a must-have for collections. (Picture book. 3-10)"
Another eggceptional addition to the oeuvre of this feather-brained duo unfolds as in the traditional tale: Mom dies (fox in chicken coop), stepmother moves in with two daughters (Ovumelda and Cholestera), father sent away ("wild goose chase"), Chickerella's life goes downhill. Read full book review >
CHICKERELLA by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 2005

"In a market stuffed with fairytale remakes, this one is a must-have for collections. (Picture book. 3-10)"
Another eggceptional addition to the oeuvre of this feather-brained duo unfolds as in the traditional tale: Mom dies (fox in chicken coop), stepmother moves in with two daughters (Ovumelda and Cholestera), father sent away ("wild goose chase"), Chickerella's life goes downhill. Read full book review >
POULTRYGEIST by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Predictable, and a bit thin, but good humored throughout. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In the Auchs' eighth "poultry parody," the noisy farmyard animals ignore requests from Clarissa the cow and Sophie the pig to pipe down, until a tall, ghostly figure drives everyone out of the barn the night before Halloween. Read full book review >
SOUPERCHICKEN by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 2003

"Reading teachers and vegetarians alike will appreciate the message and young readers will find lots to laugh about. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What do you call a chicken who saves her aunty chickens from the soup factory? Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS AND THE PIZZA by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2002

"With its can-do heroine and its message of 'marriage isn't everything,' this will appeal to everyone—but should definitely be required reading for young girls. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Auch husband-and-wife team (I Was a Third-Grade Spy, 2001, etc.) successfully collaborate on their first picture book, a delightful fairy-tale hodgepodge with a wonderful message about happily-ever-after. Read full book review >
ASHES OF ROSES by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Those who stay with the story, though, will be mesmerized by its gripping finale and the loss of so many Roses. (extensive author's note) (Fiction. 11-14)"
Sixteen-year-old Margaret Rose Nolan spends two endless weeks in steerage, coming to New York with her family from Limerick in 1911. Read full book review >
TROLL TEACHER by Vivian Vande Velde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2000

"No sign of Miss Nelson in this school, but every kid will recognize Elizabeth's predicament. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Elizabeth's new teacher is obviously a troll—the blue, hairy legs, long green nails, surly manner and utter ignorance (" ‘Two plus two equals seventeen. . . . Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO HOME by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2000

"Hold My Hand & Run , by Margaret McAllister (p.717) tells a similar tale set in 17th-century England. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Remembrance "Mem" Nye is delighted to finally leave her father's New York State farm for Connecticut and family. Read full book review >
THE NUTQUACKER by Mary Jane Auch
Released: Oct. 15, 1999

Auch (Eggs Mark the Spot, 1996, etc.) offers up an audacious tale starring a unusual band of anthropomorphic creatures. Read full book review >
FROZEN SUMMER by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Readers will have to wait for the third book to see if the surprising outcome—Papa plans to return to Connecticut—holds, making this a refreshing, highly realistic entry in pioneer fiction. (Fiction. 9-14)"
The second installment of a frontier trilogy that began with Auch's Journey to Nowhere (1997) is the vivid story of courageous Mem Nye, who faces responsibilities that would tax a strong adult. Read full book review >
I WAS A THIRD GRADE SCIENCE PROJECT by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"A glib, funny novel. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-10)"
Brian, the class brain, has come up with a unique science project to execute with his best friend (and the narrator), Josh, and class "moron," Dougie; he'll hypnotize his dog, Arful, into acting like a cat. Read full book review >
JOURNEY TO NOWHERE by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"From Auch (Eggs Mark the Spot, 1996, etc.), good historical details and a rattling good adventure. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In 1815, Mem's father decides that the family will sell their Connecticut farm and nearly everything else they own to load up a wagon and make the long and hazardous trek to a new home in the Genesee Country of upstate New York. Read full book review >
EGGS MARK THE SPOT by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 1996

Eggs Mark the Spot ($15.95, March 15, 1996; 32 pp.; 0-8234-1242-3): A companion to The Easter Egg Farm (1992), this one places Pauline (a hen that can concentrate on a likeness and duplicate it on the next egg she lays) and Mrs. Pennywort at an art museum where they foil an art thief. Read full book review >
DUMBSTRUCK by Sara Pennypacker
FICTION
Released: April 15, 1994

"With suitably zany illustrations. (Fiction. 8+)"
In a crackerjack first novel written with the verve of Margaret Mahy at her most sportive, Ivy Greene finds herself inexplicably abandoned by her normally conscientious parents. Read full book review >
THE LATCHKEY DOG by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 3, 1994

"A book that's slight, but fast-paced; farfetched overall, but alive with realistic, kid-pleasing antics. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The title doesn't really fit this tale of a boy and his dog, but it's a cute, marketable moniker for much ado about nothing. Read full book review >
PEEPING BEAUTY by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1993

"Grand fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Would-be ballerina Poulette practices constantly. Read full book review >
OUT OF STEP by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"Jeremy may have some value as a negative role-model, but this heavy-handed story offers little insight into a common domestic situation. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Jeremy, 12, makes himself and his stepfamily miserable until he realizes that other people have feelings too. Read full book review >
THE EASTER EGG FARM by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1992

"A one-idea story, developed with humor and imagination; the vibrant, comical illustrations are sure to appeal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Auch's illustrations for her first picture book have as much humorous verve as her popular books for older children (Mom is Dating Weird Wayne, 1988). Read full book review >
SEVEN LONG YEARS UNTIL COLLEGE by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"The straightforward plot has likable characters but isn't very compelling; still, Natalie's appealing narration compensates, and the story goes down smoothly. (Fiction. 9-13)"
When Egg McMuffins become the centerpiece and main course of a wedding reception, can other idiosyncrasies be far behind? Read full book review >

Kelly works on the set and lighting crews for her junior-high production of Cinderella, but hides her involvement from her mother. Read full book review >