Books by Mary Newell DePalma

BOW-WOW WIGGLE-WAGGLE by Mary Newell DePalma
Released: July 1, 2012

"Full of energy and zip, this is a good example of onomatopoeia, well complemented by the engaging pictures and heartfelt story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A game of fetch with a brown spotted dog turns into a wild pursuit that passes by a rhythmic cacophony of animals along the way. Read full book review >
UH-OH! by Mary Newell DePalma
Released: July 1, 2011

"Other books with the same title are available—be sure to get this one too, with the impish, blue-spiked dinosaur, for bubbling good fun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
If young kids haven't already learned to exclaim "Uh-oh" over some mishap, it's guaranteed they will after reading this entertaining romp. Read full book review >
NOW IT IS SUMMER by Eileen Spinelli
Released: March 1, 2011

"The soft visual and verbal cadences make this as apt for bedtime reading as for providing reassurance to impatient young mouselings that present joys will indeed in time give way to future ones. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Reprising the theme of Now It Is Winter (2004) this companion volume is likewise (as Kirkus wrote at the time) Read full book review >
THE PERFECT GIFT by Mary Newell DePalma
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"A solid salute to friendship, the power of creativity and the wonder of a homemade gift. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Friendship and creative thinking save the day when the perfect gift is lost. Read full book review >
SWIMMING SAL by Carol Molski
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Though Sal may be the 'swimmingest dog in the world,' the plot's formulaic structure drags her down. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sal has a serious doggy dilemma. Read full book review >
HAPPY SCHOOL YEAR! by Susan Milord
Released: July 1, 2008

"Includes an author's note on First Day celebrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A first-day-of-school celebration featuring cupcakes and a group cheer led by a smiling principal concludes this sunny account. Read full book review >
THE NUTCRACKER DOLL by Mary Newell DePalma
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Little girls who are studying ballet or getting ready to attend the show will enjoy reading about Kepley's successful performance. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Kepley is a redheaded little girl who loves ballet. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Prepare for a bunch of rowdy story-timers as they giggle over the never-quite-totally-nude Estelle. (Picture book. 4-7)"
While a winter storm rages outside, Estelle relaxes by taking a long, hot, peppermint bubble bath. Read full book review >
THE SQUEAKY DOOR by Margaret Read MacDonald
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"A historical note on the origins of the tale is included in the end page. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An inventive grandma, a noisy door and a bevy of barnyard animals provide the perfect ingredients for a rib-tickling tale in this adaptation of a Puerto Rican folksong from MacDonald. Read full book review >
A GRAND OLD TREE by Mary Newell DePalma
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A winsome introduction to the cycles of life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Once there was a grand old tree." Read full book review >
NOW IT IS WINTER by Eileen Spinelli
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A lovely winter story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Jolly cut-paper snowflakes festoon acrylic paintings in this gentle paean to living in the now. Read full book review >
KNOCK! KNOCK! by Jan Wahl
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"The illustrations, with their exaggerated perspectives and spooky shadows, seal the deal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This take on a traditional tale promises a surprise ending but does not deliver "gotcha" that readers will expect. Read full book review >
MY CHAIR by Betsy James
Released: July 1, 2004

"In a tradition stretching from Ruth Krauss's A Hole Is to Dig (1952) to Elizabeth Scanlon's A Sock Is a Pocket for Your Toes (p. 184), here's another 'just right' invitation to see the uncommon possibilities in commonplace objects. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this eloquent paean to chairs as much more than just places to sit, a multigenerational group of neighbors comes together on a broad urban lawn to perch on or around an array of folding chairs, overstuffed living room furniture, and everything in between, as children describe their chairs as toys, play environments, conveyances, imagination stretchers, and comfort objects. Read full book review >
REMBRANDT’S HAT by Susan Blackaby
Released: March 25, 2002

"Rembrandt is ready to step into story hours with themes of hats or bears, and his story offers lots of possibilities for extensions into drama or art. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Many of Rembrandt's portraits show the subject in a fine hat, the inspiration for this charming tale of a teddy bear searching for the perfect hat. Read full book review >
THE STRANGE EGG by Mary Newell DePalma
Released: March 1, 2001

"The story is so slight and metaphorical, however, that it has difficulty carrying the energetic illustrations, and it ends up a piece of charming whimsy rather than a tale with real substance. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An odd little tale of fruit and friendship. Read full book review >