Books by Mary Quattlebaum

MIGHTY MOLE AND SUPER SOIL by Mary Quattlebaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"There are few books available for young readers about these important soil-improvers, so this fills a niche. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
With her own set of superpowers, a mole navigates underground, finding food, escaping predators, raising a family, and aerating and enriching the soil around her. Read full book review >
JO MACDONALD HIKED IN THE WOODS by Mary Quattlebaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"The weakest of Jo's three adventures; still, this could be a good checklist for young children to use on their own animal-spotting, or -listening, hike. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Quattlebaum and Bryant continue their nature-themed sing-along books with one focused on the sounds of the forest animals. Read full book review >
JO MACDONALD HAD A GARDEN by Mary Quattlebaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Get out the seed catalogs. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Quattlebaum and Bryant follow up their successful Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond (2011) with new lyrics to the same song, while keeping the nature focus. Read full book review >
THE HUNGRY GHOST OF RUE ORLEANS by Mary Quattlebaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Pair with Cambria Evans' Bone Soup (2008) or Kazuno Kahora's Ghosts in the House! (2008) for some fantastic, not-so-scary ghostly fun. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
An enjoyable New Orleans tale featuring a most un-frightening ghost. Read full book review >
JO MACDONALD SAW A POND by Mary Quattlebaum
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Sure to inspire a rousing storytime, this is also likely to encourage readers to explore the world around them. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A sing-along inspired by the sights and sounds of a pond. Read full book review >
PIRATE VS. PIRATE by Mary Quattlebaum
ADVENTURE
Released: March 22, 2011

"Yo ho hum. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a battle of the sexes that's all trappings and no center, Bad Bart ("the biggest, burliest pirate this side of the Atlantic") and Mean Mo ("the maddest, mightiest pirate this side of the Pacific") square off for the world title. Read full book review >
SPARKS FLY HIGH by Mary Quattlebaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 5, 2006

"Bursting with sizzle, this version is devilishly crafty. (author's note) (Folktale. 6-9)"
Tales of outsmarting the Devil are common; what sets this one apart is that it's rooted in a real place and is sparked by acrylic and pastel illustrations. Read full book review >
WINTER FRIENDS by Mary Quattlebaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Not essential, but fun. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
An uneven collection of poems tells the story of one winter day spent playing outside and making new friends. Read full book review >
JACKSON JONES AND MISSION GREENTOP by Mary Quattlebaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2004

"With a bouquet of well-drawn minor characters, Quattlebaum has created a warm neighborhood with a good-hearted boy at its center. (author's note) (Fiction. 7-10)"
Jackson Jones finds surprising joys in gardening in Rooters, the neighborhood community garden. Read full book review >
GROVER G. GRAHAM AND ME by Mary Quattlebaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

Eleven-year-old Ben Watson is moving into a new foster home, his eighth. Read full book review >
Released: May 11, 1999

"This is ideal for those who prefer the fixings over the fanfare of the festivities themselves. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The commotion over preparations for Mama's surprise birthday party form the basis for Quattlebaum's latest, told from the point of view one of the daughters in the household. Read full book review >
UNDERGROUND TRAIN by Mary Quattlebaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Quattlebaum and Smith convey both the strange magic of the subway—drop into the ground in one place, pop up in another—and the sense of urgency that informs the entire underground experience. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Quattlebaum (The Magic Squad and the Dog of Great Potential, 1997, etc.) makes the subway a fairly exciting, thought-provoking place in a story about a girl and her mother traveling via the train to Nana's neighborhood: ``Down, down, down to the underground train, which rushes past like fast water.'' Once aboard, the girl scopes out the other passengers and watches ``the tunnel blurring by like a long, black night.'' The energy of the train is reflected in the bustle above-ground, where Smith shows swarms of tourists visiting the sights while locals go about their business—the elders rush around, youngsters jump rope and barrel down sidewalks on in-line skates. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Heavy-handed, and not terribly interesting. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this sequel to Jazz, Pizzazz, and the Silver Threads (1996), Calvin takes in a large and seemingly untrainable dog for a month, during which time he must teach him to behave and find him a home. Read full book review >
JAZZ, PIZZAZZ, AND THE SILVER THREADS by Mary Quattlebaum
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"This unfairness is neither noted directly by the author nor resolved, marring an otherwise lighthearted work. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 6-10)"
Calvin, a fairly ordinary boy, spends his afternoons among a cast of determined eccentrics. Ms. Eva, a jazz dancer, takes care of him after school, along with his brother, Monk, a precocious budding 7-year-old poet who acts like a little old man and carries bookishness to an extreme, and neighbor Jenny, who is practicing to become a magician. Read full book review >
JACKSON JONES AND THE PUDDLE OF THORNS by Mary Quattlebaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Jackson Jones is a true-blue city kid, down to the soles of his Nike Air Jordans; he loves apartment life, shooting hoops, and writing comic books with best buddy Reuben Casey. Read full book review >