Books by Mary Sullivan

UP ON BOB by Mary Sullivan
Released: Feb. 11, 2020

"A clever twist on traditional dog-versus-cat animosity, with subtle overtones of sharing and tolerance. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Dog and cat meet cute and make friends. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 27, 2019

"This bombastic main character allows the story to shine. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Wakawakaloch is very upset because others cannot correctly pronounce her name. Read full book review >
NOBODY'S DUCK by Mary Sullivan
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"The final joke may fall a little flat, but there is much to enjoy here as two different personalities (and species) form a new family. (Graphic novel. 4-6)"
Can a duck who belongs to nobody find a somebody? Read full book review >
FRANKIE by Mary Sullivan
Released: April 4, 2017

"Two-legged pups with new sibs would likely have a similar experience. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A young new dog in the house gets a cold reception from the old one. Read full book review >
TREAT by Mary Sullivan
Kirkus Star
by Mary Sullivan, illustrated by Mary Sullivan
Released: March 1, 2016

"A relentless, single-minded canine's quest proves to be a rib-tickling treat. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A determined dog's emotions run the gamut while in pursuit of the impossible-to-resist "treat." Read full book review >
BALL by Mary Sullivan
by Mary Sullivan, illustrated by Mary Sullivan
Released: April 2, 2013

"Deceptively simple little winner for dog lovers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The single word "ball" comprises the text of this visual chronicle of a day in the life of a dog and his ball. Read full book review >
FIELD OF PEACE by Joyce Meyer
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"The heavy-hoofed message stomps any legitimate sense of serenity. (Picture book. 4-7) "
An egotistical giraffe pitcher ultimately strikes out when his competitive spirit places his own self-interest above his teammate. Read full book review >
DEAR BLUE SKY by Mary Sullivan
Released: Aug. 2, 2012

"A compassionate portrait of a family struggling with painful changes, despite some heavy-handed moments. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Cassie's whole world changes when her beloved older brother, Sef, goes to war in Iraq. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2012

"Skip this treacle and opt for Rachel Rivett and Mique Moriuchi's I Imagine (2011) or Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Sean Qualls' Who Will I Be, Lord? (2009) for more artful treatments of children's communication with God. (Picture book/religion. 3-5)"
A couple of young hippopotami receive instruction in the ease and pleasure of prayer in this vapid if well-meant outing. Read full book review >
OLIVER’S MUST-DO LIST by Susan Taylor Brown
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

Cobwebs, dishes and shopping will wait—children will only be children for a short while. Oliver wants nothing more than for his mother to play with him. But her "Must-Do List," posted on the refrigerator, is a mile long. Oliver spends his day telling knock-knock jokes to his mirror, racing his kitchen chair car against no one, building a fort that keeps collapsing and trying to find the Big Dipper. His stuffed toys and dog echo his emotions and activities, but it is just not the same as playing with his mother. Oliver's solution is to post his own Must-Do List on top of his mother's. The best part is that they do it all, and with a flair that only a parent still in touch with their inner child can accomplish. Sullivan's adorable rhinos have wonderful facial expressions. Unfortunately, much of it gets lost in the crowded illustrations. Too much detail and too much activity leave readers without a focus. Still, a heartwarmer with a message that many a busy parent should heed. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
SHIP SOONER by Mary Sullivan
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Despite some genuinely lovely bits of lyrical description, the usual roundup of quirky characters never comes to life within the manufactured plot."
Second novel from Sullivan (Stay, 2000), featuring an eponymous heroine who has an unusual physical condition that sets her apart in a small Massachusetts community. Read full book review >
STAY by Mary Sullivan
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Emily's reason enough to look twice at this sensitive, simmering little gem of a debut."
A young girl shocked into silence by her twin's death traces the summer of 1974, as her family races toward deepening crisis. Read full book review >