Books by Matt Faulkner

GAIJIN by Matt Faulkner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"An accessible account about a dark—and still too-little-known—moment in American history. (author's note, resources) (Graphic historical fiction. 9-12)"
After the United States enters World War II, a half-Japanese teen and his white mother find themselves interned at the Alameda Downs Assembly Center. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 3, 2008

"Trimmed down, this would have been a marvelous alternative to the Dead White Men version of history—but not as is. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
A jam-packed, busy presentation overwhelms this otherwise fresh exploration of women's contributions to the War of Independence. Read full book review >
A TASTE OF COLORED WATER by Matt Faulkner
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"It's a salutary theme, handled here with terrific appeal. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Hearing tell of a fountain in the big city billed "colored," two country children decide that they have to see such a marvel in this 1960s-era tale. Read full book review >
STAND TALL, ABE LINCOLN by Judith St. George
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"Closing with a more complete capsule biography and a substantial bibliography, this puts Lincoln in proper historical perspective, but more unusually, provides probing insight into the personal qualities that made him one of our greatest chief executives. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
The latest in St. Read full book review >
THE PIRATE MEETS THE QUEEN by Matt Faulkner
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"The details may differ, but this rendition is just as stirring as Emily Arnold McCully's The Pirate Queen (1995), and will leave readers awash in admiration for its self-assured narrator. (source list) (Picture book. 8-10)"
Embroidering his first-person historical tale a bit ("It's the way of storytelling," says he in a closing note), Faulkner recounts the exploits of fierce Irish pirate Granuaile (more often known as Grace, or Grania) O'Malley, from birth, through early buccaneering, to a climactic, intrepid face-off with fiery Queen Elizabeth—here dubbed "Red Liz"—after her piratical son's capture. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Thank you, Anderson and Faulkner. (bibliography of sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
The impish Faulkner (The Monster Who Ate My Peas, 2001, etc.) illustrates this rousing account of Sarah Hale's campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday with crowds of caricatured celebrants in buckskins, football equipment, and every style of dress in between. Read full book review >
THE MONSTER WHO ATE MY PEAS by Danny Schnitzlein
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"On to Faust. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Arcimboldo meets Mad Magazine as a monster that looks like a cross between an octopus and a compost pile bargains with a young narrator willing to sacrifice his prized soccer ball, and even his new bike, rather than eat peas. Read full book review >
SCATTERBRAIN SAM by Ellen Jackson
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: July 1, 2001

"Belly laughs and bravos will punctuate every reading of this fresh, funny recasting. (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)"
Faulkner's (Black Belt, not reviewed, etc.) art waxes more riotously exuberant than ever in Jackson's heavily modified Welsh folktale. Read full book review >