Books by Matt Novak

A WISH FOR YOU by Matt Novak
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"A sweetly packaged view that a family of three beats two! (Picture book. 1-5)"
In this lighthearted chronicle of the making of a family, text and art deliver an affirmative message. Read full book review >
THE EVERYTHING MACHINE by Matt Novak
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Dystopian allegory, lively storytelling, giggle-worthy pictures, boy appeal—yup: Everything's here. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On the planet Quirk, the Everything Machine gradually supplants both the drudgery and creativity of the populace, which on most days "just stayed in bed." Read full book review >
MY FROGGY VALENTINE by Matt Novak
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Sure to engender moments of amusement in readers and listeners. (Novelty. 6-8)"
Peering in from the edges of a large die-cut hole that occupies the center of this clever twist on an old tale, four eager frogs line up to get a kiss from lonely Princess Polly. Read full book review >
FLIP FLOP BOP by Matt Novak
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

"Fun for fans of flip-flops and summer. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What better way to herald the end of school and the start of summer than by ditching shoes and socks and donning flip-flops? Read full book review >
TOO MANY BUNNIES by Matt Novak
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"A natural lead in to the likes of 'Five Little Ducks,' or 'Ten in the Bed' and a novel approach to the classic idea of the grass being greener elsewhere. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Inventively using superimposed holes cut into sturdy card stock, Novak sends a quintet of dopey looking bunnies trotting one by one from their overcrowded burrow across the spread to an appealingly empty one, and then, when they're too crowded once again, back to the old one—leaving trails of muddy paw prints for an increasingly irritated ladybug to clean up. Read full book review >
NO ZOMBIES ALLOWED by Matt Novak
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Novak offers a Halloween treat; but the message is not seasonal, making this a good choice for year round reading. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When Witch Wizzle and Witch Woddle discover a stash of photos from last year's Halloween bash—starting with one of the zombies who "kept dropping their eyes into the bunch bowl"—they go from party planning to guest banning in Novak's cheeky offering. Read full book review >
LITTLE WOLF, BIG WOLF by Matt Novak
Released: Jan. 31, 2000

"The quibble may be that the only female on the scene is a fussy cleaning woman, but if readers can stomach the message not to eat their friends, they'll enjoy this zany pair—they make Frog and Toad look sedated. (Fiction. 6-8)"
PLB 0-06-027487-5 In this goofy entry in the I Can Read series, Little Wolf and Big Wolf have googly eyes, big teeth, and loud clothing; in three chapters they discover friendship and identity. Read full book review >
THE ROBOBOTS by Matt Novak
Released: April 1, 1999

"Children may laugh at the Robobots' animated, pop-eyed furnishings and daffy ingenuousness, but they'll laugh harder, and with more understanding, at Sam Swope and illustrator Barry Root's less labored take on the theme, The Araboolies of Liberty Street (1989). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Novak (The Pillow War, 1998, etc.) offers another blunt picture book parable. Read full book review >
THE PILLOW WAR by Matt Novak
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Judging from the satiric overtones and all the frowning faces, Novak has more in mind than an exercise in absurdity—but when all the participants put down their pillows, smile, and go back to bed, readers will get a confusingly mixed message. (Picture book. 5-7)"
From Novak (Mouse TV, 1994, etc.), an incomplete allegory that is something of a misfire. Read full book review >
MOUSE TV by Matt Novak
by Matt Novak, illustrated by Matt Novak
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Delightfully imaginative, with dozens of witty details to discover and share in the deftly drawn art. (Picture book. 4+)"
All ten mouse family members are TV addicts, but each prefers a different kind of program. Read full book review >
THE LAST CHRISTMAS PRESENT by Matt Novak
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Fans of Raymond Briggs's Father Christmas (1973) will be delighted to discover this new treat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A thoroughly contemporary twist on an old theme: little Irwin, in informal green and a peaked cap, is incessantly bossed by three big elves in suits and bowlers. Read full book review >
ELMER BLUNT'S OPEN HOUSE by Matt Novak
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"His sturdy, ebullient creatures are splendidly expressive; the comical details of their antics are delightful. (Picture book. 3-8)"
After oversleeping, Elmer hurries off to work, leaving his door open. Read full book review >