Books by Matthew Cordell

WHAT FLOATS IN A MOAT? by Lynne Berry
Released: July 9, 2013

"A goofy romp that will fit right in with elementary school science lessons. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Silly meets science in this title inspired by Archimedes' principle. Read full book review >
LIKE BUG JUICE ON A BURGER by Julie Sternberg
Released: April 2, 2013

Nine-year-old Eleanor discovers that it's possible to like some things about sleep-away camp.

She thought she would like Camp Wallumwahpuck. Read full book review >

Released: March 5, 2013

"Appendix aside, this tender, well-crafted sibling story should hook many readers. (bibliography) (Verse fiction. 5-9)"
A playful verse narrative of the joys and perils of a family fishing trip. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Verse seekers could do worser than to swallow down this course of funky, funny forms of wordy wit. (Poetry. 6-12)"
Prolific versifier, author, riddlizer (etc.) Lewis offers this mostly new (a few appeared in magazines or anthologies) collection of laughs and linguistic lampoons. Read full book review >
HELLO! HELLO! by Matthew Cordell
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"This wry object lesson blends clever design and a sincere, never-preachy delivery. Terrific!  (Picture book. 3-7)"
Into a family's device-dominated existence, Cordell inserts this tribute to the realms of nature and the imagination. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2012

"Hilarious, laugh-out-loud fun for middle-grade readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Justin tries to convince himself that, in spite of his well-earned nickname, he is not a worried kid anymore and that summer vacation means that there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Read full book review >
BAT AND RAT by Patrick Jennings
Released: May 1, 2012

"Cordell's starry cityscapes combine with Jennings' gentle text for an agreeable read-aloud—with a cherry on top. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A sweet friendship story hums with jazz and is heaped with ice cream. Read full book review >
Released: March 13, 2012

"Macabre, sometimes downright mean, this mischievous collection is sure to engage the devilish side of readers of all ages. (Illustrated poems. 6 & up)"
A playful primer on insincerity for budding poets. Read full book review >
ITSY-BITSY BABY MOUSE by Michelle Meadows
Released: March 6, 2012

"Another appealing mouse hero likely to tickle toddlers embarking on their own adventures. (Picture book. 3-7)  "
"Itsy bitsy baby mouse" gets very lost and must find his way in this home-away-home mouse adventure for the wee set. Read full book review >
ANOTHER BROTHER by Matthew Cordell
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"This is not just another new-baby book: Cordell's humorous text and mischievously silly, expressive cartoon art will have readers bleating to read it again and again. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Davy, a little sheep, has trouble adjusting to the arrival of not one but 12 baby brothers in this humorous twist on the tried and true new sibling theme. Read full book review >
LEAP BACK HOME TO ME by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: April 26, 2011

Veteran picture-book author Thompson teams with Cordell to create a deceptively simple instant classic. Read full book review >
LIKE PICKLE JUICE ON A COOKIE by Julie Sternberg
Released: March 1, 2011

When Bibi, her first and favorite babysitter, moves away, it takes all of August for 8-year-old Eleanor to get beyond her sense of loss and get used to a new caretaker. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 2010

Third grader Justin Case gets this nickname thanks to his amazing ability to worry about everything. Read full book review >

TROUBLE GUM by Matthew Cordell
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

Despite Mom's sage warnings, piglet Ruben and his little brother Julius wreak havoc with multiple sticks of gum (first proffered by, then filched from Grammy) and a newly knit blanket. Read full book review >

TOOT TOOT ZOOM! by Phyllis Root
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2009

Pierre the fox lives a lonely life at the foot of a very high mountain. Read full book review >

MIGHTY CASEY by James Preller
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

As a writer of verse, Preller, author of Six Innings (2008), makes an excellent prose novelist. Read full book review >

RIGHTY AND LEFTY by Rachel Vail
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

Bad enough that Lefty wants to live a life enveloped in galoshes, but does he have to be so neurotic? Read full book review >

TOBY AND THE SNOWFLAKES by Julie Halpern
FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 2004

In this slow, quiet story, a lonely boy discovers that friends come and go. Read full book review >