Books by Maxine Kumin

THE WIZARD'S TEARS by Maxine Kumin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Silly, sincere, and optimistic, this reissue with new illustrations will delight a new generation (or two). (Picture book. 3-8)"
Kumin and Sexton's 1975 tale of a reckless young wizard gets a makeover with Katz's vibrant, whimsical illustrations. Read full book review >
THE PAWNBROKER'S DAUGHTER by Maxine Kumin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 6, 2015

"Kumin and her husband experienced an idyllic life on their 200-acre horse farm in New Hampshire, 'living a wide-open lifestyle.' Happily, she shared that life with the rest of us through her writing."
A posthumous publication of five essays by former Poet Laureate Kumin (And Short the Seasons: Poems, 2014, etc.), who died in 2014.Read full book review >
LIZZIE! by Maxine Kumin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"Readers would do better with Millicent Min or The One and Only Ivan (2012). (Fiction. 8-11)"
Kumin's latest effort is hindered by its format; this fictional autobiography is as unpolished and disorganized as a real preteen's diary. Read full book review >
OH, HARRY! by Maxine Kumin
ANIMALS
Released: June 21, 2011

"Good fun for the preschool set and slightly beyond. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Combine a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet with a National Book Award-winning artist and, honestly, it's hard to go wrong. Read full book review >
WHAT COLOR IS CAESAR? by Maxine Kumin
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Friend's paintings, executed in gouache and featuring wide-eyed characters and a sunny pastoral setting, are pleasant enough but don't redeem this tedious tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A faux-philosophical problem, predictable plot and overlong text combine to create a disappointingly dull adventure. Read full book review >
MITES TO MASTODONS by Maxine Kumin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

Kumin, a distinguished poet and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, offers 19 rhyming poems that each focus on one specific creature in this somewhat uneven but beautifully illustrated collection. Read full book review >
QUIT MONKS OR DIE! by Maxine Kumin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Kumin's stylish riddles come packaged with just enough clues to deepen their mystery till the quiet fadeout."
In the little kingdom of Montandino, California, Chief of Police Diego (Digger) Martinez is the Eagle, and Dr. Harold Baranoff is the king. Read full book review >
Released: July 25, 1994

"Antiseptic stories pale beside lush and verdant nonfiction: an unfortunate coupling."
A collection beginning with consistently engaging essays loses its footing in the dreary fiction that follows, bringing Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Kumin's (In Deep, 1987, etc.) latest to a wobbly end. Read full book review >