Books by Mercer Mayer

THE TRIP by Mercer Mayer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2013

"By the end, readers may be as exhausted as Little Critter's beleaguered dad, who does all the driving, natch, but they will feel like they've done something. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
Little Critter, Little Sister and their parents take a meandering trip to Lake Wakatookee in this busy app. Read full book review >
JUST ME AND MY LITTLE BROTHER by Mercer Mayer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2013

"By this time, both Little Critter and the 'omBook' are tried-and-true brands, so there's a feeling of sameness about both story and treatment that will reassure many children even as it, perhaps, fails to thrill their parents. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
Oceanhouse applies its characteristically clean treatment to a Mayer standard. Read full book review >
TOO MANY DINOSAURS by Mercer Mayer
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Eye candy for dinosaur fans, with piles of yard-sale goods and other junk on hand that will reward closer looks. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The plot doesn't exactly make sense, but that hardly matters when the pictures show a suburban neighborhood suddenly overrun with humongous dinosaurs. Read full book review >
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by Mercer Mayer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2011

"Overall, this Little Critter app benefits from deeper interactive features as well as improved character and voice work over earlier iterations. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
The physical characteristics of Mayer's guinea pig-like Little Critter characters may not be evolving much, but the apps based on their books are. This 20-year-old take on the Grimm fairy tale is translated into a much richer experience than such previous iPad adaptations of his amusing storybooks as Just Grandma and Me, developed by Oceanhouse Media (2010). Read full book review >
OCTOPUS SOUP by Mercer Mayer
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Welcome back, Mercer; what's next—turtle soup? (Wordless picture book. 5-8)"
After being absent from the trade market for a while, Mayer returns with this wordless book and his well-known "monster" touches. Read full book review >
SHIBUMI AND THE KITEMAKER by Mercer Mayer
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Such visual nuances heighten the suspense of the storytelling and add a level of sophistication rare for a picture book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this moving tale from Mayer, an emperor chooses to isolate his daughter Shibumi from the squalor of the city by walling her in his palace and gardens. Read full book review >
THE FIGURE IN THE SHADOWS by Mercer Mayer
Released: April 29, 1975

"Still, a nice comfy ghost story for stay-at-homes who'll be relieved to know that the grownups can yet protect them against the powers of darkness."
It's the same old lard-ass Lewis of The House with a Clock in Its Walls, accustomed to living with' a practicing wizard and more worried about getting tough enough to take on class bully Woody Mingo. Read full book review >
ALTOGETHER, ONE AT A TIME by Gail E. Haley
Released: April 22, 1971

"The theme or lesson of each story emerges naturally from the characters and events and adds in its turn an ironic note to the plot's conclusion."
Four short stories, each illustrated by a different artist and each containing an unobtrusive but centrally important moral. Read full book review >
THERE'S A NIGHTMARE IN MY CLOSET by Mercer Mayer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 1968

"A dubious equation, a small gasp of a story."
There's a nightmare and it's real: a bat-eared, buck-toothed monster who might be an escapee from Dr. Seuss. Read full book review >
THE GREAT BRAIN by John D. Fitzgerald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 1967

"A funny, fast-moving, endearing book that adults will appreciate and boys will lap up."
According to J.D., Tom the Great Brain's younger brother, Adenville, Utah in 1896, is full of opportunities for an enterprising boy—Papa installs the first water closet in town (and Tom charges to see the cess pool dug, the chain pulled); J.D. catches the mumps first on purpose, has a chance to gloat over his still-swollen brothers (but Tom exacts a price for calling off his punishment); a Greek immigrant boy is badgered and bullied (and Tom earns a dollar for training him to outfight his chief tormentor); the new teacher turns out to be a tyrant (but Tom first has him fired, then rehired chastened). Read full book review >
JUST GRANDMA AND ME by Mercer Mayer
CHILDREN'S

"The graphics, page turning and read-along options work well to deliver a harmless, affectionate tale of a kid's day out with his grandmother. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
Mercer Mayer's Little Critter visits the beach with his grandmother, who, like all of Critter's family, has plenty of patience for his good-natured mischief. Read full book review >