Books by Michael Rex

TOILET PAPER MUMMY by Michael  Rex
Released: May 28, 2013

"Hits the gross-out sweet spot. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Readers with a soft spot for gross-out humor will find plenty to keep them gagging in Rex's latest novel (Fangbone! Third-Grade Barbarian, 2012) for the early-middle-grade set. Read full book review >
FANGBONE! THIRD-GRADE BARBARIAN by Michael  Rex
Released: Jan. 5, 2012

"The expected blend of boogers, barbarian battles and beanballs may hold some appeal for young boys seeking hijinks over highbrow literature. (Graphic fiction. 9-12)"
A lackluster graphic-novel offering for the young-male reading set, full of gross-outs, slapstick humor and out-of-this world adventures. Read full book review >
MY DOG JACK IS FAT by Eve Bunting
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Skip this didactic drivel and skip rope instead. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Good intentions don't compensate for a heavy-handed approach in this latest effort to teach kids about the perils of obesity. Read full book review >
FURIOUS GEORGE GOES BANANAS by Michael  Rex
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"The bright, digitally colored pencil illustrations hit just the right note of goofy mayhem to please fans of that OTHER George, especially those with an eye for detail. (Picture book. 4-7)"
George, a very large ape, lives happily in the jungle until a man in a funny hat traps him. Read full book review >
THE RUNAWAY MUMMY by Michael  Rex
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The horror. (Picture book. 10 & up)"
"Once there was a little mummy who wanted to run away. ‘If you run away,' said Mother Mummy, ‘I will get you! For you are my rotten little mummy!' " As he did in 2008's Goodnight Goon, Rex puts a monstrous spin on a Margaret Wise Brown favorite. Read full book review >
GOODNIGHT GOON by Michael  Rex
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"It's something of a one-joke wonder, but what fun it is, as the goon wreaks a little havoc before being ordered under the bed by the stern little werewolf: "Goodnight monsters everywhere." (Picture book. 7 & up)"
"In the cold gray tomb / There was a gravestone / And a black lagoon / And a picture of— / Martians taking over the moon," begins this snort-inducing parody of one of children's literature's most sacred texts. Read full book review >
YOU CAN DO ANYTHING, DADDY! by Michael  Rex
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2007

"Rex effectively captures a preschool imagination, and his blocky illustrations, drawn in pencil and colored using Photoshop, are full of little jokes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A bedtime conversation morphs into an Indiana Jones–type adventure. Read full book review >
DUNK SKUNK by Michael  Rex
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"The action, the bright colors and the rhyming sounds add up to a winner well worth sharing with pre-emergent readers. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Rex follows up Truck Duck (2004) with another set of exuberant-looking animals, set against plain backgrounds of bright primary hues and matched to two-word rhymes on stiff card stock. Read full book review >
TRUCK DUCK by Michael  Rex
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Printed on stiff paper, these mighty machines will rivet fans of all things big, noisy, and on the go. (Picture book. 3-5)"
On the ground, in the water, or through the air, here comes a parade of spread-filling trucks, boats, and other vehicles, each piloted by a smiling animal. Read full book review >
MY FREIGHT TRAIN by Michael  Rex
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"They will go to the supermarket"—everything makes perfect sense. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Trains are one of those items that exert an intrinsic fascination, like campfires and ocean waves or Rex's earlier subjects in My Fire Engine (1999) and My Race Car (2000). Read full book review >
THE PIE IS CHERRY by Michael  Rex
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"The concept is useful. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rex (My Race Car, 2000, etc.) uses the simple sentence structure of the title to describe a full day in the kitchen with three redheaded siblings and their dog. Read full book review >
CRUNCH MUNCH by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"It's not Denise Fleming's Lunch (1992)—or for that matter Peter Spier's classic Gobble, Growl, Grunt (1971)—but it does cheerily celebrate the pleasures of noisy eating while deftly introducing the idea that for us such behavior is an option, not a necessity. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Filling his short, rhymed, repetitive text with chomps, crunches, slurps, slops, and other sounds of chowing down, London (Snuggle Wuggle, 2000, etc.) invites young children to compare their own eating habits to those of a frog, giraffe, aardvark, cow, and other animals. Read full book review >
SNUGGLE WUGGLE by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"Besides providing a cuddly bedtime story, London's tale also aids little ones in identifying a broad assortment of familiar animals. (Picture book. 2-5)"
London and Rex have teamed up again (Wiggle Waggle, not reviewed) to produce a captivating bedtime tale for the preschool set. Read full book review >
MY FIRE ENGINE by Michael  Rex
Released: March 1, 1999

"Adding an overall note of warmth in vivid red, yellow, and blue are Rex's colored-pencil illustrations, a medium that here is unrivaled in its welcoming and immediate appeal. (Picture book. 3-6)"
For the same audience that took to Peter S°s's Fire Truck (1998), a spirited little educational fantasy from Rex (The Painting Gorilla, 1997). Read full book review >
SUNRISE by Helena Clare Pittman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Enticing on many levels, this book offers an edifying blend of entertainment and instruction. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Effectively joining text and art, this book provides an abundance of repetition to reinforce the concept of numbers. Read full book review >
THE PAINTING GORILLA by Michael  Rex
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Jovial cartoons add a sunny look to the pages that promise a lot of monkeying around but don't deliver. (Picture book. 3-6)"
 From the illustrator of David Getz's Floating Home (p. 380), the story of a gorilla who finds plenty of subject matter for her artwork in the zoo where she lives. Read full book review >
FLOATING HOME by David Getz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1997

"What begins as a contrivance catapults readers into an animated, aeronautical adventure and an entertaining look at the science of space travel; it ends as a visionary paradigm for a peaceful planet. (Picture book. 5-9)"
 In a unique slant on a typical homework assignment, Getz (Frozen Man, 1994, etc.) and newcomer Rex send a girl to incredible heights for her art project—outer space. Read full book review >