Books by Michael Sampson

Released: March 1, 2011

"The patterned, rhyming text will be welcomed by little ones at their own bedtime, but as an addition to rather than a substitute for the bedtime canon. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The bedtime routine for this little kitty is filled with all the excuses she can think of, fueled by her reluctance to accept the end of the day. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 4, 2008

A veritable pantheon of illlustrators contributes work to this delicious collection of Martin's favorite poems. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Adequate but uninspired. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Charming and forgettable, this slight collaboration has undeniable appeal but little real substance. Read full book review >
CHICKA CHICKA 1, 2, 3 by Bill Martin, Jr.
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"What's next: Where the Wild Things Went? (Picture book. 3-7)"
Is nothing sacred? Read full book review >
CADDIE THE GOLF DOG by Michael Sampson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 31, 2002

"Cooper's consistently stunning illustrations, with beautiful color, softened effects, and emotionally charged characters (even the animals) perfectly complete the warm and fuzzy circle of a dog's life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A stray blue heeler dog shows she's got game when she finds happy owners for herself and her new puppy. Read full book review >
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE by Bill Martin
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Children curious about the meaning of what so many of them are compelled to promise every morning in school will get less lyrical, but more factual, commentary from June Swanson's I Pledge Allegiance (1990). (Picture book. 6-8)"
This attempt to explain the Pledge's meaning to younger children is at least as simplistic as it is enlightening. Read full book review >
TRICK OR TREAT? by Bill Martin
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The story itself, though, is a somewhat confusing gimmick that may defy comprehension by primary-aged readers and will not interest most of the older readers, who will see through its contrived story line and all-too-convenient conclusion. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Readers will revel in the alliterative names and twisted phrases but the enjoyment will be superficial unless they can figure out that the "ceanut pups" are the "peanut cups," and other such treats are turned "wackbards" by Merlin's spell. Read full book review >
LITTLE GRANNY QUARTERBACK by Bill Martin
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Sharp eyes will realize that Granny's never left her two-poster bed, but she's still the most vigorous grandmother seen since Barbara Williams's Kevin's Grandma (1975). (Picture book. 4-8)"
The team that produced Swish (1997) returns to the world of sports with a somewhat older star. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE SQUEEGY BUG by Bill Martin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

In the style of a pourquoi tale, the authors have crafted an explanation about how fireflies came to be. Read full book review >
ROCK IT, SOCK IT, NUMBER LINE by Bill Martin, Jr.
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Although this effort doesn't quite match the magic of Martin's best work, these dancing numbers and veggies will fit right in to story hours with themes of gardens, soup, or counting. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Martin rocks on with his current collaborator (Adam, Adam What Do You See?, not reviewed, etc.), in a garden-themed counting book obviously intended as a companion to the ever-popular Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (1989). Read full book review >