Books by Michael Slack

SHORTY & CLEM BLAST OFF! by Michael Slack
Released: July 31, 2018

"Sometimes peace and quiet just isn't in the cards…and that isn't always a bad thing. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The odd couple introduced in Shorty & Clem (2017) wrangle over a rocket kit. Read full book review >
BUNNY BUILT by Michael Slack
Released: April 24, 2018

"This perky tale shows that the most enjoyable rewards are those that follow hard work and that true satisfaction comes when we share our good fortune with others. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A hardworking bunny is fresh out of carrots, so he ventures out into his community to find some. Read full book review >
SHORTY & CLEM by Michael Slack
Released: April 25, 2017

"Understandable, if not exactly model, behavior makes for a funny, sympathetic read. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Shorty suffers an overwhelming ethical dilemma when a mysterious package arrives for the temporarily absent Clem. Read full book review >
Released: March 21, 2017

"A role model for all, levelheaded Turtle Tug keeps his cool even in times of danger. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The third installment of Slack's wildly inventive animal/rescue-vehicle hybrids (Monkey Truck, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
PIRASAURS! by Josh Funk
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Prehistoric pirates are always worth a play, as is the peaceable theme, but such amateurish writing merits only the old heave-ho. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A small dinosaur earns the respect of a scaly crew of dino-pirates with a clever bit of conflict resolution. Read full book review >
RACE CAR COUNT by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"When the cars line up for another race, children will cheer. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The flash and thrill of the race car track—it's all here in a zippy counting book just right for the toddler set. Read full book review >
WAZDOT? by Michael Slack
Released: July 29, 2014

"Good, silly fun wrapped in crisp graphics. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Robot extraterrestrials encounter a farm on Earth. Read full book review >
ELECOPTER by Michael Slack
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"'Go, Elecopter! Go!' (Picture book. 2-5)"
Who keeps the savanna and its animals safe? Elecopter! Read full book review >
HOW DO YOU BURP IN SPACE? by Susan E. Goodman
Released: July 9, 2013

"A fizzy look at what space vacationers of the near future can expect. (photographs, glossary, websites, source notes, index [not seen]) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
With space tourism close to becoming a reality, Goodman and Slack offer aspiring young intergalactic travelers an entertaining and informative travel guide. Read full book review >
NUGGET AND FANG by Tammi Sauer
Released: March 19, 2013

"Not the first interspecies friendship tale (and likely not the last), but it's darn near impossible to resist such an earnest, toothy hero. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Nugget, aptly named, is a tiny minnow, and Fang (even more aptly named) is a shark. One can already begin to predict the conflict. Read full book review >
PASS IT ON! by Marilyn Sadler
Released: May 22, 2012

"Though it is supposed to be a silent game—and here it is anything but that—this rendering of the childhood favorite captures the essence of its illuminating comedy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sadler gives cockamamie treatment to this barnyard variant on the game of telephone. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2012

"Humor, math and poetry—who knew they were such a good combination? (Poetry/math. 8-12)"
Going a step beyond his Arithme-Tickle (illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, 2001), Lewis cleverly combines math and language arts with this collection of humorous poetry parodies that present readers with math word problems to solve. Read full book review >
MONKEY TRUCK by Michael Slack
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Hope for more from this outrageous imagination. (Picture book. 2-5)"
"When there's trouble in the jungle, Monkey Truck knows what to do." Read full book review >
SCRUFFY KITTY by Michael Slack
Kirkus Star
by Michael Slack, illustrated by Michael Slack, developed by WingedChariot
Released: Dec. 15, 2010

"Toddlers will fall in love with Scruffy Kitten and this gently engaging app from Europe. (iPad storybook app. 1-4)"
This multilingual 17-page story-and-sticker app for the youngest readers charms. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2010

"No matter; readers will all be rooting for P. Petunia. (Picture book. 4-8)"
There is nothing quite like giving a goat grief. That is, after all, why they are called goats. And the young protagonist in Hale's mostly rhymed tale drapes all manner of blame on the horns of the family goat. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Even if kids last through it once, they're not likely to clamor for repeated readings—for which their grown-ups will be eternally grateful. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Everybody's heard of the Tooth Fairy, right? Read full book review >
MY LIFE AS A CHICKEN by Ellen A. Kelley
Released: May 1, 2007

"Cock-a-Doodle-Do Café!' (Picture book. 6-8)"
Chickens roost thickly on library and bookstore shelves these days, but Pauline Poulet stands out—both for plucky courage and for her way with a rhyme. Read full book review >