Books by Mick Manning

Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Beautiful and reverent but perhaps not particularly relevant. (thumbnail bios, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
As the subtitle indicates, young bookworms are invited to "Explore the Amazing Collection of the British Library." Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"If we can no longer wander among the stones, which is a crying shame, this is a good start at getting into the circle's perplexity. (Informational picture book. 7-11)"
An engaging introduction to the mind-boggling monument that has held tight to its secrets for thousands of years. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A strong choice for explorers, artists and nature lovers. (glossary, safety note, list of poems and music, information on The Wildlife Trust) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Chocked full of information, illustrations and inspiration, this wildlife journal will captivate nature lovers young and old. Read full book review >
WOOLLY MAMMOTH by Mick Manning
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Readers will have little difficulty doing so. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
This newest wooly mammoth title, written in rhythmic bouncy verse, hopes to wow the youngest Ice Age fans with facts wrapped in an exciting frozen package. Read full book review >
TAIL-END CHARLIE by Mick Manning
Released: July 1, 2009

"The glossary, nearly as long as the main text, supplies definitions and commentary on slang, aircraft, historical highlights and special terms. (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
Relating his father's anecdotes as he heard them, Manning presents an episodic account of the experiences of an RAF tail-gunner in World War II, from basic training ("Square-Bashing") to bombing runs—the last of which ended with a shrapnel strike and a serious head wound. Read full book review >
WHAT MR DARWIN SAW by Mick Manning
Released: Feb. 12, 2009

"At the opposite end of the accessibility scale from Peter Sís's hyper-ornate Tree of Life (2003), this will provide younger readers with an accurate, if sketchy, introduction to Darwin's big ideas. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Joining the spate of biographies issued to mark the bicentenary of Darwin's birth, this covers the great scientist's career in snapshots. Read full book review >
GREEK HERO by Mick Manning
Released: May 15, 2008

"The general focus on details of daily life makes this a good companion for the plethora of more systematic historical overviews. (combination index/glossary) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Veteran nonfictioneers Manning and Grandström add an entry to their Fly on the Wall series with an engaging, if scattershot, look at the life and times of a fictional fifth-century BCE soldier. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Susan Margeson's Eyewitness Viking (2005). (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
Smiling faces aplenty in the scribbly, informal cartoon illustrations give this quick once-over a lighthearted air at odds, sometimes, with what the snippets of text are describing. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The older elementary set will be clamoring for this lighthearted but informative look at their own insides. (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
Covering most of the major systems (circulatory, muscular, skeletal, digestive, respiratory and nervous), this is one introduction to the human body that will find a willing and fascinated audience. Read full book review >
DINO-DINNERS by Mick Manning
Released: July 15, 2007

"Cheap thrills: Buy accordingly. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
The loosely brushed illustrations aren't as luridly detailed as they might be, but fans of all things gross and gruesome will still be drawn to this gallery of extinct gourmands. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2007

An owl takes over a rooster's role (well, mostly) in this rather ingenuous barnyard episode. Read full book review >
SNAP! by Mick Manning
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"The simple text and lighthearted, humorous illustrations will draw children in to this accessible example of the food chain at work, and teachers will find it a valuable classroom addition. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This reinterpretation of "There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly" follows a cumulative, action-filled, food chain of events. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2006

"Richard Platt's Egyptian Diary: The Journal of Nakht (2005). (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
A superficial glance at Egyptian society in the time of Rameses II, this layers breezy, hand-written factoids ("Egyptian farmers grow barley and a sort of wheat for food, and flax to make linen clothes.") along with bits of plant or animal matter and swatches of papyrus attached with modern straight pins over sketchy, generic watercolor cartoons. Read full book review >
YUCK! by Mick Manning
Released: July 1, 2005

"This isn't going to convince picky eaters to change their ways, but rare is the toddler who won't chime in delightedly on the delicious exclamatory chorus. (Picture book. 3-5)"
An enjoyable gross-out game to share with very young listeners—with a bit of natural history thrown in. Read full book review >
DOG STORY by Kathy Henderson
Released: March 1, 2005

"The illustrations are in a refreshingly naïve style using watercolors and colored pencils, and the artist effectively captures both the charming child and her rapidly expanding menagerie. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Jo is a little girl of five or six who "wanted a dog more than anything else in the whole wide world." Read full book review >
NO MORE COOKIES! by Paeony Lewis
Released: March 1, 2005

"Good fun with a healthy message at its core, this is a tale both parents and their cookie-obsessed offspring can enjoy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An insatiable desire for cookies, a dress-up trunk and a young girl's purposeful imagination are at the heart of this ingenuous tale from Lewis. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Loose watercolor-and-pencil pictures and a touch of appropriately 'scratchy' calligraphy put readers in the right farm—uh, frame—of mind to sympathize with Saturday and to applaud when he finally cock-a-doodle-doos. (Picture book. 2-5)"
There's one in every clutch—a nonconformist who's simply not content to toe the line. Read full book review >
DOES A COW SAY BOO? by Judy Hindley
Released: June 1, 2001

"A fresh approach to a popular topic. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Delightful pencil, watercolor, and crayon illustrations of multiethnic children accompanied by a lyrical narrative happily guide young readers through the many sights and sounds of the farm. Read full book review >
WASH, SCRUB, BRUSH! by Mick Manning
Released: April 1, 2001

"This takes all the drudgery out of coming clean! (Picture book. 3-7)"
There's going to be a party in this hygiene-centric picture book that teaches little ones how to keep clean. Read full book review >
SUPERMOM by Mick Manning
Released: March 1, 2001

"A clever concept supported by appealing illustrations that sadly falls short of the mark. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A playful tale offering readers a peek at moms across the species. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The watercolors are friendly and flighty, and facts on the last spread (ostensibly from the book the girl was reading before she fell asleep and dreamed the adventure) take care of questions that might arise from the tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The team behind The World Is Full of Babies! (1996) allows readers to fly along with the child narrator on the back of a migrating goose. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Pair this with Ann Morris's The Baby Book (1995), which depicts a similar range of activities among human babies in full-color photographs, or Ron Hirschi's A Time for Babies (1993), which looks at wild animal offspring. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)"
Subtitled ``How All Sorts of Babies Grow and Develop,'' this is an overview, in simple text and softly colored drawings, of the universal experiences of infancy that humans share with other species: gestation, birth, crying, sleeping; being carried, cleaned, and fed; learning to walk (or swim or fly), explore, and play. Read full book review >
A RUINED HOUSE by Mick Manning
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A sweet tribute to ruins, but so tame it seems to cower. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4+)"
In examining the physical and biological stages of decay, Manning is more concerned with process than with atmosphere. Read full book review >