Books by Mike Lester

SCRITCH-SCRATCH A PERFECT MATCH by Kimberly Marcus
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Clever fun and lots of giggles. (Picture book. 3-5)"
It all starts with a flea. Read full book review >
THE BUTT BOOK by Artie Bennett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Lester's energetic watercolor-and-scratchboard illustrations can't lift this book above the rest. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This paean to the posterior opens with the claim that, "[e]yes and ears are much respected, / but the butt has been neglected." Read full book review >
COOL DADDY RAT by Kristyn Crow
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"Terrific fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When young Ace stows away in Daddy Rat's bass case, he discovers just how busy a New York jazz musician's day—and night—can be. Read full book review >
NINETY-THREE IN MY FAMILY by Erica S. Perl
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Perl's narrative describes the chief challenges for the family with all the animals in bouncy verse: fighting over the TV, taking a bath, bedtime, etc. Rib-tickling romp with many counting opportunities for young listeners. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A huge menagerie shares digs with a family of five. Read full book review >
WHEN CHARLIE MCBUTTON LOST POWER by Suzanne Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Unlikely to work as behavior modification, but young geeks may take a break from their screens to enjoy the over-the-top art. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A computer-game addict temporarily turns into a raving lunatic when a power failure shuts down his PC, and Lester is well up to the task of portraying his breakdown. Read full book review >
THIS IS THE TEACHER by Rhonda Gowler Green
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"This one is a perfect back-to-school read-aloud or even a story to end the year. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Every teacher knows that some days, no matter how ready for school they are in the morning, they'll leave fit only for bed. Read full book review >
A IS FOR SALAD by Mike Lester
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 1, 2000

"Lane territory, or Nicholas Heller's Goblins in Green (1995) and other residents of the picture-book universe's daffier reaches. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Lester debuts with a promisingly irreverent alphabet, inviting a closer look at the pictures by giving them misleading captions: "A" does indeed feature a salad—but an Alligator is eating it. Read full book review >