Books by Mike Lowery

MAPS AND GEOGRAPHY by Ken Jennings
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"You don't have to be a certified Junior Genius to enjoy this entertainingly presented introduction. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
A liberally illustrated tongue-in-cheek guide to maps and geography delivers solid information and intriguing facts. Read full book review >
THE MAGICAL FRUIT by Jo Nesbø
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Another lighter-than-air exploit from Norway's best-selling novelist, buoyed by alimentary humor and occasional illustrations (the latter not seen). (Light fantasy. 9-11)"
Amid drama in both the sewers of Oslo and London's immense Wobbley Stadium, the intrepid trio that previously saved Legoland (Who Cut the Cheese?, 2011) tackles an even more nefarious threat. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2013

"This rapid-fire reboot of a traditional favorite will be a requested read-aloud for high-energy listeners. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When the class goes on a field trip to the fire station, the Gingerbread Man is carried along in a child's backpack. He falls, unexpectedly, onto the snout of the firehouse dog, Spot the Dalmatian. Read full book review >
THE DAY MY MOM CAME TO KINDERGARTEN by Maureen Fergus
Released: March 1, 2013

"A well-observed kindergarten whimsy. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Mom manages to make about every mistake in the kindergarten book when she visits school one day. Read full book review >
WHAT CAN A CRANE PICK UP? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"For some children, however, the real excitement will come after they've reached the last page and their grown-up asks, "What else can a crane pick up?" Children will ask to read this book many times, but the words may change every time they read it. (Picture book. 2-7)"
This is the sort of book readers co-write along with the author. Read full book review >
MOO HOO by Mike Lowery
Released: April 10, 2012

"A winning display of finding the high ground and paved with particularly sweet verbal compression.  (Picture book. 3-6)"
It comes as a delight how much fun can be wrung from the words "moo" and "hoo."      Read full book review >
WHO CUT THE CHEESE? by Jo Nesbø
FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Hefty but lightweight, with occasional pokerfaced line drawings to reinforce the tongue-in-cheek tone. (Satiric fantasy. 10-12)"
With help from friends, an eccentric inventor and his two young associates save both Norway and the world from Swedish-speaking alien chameleons with hypnotic powers. Read full book review >
THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE IN THE SCHOOL by Laura Murray
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2011

"Teachers looking for a new way to start off the school year will eat this one up. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In Murray's children's debut, when a gingerbread man made by schoolchildren gets left behind at recess, he decides he has to find his class: "I'll run and I'll run, / As fast as I can. / I can catch them! I'm their / Gingerbread Man!" Read full book review >
RIBBIT RABBIT by Candace Ryan
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

Ryan's story features the disarming characters Frog and Bunny, two close friends. Read full book review >

BUBBLE IN THE BATHTUB by Jo Nesbø
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

Spun from the quirky cast and gaseous premise introduced in Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder (2010), this even sillier sequel expelled by the popular Norwegian crime novelist sends young Lisa and Nilly from Oslo to Paris and from the Middle Ages to Napoleon's tent on the eve of Waterloo. Read full book review >

DOCTOR PROCTOR’S FART POWDER by Jo Nesbø
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

In this well-knit crossover debut for young audiences, a popular Norwegian author crafts an airy farce from elements both familiar and offbeat—from new friends with wildly disparate personalities afflicted by big but really stupid bullies (with a father to match) to an eccentric inventor and encounters with a giant anaconda in the sewers of Oslo. Read full book review >