Books by Mike Lowery

PRINCE AND PIRATE by Charlotte Gunnufson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A watery odd couple perfect for potential royals and scurvy curs alike. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Two pet fish duke it out, scale to scale. Read full book review >
A SQUIGGLY STORY by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"This book offers a fine mirror for brown boys who aspire to write, but it's also a great pro-literacy story for all children about brown kids who hold reading and writing in high regard. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A positive tale of how a story can emerge organically from an inkling of an idea to an imaginative literary excursion—even at the hands of preliterate kids. Read full book review >
THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE AT THE ZOO by Laura Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A delicious outing for one and all. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Back for a fourth adventure, this smart cookie cavorts across the zoo, where many animals are ready for a nibble. Read full book review >
THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE AT CHRISTMAS by Laura Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A jolly treat with a sweet acknowledgement of the gifts teachers give their students all year long. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In his third exploratory adventure, the gregarious Gingerbread Man scampers through town delivering gifts to community helpers. Read full book review >
RANDOM BODY PARTS by Leslie Bulion
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Better suited to poetry classrooms than science labs. (Poetry. 9-12)"
Poetry + anatomy and physiology = an unusual combination. Read full book review >
ALL ABOARD! by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"There are many better train books available; point little engineers in their direction. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rhyming verse chugs along as two children ride a train on a long-distance trip. Read full book review >
MAPS AND GEOGRAPHY by Ken Jennings
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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 >
THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE ON THE FIRE TRUCK by Laura Murray
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
illustrated by Mike Lowery, by Candace Ryan
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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

"Best of all, Frog and Bunny have the radiant good cheer of a sock monkey, a mingling of the ridiculous with the sublime for a spellbinding effect. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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

"Though Lowery's illustrations are too rare and sketchy to have much influence and a significant character seems to have been trucked in just to be killed off later, the tale burbles comically along and everything comes out right…in the…end. (Light fantasy. 10-12)"
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
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"Lowery's childlike line drawings are too sparse to have a noticeable effect on this rib-tickling tale. (Fiction. 10-12)"
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 >