Books by Mike Ornstein

KINDERGARRRTEN BUS by Mike Ornstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2018

"X marks the school: 'The treasure of all treasures!' (Picture book. 3-7)"
A pirate bus driver tells his new kindergarten charges to buck up and not be afraid, but then something happens that shows him to be a fraidy fraud. Read full book review >
THE DADDY LONGLEGS BLUES by Mike Ornstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Bounce with The Daddy as he plays his fiddle. He's eight long legs with a dot in the middle." The poem, a mix of fact (both zoological and musical) and fancy, depicts a harvestman, or daddy longlegs, as a funky creature playing the blues, with a number of insects keeping time and accompanying him with the beat. A variety of settings, from a cafe for insects to a house from a human perspective, provides the backdrop to the poem. Kopelke's illustrations of acrylic and colored pencil are alive with all kinds of creepy-crawlies—most decked out in groovy shades—who get down with the Daddy on multiple instruments and convene for a climactic concert onstage. For all their liveliness, however, the illustrations suffer from their depiction of the title character as a corpulent, short-legged fellow, which hardly matches the text's description or children's firsthand observations of the creature. A glossary of blues terms, definitions of the instruments played and a short description of the harvestman and the history of the blues is appended. The jazzy poem will be fun for sharing. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >