Books by Mike Wohnoutka

MOO! by David LaRochelle
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Good barnyard fun, with nods to Mo Willems' aspirational Pigeon and Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin's enterprising Duck. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A venturesome cow sneaks off in her farmer's red car, with decidedly bumpy results. Read full book review >
HANUKKAH BEAR by Eric A. Kimmel
Released: July 1, 2013

"The now-classic tale's humor still fosters eye-rolling laughter, with Wohnoutka's illustrations as rib-tickling complement. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A well-used trope of misidentification allows a village elder to innocently open her home to a possible predator with humorous, even endearing results. Read full book review >
JUST LIKE MY PAPA by Toni Buzzeo
Released: April 2, 2013

"The warm and reassuring flow of the text and the dramatic painterly scenes of the African landscape come together for a likable tale just in time for Father's Day. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Buzzeo and Wohnoutka (Stay Close to Mama, 2012) pair up again, this time taking a closer look at the loving dynamic between a lion and his mischievous cub on the African savanna. Read full book review >
STAY CLOSE TO MAMA by Toni Buzzeo
Released: March 13, 2012

"Pass on this muddled effort. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-5)"
A young giraffe repeatedly lands in dangerous situations when his curiosity gets the best of him. Read full book review >
CAN'T SLEEP WITHOUT SHEEP by Susanna Leonard Hill
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"You can count on us," they assure her, concluding a gently humorous book that families will undoubtedly come to count on as well. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When Ava's busy mind won't let her fall asleep, her mother tells her to try counting sheep, marking the last moment of convention in Hill and Wohnoutka's refreshing bedtime story. Read full book review >
THE UNUSUAL MIND OF VINCENT SHADOW by Tim Kehoe
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Easily skippable. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old Vincent Shadow used to invent toys with his artist mother in a secret lab they built in his bedroom closet. Read full book review >
JACK’S HOUSE by Karen Magnuson Beil
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2008

"This book was built for those youngsters with a jones for trucks and other big wheels, and it delivers in spades. (Picture book. 4-8)"
There is a little joke lurking for readers in Beil's twist on the classic cumulative tale of the house that Jack built. Read full book review >
MAMA’S LITTLE DUCKLING by Marjorie Blain Parker
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"A delightful addition to any preschool or toddler collection. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This tender tale deals with a milestone every family faces: finding a balance between a child's budding independence and a parent's need for security. Read full book review >
WHEN THE WIZZY FOOT GOES WALKING... by Roni Schotter
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

WIZZY FOOT may be just the perfect name to give to the array of both negative and positive behaviors exhibited by rambunctious toddlers. Read full book review >
LOOK WHAT THE CAT DRAGGED IN! by Gary Hogg
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Readers weary of endless variations on "Little Red Hen" might give this a try. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Hogg spins a tale from the titular expression, casting a slothful family that intimidates its feline member into providing firewood, food and entertainment. Read full book review >
THE FOOT-STOMPING ADVENTURES OF CLEMENTINE SWEET by Kitty Griffin
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 22, 2004

"Adults who notice the musical allusions and the too-silly names (Chili Pepper, Carmel, Coconut) will likely groan but young readers will simply read a tale that will make them smile. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The Sweet family has no idea of the havoc the youngest of 14 children will create when they get so involved in their foot-stomping, rip-roaring reunion that they forget all about little Clementine's sixth birthday. Read full book review >
DAVEY’S BLUE-EYED FROG by Patricia Harrison Easton
ANIMALS
Released: April 21, 2003

"Wohnoutka's light, cartoony pencil illustrations keep the story hopping along. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Girls of all species drive Davey crazy. Read full book review >
COWBOY SAM AND THOSE CONFOUNDED SECRETS by Kitty Griffin
FICTION
Released: Sept. 17, 2001

"It's a cute concept, but the incomplete follow-through robs this story of any real interest. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An agreeable, but essentially slight Texas tall tale about keeping secrets. Read full book review >