Books by Molly Bang

OCEAN SUNLIGHT by Molly Bang
Released: May 1, 2012

"Readers will want to visit more than once to capture both the science and the abundant sense of celebration here. (Informational picture book. 5-11)"
An awe-inspiring lesson in photosynthesis goes under the sea. Read full book review >
ALL OF ME! by Molly Bang
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Joyous. (Picture book. 2-5)"
All toddlers' most fascinating subject (themselves) receives an earnest portrayal as a young child celebrates himself and his world. Read full book review >
LIVING SUNLIGHT by Molly Bang
NATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Photosynthesis is thrilling to ponder, and Bang and Chisholm shout their enthusiasm for the process—and for the interconnectedness of all living things—from the (probably solar-paneled) rooftops. (notes) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Mirroring the format of Bang's more energy-focused My Light (2006), this one is in part dedicated to Ben, "who felt it was more important that the sun's energy fuels life than that it can change into electricity." Read full book review >
THE DAY LEO SAID, “I HATE YOU!” by Robie H. Harris
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Harris's patient take on a difficult topic will make this must-have reading for many a parent and child. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The H-word gets the full attention of two of picture-book literature's finest emotional plumbers. Read full book review >
LITTLE RAT MAKES MUSIC by Monika Bang-Campbell
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"An excellent choice for those readers in transition from beginning readers to chapter books. (Fiction. 6-8)"
In the third early-chapter book to detail her adventures, spunky Little Rat tackles violin lessons. Read full book review >
OLD MOTHER BEAR by Victoria Miles
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"A beautiful introduction to these awesome animals. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
In the last three years of her life, old mother bear births a final litter, leads them up and down the mountain and through the seasons until they are old enough to go out on their own and then quietly retires to a den to die. Read full book review >
IN MY HEART by Molly Bang
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Happy and heartwarming. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Heartfelt verbal and visual images strongly validate the invisible, invincible ties binding parent and child in this upbeat affirmation. Read full book review >
LITTLE RAT RIDES by Monika Bang-Campbell
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"Although the text is intended as an upper-level easy reader for children transitioning into chapter books, this quiet, satisfying story will also work as a read-aloud for younger children. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
The endearing star of Little Rat Sets Sail returns for a second sporty adventure, this time learning to ride a horse in a riding-academy setting. Read full book review >
MY LIGHT by Molly Bang
by Molly Bang, illustrated by Molly Bang
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 1, 2004

"Backmatter offers further detail on fossil fuel and solar power. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Told poetically from the perspective of the sun, Bang's latest illuminates electricity and explains how humans harness energy from water, wind, earth, and sun. Read full book review >
TIGER’S FALL by Molly Bang
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Unsentimental yet moving, Bang's story lets the reader see and feel what it might be like to be in Lupe's shoes. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Set in Mexico, this tear-inducing tale tells the story of an 11-year-old girl's physical and mental recovery after falling out of a tree. Read full book review >
HARLEY by Star Livingstone
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"An interesting story that will appeal to kids who like uncommon animals and to any family who owns llamas. (Fiction. 6-9)"
An unusually long easy-reader format—but then llamas are unusual animals, and a guard llama that watches over a flock of sheep is even more extraordinary. Read full book review >
LITTLE RAT SETS SAIL by Monica Bang-Campbell
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Let's hope Little Rat learns to swim in the next offering, as those who go down to the sea to sail should really learn to swim first. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
Little Rat's parents have signed her up for sailing lessons, but she doesn't want to learn to sail; in fact, she doesn't even want to get wet. Read full book review >
NOBODY PARTICULAR by Molly Bang
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"It's an inspiring, and ongoing, saga, well worth struggling through, and its format may help to bring it to otherwise disinterested readers. (Picture book/nonfiction. 11+)"
Bang (Common Ground: The Water, Earth and Air We Share, 1997) tells it like it is in this frank, if kaleidoscopic, account of a Texas shrimper's conversion to environmental activism. Read full book review >
WHEN SOPHIE GETS ANGRY--REALLY, REALLY ANGRY . . . by Molly Bang
Released: March 1, 1999

When Sophie has to surrender one toy to her sister, stumbles over another toy, and gets no sympathy from her mother, she runs furiously out into the woods, first to cry, and then sit in a huge old beech, watching the ocean until the tempest abates. Read full book review >
COMMON GROUND by Molly Bang
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"It's a timely, provocative message, housed in a small, weighty book. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Conservation and responsibility for our shared natural resources is the heart of an allegory that inspires respect for the environment, described tidily in simple terms. Read full book review >
GOOSE by Molly Bang
by Molly Bang, illustrated by Molly Bang
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Children will scrutinize every illustration carefully, taking pleasure from the innumerable discoveries therein. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A hand-sized book holds a humorous tale of a goose raised by woodchucks. Read full book review >
CHATTANOOGA SLUDGE by Molly Bang
Released: April 1, 1996

"It all adds up to a favorable omen for the future of the Chattanooga. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
Bang (One Fall Day, 1994, etc.) salutes one man's efforts to clean up "the most polluted waterway in the southeastern United States." Read full book review >
ONE FALL DAY by Molly Bang
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A beautiful and intriguing book with much to discover at any age. (Picture book. 1-6)"
The ever-inventive Bang (two Caldecott Honors) uses some of her favorite images in a deceptively simple bedtime story with several layers of visual and conceptual meaning. Read full book review >
FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA by Amy L. Cohn
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A treasure-trove for browsing, enlivening the curriculum, reading aloud, devouring whole, or returning to nibble again and again. (Anthology. 4-12)"
A swell compilation (almost as good as the 150,000 first printing, BOMC choice, etc., suggests) of "the heart and soul of America's story" —folk tales and songs from major ethnic groups, historical vignettes, and more, all arranged in 15 topical sections (with eight to ten entries each) on historical periods, typical genres (tricksters; nonsense; animal stories), and such quintessentially American topics as railroads, tall-tale heroes, and baseball (including Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First?"—one of several entries not easily available elsewhere). Read full book review >
RED DRAGONFLY ON MY SHOULDER by Sylvia Cassedy
Released: March 30, 1992

"The trade edition is probably the best bet; a tight centerfold would interrupt the flow of the beautifully crafted art (reviewed before binding). (Poetry/Picture book. 4+)"
Thirteen of the seventeen haiku originally published as a bilingual picture book, Birds, Frogs, and Moonlight, in 1967 (a fact mentioned nowhere in this book); newly illustrated by the extraordinarily inventive Bang (two Caldecott honors, including Ten, Nine, Eight, 1983). Read full book review >
YELLOW BALL by Molly Bang
Released: April 24, 1991

"A wonderfully satisfying book. (Picture book. 0-7)"
Captioned with the simplest of texts—just an occasional word or a phrase—a warm picture-story about what happens to a favorite toy: a beach ball as round and yellow as children imagine the sun to be. Read full book review >
DELPHINE by Molly Bang
Kirkus Star
illustrated by Molly Bang
Released: Aug. 22, 1988

Delphine is a child/earth-mother/superhero who lives atop a precipitous hill. Read full book review >
DAWN by Molly Bang
illustrated by Molly Bang
Released: Aug. 22, 1983

"Mawkish folderol—which probably would strike some girls (and lots of grownups) as appealingly romantic."
One of those rarefied concoctions of portentous folk motifs that never quite coalesces into anything. Read full book review >
TEN, NINE, EIGHT by Molly Bang
Released: April 18, 1983

"The pictures don't exhaust themselves, and neither does the experience."
No tricks, nothing fancy—just (in a welcome departure for Bang) a simple, reverberating bedtime count-down. Read full book review >
TYE MAY AND THE MAGIC BRUSH by Molly Bang
Released: March 9, 1981

"1459, J-327)."
A story from China that might be told there today, lightly illustrated with some style and charm and more than a touch of Chinese flavor. Read full book review >
THE GREY LADY AND THE STRAWBERRY SNATCHER by Molly Bang
Released: March 1, 1980

"The jacket flap calls this wordless string of gratuitous effects an allegory, which we will accept as part of the joke."
At a faux-woodgrain fruitstand rifled with lushly painted fruit, an old woman buys strawberries. Read full book review >
THE BURIED MOON AND OTHER STORIES by Molly Bang
Released: May 16, 1977

"With redundantly literal illustrations and no unifying theme, it's as unexceptional as it is inoffensive."
In a sequel of sorts to The Goblins' Giggles (1973), Bang retells five stories from four different cultures, beginning with "The Wolf In Disguise," which she identifies as "an amalgam of the Grimm Wolf and the Seven Kids and a Japanese version of the same tale." Read full book review >
WILEY AND THE HAIRY MAN by Molly Bang
Released: April 26, 1976

"That the hairy man keeps coming back makes for a better story, and though the three-times-and-out condition, introduced toward the end, does seem to be stacking the cards for the hero, you will admire Wiley's mother and her resourceful final routing of the bogey."
In outline, skinny black Wiley in Alabama and the scary "hairy man" he has to fool three times to be rid of can't help reminding you of Mayor's Liza Lou (above) and the separate swamp monsters she tricks, but Bang's glowing gray-and-white pictures are far more subdued and there's a touch of humor in her monster even though he's as ferocious a creature as you'd want to see. Read full book review >
THE GOBLINS GIGGLE AND OTHER STORIES by Molly Bang
Released: Nov. 1, 1973

"That should be good for a startled hugh, but only the grisly Irish tale of a dead man who eats blood and tries to pull young Mary Cullane into the grave with him will make you shudder."
Bang retells five variously "scary" folktales from as many countries (sources not provided) and illustrates them in black and white with a broadly gruesome band of naked Halloween hobgoblins. Read full book review >