Books by Monica Wellington

DEAR BALLERINA by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2019

"A tender story that teaches young readers that ballet isn't just about performing—it's also about relationships.(Picture book. 4-8)"
For those who are starting to dream of pirouettes and pointe shoes. Read full book review >
COLORS FOR ZENA by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2013

"Chipper and cartoony, but not fertile enough to tempt children to actually try mixing colors themselves. (color definitions, recommended activities) (Picture book. 2-5)"
This introduction to colors and color mixing is cheerful but antiseptic. Read full book review >
GABBY AND GRANDMA GO GREEN by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"The book will conclude with instructions for sewing a cloth bag, green activities and a list of green websites, none seen by reviewer. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When Gabby comes to visit her grandmother, they give their day a green focus, reusing, returning, refilling and recycling. Read full book review >
RIKI’S BIRDHOUSE by Monica Wellington
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"Bird lovers with young children and aspiring bird watchers are sure to want to emulate Riki. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Riki's passion for birds is evident, and likely to be contagious, in Wellington's latest. Read full book review >
TRUCK DRIVER TOM by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Simple but spot-on in its appeal for its target audience. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Trucker Tom's delivery route is an adventure. Read full book review >
MR. COOKIE BAKER by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"The old-fashioned illustrations, with their two-dimensional and geometric simplicity, add much to the delicious result. (cookie recipes) (Picture book. 2-5)"
Mr. Baker's shop is an inviting place, filled to the gunnels with frosted sugar cookies. Read full book review >
PIZZA AT SALLY’S by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"Good pizza is tailor made to bring out a smile, and Wellington gets that zestful pleasure just right. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Wellington likes to write and draw people at work: bakers, firefighters, farmers. Read full book review >
ZINNIA’S FLOWER GARDEN by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"All of these factors create a successful germination of science and storytelling, growing a terrific introduction to the life cycle of plants and a good choice for young gardeners everywhere. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A girl and her garden are the subject of this engaging outing. Read full book review >
CRÊPES BY SUZETTE by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"C'est bon for classroom use; comme ci, comme ca for art appreciation. (notes on the scenes and referenced paintings) (Picture book. 4-7)"
The title and cover set the stage, mood, and ambiance in this tour and homage to Paris, crêpes, and paintings. Read full book review >
FIREFIGHTER FRANK by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Dedicated to the firefighters of New York City, this tribute to this challenging profession is sure to inspire children who dream of one day wearing the uniform. (Picture book. 3-6)"
While waiting for the alarm to sound, Firefight Frank finds many things to do around the firehouse, but he must drop everything when the bell begins to signal that his help is needed. Read full book review >
APPLE FARMER ANNIE by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Sweet and crisp. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Annie owns and tends her own small apple orchard in this visually robust salute to a favorite fruit. Read full book review >
BUNNY'S RAINBOW DAY by Monica Wellington
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"In fact, fans of Wellington's Night Rabbits (1995) may miss this one, with its young format, even though story and art are comparable. (Board book. 1-3)"
An affable rabbit watches the sun rise, and goes through the day romping among other creatures. Read full book review >
NIGHT CITY by Monica Wellington
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

"The text imparts plenty of information, offering windows on new worlds for children; all the while the little girl sleeps, secure in her vital, vibrant home town. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A prose portrait of the city at night shows all the things that go on while a little girl sleeps. Read full book review >
BABY GOES SHOPPING by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1997

"Wellington (Night House, Bright House, 1997, etc.) keeps the page so uncharacteristically simple that it might be best to think of this book and its companion, Baby at Home (0-525-45640-6), as bound collections of vibrant flashcards for parents intent on brain-building. (Board book. 1-3)"
Turn your back on a baby in a shopping cart for one minute, and your cart's bound to be filled with surprises. Read full book review >
NIGHT HOUSE, BRIGHT HOUSE by Monica Wellington
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"To rave about typefaces and graphically tidy borders would detract from the original and compelling content. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a cavalcade of interior scenes and columns of precise rhymes, Wellington (Night Rabbits, 1995, etc.) once again finds that the wee hours are not so quiet for scampering nocturnal animals. Read full book review >
NIGHT RABBITS by Monica Wellington
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1995

"Amid so many other titles full of drop-dead opulence, Wellington's simplicity is a stand-out. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A pair of plump white bunnies hop through their nocturnal pursuits—nibbling vegetables and berries from a farm, running from owls, raccoons, a red fox, a lumbering bear (all cuddly, non- threatening predators), and seeking shelter from a nighttime rainstorm. Read full book review >
WHAT IS YOUR LANGUAGE? by Debra Leventhal
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Slight, but cheerful. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A visual explication of a song Leventhal has recorded on an album (The Babysitters' Menagerie), introducing ``Yes'' and ``No'' in ten languages. Read full book review >
THE SHEEP FOLLOW by Monica Wellington
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Light, bright colors, crisp design, and a proven formula recommend this especially for the toddler group. (Picture book. 0-5)"
In a very simple, repetitive text and bright, stylized illustrations, another rehearsal of familiar farmyard animals and their classic attributes. Read full book review >
WHO SAYS THAT? by Arnold L. Shapiro
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

"An attractive extension of an old idea. (Picture book. 1-4)"
A nicely rhymed text goes beyond the obvious ``Lions roar'' and ``Cows moo'' to include the likes of beavers, parrots, and even, as a refrain, ``girls and boys make a different noise!''- -with examples of their singing, chuckling, talking, etc. captioning Wellington's bold, simple, but effective illustrations. Read full book review >