Books by Nancy Carlson

THIS MORNING SAM WENT TO MARS by Nancy Carlson
Released: April 1, 2013

"Valid the strategies may be, but it would be hard to present them in a less convincing way; it's 100 percent bibliotherapy. (Picture book. 6-9, adult)"
A perfunctory story barely masks a corrective agenda for children with major or minor attention issues. Read full book review >
ZIP IT! by Jane Lindaman
Released: March 1, 2012

"A visual jumble, but a probable source of high-fives and hilarity for children old enough to be embarrassed by their parents. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Dad charges off to run errands with his fly unzipped, oblivious to the efforts of his son to clue him in. Read full book review >
HENRY AND THE VALENTINE SURPRISE by Nancy Carlson
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Carlson's familiar characters provide a sweetly thought-provoking Valentine interlude for the early-elementary set. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Henry and his classmates find a heart-shaped box on Mr. McCarthy's desk, Sydney wonders whether "Mr. McCarthy has a girlfriend." Read full book review >
HENRY’S AMAZING IMAGINATION! by Nancy Carlson
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"Readers will realize along with Henry's classmates that brightening someone's day with a stretch of the imagination is a gift. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Henry's imagination has a way of shanghaiing the truth during show-and-tell. Read full book review >
I DON’T LIKE TO READ! by Nancy Carlson
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2007

"A shrewd tool for a parent or teacher faced with a bibliophobe. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A new first-grader dreads reading until a friendly teacher helps him. Read full book review >
FIRST GRADE, HERE I COME! by Nancy Carlson
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2006

"Prospective first-graders will find Carlson's story enormously buoyant, floating those first-day cares away on the backs of her sweet, lopsided characters. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Henry has graduated from kindergarten, but that doesn't mean he has necessarily left it behind. Read full book review >
GET UP AND GO by Nancy Carlson
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Carlson has posed herself a mighty challenge, but her effort has enough vim to get the job done, and is pegged at those young enough to be saved. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A joyously unrestrained, candy-colored salute to exercise, wherein Carlson's company of cockeyed animals encourage young readers to forsake whatever screen has them in its thrall, to go outside and shake that thing. Read full book review >
THINK BIG! by Nancy Carlson
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Though the solution is overly simple, it offers attitude, which might be enough for some. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Vinney is tired of being overlooked—literally. Read full book review >
HENRY’S SHOW AND TELL by Nancy Carlson
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2004

"Not all kids who suffer stage fright will be able to tap into Henry's solutions, but at least they'll know that others share in their dilemma and answers, often as not unanticipated, await their deliverance. (Picture book. 3+)"
With her bright, happy artwork and easy-to-digest storyline, Carlson tackles a case of kindergarten stage fright. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"Almost certainly a perennial favorite, this bilingual edition helps strapped budgets go farther. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Originally an English-only text, this new version of Carlson's cheery look at a new kindergartner's excitement is a welcome revision. Read full book review >
MY FAMILY IS FOREVER by Nancy Carlson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2004

"High-end bibliotherapy. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Any parent and young child involved in adoption can relate to cozy well-composed snapshots of the generic experience, especially with the perky voice of the adoptee narrating. Read full book review >
THERE’S A BIG, BEAUTIFUL WORLD OUT THERE! by Nancy Carlson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"With the country uneasy about terrorism and headlines adding to the tension, this will be a title that can be used for discussion with young children about their fears. (Picture book. 6-9)"
This prolific author/illustrator of some of the most beloved characters in picture books comments, through a pig-tailed young girl, about things children could be scared of. Read full book review >
SMILE A LOT! by Nancy Carlson
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"It makes smiling down the bullies seem like child's play. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In another of her unself-consciously oddball joys, Carlson (How About a Hug?, 2001, etc.) suggests that when life sends a downbeat in your direction you should put on a smile. Read full book review >
HOW ABOUT A HUG? by Nancy Carlson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Sweet and colorful, with its obvious read-along activity, this will appeal to anyone in need of a hug, whether they know it or not. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Carlson (My Best Friend Moved Away, p. 495, etc.) explores the joys of anytime, anywhere hugs in her latest feel-good tale. Read full book review >
HARRIET AND GEORGE’S CHRISTMAS TREAT by Nancy Carlson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Carlson's wonderfully gawky, innocent artwork adds immeasurably to the tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Fruitcake, that proto-matter, one of the only unnatural substances known to have survived The Flood, seems to exist mainly for a good joke. Read full book review >
MY BEST FRIEND MOVED AWAY by Nancy Carlson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2001

"An expressive tribute to the pain of farewells—and the joys of hellos bolstered and enriched by good memories—this is sure to empower not only kids who move away, but also those who stay behind. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Carlson's (Hooray for Grandparents' Day!, 2000, etc.) first-person narrator is lucky: she has a best friend. Read full book review >
HOORAY FOR GRANDPARENTS’ DAY! by Nancy Carlson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2000

"Bold, cheerful colors, a menagerie of human-like animals, and a warm message make this a good read-aloud that celebrates the diversity of families. (Picture book. 3-8)"
What can a boy do when Grandparents' Day at school rolls around and he has no grandparents to invite? Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1999

"This book will make them relish the chance. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Carlson brings her vibrant brand of encouragement to bear on the first day of kindergarten. Read full book review >
IT'S GOING TO BE PERFECT! by Nancy Carlson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1998

"Children will appreciate seeing the effect they've had on their parents, and the differences between what might have been, and what is. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Any parent and child can share the broad humor of this picture book with its reminiscence of a mother's starry-eyed notion of having a baby. Read full book review >
ABC I LIKE ME! by Nancy Carlson
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Carlson's bright yellows, greens, and magentas express the joy of a child trying out a brand-new set of felt markers, and bouncy animal characters fairly vault off the pages in the sheer delight of self-expression. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The self-reliant pig, star of I Like Me! (1988), is back in a cheery companion book that celebrates the self. ``I am Awesome,'' proclaims the star-shirted pig to introduce the letter A. Mice in Swiss-cheese boxer shorts and juggling frogs join her in a romp through the alphabet. Read full book review >
SIT STILL! by Nancy Carlson
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"The solution will strike some as simplistic, but the good humor and tolerance expressed send a positive message about kids like Patrick. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Teachers and parents will immediately recognize Patrick, the subject of this appealing, slice-of-life picture book: He is the child who just can't sit still. Read full book review >
HOW TO LOSE ALL YOUR FRIENDS by Nancy Carlson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The illustrations are similarily light and humorous, with lots of appropriate facial expressions to back up the text of this slight but amusing book. (Picture book. 3-8)"
``If you don't want to have any friends, follow these simple instructions.'' So begins Carlson's hilarious catalogue of crankiness, brattiness, snottiness, and just plain bad behavior. Read full book review >
THE MASKED MAVERICK by Jacqueline K. Ogburn
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"A mismatch; still, an unusual milieu for a picture book story. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The Masked Maverick may be able to beat Hammerhand Hannibal, Mad Dog Markowitz, and every other wrestler in the ring, but he can't win over the crowds who boo his every victory—until the Brooklyn Bonecrusher tears off his mask to reveal features so inoffensive that the spectators have a change of heart. Read full book review >
A VISIT TO GRANDMA'S by Nancy Carlson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

When Tina and her parents fly to Grandma's Florida home, Tina imagines that Thanksgiving will include the traditional fixings, even though Grandma's no longer on the Minnesota farm. Read full book review >

A dog dressed as—and moving like—a small boy pities his new baby brother: Carl has to wait till someone gets him tip; his food is yucky; he can only watch while the big kids play together. Read full book review >