Books by Nancy van Laan

FORGET ME NOT by Nancy van Laan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Poignant but not overly sentimental—and actually quite light in some places—this quiet offering opens up a discussion of a condition that affects many. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A delicate, perceptive look at an elderly loved one with dementia. Read full book review >
NIT-PICKIN’ by Nancy van Laan
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2008

"Miriam Moss's Scritch Scratch (2001) has already been picked out. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Though perhaps not particularly amusing to children (or their parents) who have actually battled the little scalp-suckers, this bouncy-jouncy plaint at least attempts to put a comical spin on the experience. Read full book review >
SCRUBBA DUB by Nancy van Laan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2003

"Pons's softly lit paintings use watercolors and chalk to appealing effect and her artwork saves this story, but Scrubba Dub as a whole doesn't offer up anything new or interesting to the saturated bath theme market. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Van Laan is known and respected for her abilities with story rhymes. Read full book review >
TEENY TINY TINGLY TALES by Nancy van Laan
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Children will enjoy Van Laan's storytelling cadence and the sheer fun of the language—and you can't beat Chess's ghoulish creatures with a hairy toe. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Van Laan (Tickle Tum!, p. 59, etc.) presents a collection of three not-too-scary rhyming tales populated by Chess's (The Beautiful Butterfly, 2000, etc.) wickedly loathsome, dark-eyed creatures. Read full book review >
TICKLE TUM! by Nancy van Laan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Whether or not they will actually consume their meals as a result of this rambunctious tale remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: Van Laan's culinary escapade is sure to leave them smiling. (Picture book. 1-5)"
With exuberant verse, Van Laan (When Winter Comes, 2000, etc.) cheerfully turns supper into child's play. Read full book review >
WHEN WINTER COMES by Nancy van Laan
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Gaber's lovely, soft, acrylic illustrations show a rosy-cheeked child in full wide-eyed wonder and successfully convey the peace and quiet of a snowy day. (Picture book. 2-7)"
"Where oh where does everything go when winter comes and the cold winds blow?" Read full book review >
MOOSE TALES by Nancy van Laan
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The text helps guide new readers through the pages, but the illustrations provide few rewards. (Fiction. 6-9)"
A new moose is on the block, and so are his woodland friends, in this collection of three easy-to-read stories from Van Laan (So Say the Little Monkeys, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
LITTLE FISH, LOST by Nancy van Laan
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"For preschoolers who may have more concern for Little Fish than he does for himself, there is a comforting, if partial, glimpse of his mother on each page. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Little Fish has gone missing in an African pond. Read full book review >
WITH A WHOOP AND A HOLLER by Nancy van Laan
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Many readers, once they have enjoyed these modified versions, will seek out the originals, but there is no denying the diversions of this volume, with its combination of sheer mirthfulness and the scented trails of honeysuckle and magnolia. (Folklore. 6-11)"
A book that crackles with vernacular humor, its material drawn from the bayous of Louisiana; the Deep South of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia; and the mountains of Tennessee and the Carolinas. Read full book review >
SHINGEBISS by Nancy van Laan
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Hand-lettered text is framed in borders inspired by the shape of Ojibwe ricing baskets, adding a rustic lure to the lore. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Van Laan (La Boda, 1996, etc.) goes to the way back time, when Shingebiss, a resourceful merganser duck, presents a challenge to Kabibona'kan, Winter Maker, who does not want him to be able to withstand the harsh winter. Read full book review >
LA BODA by Nancy van Laan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1996

"A delightful, lyrical look at a special occasion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The wedding rituals of Alfonso and Luisa, a young Mexican couple, are observed through the wondering eyes of a young Oaxacan village girl. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"An unusual and very beautiful bedtime book. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Another happy collaboration from the producers of This Is the Hat (1992), this time a trip around all seven continents to show animal and human mothers (but no fathers!) crooning to their sleepy babies. Read full book review >
MAMA ROCKS, PAPA SINGS by Nancy van Laan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 16, 1995

"Brava. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In sunny, hot Haiti, a child is born. Read full book review >
ROUND AND ROUND AGAIN by Nancy van Laan
FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 1994

"The end result is a humorous book about the afterlife of everyday objects, and a creative look at an important issue. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
This spirited book celebrates the joys of recycling. Read full book review >
THE TINY, TINY BOY AND THE BIG, BIG COW by Nancy van Laan
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Fun. (Folklore/Picture book. 3-8)"
Adapted from a story by Joseph Jacobs, a cumulative Scottish tale in which a ridiculous scenario's humor is magnified by the doubling of adjectives. Read full book review >
THIS IS THE HAT by Nancy van Laan
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A good choice for the preschool group. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Van Laan (Possum Come a-Knockin', 1990) tells another story with a rambunctious lilt: a circular tale about a hat, dropped by an old man, put to amusing uses by a variety of humans and other creatures before getting back to its original owner. Read full book review >
PEOPLE, PEOPLE, EVERYWHERE! by Nancy van Laan
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Point made, gently but effectively. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Frenetic verse sums up a city's activity: ``People racing round the town,/Going up!/Going down!''—running for the bus, dashing to walk the dog, crowding around vendors, building ever- taller buildings, working, parading, even tangling clotheslines that run between buildings. Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF EL DORADO by Beatriz Vidal
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Just right for giving added dimension to a unit on explorers. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-11)"
The conquistadors, as American schoolchildren have long been taught, sought vainly for El Dorado; here is the legend that inspired their dreams, based on the 1541 account of an Indian in Colombia. Read full book review >