Books by Nancy van Laan

NIT-PICKIN’ by Nancy van Laan
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2008

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

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

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

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

"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

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

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

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. This terrific collection of tales and superstitions, rhymes, riddles, and made-up words, comes with an intentional slant: Van Laan (see review, above) states outright that she tried to make ``each story as funny as it could possibly be.'' Among the wide and varied selections are bird legends, possum stories, and a broad sampling of African-American folklore and humor. Read full book review >

SHINGEBISS by Nancy van Laan
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 >