Books by Paul Brett Johnson

ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI by Paul Brett Johnson
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2006

Yodeler Jones's Spaghetti Emporium & Musicale is in trouble when the Fried Fritter Fricassee opens next door. Read full book review >

LITTLE BUNNY FOO FOO by Paul Brett Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

The Good Fairy doesn't like tomfoolery. Read full book review >

THE BEST KIND OF GIFT by Kathi Appelt
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

A genuinely warm-hearted story of gift-giving that has a nice, traditional feel about it. Read full book review >

JACK OUTWITS THE GIANTS by Paul Brett Johnson
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 2002

Even extra heads are no help when it comes to a battle of wits with Jack. Read full book review >

REPTILES ARE MY LIFE by Megan McDonald
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

Non-stereotypical hobbies and sprightly writing keep this routine tale of a friendship's collapse and regrouping afloat—but barely. Read full book review >

FEARLESS JACK by Paul Brett Johnson
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

In a whimsical retelling of "The Brave Little Tailor," young Jack paints "FEARLESS JACK KILLED TEN AT A WHACK" on his cap after doing for the yellowjackets feasting on his sorghum sandwich, then sets out to make his fortune. Read full book review >

THE GOOSE WHO WENT OFF IN A HUFF by Paul Brett Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

The title sounds fun, but this story of a disconsolate goose that wants a child has a somewhat sad underpinning. Read full book review >

MR. PERSNICKETY AND CAT LADY by Paul Brett Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

Mr. Persnickety and Cat Lady are neighbors but not, unfortunately, the best of friends in this mildly amusing, although decidedly mean-spirited story about feuding neighbors. Mr. Persnickety is a fussbudget who likes everything just so, while Cat Lady revels in the chaos that owning 37 cats brings. Read full book review >

BEARHIDE AND CROW by Paul Brett Johnson
Released: March 15, 2000

An amusing tale based on Appalachian folklore, in which it is said crows can be taught to speak. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 1999

An Appalachian folktale is the basis of Johnson's story of a fried-chicken-loving preacher whose untimely demise sets into motion an tumultuous chain of events as members of his flock frantically try to absolve themselves of the non-existent crime of murder. Read full book review >

THE PIG WHO RAN A RED LIGHT by Paul Brett Johnson
Released: March 1, 1999

Poor Miss Rosemary. Read full book review >

A TRAVELING CAT by George Ella Lyon
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Some cats are born to travel, and such a one is Boulevard, who appears at a drive-in one evening, stays with the young narrator and her family for a year, then leaves as the spring floods arrive. Read full book review >

A PERFECT PORK STEW by Paul Brett Johnson
Released: March 1, 1998

Johnson (Farmers' Market, 1997, etc.) concocts his own silly story from the elements of Russian folktales. Read full book review >

TOO QUIET FOR THESE OLD BONES by Tres Seymour
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

Seymour (Black Sky River, 1996, etc.) presents a glimpse of a surprising sort of grandparent, in clumsy, awkward verse. Read full book review >

FARMERS' MARKET by Paul Brett Johnson
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

One summer Saturday in the life of Laura, a farmer's daughter who accompanies her parents and older brother to Lexington, Kentucky, where they sell their produce at an open-air market. Read full book review >

LOST by Paul Brett Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

The compelling true story of a beloved beagle named Flag, lost on a family camping trip in the desert of Arizona's Tonto National Forest and then, against all odds, found. The rescue efforts of Flag's owner, a girl who narrates, make up most of the story, from her progress from posters (`` `REWARD: $8.48.' That's how much I had in my piggy bank''), to hearing about a dog who turns out not to be Flag, to the longed-for reunion when an old prospector fetches the now skin-and-bones Flag home. Read full book review >

INSECTS ARE MY LIFE by Megan McDonald
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1995

A perky tale of a girl, Amanda Frankenstein (yes, Frankenstein) who persists in an unpopular fascination with bugs. This sweet-natured book is a happy marriage of pastel-toned, somewhat cartoony art with nicely paced, quietly humorous (though a bit longish) text. Read full book review >

FRANK FISTER'S HIDDEN TALENT by Paul Brett Johnson
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1994

A disappointing clinker from the author of The Cow Who Wouldn't Come Down (1993). Read full book review >

SAINT PATRICK AND THE PEDDLER by Margaret Hodges
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

Reshaping a tale found in both Jacobs's More English Fairy Tales and Sawyer's The Way of the Storyteller (as she explains in an excellent note), Hodges creates a briefer, more accessible tale retaining enough of Sawyer's Irish lilt for a pleasing flavor. Read full book review >

THE COW WHO WOULDN'T COME DOWN by Paul Brett Johnson
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1993

Poor Miss Rosemary! Read full book review >