Books by Paul Bright

THE HOLE STORY by Paul Bright
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"A good choice for budding philosophers. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A first step into the world of ontology, picture-book style! Read full book review >
THERE'S A BISON BOUNCING ON THE BED! by Paul Bright
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"Bland fare for bed jumpers, but the point about shared responsibility is a good one to make—blunted though it is by the ending. (Picture book. 4-6)"
If the bed won't break with a bison bouncing on it, surely a few smaller animals won't do any harm…will they? Read full book review >
THE NOT-SO SCARY SNORKLUM by Paul Bright
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Brisk and bright, yet subtle in its message. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What can little creatures do to protect themselves from the forest bully? Read full book review >
CRUNCH MUNCH DINOSAUR LUNCH! by Paul Bright
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

Little sisters can be such a pain. Ty the tyrannosaurus puts on a fearsome show—"I'M BIGGEST. I'M BADDEST, / AND I'M READY TO EAT. / I NEED SOME FRESH / STEGOSAURUS MEAT!"—but when adoring little Teri repeatedly fastens herself to his ankle with a "Hug oo, Ty rannynormus!" his intended prey tends to wander off, snickering. Head like a giant toothy basketball in the big, fancifully colored prehistoric cartoons, Ty towers over tiny Teri and the other local dinos, and his frustration is just as outsized. Terry manages to pull off the considerable feat of rendering his dinos both toothy and cute—little Teri's smile stretches from ear to ear, adorable saw-pointed teeth protruding from the upper lip all the way around. No sooner does Ty finally shake the little pest, though, than along comes even bigger and toothier Spinosaurus, ready for a quick snack. "DON'T YOU TOUCH MY BABY SISTER!" roars Ty, galloping back onto the scene and sending the interloper scuttling off. Truly, a big brother worth the "wuv." (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
CHARLIE’S SUPERHERO UNDERPANTS by Paul Bright
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2010

Without his special undies, what's a young superhero to do? A windy day ("at the end of May") causes all the laundry to blow away! An international search ensues for the world-famous Charlie's powerful pants (which feature the message "POW!" blazoned across the front)—undersea, in the air and even in outer space, all humorously depicted—but the super shorts remained undiscovered. So Charlie packs some sandwiches, soap, etc., and, after a press conference, undertakes the quest for the missing shorts. He goes around the world in a lot fewer than 80 days, ballooning through Paris, hiking the Serengeti, climbing in Peru and eventually finding his super undies on a snowy Nepalese hillside—being worn by a shaggy Yeti (in a priceless two-page spread that requires rotation for full appreciation). A handful of geography lessons is tucked into Bright's jauntily tripping verse, hilariously illustrated by Wildish, whose round-headed, dot-eyed hero exemplifies dauntlessness, even sans shorts. A winner—KERZAP! (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
GRUMPY BADGER’S CHRISTMAS by Paul Bright
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

The animals of the forest are preparing for Christmas, but Grumpy Badger just wants to settle down for his long winter's nap. He is awakened by cheery visits from several friends and then by a frantic call for help for Mole, who is stuck at the top of the community Christmas tree. All the visitors are rebuffed with grumpy behavior, but after a nightmare about poor Mole's fate, Grumpy Badger repents, rescues his friend and invites everyone home to feast on his winter provisions. The story is quite British in tone and dialogue, and the characters (all males) have a certain appeal due to their dignified manners—or curmudgeonly attitude, in the case of Grumpy Badger. The oversized format helps provide a good look at Chapman's cast of endearing animal characters. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
THE BEARS IN THE BED AND THE GREAT BIG STORM by Paul Bright
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

It seems that all the little bears in this family are "scaredy-bears" when it comes to thunderstorms. While Bear and Mrs. Bear try to sleep on a stormy night, one by one, Baby Bear, Little Bear and Young Bear creep into their bed, convinced the storm's howls and bangs are monsters. "There's no such thing as monsters!" Bear tries to convince them unsuccessfully. After being awakened three times, it's Bear's turn not to be able to sleep, and he ends up getting spooked by the storm as well. Bear gets a taste of his own medicine when the small bears laugh at him and tell him there's no such thing as monsters. Though not particularly striking in any way, it's still a mildly amusing if predictable story about a classic issue. Human "scaredy-bears" will enjoy the humorous turn and probably find comfort in the repetition and Chapman's trademark cuddly illustrations. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
I’M NOT GOING OUT THERE! by Paul Bright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

Bouncy rhymes, bright colors and an entertaining punch line make this likely to amuse young listeners—at least the first time through. Repeated readings, however, may leave listeners wondering why the freckle-faced narrator shares his house with a fire-breathing dragon, a headless ghost, a pair of green-skinned witches and a group of monsters with a fondness for ballet. Perhaps, like the mention of underwear (a guaranteed laugh-getter) and the obligatory cute kittens, they're all included for their undeniable kid appeal. Unfortunately, repetition may also reveal the sometimes awkward rhythm and occasionally strained rhymes of the brief text. Off-kilter perspectives and bold colors add interest to the illustrations (a dozen two-page spreads) as does the combination of vaguely retro furnishings and contemporary accessories. The penultimate illustration reveals the source of the narrator's fear: his sister Kate, irate because she's figured out who put a spider in her shoe. Siblings may smile, but even those who fight similar battles regularly will agree that this is slight entertainment at best. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
NOBODY LAUGHS AT A LION! by Paul Bright
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

From its sunny orange and yellow endpapers to the expressive watercolors inside, readers will be cheered by the simple tale of jungle animals each of whom has a talent that bests the skills of the king of the jungle. The elephant is stronger, the monkey able to climb higher and faster and the cheetah runs faster. The animals laugh at Lion's clumsy attempts to outdo them. The lion cannot find his talent until he roars—and realizes he is the "very, very best at roaring." And . . . when the lion roars, nobody laughs. The choice of a larger font size will allow reading aloud to a group with ease and will encourage emerging readers to try it on their own. Bright, cheery and a great book design. A simple but fun read. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
UNDER THE BED by Paul Bright
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

Sure, there are lots of things under the bed you'll be sleeping in tonight, but as Bright rhymes it, they're too busy or lazy or sleepy or scared to be bothering you. There are bugs, dragons, an alligator, and snakes, each set on double-paged landscapes designed to take the scare out of them. "Under the bed is a grizzly bear / (Now, don't ask me how he got there), / Rolling and scratching, like grizzlies do, / And far too lazy to think about you." Finally, there's a great green, moldy, warty, hairy, toothy thing—a close-up of his open mouth should give shivers—who's got some fears of his own: you. His wails for his mommy and daddy (when he takes his thumb out of his mouth) prompt a stampede and now there's nobody under the bed. For all of Bright's vivid imagery and Cort's grand detonations of color as he goes about depicting this cockamamie bestiary, this is a very soothing affair, especially suitable for bedtime reading. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >