Books by Peter Brown

MR. TIGER GOES WILD by Peter Brown
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Hooray for Mr. Tiger and his wild ways! (Picture book. 3-7)"
There's a lot to go wild for in this picture-book celebration of individuality and self-expression. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A hefty yet lucid contribution to the history of early Christianity."
Render unto Caesar, quoth the New Testament—even when Caesar is the church that Peter built. Read full book review >
CREEPY CARROTS! by Aaron Reynolds
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"Serve this superbly designed title to all who relish slightly scary stories. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Kids know vegetables can be scary, but rarely are edible roots out to get someone. In this whimsical mock-horror tale, carrots nearly frighten the whiskers off Jasper Rabbit, an interloper at Crackenhopper Field. Read full book review >
YOU WILL BE MY FRIEND! by Peter Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 5, 2011

"While many friendship stories verge on twee, this title eschews the cute and allows kids to both identify with and pity Lucy's struggle to find her own bosom companion. (Picture book. 4-8) "
Finding a friend is less a matter of sheer will than quiet acceptance in this charming new work. Read full book review >
CHILDREN MAKE TERRIBLE PETS by Peter Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"The story lacks depth and subtlety, although young children may find the role reversal hilarious, and the catchy title and '50s nouveau art provide a soupçon of charm. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Lucy, a tutu-clad bear child, begs her mother to allow her to keep a small boy she finds in the forest. Read full book review >
THE PURPLE KANGAROO by Michael Ian Black
FANTASY
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"Brown's acrylic, graphite and digital illustrations feature flat, oversimplified forms that lack backgrounds and depth; facial expressions are mocking and exaggerated, emphasizing the tone of one-upmanship. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A snide monkey conjures descriptions of a purple kangaroo in order to tell a snarky joke. Read full book review >
THE CURIOUS GARDEN by Peter Brown
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2009

"In an author's note he describes the greening of Manhattan's abandoned Highline, which inspired this hopeful little paean to the persistence of growing things in the dreariest places. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Liam, a curious little boy who likes to be outside, lives in a city "without gardens or trees or greenery of any kind." Read full book review >
KALINE KLATTERMASTER’S TREE HOUSE by Haven Kimmel
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 5, 2008

"Worth the effort, though, for those who persevere will find abundant laughter and sweet resolution. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Kaline Klattermaster, fresh out of third grade, is one of those kids who TALKS IN CAPITAL LETTERS, has a crazy mother and moves between his imaginary world and the real world with breathtaking frequency. Read full book review >
THE FABULOUS BOUNCING CHOWDER by Peter Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Chowder's oddly endearing attempts to connect with others of his own kind have a certain appeal for those who love an underdog. (Picture book. 4-8)"
That wacky but winsome bulldog named Chowder is back for another attempt to connect with other canines, this time at the Fabu Pooch Boot Camp, a sleep-away camp for pampered pooches who are already beautiful and well-behaved but still working on improving their "fabulousness." Read full book review >
SNOWBONE by Cat Weatherill
FANTASY
Released: July 10, 2007

"Some of the band are lost along the way and the ultimate triumph owes as much to spiritual seeking as to battle skills, but the conclusion is a satisfying one, and Snowbone's growth from a voracious baby to a thoughtful, inspiring leader is both satisfying and convincing. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Readers of Barkbelly (2006) have likely been wondering what adventures lay in store for Snowbone, the pale wooden girl with the forceful personality. Read full book review >
CHOWDER by Peter Brown
by Peter Brown, illustrated by Peter Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"He has mean eyes and a scary countenance, particularly on the cover, where he looks like he'd like to bite an unsuspecting reader. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The very first page of this decidedly different dog story lets the reader know that Chowder the bulldog does things his own way. Read full book review >
BARKBELLY by Cat Weatherill
FANTASY
Released: June 13, 2006

"Like Barkbelly himself, this is a unique creation that will find favor with a small, appreciative readership. (Fiction. 10-12)"
This decidedly off-beat import combines a unique imaginary world with the flavor of traditional tales and adventure stories to create an engaging, episodic read. Read full book review >
FLIGHT OF THE DODO by Peter Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 5, 2005

"Children will happily fly with him. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Brown's debut offers young readers insight into the pleasures of having a dream . . . and going for it. Read full book review >
MINORITY PARTY by Peter Brown
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 4, 1991

"Moreover, like the GOP, Brown doesn't discuss the S&L debacle, deficits, or any evidence counter to his claim that the GOP serves the economic self-interest of the middle class."
 Polemic arguing that the Democratic Party is headed for the dustbin of history because the core electorate—the white middle- class—perceives it as dominated by minority concerns. Read full book review >