Books by Phil Cummings

BOY by Phil Cummings
by Phil Cummings, illustrated by Shane Devries
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2018

"Deftly persuasive. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A fearsome dragon endangers the kingdom, the fate of which rests in the hands of the boy called…Boy. Read full book review >
NEWSPAPER HATS by Phil Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"This gentle, brief, and touching story introduces the challenges of interacting with a family member living with dementia and will spark some discussion for families in this situation. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A little girl adds a touch of familiarity to her grandfather's world during a loving visit to his nursing home. Read full book review >
BOOM BAH by Phil Cummings
by Phil Cummings, illustrated by Nina Rycroft, developed by Kane Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2012

"The story and illustrations are charming, but the app underutilizes the opportunities presented by the format. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
Pleasant animal characters use household items to create a marching band in this app based on an Australian picture book of the same name (2010). Read full book review >
BOOM BAH! by Phil Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

Farm animals build a percussion band one "Ting!" at a time. It starts when a mouse taps a spoon against a cup. The sound attracts a cat, who doesn't chase the mouse but rather wants to play too. The mouse calls a rooster, a pig and a donkey. Before long, they are all marching with articles borrowed from the kitchen. A quartet of fluffy chicks adds tinkly bells attached to flower stems. This attracts flying birds, who carry a festive string of colorful pennants. Along comes another band (of sheep and horses and bulls and a dog) in bright red-and-gold band jackets. What else can the makeshift farm band do but...join the parade! "Tah-dah!" Cummings's minimal text moves along in clipped phrases, punctuated by onomatopoeic effects, creating a splendid read-aloud chant. Rycroft's buoyant watercolors, arranged gracefully against expansive white space, add zest. Even the youngest readers should be able to handle the simple text and catch the rhythm (though lapses of logic might bother older children). Hide the silverware! (Picture book. 2-6)Read full book review >
GOODNESS GRACIOUS! by Phil Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

``Goodness gracious! Look at my faces! scary starey BOLD or hairy'' begins this exploration of a child's many imaginative guises. The faces that the red-haired moppet is seen pulling on the first page take shape on a group of characters who romp with her through the illustrations, each following her lead in a role adapted to suit possibilities introduced in the catchy verse. A witch, an owl, and a pirate are joined by a dapper dog with a palette and brush, a sinuous cat, and even a flamboyant mandrill as the brash kid gleefully calls attention to herself (``North and south, look at my mouth! crabby pouty dribbly SHOUTY''), cavorting as she flourishes her legs (``short long bristly strong'') and gathering for a final portrait (``look at meee...eeee! TA-DAH!''). The freestyle illustrations are as full of playful energy as the exuberant showoff, soaring across the airy white space like new ideas on a fresh page. A delightfully creative expansion of a truly childlike activity, this should inspire young readers to make up more rhymes in the same pattern- -and perhaps to ``illustrate'' them with dramatic play. (Picture book. 3-7) Read full book review >