Books by Rick Walton

I NEED MY OWN COUNTRY! by Rick Walton
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Disgruntled and long-suffering children will cheer at this assertion of power. Especially those with political aspirations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Childhood is full of injustices—why not start your own country, where you can make the rules? Read full book review >
FRANKENSTEIN by Rick Walton
Released: July 17, 2012

"Whether young readers recognize the relationship to the Parisian version or not, adults will appreciate the clever yet silly send-up. Most children, however, will see this as just another funny monster book. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Just in time for Halloween, Walton and Hale (Twelve Bots of Christmas, 2010) combine their talents to become "Ludworst Bemonster," author of a droll parody of Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline. Read full book review >
BABY'S FIRST YEAR by Rick Walton
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2011

Would this book be best as a gift for new parents, a title to prepare an older sibling-to-be or an interactive offering to share with a group of antsy toddlers or preschoolers? Read full book review >
WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE BABY? by Rick Walton
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

Pretty pictures and a bouncy text just skirt the teetering edge of cutesy-poo to offer a chant for family playtime. Read full book review >

MR. PRESIDENT GOES TO SCHOOL by Rick Walton
Released: Jan. 10, 2007

The gophers-rights group demands rodent access to the Rose Garden. Read full book review >

BUNNY SCHOOL by Rick Walton
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

Walton returns to his prolific bunny community, this time to introduce youngsters to the concept of school. Read full book review >

A VERY HAIRY SCARY STORY by Rick Walton
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

Sarah has stayed at Ann's house too late. Read full book review >

MRS. MCMURPHY’S PUMPKIN by Rick Walton
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

Mrs. McMurphy, who lives by herself "on a farm at the edge of the woods," finds her routine interrupted four days before Halloween by "a large pumpkin with a wicked, wicked grin sitting in the hall by her front door." Read full book review >

BUNNIES ON THE GO by Rick Walton
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

Walton and Miglio (Bunny Day, 2002, etc.) are back with even more bunnies. Read full book review >

BUNNY DAY by Rick Walton
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2002

A day in the life of Walton's bunny family helps young readers grasp the concept of time. Read full book review >

THAT’S MY DOG! by Rick Walton
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2001

With waggy enthusiasm, one detail at a time, a lad presents his "big, red, happy, muddy, smart, bouncy, slobbery, sneaky, stinky" canine companion. Read full book review >

HOW CAN YOU DANCE? by Rick Walton
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

You don't need to be enrolled in ballet or tap classes to dance; with Walton's (That's My Dog, see below, etc.) encouraging book, anyone can dance like a fox or a cloud or the king of the kangaroos. Read full book review >

BERTIE WAS A WATCHDOG by Rick Walton
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2001

Brains overcome brawn once again in this laugh-out-loud encounter between a huge, leering burglar and a minuscule canine guardian. Read full book review >

LITTLE DOGS SAY “ROUGH!” by Rick Walton
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2000

Walton (Bullfrog Pops!, 1999, etc.) works a series of rhymed changes on the idea that animal sounds are a kind of shorthand: "Little cows say, / 'Moo-oon! Read full book review >

BULLFROG POPS! by Rick Walton
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

Some amusing plays on words, and a keen device for keeping little hands turning pages doesn't quite succeed in this picture book from Walton (So Many Bunnies, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

SO MANY BUNNIES by Rick Walton
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Old Mother Rabbit lived in a shoe./She had twenty-six children and knew what to do." Read full book review >

NOAH'S SQUARE DANCE by Rick Walton
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

Walton (How Many, How Many, How Many, 1993, not reviewed, etc.) puts a new twist on a familiar biblical tale that evokes all the spirit of a barnyard hoedown. Read full book review >