Books by Robert Heidbreder

ROOSTER SUMMER by Robert Heidbreder
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"Charming. (Historical fiction/verse. 8-11)"
A series of poems chronicles the summer two unnamed children spend on their grandparents' farm, with particular emphasis on their animal friends. Read full book review >
CROCS AT WORK by Robert Heidbreder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2015

"An entirely nonserious, delightfully welcome look at the world of work. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Count on crocodiles to put distinctive spins on a range of occupations. Read full book review >
SONG FOR A SUMMER NIGHT by Robert Heidbreder
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"Populated by pink, gold, and brown children, the story is a sweet evocation of the pleasures of nighttime. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A rhyming ode to the sights and sounds of a summer night. Read full book review >
BLACK AND BITTERN WAS NIGHT by Robert Heidbreder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"This Dylan Thomas-Dr. Seuss-Lewis Carroll love child has the power to enrapture, with lots of practice. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Halloween night brings an epic battle between hordes of "SKUL-A-MUG-MUGS" (skeletons) and the "tyke-tots" (children) who want to go out trick-or-treating. Read full book review >
NOISY POEMS FOR A BUSY DAY by Robert Heidbreder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"While in no way pushing the creative envelope, this light-verse picture book still has much to offer pre-readers looking for affirmation of what constitutes a full day of fun. (Picture book/poetry. 3-7)"
Thirty poetic firecrackers chronicle a young child's day. Read full book review >
LICKETY-SPLIT by Robert Heidbreder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

In what must have been a challenge to illustrate, Petricic turns out a series of scenarios for a text that consists entirely of the title and 28 variations, from "Klickety-Klank" to "Zippety-Zoom." There's even a shred of plot, as a lad's efforts to impress a lass with his mighty exploits—facing a Viking ("Clinkety-Clank"), running with a football ("Ziggety-Zag"), piloting a jet ("Zippety-Zoom") and so on—meet with a skeptical response ("Mishity-Mash") before the two race off happily. Fortunately, the pattern breaks into a "Holy-Moly" or a "Wibbly-Wobbly," and the lad's expression of smiling confidence changes to apprehension or dismay, often enough to stave off monotony. No one will ever complain that there's not enough action here; pair it with the noisy likes of Ross MacDonald's Achoo! Bang! Crash! (2003). (Picture book. 5-7)Read full book review >
A SEA-WISHING DAY by Robert Heidbreder
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

An imaginative boy and his dog Skipper take an impromptu voyage. Short first-person rhymes tell the story, which begins in the backyard, where splashing in a tiny pool triggers a wish to go to sea. "AHOY!" A ship comes billowing by, and the boy finds himself in the crow's nest: "I skimmed the deep blue from east to west." A towering rogue wave brings a nine-headed sea monster. The duo finds refuge on "a coconut isle," where pirates, a buried treasure, an old crocodile and frolicking mermaids complete the adventure. When they land ashore (i.e., back in the yard), the sea is gone: "There was only the pool that sat on our lawn." What better way to finish the day than with a warm bubble bath? Heidbreder's rousing poem is precise, colorful and accessible, a terrific combination for young readers. Denton's gouache illustrations are similarly pitch-perfect, fun and funny without descending into camp. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >