Books by Roxanne Heide Pierce

Released: March 1, 2013

"White bread. Consider Jane O'Connor's Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth (2012) instead. (Mystery. 7-10)"
After a long hiatus, the Spotlight Club Mysteries return with a new posthumous entry and a paperback reprint of another. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

Ernest is a nice little boy, and he always listens to his mother—"Nice children always listen to their mothers"—even though it means he never, ever has a good time but rather spends his time helping his mother with all the household chores. When new neighbors move in, he goes to visit them (after asking permission, of course) and discovers that little Vlapid, though he always listens to his mother, too, has considerably more fun with chores than Ernest does. Stone's illustrations provide the subtext: Vlapid and his mother are monsters, if genteel ones, and they keep their house in a decidedly monstrous state of repair, which requires tearing draperies, breaking crockery and generally making mayhem. Ernest is pink and chinless, Vlapid green and all forehead; their matching black button eyes make them siblings under the skin. Gleefully subversive. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
TIO ARMANDO by Florence Parry Heide
Released: March 1, 1998

A graceful chronicle of the last year in a beloved great-uncle's life, relayed month by month in the first-person narration of a Mexican-American girl. Tio Armando moves in with Lucitita's family after the death of his wife, Amalia. A connection is drawn between the elderly man and Lucitita and the year is filled with thoughtful exchanges between the two as she puzzles out his serene reaction to losing his wife. Readers begin to sense that Tio Armando is preparing Lucitita for his own passing. "I will never leave you," he promises, and she realizes, after his death, that she understands. The lengthy prose is unusually well-crafted, quiet and subdued yet filled with authentic details of life in this household. Tio Armando is a unique person, visiting strangers in the hospital and spreading kindness wherever he goes. Grifalconi's gentle watercolors group people together in intimate moments and in larger groups that convey familial bonds. (Picture book. 5-8) Read full book review >