Books by Sachiko Yoshikawa

OOPSY, TEACHER! by Stephanie Calmenson
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Poor Mr. Bungles—readers' enjoyment practically guarantees that he will face yet another bad day sometime in the near future. Here's hoping his positive attitude holds up. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Calmenson and Yoshikawa's high-energy romp follows the hapless Mr. Bungles through another calamitous day (Late for School!, 2008). Read full book review >
THE BOY FROM THE DRAGON PALACE by Margaret Read MacDonald
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"MacDonald's lively retelling of this folktale is bound to fascinate kids; after all, who can resist a tale with a snot-nosed boy? (source note) (Picture book/folktale. 4-8) "
This Japanese variant of "The Fisherman and His Wife" features a poor flower seller and a snot-nosed boy. Read full book review >
NO T. REX IN THE LIBRARY by Toni Buzzeo
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"Good for home, classroom and library use. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Tess is out of control and roaring—in the library, of all places—so her mother gives her a time out. Read full book review >
LATE FOR SCHOOL! by Stephanie Calmenson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"This silly, light snack of a tale shows that even teachers can learn a new lesson. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mr. Bungles, the teacher, has woken up late! Read full book review >
FIRST FOOD FIGHT THIS FALL by Marilyn Singer
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The interesting combination of identifiable poetic forms and Yoshikawa's amusing illustrations should make this a popular choice for classroom reading, as students recognize at least some of their own school experiences (though, one hopes, not food fights) in the poetry. (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)"
Lively and engaging acrylic-and-pastel illustrations that include bits of lace, fabric and other found items accompany 29 poems describing the school experiences, from first day to last, of a middle-grade class. Read full book review >
HAMSTERS, SHELLS, AND SPELLING BEES by Lee Bennett Hopkins
POETRY
Released: June 1, 2008

"This title in the long-standing I Can Read series should sell itself in bookstores and should be a first purchase for libraries. (Early reader/poetry. 5-8)"
This well-chosen anthology focuses on classroom and schoolyard experiences and is just right for beginning readers in primary grades. Read full book review >
KITTY UP! by Elizabeth Wojtusik
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"The suburban setting will be familiar to many children, and the adventure's end makes this a comforting tale, especially at bedtime. (Picture book. 2-6)"
"Kitty fast. / Kitty slow. / Kitty stop. / Kitty go!" Read full book review >
KINDNESS IS COOLER, MRS. RULER by Margery Cuyler
FICTION
Released: June 26, 2007

"The appealing pictures, expansive double-page spreads and positive message will likely ensure a wide audience—but a tad more creativity would have been welcome. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Kindness is cool, but it's unclear whether this purposive effort will really encourage young listeners to commit good deeds. Read full book review >
SHOUT! by Brod Bagert
POETRY
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"School-age children might not be engaged, but their younger siblings will want to repeat their favorites over and over. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bagert offers recitation poetry for the very young. Read full book review >
WHAT IS SCIENCE? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
NATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Sure to find a place on many nursery and kindergarten bookshelves. (Picture book/nonfiction. 2-7)"
Short rhyming verses give young children an idea of the vast array of topics that scientists study. Read full book review >
BEACH IS TO FUN by Pat Brisson
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"Having said that, it bounces along, most of the analogies work, and the acrylic and pastel pictures, with their round-headed, button-eyed figures, tropical fruit colors, and scenes of going to the playground, beach, pool, and boat are lively. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A summery tale brightly colored as a beach ball—if a little heavy on the teaching thing. Read full book review >
BOY, YOU’RE AMAZING! by Virginia Kroll
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"A great gift for any young boy, this would also make an excellent addition to any storytime library. (Picture book. 3-7)"
"Boy, you're amazing, the things you can do!" Read full book review >
STARS by Steve Tomecek
NATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Overall a solid foundation for future astronomy studies. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
The latest in the Jump Into Science series is a sure winner for future astronomers and their stargazing parents. Read full book review >