Books by Sally Derby

SUNDAY SHOPPING by Sally Derby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"Both old-fashioned and fresh-feeling, this book is thoroughly worthy of a shopping trip. (Picture book. 5-8)"
As comfortable as a Sunday afternoon with Grandma, Derby's picture book sneaks a wee bit of financial literacy into her story of playtime and imagination. Read full book review >
KYLE’S ISLAND by Sally Derby
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"A poignant coming-of-age story rooted in realistic family relationships and lovingly glossed with the wonders of summer on a lake. (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
When his family returns to their Michigan lakeside cottage for the summer of 1974, "almost" 13-year-old Kyle's usual excitement quells as he confronts the realities of change. Read full book review >
NO MUSH TODAY by Sally Derby
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Overall, a delightful book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
After her baby brother's arrival, young Nonie must cope with the reality that she is no longer her parents' only priority. Read full book review >
WHOOSH WENT THE WIND! by Sally Derby
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Lively charcoal-and-acrylic illustrations and sprightly text portray this adventurous young student on a most unusual day. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A boy is late to school, but he has an explanation: It was the wind! Read full book review >
THE WACKY SUBSTITUTE by Sally Derby
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2005

"A sweet addition to large collections, but strapped budgets won't miss this one. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Unfortunately, Mr. Wuerst starts his day by dropping his glasses in the frying pan. Read full book review >
TWO FOOLS AND A HORSE by Sally Derby
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

"The blend of words and illustrations make this a not-to-be-missed offering. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Derby's clever and foolish literary tale is destined to become a classic. Read full book review >
TAIKO ON A WINDY NIGHT by Sally Derby
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"The cover is unfortunately rather dark (depicting a black cat at night, after all), but the story itself is full of warmth, and it will blend nicely into story hours with themes of wind, night, or cats. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Taiko, a jet-black cat with four white feet and a white vest, is a free spirit who ventures off on a midnight prowl one windy night. Read full book review >
MY STEPS by Sally Derby
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Derby's steps, where each scene has the pleasing simplicity of Peter's world in Ezra Jack Keats's The Snowy Day (1962). (Picture book. 3-5)"
A simple set of five front steps in the city is a child's whole universe, easily becoming playground, hideout, circus arena, school, and home. Read full book review >
KING KENRICK'S SPLINTER by Sally Derby
FICTION
Released: Oct. 10, 1994

"Amusing, especially to anyone who has faced the unhappy tweezers. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-7)"
King Kenrick jumps out of bed on Hero's Day morning, only to get a splinter in his toe. Read full book review >
JACOB AND THE STRANGER by Sally Derby
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 1994

"An elegant piece of bookmaking; an enchanting, simple-seeming tale that contrasts provocatively with Aiken's The Shoemaker's Boy (above). (Fiction/Young reader. 6+)"
An intriguing, beautifully honed allegory concerning Jacob, known by his actions as kind, honest, even smart—yet lazy: ``I don't like to work,'' says he. ``I like to do as I please, to...lie in the grass watching the clouds.'' Still, he finds enough odd jobs to support himself, and one day a mysterious stranger offers him the easiest of tasks: to care for his potted plant for a florin a day, but ``You must return to me all that is mine. Read full book review >
THE MOUSE WHO OWNED THE SUN by Sally Derby
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"The gentle, understated humor of Henstra's pen and watercolor illustrations is nicely in tune with the rather long, tongue-in-cheek story; lively dialogue makes this an especially good choice for sharing aloud. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The mouse is lucky indeed: it's pure coincidence that, at each critical juncture, the sun does exactly what he tells it. Read full book review >