Books by Samantha Berger

ABCS OF KINDNESS by Samantha Berger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2020

"It's all very obvious, but there's no harm in harping on kindness. (Board book. 2-4)"
An alphabet book featuring different ways to be kind. Read full book review >
I LOVE MY GLAM-MA! by Samantha Berger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2019

"Grandmothers with both guts and glamour are sadly underrepresented; these Glam-mas will win lots of fans. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Grandmas come in all shapes, sizes, and races in this up-to-date portrait of grandmothers as young-at-heart, active participants in the lives of their grandchildren. Read full book review >
ROCK WHAT YA GOT by Samantha Berger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A book for new and seasoned artists alike. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An artist's sketch of a little girl comes alive with a message of self-love in Berger and Kerascoët's debut collaboration. Read full book review >
SNAIL MAIL by Samantha Berger
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"Art and text take a literal definition and do a great job of running—er, creeping—with it. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The Snail Mail Promise: "Neither rain, nor snow, nor heat, nor hail will stop a snail from bringing the mail." Read full book review >
WHAT IF... by Samantha Berger
Released: April 3, 2018

"This extraordinary book will make it hard for any child reader to settle for the mundaneness of reality. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A testament to the power of an imaginative mind. Read full book review >
MONSTER'S NEW UNDIES by Samantha Berger
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"If only every underwear shopping trip ended in such satisfaction. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When a tattered but loved pair of underwear finally falls apart, Monster must brave Undie World to find a new pair. Read full book review >
BACK TO SCHOOL WITH BIGFOOT by Samantha Berger
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"Nicely juxtaposes the negative what-ifs with a great list of positives and just may lead nervous readers to do the same. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Bigfoot's body and feet may be larger than most, but his worries, though they feel monumental to him, will be familiar to grade schoolers. Read full book review >
BOO-LA-LA WITCH SPA by Samantha Berger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2015

"The excess smothers any potential oohs and aahs. (Picture book. 4-6)"
It seems even witches like to treat themselves to a bit of TLC after the frenzy of Halloween. Read full book review >
SNOOZEFEST by Samantha Berger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"No snoozefest here—great fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's not Woodstock. It's not Coachella. It's SnoozeFest—and it's for sleeping! Read full book review >
CRANKENSTEIN by Samantha Berger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Get ready to read this aloud a lot. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Whoa. Be prepared for the intense frustrations, the moody outbursts and the green scowls of Crankenstein. Read full book review >
MARTHA DOESN'T SHARE! by Samantha Berger
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

Martha (her new favorite word is "mine") is more than a bit reluctant to share her toys with her baby brother. Solution? Her family ostracizes her until she capitulates. Martha is an appealingly expressive and self-possessed preschool sea otter, and the lineup of items she calls "mine" is quite funny (a lava lamp, a cupcake, a potted plant, a chair, all the teddy bears). As rendered by Whatley, her family is nicely rounded and their expressions patient and loving. The text is simple, nicely paced and to the point: " ‘K, Maffa,' says Edwin as he waddles away." But the resolution is a bit flat-footed, coming after Martha is left to think about sharing: "She thinks and thinks and thinks about it." This thinking approach would seem to be a developmental unlikelihood for a preschooler as young as Martha. Young listeners who don't simply feel sorry for the lesson imposed on her may feel manipulated or even slightly outraged on her behalf. Still, for Martha's fans or for parents looking for a book to help deliver a message, this may be just the ticket. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
MARTHA DOESN’T SAY SORRY by Samantha Berger
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

Martha is a pretty normal kid, for an otter—she skateboards and sings, shares her snack and makes presents, sticks out her tongue and throws things. But no matter what, she does not apologize. That is, until the day that she does some not-so-nice things to her mother, father and baby brother. Martha wrestles with wanting to do the right thing without having to say sorry, but her family doesn't give cookies, piggyback rides or hugs to people who don't apologize. Near the beginning, readers may see a bit of Eloise and Olivia in Martha's upturned nose and stubborn refusal to do the right thing, but happily, her loving family's lesson hits home and she learns to make amends, albeit at first like Carl Norac's Lola (I Love You So Much, illustrated by Claude K. Dubois, 1998, etc.). The watercolor-and-colored-pencil artwork encapsulates Martha's girliness, her better-than-thou attitude and her internal struggle with her conscience. Whatley's representation of body language and facial expression powerfully complement the text. An enjoyable introduction to what could be a new beloved character. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >