Books by Sarah Dyer

MONSTER BABY by Sarah Dyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2017

"While this book doesn't offer a new treatment of this well-trod theme, it's a gentle addition to a high-demand topic. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little monster becomes a big sibling when the titular baby arrives. Read full book review >
BATTY by Sarah Dyer
by Sarah Dyer, illustrated by Sarah Dyer
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A sweet, if not particularly memorable adventure in perspective. (Picture book. 3-6)"
How can a body get attention while hanging upside down? Read full book review >
MONSTER DAY AT WORK by Sarah Dyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

In this impish look at adult life, a young monster follows his dad to work. He does everything his dad does: goes to meetings, corrects important charts and has after-work drinks. Why does Dad complain so much? There are cookies at the meeting, the charts make fantastic coloring pages and he gets to drink milkshakes at the end of every day. Who wouldn't love going to work? In spare lines of text, Dyer imparts a straightforward daily routine—with Dad doing one thing and his son most certainly doing another. Wide-set eyes, squat statures and two horns that look like party hats worn askew make these monsters anything but scary. Detailed spreads filled with other oddball creatures and quirky touches (Dad's inbox contains stacks of paper labeled "blah blah blah") complete this offbeat monster landscape. Lest anyone fear, Mother monster is not ignored. She is home doing ten things at once to make sure the household runs smoothly. Pshaw. She has it easy, too. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
MRS. MUFFLY’S MONSTER by Sarah Dyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

Childhood logic and a preference for the impossible explodes in this enjoyable tale of crazy conclusions. Mrs. Muffly's recent behavior has been most peculiar. The explanation? "We think that's because she is keeping a HUGE monster in her house!" The evidence is overwhelming. After all, why else would she need to purchase 27 dozen eggs (to style the monster's hair) or 58 packs of butter (to smooth his rough feet)? After buying a different ingredient in massive quantities each day of the week, all comes clear on Sunday when Mrs. Muffly wins the Giant Cake Competition with the largest masterpiece on display. Unwilling to give up the theory, however, the ever-optimistic narrator concludes, "BUT we think she must have had some help," as jammy monster-shaped footprints track across the page. Dyer's seemingly simple mixed-media pictures complement this tale of juvenile justifications quite well. This isn't a tale of kids just leaping to conclusions; it's a full-throttle lunge. (recipe in metric and English measurements) (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
CLEMENTINE AND MUNGO by Sarah Dyer
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

An imaginative older sister answers her brother's questions about the nature of things. A deep enough hole will reach the center of the earth, a cat can unzip its fur so that it doesn't overheat in the summer, and a dragon lives in the pipes of your home to heat the water for bath time. Clementine is not even stumped when Mungo asks why some leaves are red and some green. The answer: "Tiny painting pig-ments," depicted as pigs in the lone attempt at humor. As readers follow the pair through their day, more and more imaginative answers spring forth from Clementine's vast store of wisdom. But at bedtime, it's Mungo who provides the most important answer of all: "At night, when it gets very dark, why don't you get scared, Mungo?" " . . . because I know you are always there for me, Clementine." The right illustrations might have pulled off the storyline, but Dyer's simplistic illustrations are reminiscent of grade-school colored-pencil drawings. They will not capture the attention of young readers, especially since the siblings lack expressive faces. This is one to miss. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >