Books by Sarah Sullivan

A DAY FOR SKATING by Sarah Sullivan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 5, 2019

"This winter sports portrayal is a fine and attractive addition to the season's preschool collection. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A child and their parent enjoy a wintry skating outing while other skaters of varying degrees of ability and expertise surround them. Read full book review >
ALL THAT'S MISSING by Sarah Sullivan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Still, patient readers will root for this youngster as he works to create a place he can call home. (Fiction. 8-12)"
After his maternal grandfather and guardian has a stroke, Arlo, an 11-year-old orphan, runs away from impending foster care to the home of his prickly paternal grandmother. Read full book review >
PASSING THE MUSIC DOWN by Sarah Sullivan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

Sullivan reverently celebrates a musical apprenticeship that spans generations in this poetic narrative based on a real-life relationship and punctuated by the titular phrase. A boy with a penchant for "old timey" music travels with his violin and his parents from Indiana to West Virginia to hear and see a legendary fiddler. As the family draws closer geographically to the boy's new mentor, the narrative gently moves back and forth from their initial meeting to the boy's family "putting down roots / in the next county over." The pair shares farm chores as well as hours of musical tutelage and accompaniment. Seasons pass, then years: At the elder's deathbed, the now-teenage youth murmurs, " ‘I'll do just like I promised, / I'll teach folks all your tunes. / There's a part of you that / will always be around.' / Passing the music down." Root's sun-dappled watercolor-and-gouache illustrations lovingly depict rural West Virginia's farms and fairs along with the respectful interplay between a twosome knit together by a deep-seated commitment to musical folkways. Sullivan's notes, on Melvin Wine and Jake Krack and the tunes, round out a lovely, resonant offering. (resources) (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A BABY BROTHER by Sarah Sullivan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 8, 2010

Lizzie, an exuberant second grader, loves to write stories. Her parents are her best audience—that is, until her baby brother is born. Suddenly the only one who seems to have time to listen is the dog. As Lizzie fights for attention in her house, she takes refuge in her writing and discovers a new muse—her annoying baby brother. She starts creating stories using baby Marvin as her villain and can barely keep up with the wealth of ideas that this fuels. Then her mother takes Marvin for a visit to Grandma's, and Lizzie gets to enjoy some quiet time with her dad. She discovers, however, that the space Marvin leaves is bigger than she thought and welcomes his return with new appreciation. Sullivan's prose is a bit wordy, but the fresh take on the new-sibling theme with an empowering female character makes up for its weaknesses. Tusa's cheerful black-lined watercolors do a nice job expressing Lizzie's creative spirit, expanding on the gaps left in the text to fill them with humor. Funny and useful. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
DEAR BABY by Sarah Sullivan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

Presented in the form of a scrapbook, a series of notes, letters and drawings from an older brother to his new sibling traces her life from a few weeks before her birth (a print of her sonogram) until her first birthday. It's a clever idea, as Mike includes drawings of his favorite toy action figure, family portraits and even Erica's infant footprints. He goes through defined stages, from resenting the attention Erica gets, to defending her perfection to his friend Rishi, who also has a new baby sister, Maya. Scrawled commentary appears in the margins of the letters, too, as Mike notes "things that babies shouldn't eat" (worms, toys, my hand!) and "things that you will need when you go to school" (lunch, backpack, notebook). It ends with an overly didactic note (a birthday card with a message inside), but Meisel's mixed-media pictures are cheerful and engaging and the idea makes this a worthwhile addition to the burgeoning shelf on the topic. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
ROOT BEER AND BANANA by Sarah Sullivan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

A girl's simple act of kindness leads to a new friendship in this quiet, utterly satisfying summer story. One hot afternoon, Granddaddy and Molly pack up their fishing rods and drive to Mister Mac's General Store where Molly takes her time staring at the ice pops in the freezer deciding if she wants root beer or banana. Then she sees a little girl wearing a patched dress waving from beneath the willow tree across the street. The girl's name is Miracle and she tells Molly she's come to buy an ice pop with a nickel she found on the road. Miracle selects root beer, but Molly knows the ice pops cost a dime so she artfully arranges for Granddaddy to treat them both. When Molly suggests she will give Miracle half her banana ice pop in return for half of Miracle's, the two girls are on the way to becoming friends. Soft, realistic gouache illustrations dappled with summer shadow and sunlight nicely reflect the melodic text and mellow mood. A refreshing summer treat. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >