Books by Sarah Weeks

GLAMOURPUSS by Sarah Weeks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Sophisticated vocabulary and pop-culture references may well fly over the heads of children, making this fizzy, exuberant entertainment a treat that is best shared by an adult with a penchant for screwball comedy. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A lighthearted twist on the traditional antagonism between cats and dogs takes place in an over-the-top upper-crust world. Read full book review >
HONEY by Sarah Weeks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"In all, it's an unsuccessful follow-up to Weeks' Pie (2011), but word-loving Melody is appealing, and her appended list of nail-polish colors is somewhat amusing. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Melody Bishop's peaceful life with her widower father is upset when the annoying 6-year-old next door comes home from the beauty parlor with some gossip. Read full book review >
MAC AND CHEESE AND THE PERFECT PLAN by Sarah Weeks
Released: March 1, 2012

"Please, let there be more adventures of Mac and Cheese, the Felix and Oscar of the early-reader world. (Early reader. 4-8)"
In this offering for emerging readers, Mac and Cheese, two cat friends, prove that opposites attract, even in the feline world. Read full book review >
PIE by Sarah Weeks
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Warm, delicious and filling. (recipes, pie credits) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
What do you get when you take some scrumptious pie recipes, stir in a mix-up of a mystery involving an overweight cat and a legacy, then add a sly satirical nod to the Newbery Medal? This irresistible confection. Read full book review >
WOOF by Sarah Weeks
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"A book of wit and tenderness that is absolutely 'Best in Show.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Weeks offers up a charming and humorous story about the love of a dog—for a cat. Read full book review >
SOPHIE PETERMAN TELLS THE TRUTH! by Sarah Weeks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"Readers will too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Straight shooter Sophie Peterman gives readers the lowdown on babies: They are your "worst nightmare." Read full book review >
OGGIE COODER, PARTY ANIMAL! by Sarah Weeks
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A fast-paced chapter book with cheerful cartoon illustrations provided by Holgate, this can easily be read on its own and will certainly win Oggie new fans. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Excited by an invitation to a neighbor's birthday party, oddball fourth grader Oggie Cooder is willing to do almost anything to enjoy the perfect Donnica's kidney-shaped pool and piggies-in-a-blanket, even memorize the 100 rules the class queen bee hoped would keep him away. Read full book review >
CATFISH KATE AND THE SWEET SWAMP BAND by Sarah Weeks
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"While the story feels slight and the resolution oddly one-sided for a book about compromise, Smith's visually cacophonous, roughly hewn watercolor-and-ink cartoons are nothing if not energetic, and the singsong rhyme will have swamp toes a-tapping. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When Catfish Kate plays her banjo in the moonlight, the sky fills with giant musical notes and the girl musicians of the swamp chime in. Read full book review >
OGGIE COODER by Sarah Weeks
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Gentle humor with a satisfying message for middle-grade readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Quirky fourth-grader Oggie Cooder has a unique talent. Read full book review >
BUNNY FUN by Sarah Weeks
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Williams's figures are oversized, emphasizing the boldness of their romp, and the inviting design should attract the very young, but will parents want to encourage such (mis)behavior? (Picture book. 2-5)"
A rainy day triggers indoor mischief. Read full book review >
PIP SQUEAK by Sarah Weeks
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2007

"Children who are just beginning to read on their own will enjoy this easy and humorous story, which could also serve as a read-aloud for younger preschoolers. (Easy reader. 4-6)"
Weeks and Manning team up for a second successful easy reader starring Pip Squeak the mouse, this time joined by his friend Max, a messy and nmisbehaving fox. Read full book review >
ELLA, OF COURSE! by Sarah Weeks
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2007

"A talented new porcine character from a practiced author and artist must take a bow. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Clever problem-solver Ella, the piglet, "love-love-loved" the new umbrella given by grammy for her fourth birthday. Read full book review >
COUNTING OVEJAS by Sarah Weeks
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2006

"The expressions on the faces of the sheep and the child, the stunning juxtaposition of shapes and colors, the ingeniously varied ways in which the sheep are transported and the potential for teaching colors and numbers in both English and Spanish make this a winner. (Picture book. 2-6)"
As comfortable and cozy as the fuzzy pink bunny slippers worn by its peaceful, amply-robed night-capped child, this bilingual bed-time sheep-counting story is an auditory and visual delight. Read full book review >
JUMPING THE SCRATCH by Sarah Weeks
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2006

"A powerful story of a child's pain. (Fiction. 10+)"
Jamie's aunt has a strange kind of amnesia following a severe head injury. Read full book review >
OVERBOARD! by Sarah Weeks
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2006

"Delightful—for those beyond this baby stage. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A toddler bunny's favorite game is to fling things "Overboard!" Read full book review >
I’M A PIG by Sarah Weeks
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"Porky, in both senses of the word. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The joys of porcine life are professed in rhyme as Pig acts out each attribute: "I'm a pig, I'm a pig / and I don't give a fig / if you call me a pig, / 'cause that's what I am." Read full book review >
BAA-CHOO! by Sarah Weeks
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"EWSLUGp1971. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
A sniffly sheep develops a tantalizing "Baa . . . ahhh . . . ," but the "choo" proves elusive in this rhymed barnyard caper. Read full book review >
SO B. IT by Sarah Weeks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2004

"Three stars on the soggy-hanky index. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Resilient Heidi It is the daughter of mentally deficient So B. It, but it's really neighbor Bernadette who raises her. Read full book review >
PAPER PARADE by Sarah Weeks
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"This high-stepping debut (for him) makes an infectiously hand-clapping, toe-tapping read-aloud, as well as an invitation to the pleasures of handmade play. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Forced to stay inside while a parade passes outside, a child produces a parade of her own in this tippety-tappety take on turning lemons into lemonade. Read full book review >
IF I WERE A LION by Sarah Weeks
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Tremendous read-aloud possibilities. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little red-haired girl defends herself against her mother's accusation of wildness in a very inventive way. Read full book review >
WITHOUT YOU by Sarah Weeks
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Library shelves tend to be crowded with portraits of penguin life, but this is an unusually appealing one, with particular resonance for families with temporarily absent parents. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"Where would I be, / What would I do, / Who in the world would see me through . . . " croons a penguin hatchling from the feet of its protective father as, huddled together, the two wait long months for mother's return. Duranceau alternates blue-tinged scenes of gracefully posed Emperor penguin fathers and offspring on land, with undersea views of the mothers, all of whom are off braving the ocean's dangers to feed before returning, at long last, to a joyful reunion. Read full book review >
TWO EGGS, PLEASE. by Sarah Weeks
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"It's a difficult, abstract concept that has engaged every philosopher since Plato's day; children may be able to get a handle on it here, but they'll need both a large fund of patience, and an adult to fill in the gaps. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A clever, minimally verbal introduction to "same, but different" that takes too long to make its point. Read full book review >
GUY WIRE by Sarah Weeks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

Laughs won out over tears in Guy Strang's previous appearances (My Guy,2001; Guy Time, 2000, etc.), but not this time. Read full book review >
OH MY GOSH, MRS. MCNOSH! by Sarah Weeks
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2002

"MPSLUGMRS McNosh. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In the third installment of the Mrs. McNosh series (Mrs. McNosh and the Great Big Squash, 2000, etc.), the titular heroine encounters a series of surprises when her dog, George, chases a squirrel through the park. Read full book review >
ANGEL FACE by Sarah Weeks
by Sarah Weeks, illustrated by David Diaz
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2002

"A tribute to the unique beauty of every child and the special love of a mother for her son. (Picture book. 3-7)"
While picking blackberries with his mother, a little boy is enticed by a blue butterfly and wanders away. Read full book review >
MY GUY by Sarah Weeks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 31, 2001

"Pure fluff. (Fiction. 9-12)"
When Guy's mother announces her plans to marry Jerry, the father of Lana, Guy is devastated. Read full book review >
MY SOMEBODY SPECIAL by Sarah Weeks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2001

"Sympathetic and soothing, this tale is just right for taming the worries of small fry when they are away from home. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A sensitive tale exploring the turbulent mix of emotions, both the trepidation and happy reunion experienced by youngsters at pick-up time. Read full book review >
DRIP, DROP by Sarah Weeks
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

"A solid choice for the easy reader shelves in both public and school libraries. (Junior Library Guild selection) (Easy reader. 4-7)"
Weeks continues her watery-themed flow of beginning readers (Splish, Splash!, not reviewed) with this entry in the I Can Read Book series. Read full book review >
GUY TIME by Sarah Weeks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 30, 2000

"Light, readable, familiar fare. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In a fluffy sequel to Regular Guy (1999), Weeks propels her clueless seventh grader into both a hare-brained scheme to reunite his estranged parents and the rocky terra incognita of co-ed friendship. Read full book review >
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FRANKIE by Sarah Weeks
Released: Aug. 31, 1999

"The monster's response to the enthusiastic 'Happy birthday, Frankie' leaves the professor in pieces; Frankie, in the last spread, is seen wrench in hand, trying to reassemble him—a task that may prove as pointless as the book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
PLB 0-06-028522-2 The endpapers offer a clue as to what to expect, showing an alarming array of paint, body parts, clothing, and typeface, which will be used in the workshop of a round-headed man in glasses wearing an acid-green lab coat. Read full book review >
REGULAR GUY by Sarah Weeks
Released: June 30, 1999

"The whole thing blows up in a melodramatic misinterpretation, as Guy figures out that there is no place like home—a foreordained ending in a novel that starts with a thin premise and grows flimsier with each page. (Fiction. 9-12)"
PLB 0-06-028368-8 A boy finds himself so ill-suited for his family that he believes he must have been switched at birth—a classic childhood hunch that in Weeks's first novel, by turns drab and exaggerated, falls pretty flat. Read full book review >
LITTLE FACTORY by Sarah Weeks
Released: Nov. 30, 1998

"Barton's stubby little folks, brightly arrayed in tropically colored work clothes, match the uncomplicated nature of this fable. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Robber barons and corporate moguls may cringe at Weeks' unperturbed attack of industry, but Wobblies and environmentalists will rejoice. Read full book review >
NOODLES by Sarah Weeks
by Sarah Weeks, illustrated by David Carter
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 31, 1996

"This product's shelf life is reduced only slightly by its inherent fragility; still, this is a hearty feast. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Noodles ($15.95; May 31, 1996; 20 pp.; 0-694-00842-7): A rare product indeed: a novelty item that doesn't rest on gimmickry, but balances artistic and literary content with eye-popping surprises. Read full book review >
RED RIBBON by Sarah Weeks
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"Share this with children who ask what the red ribbon means. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Jenny, the 8-year-old neighbor of an AIDS victim, learns from her mother another way to wear the red hair ribbon she gets for her birthdayin the simple loop that has come to represent commitment to AIDS eradication and education, and compassion for those with the disease. Read full book review >
HURRICANE CITY by Sarah Weeks
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 30, 1993

"The situations aren't all equally novel or clever, but kids will have fun checking out the details in the lively, windswept illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Considering how hurricanes are named, it's not surprising that someone has thought of making them into an alphabet book; this portrait of a city where ``We get them big,/We get them small—/Sooner or later we get them all...'' is a mixture of tall tale (especially in the cheery abandon with which its people are pictured enduring the wind's pranks) and rueful plausibility. Read full book review >