Books by Sean Taylor

THE WORLD-FAMOUS CHEESE SHOP BREAK-IN by Sean Taylor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"When it comes to whiff, no substitute for The Stinky Cheese Man or Garrison Keillor and Anne Wilsdorf's Old Man Who Loved Cheese (1996) but gouda for a few chuckles. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A cheese shop makes an irresistible target for a bandit rat and his only slightly less avid offspring. Read full book review >
HOOT OWL, MASTER OF DISGUISE by Sean Taylor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A rib-tickling pleaser. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A confident owl employs ace hunting skills—sort of—to fill his tummy. Read full book review >
THAT'S WHAT MAKES A HIPPOPOTAMUS SMILE by Sean Taylor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Nice but not memorable. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little girl's hippo friend is a bit of a handful around the house. Read full book review >
GOAL! by Sean Taylor
by Sean Taylor, photographed by Caio Vilela
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"A solid introduction to soccer, carrying with it the sport's openness to any and all. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Writer Taylor and photographer Vilela give a brisk nod to the international spirit and enjoyment of soccer. Read full book review >
A WASTE OF GOOD PAPER by Sean Taylor
Released: Sept. 15, 2013

"A moving story about hurt children, brave teachers and the poetry within. (author's note) (Fiction. 11-16)"
Through the journal he keeps, Jason Dooley offers readers a window into his life at Heronford, a British school for kids with behavioral and emotional difficulties. Read full book review >
ROBOT RUMPUS! by Sean Taylor
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Subpar. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Once more into the night, when feckless parents leave their kid in the charge of defective robots. Read full book review >
ROBOMOP by Sean Taylor
Released: Feb. 7, 2013

"Miscasting results in a missed mark. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A lonely robot finds friends in this overworked tale. Read full book review >
THE GRIZZLY BEAR WITH THE FRIZZLY HAIR by Sean Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Ultimately, amiable but undistinguished. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Can the clever rabbit stop the hungry bear from eating him? Read full book review >
THE WORLD CHAMPION OF STAYING AWAKE by Sean Taylor
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: July 1, 2011

"Pleasant if unexceptional. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Little Stella stuffs a month of adventure into a single bedtime. Read full book review >
HUCK RUNS AMUCK! by Sean Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Hilarious, laugh-out-loud fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Huck is a goat with an eclectic appetite. Read full book review >
THE RING WENT ZING! by Sean Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2010

"A ring-a-ding winner. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When a frog and chicken fall in love, the frog proposes but drops the ring. Read full book review >
CROCODILES ARE THE BEST ANIMALS OF ALL! by Sean Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

Identical in general import but, alas, far inferior in presentation to Kevin Sherry's exuberant I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean! (2007), this boastfest pairs stumbling rhymes to static jumbles of cartoon figures. Read full book review >
THE GREAT SNAKE by Sean Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Vilela's textured artwork, which evokes the setting beautifully, and the singular focal point make this an atypical collection of special interest to storytellers and folklorists. (glossary, origins of stories, author's note for rainforest support) (Folklore. 8 & up)"
This unusual presentation of folktales, both in format and focus, has a "great" title and is dramatically illustrated with handsome woodcuts and rubber-stamping. Read full book review >
WHEN A MONSTER IS BORN by Sean Taylor
FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2007

"Multiple typefaces will aid even the clumsiest readers in making this a storytime staple. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In the fine tradition of Laura Numeroff's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (1985) and Remy Charlip's Fortunately (1980) comes this British import sure to have little monsters everywhere asking to hear it again. Read full book review >
BOING! by Sean Taylor
by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Bruce Ingman
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2004

"Good premise, but perhaps more suited to film than paper. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Inspired perhaps by the superhuman leaps in martial arts or Spiderman movies, Taylor and Ingman follow a champion trampoliner dubbed the "Great Elastic Marvel" as he inadvertently catapults himself out of a high window, then narrowly escapes one deadly fall after another thanks to a pile of mattresses, an awning, and other conveniently placed springy surfaces. Read full book review >