Books by Shutta Crum

DOZENS OF COUSINS by Shutta Crum
Released: July 2, 2013

"An ebullient celebration of family. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Reminiscent of Cynthia Rylant and Stephen Gammell's Caldecott Honor book, The Relatives Came (1993), Crum and Catrow's collaboration delivers a spirited, loving depiction of extended familial bonds. Read full book review >
MINE! by Shutta Crum
FICTION
Released: June 14, 2011

"This charming, animated episode will elicit giggles and demands of "read it again!" (Picture book. 2-5)"
What toddler hasn't experienced the frustration of trying to retrieve toys from a baby sibling or the family dog with a shouted "MINE!"? Read full book review >
THOMAS AND THE DRAGON QUEEN by Shutta Crum
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: July 13, 2010

"Fans of Gerald Morris's similar tales of knightly morality will find this one disappointingly thin. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
A teenage knight sets out to rescue a princess kidnapped by a dragon and discovers that compromise will (sometimes) solve more problems than violence. Read full book review >
THUNDER-BOOMER! by Shutta Crum
FICTION
Released: June 15, 2009

"Intermittent collage patches subtly enhance the textured scenes, providing a wildly successful sanctuary from this soaking storm. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl's lazy summer day quickly turns soggy when a violent thunderstorm drenches their family farm. Read full book review >
A FAMILY FOR OLD MILL FARM by Shutta Crum
ANIMALS
Released: May 21, 2007

"This lighthearted real-estate review rendered in verse text and amusing watercolor and digital-media illustrations eventually unites human and animal buyers in the pastoral perfection of Old Mill Farm. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Two enthusiastic realtors offer different spins on the same dilapidated, but lovely rural property as their clients search for the perfect home. Read full book review >
THE BRAVEST OF THE BRAVE by Shutta Crum
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 11, 2005

"Bowen's pudgy, bead-eyed critters could be considered at odds with the text, but this makes the whole package more useful for explaining away irrational fears. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little skunk tromps through the deep, dark woods thinking brave thoughts to steel himself against (imagined) dangers. Read full book review >
MY MOUNTAIN SONG by Shutta Crum
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 24, 2004

"Text length and complexity, especially about the abstract and intriguing mountain song, are out of proportion with the pictures, which don't merit more than a quick look. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Pleasant but bland watercolors don't provide enough nuance for this double-themed plot. Read full book review >
SPITTING IMAGE by Shutta Crum
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 21, 2003

"Her cover portrait will draw readers; her voice will intrigue them. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Twelve-year-old Jessie can't decide which is worse, having no father or one that's no good. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE IN THE MEADOW by Shutta Crum
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"This could have worked without the poem device as there is little else available in a picture-book format for this young audience other than Byron Barton's Building a House (1990), but the counting is fun and will give the audience a chance to chime in. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Utilizing the device of the familiar rhyme "Over in the Meadow," this new reconstruction features all the kinds of workers needed to build a house. Read full book review >
FOX AND FLUFF by Shutta Crum
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Still, though no replacement for Lynn Reiser's Surprise Family (1994), this too will nudge readers toward the idea that outer form is not the most important element in familial relationships. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Nurture overcomes nature when a tough-talking fox and a newly hatched chick cross paths. Read full book review >
WHO TOOK MY HAIRY TOE? by Shutta Crum
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An author's note cites sources for the tale and the variants, which include the British "Teeny Tiny Bone" and the Midwestern "Tailipoo." (Folktale. 5-8)"
This folktale has been a favorite for many storytellers and Crum, a storyteller herself, provides a smooth and lively retelling that will send shivers down the listener's spine. Read full book review >