Books by Sid Fleischman

SIR CHARLIE by Sid Fleischman
Released: June 1, 2010

"Further exploration of Chaplin's classic films, from The Kid (1921) to Modern Times (1936), is a must after finishing this colorful homage to "the funniest man on earth." (Biography. 10 & up)"
Fleischman's unabashed adoration for the duck-footed comedian, filmmaker and movie star effervesces from this fascinating, generously illustrated biography. Read full book review >
THE DREAM STEALER by Sid Fleischman
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Sweet and silly, consider this slim bedtime fare that lingers long after the tale is told. (Fantasy. 6-11)"
So slender and slight it feels light enough to float from your hands, Fleischman and Sís's latest chapter-book collaboration supplements their previous Newbery-winning pairing, The Whipping Boy (1987). Read full book review >
THE TROUBLE BEGINS AT 8 by Sid Fleischman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2008

"No worthier Twain bio will cross a child's path than this feisty title, filled to the brim with ample grins and sly, knowing winks. (Biography. 9-14)"
The life of one of America's best-loved entertainers gets top-notch treatment in this highly enjoyable and eminently simpatico biography. Read full book review >
THE ENTERTAINER AND THE DYBBUK by Sid Fleischman
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Quick, creative, clever and thoroughly entertaining. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Amidst the plethora of mostly depressing Holocaust children's and YA literature, Fleischman introduces an ingenious approach to the topic and issues. Read full book review >
THE WHITE ELEPHANT by Sid Fleischman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A likely draw for young fans of elephants and exotic climes. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Punishment becomes reward in this original tale, set in "old Siam" and loosely related to the historical origins of the modern metaphor. Read full book review >
ESCAPE! by Sid Fleischman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2006

"Abracadabra—a feat that's pure magic. (Biography. 9-14)"
It seems obvious that Fleischman, Newbery author of numerous novels involving magic, would write a biography about master magician Houdini, but it took decades before he was able to transport his personal connection and admiration into a book. Read full book review >
THE GIANT RAT OF SUMATRA by Sid Fleischman
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Spirited and entertaining. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Edmund Amos Peters, nearly 13, is the cabin boy on the vessel known as the Giant Rat of Sumatra (named for its memorable figurehead) and the narrator of this delightfully crisp, compact tale of adventure and fortune. Read full book review >
DISAPPEARING ACT by Sid Fleischman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2003

"Realistic fiction it's not, but good, quick, and smart fun—definitely. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A brother and sister on the run find refuge and rescue among the eclectic and eccentric characters of Venice Beach. Read full book review >
BO & MZZZ MAD by Sid Fleischman
ADVENTURE
Released: April 30, 2001

"The books' short length and quick pace make this a perfect choice for older, struggling readers; but don't pass on this because it looks easy—this is pure good reading. (Fiction. 8-14)"
Orphaned Bo is invited to visit his estranged relatives in the Mojave dessert. Read full book review >
A CARNIVAL OF ANIMALS by Sid Fleischman
Released: Sept. 30, 2000

"While not as rollicking as the author's McBroom stories, these will tickle the fancy of many and could serve as an introduction to Fleischman's masterful tall-tale telling. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Fleischman (Bandit's Moon, 1998, etc.) relates six lively, interlocking tall tales involving the animals who live near Barefoot Mountain and the changes brought about by "a no-account little tornado" that "came twirling like a ballerina across the countryside." Read full book review >
BANDIT'S MOON by Sid Fleischman
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"What holds it together is the tense but warm relationship between Annyrose and Joaquin; Fleischman infuses their scenes with charm and offers plenty of excitement set in an intriguing historical period. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fleischman (The Abracadabra Kid, 1996, etc.) tells a meandering but effective story of a Mexican outlaw and a spunky "gringo" girl. Read full book review >
THE ABRACADABRA KID by Sid Fleischman
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Fleischman offers a gold mine of interesting reflections of writing, and a vivid representation of a life lived adventurously and thoughtfully. (Autobiography. 12+)"
Subtitled "A Writer's Life," this is a lively self-portrait of the writer as a young magician turned conjurer of "literary magic tricks." Read full book review >
THE 13TH FLOOR by Sid Fleischman
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Whether climbing the ship's rigging in a storm or rescuing his sister from death by creating a pirate's ghost out of a codfish and a Walkman, Buddy is sturdy and unflappable, and his adventures are entertaining. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A tale of time travel, filled with Fleischman's trademark combination of humor and wild adventure. Read full book review >
JIM UGLY by Sid Fleischman
Released: April 14, 1992

"Fine helter-skelter melodrama. (Fiction. 10-13)"
For 12-year-old Jake Bannock, "Jim Ugly" seems like a good name for his buried father's wolflike dog, but that low opinion changes when Jake figures out that his father isn't dead after all and he and the dog set out on a hopeful search for him. Read full book review >
THE SCAREBIRD by Sid Fleischman
Released: Sept. 15, 1988

"An artful, engaging look at the meaning of commitment to fellow beings; a lovely book."
From the author of a slew of comic stories plus a Newbery winner (The Whipping Boy), a tale about a solitary old farmer who makes an old man's equivalent of an imaginary playmate of his scarecrow. Read full book review >
THE WHIPPING BOY by Sid Fleischman
Released: April 14, 1986

"Thin at times, this comic adventure story does offer readers a nice change of pace."
A rollicking tale of adventure and mistaken identity, written in a style reminiscent of 19th-century melodrama. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF FLYING CLOCK by Sid Fleischman
Released: Sept. 1, 1981

"In any case, these belong with the merchandise mysteries."
These latest adventures of the Bloodhound Gang (from public TV's 3-2-1 Contact) have a little more zip than the dismally perfunctory lust two (p. 800, J-186), but there is still little evidence of the Fleischman wit, inventiveness, and high spirits. Read full book review >
THE BLOODHOUND GANG IN THE CASE OF THE CACKLING GHOST by Jim Woodrun
Released: April 1, 1981

"There's no attempt to flesh out the puzzles, and not a trace of the Fleischman wit and vigor."
Two one-dimensional detection cases of the sort that seem to be proliferating. Read full book review >
MCBROOM AND THE GREAT RACE by Sid Fleischman
Released: April 1, 1980

"Let's hope he doesn't begin to run clown just when he's found Lorraine, whose kindergarten-style pictures match not only Fleischman's helter-skelter rusticity but his wit and high spirits as well."
THE HEY HEY MAN by Nadine Bernard  Westcott
Released: Sept. 20, 1979

"This is told with Fleischman's usual read-aloudable colloquial punch, and illustrated in kind with a sorry-looking variety of critters and a flair for comic commotion."
Beware the Hey Hey Man, especially if you are a thief taking off with a boot full of gold. Read full book review >
JIM BRIDGER'S ALARM CLOCK AND OTHER TALL TALES by Sid Fleischman
Released: Nov. 17, 1978

"A trio of mile-high mini-tales from the master you'll never catch nodding."
Jim Bridger's alarm clock happens to be a slab-flat mountain: moving south on a night so bitter cold that a spark from his fire gives him frostbite, Jim calculates just how far from the mountain he should camp so that eight hours later his own wakeup roar will come echoing back. Read full book review >
HUMBUG MOUNTAIN by Sid Fleischman
Released: Oct. 19, 1978

"Tarnatious fun all the way."
Sid Fleischman's zest for frontier foolishment and humbug is at full steam in this story of an itinerant newspaperman's family heading for their own six lots in the new city of Sunshine, planned and executed by their steamboat-captain grandfather. Read full book review >
MCBROOM AND THE BEANSTALK by Sid Fleischman
Released: March 23, 1978

"More honest-to-gosh, kneeslapping truth, from an old champion who shows no signs of bowing out."
Though the upcoming county fair will feature a World Champion Liar's Contest, Josh McBroom declares that "hair'll grow on fish before I trifle with the truth." Read full book review >
ME AND THE MAN ON THE MOON-EYED HORSE by Sid Fleischman
Released: March 24, 1977

"Clint ends up marching in a special parade for the 87 residents of Furnace Flats, and Fleischman adds enough peppy and preposterous incidentals (like Grandpa, a telegraph operator, clicking Morse code messages to Clint with his teeth) to keep fidgety readers in tow."
The day the circus train comes through Furnace Flats, Arizona, starts out sour for Clint, who's too young to follow the circus to the performance in the next big town. Read full book review >
MCBROOM TELLS A LIE by Sid Fleischman
Released: Aug. 1, 1976

"It might come as a disappointment that McBroom's acknowledged lie turns out to be a common garden-variety exaggeration—but with truths like these, who needs fiction?"
McBroom starts out with a couple of typical whoppers which he represents as "the genuine truth," and all through this one the tall tales fly as thick and fast as the dust storm that has the local rodents digging their holes in the air. Read full book review >
MR. MYSTERIOUS'S SECRETS OF MAGIC by Sid Fleischman
Released: April 1, 1975

"MPSLUGMISTER Mysterious himself in the familiar format describing the illusion and then the secret, with a bonus tip at the end of each."
The Vanishing Ghost (Almost). . . Read full book review >
THE GHOST ON SATURDAY NIGHT by Laura Cornell
Released: May 1, 1974

"Another successful Fleischman concoction of flimflam and smart footwork."
As Great Aunt Etta, Opie's guardian, has promised to buy him a horse with her 1877 bank-deposited penny as soon as he saves up enough for a saddle, Opie who can streak (his word) through town with his eyes closed goes into the fog business as a guide in order to earn the necessary $17.59. Read full book review >
MCBROOM'S GHOST by Sid Fleischman
Released: Oct. 1, 1971

"More hayseed hyperbole from a ripsnorter."
It's disconcerting to meet the McBrooms in any but the Kurt Werth incarnation, especially as Frankenberg's 13 raspberry-haired yokels are less fetching than their predecessors. Read full book review >
JINGO DJANGO by Sid Fleischman
Released: April 22, 1971

"If Fleischman fans recognize some of the landmarks this time around, they can still have a rollicking trip."
Readers of Chancy and the Grand Rascal and By the Great Horn Spoon will enjoy the author's latest picaresque adventure set in mid-nineteenth-century America. Read full book review >
LONGBEARD THE WIZARD by Sid Fleischman
Released: Aug. 20, 1970

"Even nonsense is better than no sense; this is a synthetic composite of both."
There's this boy-king Sandor who's supposed to be poor, but he can pluck coins from the air when he's playing the Wizard; and he plays the Wizard to combat being unhappy, which he shouldn't be since he administers a happy kingdom. Read full book review >
MCBROOM'S EAR by Sid Fleischman
Released: Nov. 10, 1969

"More yeasty Fleischman."
Being the honest truth about the Great Grasshopper War, later known as the War of McBroom's Ear of Corn "so big you couldn't see it at a single glance." Read full book review >
CHANCY AND THE GRAND RASCAL by Sid Fleischman
Released: Aug. 1, 1966

"It's just the right tone that would really have appealed to Chancy and his contemporaries, and the sometimes wildly funny West comes off here with an underlying sense of authenticity."
Sid Fleischman has gone into a tall tale spin again, and as always the results are totally enjoyable. Read full book review >
THE GHOST IN THE NOONDAY SUN by Sid Fleischman
Released: April 8, 1965

"Good adventurous seafare for boys."
Here is a true pirate yarn spun out in fine style by the author of Mr. Mysterious and Company (1962). Read full book review >
BY THE GREAT HORN SPOON! by Sid Fleischman
Released: Aug. 13, 1963

"176, J-54) by this author."
In 1849 after the cries of "Gold!" had echoed across the continent to Boston, ships were crammed with fortune-seekers. Read full book review >
THE MIDNIGHT HORSE by Sid Fleischman

"Outstanding."
With the help of a dead magician, a quick-witted young orphan foils a dastardly plot—in this breathless new adventure from the author of The Whipping Boy (1986, Newbery Award). Read full book review >