Books by Siobhan Dodds

CRUMBLE! CRUMBLE! by Siobhan Dodds
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

This sturdy book designed for toddlers comes with an equally sturdy story about a young kangaroo that skips the most important meal of the day and is haunted by the absence of food in her belly. Come morning, Little Roo has one thing on her mind: "She wanted to go out to play." She forsakes her kangaflakes and her toast and honey. Shortly thereafter, she hears an ominous "Grumble! Rumble!" Mistaking the sounds as the grumblings of a monster, Little Roo runs to tell her friends. But Alligator is too busy eating grapes, and Snake is too busy munching an apple, and Elephant is chomping away on peanuts. So it goes with all of Little Roo's friends: They're all having good breakfasts, and all Little Roo has are the fantods. At home, Little Roo's mother makes the connection between the belly and the growls. Banishing the monsters is as easy as eating breakfast. Wouldn't it be nice if they were all so easily dismissed? The simple narrative and repetitive text can't be said to possess incantatory qualities, but they do convey an instant familiarity, warmth, and mellow humor, as do Dodds's (Grandpa Bud, 1993) earth-toned, cartoon illustrations. (Picture book. 1-4)Read full book review >
GRANDPA BUD by Siobhan Dodds
Released: April 1, 1993

Little Polly is coming for the night, and (she confides by phone) she's hoping Grandpa Bud will bake her favorite cake. Another call from Polly: ``Henry'' is coming, too, if he may; he likes Jell-O and ice cream. The joke is that Polly, on the text page, is shown holding Henry, who's a toy bear, while, as shown opposite, Grandpa imagines a hungry boy who will also have to share Polly's bed. Polly calls again (Rosie would like banana sandwiches) and again (George's favorite is hot dogs); getting a bit bothered now, Grandpa scurries around the kitchen while visualizing a bed ever more crowded with the children he thinks Polly has described—until she turns up with a basket of stuffed animals. Accommodating Grandpa Bud is an old sweetheart; and kids will love figuring out what's going on before he does. The engaging cartoon-style illustrations are just right. (Picture book. 3-7) Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1991

A pregnant mother answers her two preschoolers' questions about babies, making interesting—and instructive—comparisons (``with sticklebacks, only the father looks after the babies, ...all the wolves take care of the wolf cubs, and baby turtles don't have anyone to care for them''). The question-and-answer format leads to a didactic tone, but the facts are well-organized and clearly presented, with Dodds' cheerful, well-integrated illustrations making a major contribution to both information and appeal. (Picture book. 3-7) Read full book review >