Books by Stephen Michael King

YOU by Stephen Michael King
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Best for sharing one-on-one with someone special. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A charming yellow pup knows the world is full of color, music and exciting adventures, but the very best thing to him is "YOU," who is, in this case, his chum, a tiny orange bird. Read full book review >
PRUDENCE WANTS A PET by Cathleen Daly
ANIMALS
Released: June 21, 2011

"Demure yet mildly impish; when Prudence's eyes "get hot and tingly" at the end, it's for the best reason of all. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A classic theme feels fresh as a squiggling kitten. Read full book review >
PIGLET AND GRANNY by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"For toddlers and preschoolers still learning to entertain themselves during moments of empty time, Piglet's resourcefulness, even in her impatience, stands as a worthwhile lesson. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Though Granny Pig is soft and squishy (and wears glasses halfway down her snout), she's still lively and playful. Read full book review >
LEAF by Stephen Michael King
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"Wonderful squiggly line, patches of green and brown, gold and blue and fabulous use of negative white space make this a joy to reread. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A curious, curiously subversive and very pretty wordless Australian import. Read full book review >
THE IMAGINARY GARDEN by Stephen Michael King
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"More than the gardening or even the flowers, the dance of imagination between grandfather and grandchild is sweetly filigreed across the pages. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Poppa lives in an apartment now, with a tiny, windy balcony instead of a garden. Read full book review >
PIGLET AND PAPA by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"Reminiscent of Are You My Mother, this is sure to become a beloved favorite as well. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Patterned after their first book, Piglet and Mama (2005), the team's latest explores a father's unconditional love for his child. Read full book review >
MUTT DOG! by Stephen Michael King
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"If it lacks the mastery of Marc Simont's The Stray Dog (2001), it is still nicely satisfying in its own right. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A scruffy little street mutt finds a home in this small, sweet tale. Read full book review >
PIGLET AND MAMA by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Warmly inviting, Wild's tender tale is just right for bedtime snuggles and story time. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In this pleasing outing, toddlers take a playful tour of the farm with a wandering piglet. Read full book review >
MILLI, JACK, AND THE DANCING CAT by Stephen Michael King
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"There's a raft of picture books on the theme out there; with such examples as Peter H. Reynold's The Dot (2003) available, this stands as an additional purchase. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A parable of creativity fails to deliver enough story to hang its message on. Read full book review >
EMILY LOVES TO BOUNCE by Stephen Michael King
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"A dazzling blend of waggish humor and quixotic illustrations, this positively sparkles with the sheer buoyancy of Emily's high spirits. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An exuberant child bounds through her day in a style many adults will recognize. Read full book review >
THE POCKET DOGS by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"As a result, a strong current of reassurance flows through this mild drama, a tribulation that young readers can learn to accept will likely turn out just fine. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Even the most secure and loving situations can have their unexpected rough patches, scary episodes that come and go, such as the one that figures in Wild's (Midnight Babies, p. 191, etc.) story. Mr. Pockets is a flighty, but affectionate gent (and is so captured by King's equally wiggly and homey watercolors) who wears a great, baggy coat come rain or shine, summer or winter. Read full book review >
A SPECIAL KIND OF LOVE by Stephen Michael King
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1996

"The illustrations are endearingly soft and a bit sentimental, like the story itself. (Picture book. 3-7)"
There's more to this exploration of a father-son relationship than is suggested by the dreary title. Read full book review >