Books by Steve Björkman

LOOK OUT, MOUSE! by Steve Björkman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"Easy-to-read farm high jinks. (Early reader. 3-5)"
When Farmer Fred forgets to feed his horse, bad things happen! Read full book review >
IN THE WAVES by Lennon Stella
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"As celebrity-authored books go, it could be worse. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Frothy fun from the Stella sisters, musicians and child stars of the TV series Nashville.Read full book review >
STICKY, STICKY, STUCK! by Michael  Gutch
Released: June 1, 2013

"Although many readers will relate to being technology orphans, little else will entertain in this rather bland tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A well-intentioned effort with an extra-sweet ending may briefly satisfy but ultimately leaves readers wanting. Read full book review >
SPLIT! SPLAT! by Amy Gibson
Released: March 1, 2012

"Good sloshy fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Gibson's second outing (Around the World on Eighty Legs, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri, 2011) is an onomatopoetic praise song to rain and mud. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 2011

"A whole lot of fun. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When Twitch, the schoolyard squirrel, gets into the school, all sorts of craziness ensues. Read full book review >
DINOSAURS DON'T, DINOSAURS DO by Steve Björkman
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Likely little more than an exercise in wishful thinking, but well meant and philosophically solid. (Early reader. 4-6)"
Straightforward behavior modeling for newly fledged independent readers. Read full book review >
EMILY'S NEW FRIEND by Cindy Post Senning
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Readers who need some brushing up on making and keeping friends may find this latest in the Emily Post series helpful, although others may find Emily and Ethan's role-model-perfect manners more than a bit too much. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ethan's move to Emily's town gives both children a chance to practice making and being a good friend. Read full book review >
THE PUMPKIN MYSTERY by Carol Wallace
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Here's hoping for more of Scruffy and Mocha. (Early reader. 6-9)"
Scruffy the cat and Mocha the dog are interested and sometimes involved onlookers as Aden, Leah and their parents prepare and then tend their pumpkin patch with an eye toward Halloween festivities. Read full book review >
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2009

"A solid choice for youngsters dealing with divorce and good for use in an educational or therapeutic setting. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Ted has some habits and attributes—nicknaming his elbows, for example—that some may find odd, but that's just the way he is. Read full book review >
EMILY POST’S TABLE MANNERS FOR KIDS by Cindy Post Senning
NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"While geared to those already possessing a few manners—what with concerns for lemon wedges and dessert forks—there's plenty to chew on here. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
This deceptively slim guide teems with advice about everything from meal courses to table settings, from the art of conversation to dining out. Read full book review >
EASTER BUNNY BLUES by Carol Wallace
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"Buy an extra copy of The Bunny Who Found Easter instead. (Early reader. 6-9)"
A pallid Easter tale posits a Bunny whose flu-triggered blues have got him so down he can't perform, so the local animals, led by Petey the pup, pitch in to help. Read full book review >
EMILY’S CHRISTMAS GIFTS by Cindy Post Senning
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Björkman's amusing watercolor-and-ink illustrations in his characteristic, loose style have a light, frothy appeal, conveying the excitement and emotion of the season, but they aren't enough to leaven the didactic text. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Senning and Post (both of the Emily Post Institute) continue their series on appropriate children's manners with this holiday offering starring their signature character, a girl appropriately named Emily. Read full book review >
PUPPY POWER by Judy Cox
ANIMALS
Released: May 15, 2008

"One cavil: The large typeface, coupled with Björkman's expressive, somewhat exaggerated, black-and-white drawings, would be much more accessible to new readers if the design allowed for more white space between lines and at the margins. (notes on puppy-training) (Fiction. 7-9)"
Impetuous third-grader Fran wins a prime spot in the class play and learns to control herself, thanks to puppy school. Read full book review >
THE SANTA SECRET by Carole Wallace
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2007

Wallace and Björkman join forces again for their second easy-reader collaboration, this time with a Christmas theme. Read full book review >
SANTA KNOWS by Cynthia Leitich Smith
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"The transformation of a nonbeliever on Christmas Eve is an old story, but Alfie F. Snorklepuss is a newly minted winner. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Alfie F. Snorklepuss is a sourpuss of a boy who doesn't believe in Santa Claus. Read full book review >
ONE NOSY PUP by Carol Wallace
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"The overall effort is extended by Björkman's winsome watercolors, with a flowing, loose style and humorous expressions on the animal characters' faces. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
A puppy named Poky and a hamster named Charlie are the main characters in this mildly entertaining mid-level easy reader. Read full book review >
SUPERSNOUTS! by Steve Björkman
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2004

Björkman goes whole-hog in this farmyard free-for-all, matching two burglars against a pair of porcine superheroes and their freshly minted sidekick. Read full book review >
FARM LIFE by Elizabeth Spurr
COLORS
Released: March 15, 2003

"Felicia Bond). (Picture book. 5-7)"
"Gray barn, gray barn, what do you house? / Nine straw-filled stalls with nine sleepy sows." Read full book review >
THE GRIZZLY GAZETTE by Stuart J. Murphy
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"This is not one to be left off elementary bookshelves. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Teachers will cheer to learn that Murphy (Double the Ducks, above, etc.) has added percentages to his entertaining and educational series dealing with math concepts. Read full book review >
SKINNY AND FATS, BEST FRIENDS by Cari Meister
Released: Sept. 15, 2002

"Name-calling and weight problems are real issues in the elementary school world, and it's unfortunate that Fats and Skinny have names that serve as labels for their weight. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
Meister, author of the Tiny the dog stories (Tiny the Snow Dog, 2001, etc.), offers a mid-level easy reader about two best friends, a dimwitted pig called Fats and a smart rabbit called Skinny. Read full book review >
MAMA REX & T by Rachel Vail
DINOSAURS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"This will work well as both a transitional easy reader and as a read-aloud in the early grades, especially before those inevitable diorama projects are due. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
Any parent who has suffered through the last-minute madness of preparing school projects will smile at the premise of this transitional easy reader, part of a new series from Vail (The Horrible Playdate, p. 964). Read full book review >
MAMA REX & T by Rachel Vail
DINOSAURS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"But cooperation is an even bigger idea; the chemistry needed for its flowering, once the external stimulus has been applied—from T's mother in this case—is more formulaic than earned in these pages. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
When T's friend Walter comes over to play, things go badly. Read full book review >
SAFARI PARK by Stuart J. Murphy
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"The rides look like they could be a lot of fun too, as depicted in Bjorkman's whirling, caricaturish artwork. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Murphy's introductory math concept endeavor is tailor-made for the picture book format. Read full book review >
BORN TO BE WILD by Stephanie Spinner
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 1997

"Spinner and Weiss don't talk down to the audience, and they include plenty of comic touches in their enjoyable tale. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Born To Be Wild (PLB $13.89; $3.95 paper; Mar. 31, 1997; 60 pp.; PLB 0-06-027338-0; paper 0-06-442033-7): In the third installment of The Weebie Zone series (Gerbilitis, 1996, not reviewed, etc.), Garth still has the ability—thanks to a bite from his gerbil, Weebie—to communicate with animals. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Back matter includes a world map of the featured places, a glossary, and a plea to help end world hunger. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In a companion to This Is the Way We Go to School (1990), Baer and Bjîrkman tour 22 different locales (identified this time around, with half of them in North America) to show readers, in rhymed couplets and watercolor illustrations, what kids are having for lunch. Read full book review >
SEEDS by George Shannon
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1994

"A delightfully fresh variant of the best-friend-moves-away theme. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Warren and his next-door neighbor Bill, who's an illustrator and a gardener, are best friends. Read full book review >
TYRONE GOES TO SCHOOL by Susan Saunders
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Speedster'' format, incorporating Bjîrkman's deftly scribbled drawings and cartoon-style dialogue, is sure to appeal. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Robert and his huge dog have the same problem: neither listens to directions. Read full book review >
ALIENS FOR LUNCH by Jonathan Etra
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1991

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-10)"
In a delightful sequel to Aliens for Breakfast (1988), tiny Aric, Commander of the Interspace Brigade, again needs Richard's help: The greedy Graxians have hijacked his ship and its supply of XTC-1000 (a commodity that keeps a planet's desserts tasty for 11,976 years); if the Threllians don't get their shipment, they'll attack Earth to try to get its XTC-1000. Read full book review >