Books by Steve Björkman

THE PUMPKIN MYSTERY by Carol Wallace
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

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

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 >

NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Gray barn, gray barn, what do you house? / Nine <\b>straw-filled stalls with nine <\b>sleepy sows." Read full book review >

THE GRIZZLY GAZETTE by Stuart J. Murphy
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

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 >

MAMA REX & T by Rachel Vail
DINOSAURS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

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

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

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

"Garth and his family are on vacation in Maine, where he helps a tame rabbit that has run away from its overly affectionate owner. Spinner and Weiss don't talk down to the audience, and they include plenty of comic touches in their enjoyable tale. (Fiction. 7-9)

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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

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

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

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

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 >