Books by Steve Lavis

ALL ABOARD TO WORK--CHOO-CHOO! by Carol Roth
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

Roth introduces children to the concept of commuting—mommies and daddies board a train, work all day and then come back home to their children to eat and play, snuggle, read and tuck them in. "The first one on is Fearless Cat. / See his bright red fireman's hat." He is followed by "a seal with meals, / a hen with a pen, / a roo in blue, / a bear who cares, / a duck who loves trucks, [and] a newt in his suit," representing a chef, professor, police officer, doctor, mechanic and business executive. Rhyming verses and repetitive phrasing will appeal to young audiences, although the scansion is at times forced. Add to this mix an interesting variety of careers and some counting, and the result is a solid peek at the adult world for the youngest listeners. Lavis's kindly animals are outfitted and equipped for easy identification with their professions. Bright colors and extra details are sure to keep children's interest, while the large illustrations will facilitate group sharing. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
YOU’RE TOO SMALL! by Shen Roddie
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

Tad, a mouse, wants to help the other animals on the farm. Each time he offers, though, he's told he's too small. Only slightly discouraged, he decides to try again tomorrow when maybe he'll be bigger. He arrives home to find all his friends locked out and hungry. Only a small mouse can squeeze through a crack to let them in. It's certainly not nice of him to eat part of a pie while his friends watch hungrily through the window, but he does let them in to share the rest of the pies. Roddie's story is one everyone has heard before, but Lavis's sweet, pudgy critters in oversized watercolor illustrations would win anyone over. Nothing new, but not bad. (Picture book. 2-7)Read full book review >
JUMP! by Steve Lavis
by Steve Lavis, illustrated by Steve Lavis
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

Lavis (Cock-A-Doodle-Doo, 1997) brings readers into the fray from the outset: ``Tiger jumping, frog jumping, let's jump too.'' A boy and his teddy bear and their frog companion visit and step out with a number of animals. They swing with a monkey, roar with a lion, slither with a snake (teddy shivers, not slithers), fly with a toucan, and stomp with an elephant, until by the end of the book all are gathered in a gyrating hoe-down, a furious commotion that begs for participation. As much as the book encourages physical involvement, it also inspires readers to shout along with the energetic, rhyming, repetitive text: ``Crocodile snapping, let's start clapping, frog's scared of you.'' The frog offers minor funny asides on every page of this amiable outing, further buoyed by Lavis's carefree watercolors. (Picture book. 2-6) Read full book review >
COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO by Steve Lavis
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

Counting cows and chickens while making animal sounds is nothing new to the toddler set. One noisy rooster wakes up the farm while a mouse watches a progression of barnyard animals at work and play—feeding, swimming, and rolling in the mud. Expressive watercolors of the animals are suspended against clean white backgrounds, facilitating counting and creature recognition. The various noises the animals make are spelled out in large black letters. As the animals pose for a group picture at the end, Lavis offers the last line of his first book: ``And they all live . . . together on one very . . . NOISY farm.'' The last spread is a group shot, with the words hanging overhead like a visual cacophony of sound—a phonetic finale to otherwise standard fare. (Picture book. 2-6) Read full book review >