Books by Steve Smallman

SCAREDY BEAR by Steve Smallman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"Warm, affirming story of friendship and overcoming fear. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A brave little bunny sneaks out after dark, hoping to find a scary creature known as the Big Hairy. Read full book review >
COCK-A-DOODLE-POO! by Steve Smallman
Released: March 1, 2018

"A candidate for No. 2 on the list for scatological storytimes. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This farm is really full of…poo. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO CRIED WOLF by Steve Smallman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A watered-down rendition…sexist too. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A bored princess switches places with a shepherd boy—and then decides to make her new job more exciting. Read full book review >
WHO'S BAD, WHO'S GOOD, LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD? by Steve Smallman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"The waters are left a bit muddied, but this is still a serviceable reminder that 'yell, run, and tell' is a good start. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A bad bunny figures significantly in this twist on the original "stranger danger" tale. Read full book review >
POO IN THE ZOO! by Steve Smallman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Certain to excite gushes—of hysterical laughter, that is—from lone readers and storytime audiences alike. (Poopture book. 4-10)"
Proving that there's always something new at the zoo, a pile of luminescent poop leaves even the designated poo-scooper flabbergasted. Read full book review >
WHAT'S THE TIME, WILFRED WOLF?  by Jessica Barrah
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2015

"Not the best teaching tool, though it does address aspects of time often left out of other books on time-telling. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Oh, the problems you can have when you can't tell time! Read full book review >
HICCUPOTAMUS by Steve Smallman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Though there's not much to the story, the energetic wordplay coupled with cheery images makes this an easy crowd-pleaser. (Picture book. 3-7)"
By a bubbling creek in the jungle, Mouse squeaks out a musical beat. Who else wants to join in? Read full book review >
BLOW YOUR NOSE, BIG BAD WOLF! by Steve Smallman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Even lovers of fractured fairy tales will see straight through these. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Children learn the value of sharing (and tissues) in this remake of "The Three Little Pigs." Read full book review >
BEAR'S BIG BOTTOM by Steve Smallman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Solid lesson neatly presented. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Sometimes, good things come in big packages. Read full book review >
MY DAD! by Steve Smallman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"Sweet but not saccharine, this title covers the usual territory in a simple tribute to dads. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This gently humorous look at the ways fathers are special is sure to appeal to the preschool set. Read full book review >
WHO'S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD BUNNY? by Steve Smallman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"There are enough bully books around that this one can be safely skipped. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bullying goes pastoral. Read full book review >
DRAGON STEW by Steve Smallman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The ending's a bit of a letdown, but readers both young and old should laugh at the resemblance of these ragtag Vikings to resourceful kids battling boredom in the backyard. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Five bored Vikings went out hiking," looking for adventure...or just something to do. Read full book review >
THE MONKEY WITH A BRIGHT BLUE BOTTOM by Steve Smallman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

How did the jungle animals get to be so colorful? Read full book review >
GRUFF THE GRUMP by Steve Smallman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Just enough this side of saccharine to be genuinely sweet. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A friendly rabbit melts a bear's grizzly exterior. Read full book review >
THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS MONSTERS! by Steve Smallman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Still, its relentless cheeriness may have some parents wishing they'd chosen Frances instead. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Little Bear (no relation to any who have gone before) is very excited to be big and have his own room. Read full book review >
THE LAMB WHO CAME FOR DINNER by Steve Smallman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"March 2007) or Delphine Perrot's Big Bad Wolf and Me (2006). (Picture book. 5-7)"
A sweet iteration of the "Big Bad Wolf Mellows Out" theme. Read full book review >