Books by Sue Truesdell

A MOOSE THAT SAYS MOO by Jennifer Hamburg
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Infectious good fun. (Picture book 3-8)"
A little girl with her nose in a book and toys scattered about conjures up a zoo filled with zaniness and mixed-up mayhem. Read full book review >
CHICKEN SAID, “CLUCK!” by Judyann Ackerman Grant
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

New readers and new gardeners alike will cluck with pleasure at the adventures of Earl and Pearl. Read full book review >
HALLOWEEN HATS by Elizabeth Winthrop
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The illustrations are rather small for sharing with a group, but the bouncy text and wild variety of hats will be a treat in any Halloween story hour, especially with a collection of the creative chapeaux as props. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A group of neighborhood children set off for a night of Halloween fun in this holiday offering from Winthrop (Dumpy La Rue, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
ALIEN BRAIN FRYOUT by Barbara M. Joosse
Released: Sept. 18, 2000

"Bright with high comedy and low, this unabashed ribtickler will find plenty of reluctant readers among its many fans. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Matched to a hard-to-top title, Joosse's (Ghost Trap, 1998, etc.) fourth neighborhood mystery featuring Wild Willie, with fellow junior detectives Kyle and Lucy, centers on puzzling changes of behavior in both a local bully and a parrot. Read full book review >
GHOST TRAP by Barbara M. Joosse
Released: April 20, 1998

"Truesdell's whimsical pen-and-ink drawings depict the humorous predicaments and add to the entertainment, right down to the dissolution of the Friend War and Lucy's declaration: 'Three minds are sure better than one.' (Fiction. 7-10)"
This third hilarious Wild Willie Mystery (Wild Willie and King Kyle Detectives, 1993; The Losers Fight Back, 1994) reunites Willie with Kyle, who has moved back to the neighborhood. Read full book review >
Released: March 23, 1998

"The snappy text, featuring quirky characters and understated humor, works well with Truesdell's loosely drawn, larger-than-life animals who pop up at the turn of a page. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A perfectly silly take on the indignities of a hospital stay. Read full book review >
NUGGET AND DARLING by Barbara M. Joosse
Released: March 17, 1997

"There is little distinctive about the plot or in the way it's told, but Truesdell's artwork elevates the pages somewhat- -sprightly and very much in league with the James Stevenson school of pen and watercolor wash. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Joosse (Snow Day!, 1995, etc.) tells an old story—a new friend muscles out the old, with all the sad consequences—pleasantly enough without plowing any new ground. Read full book review >
THE LOSERS FIGHT BACK by Barbara M. Joosse
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

"A book that succeeds on the strength of its preteen narrator's goofy, appealing, and believable voice. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Not only does Wild Willie's (Wild Willie and the King Kyle Detectives, 1993, etc.) soccer team ``really stink,'' but the big and evil Chuckie has unofficially changed its name from the Bruisers to the Losers and has falsely accused Willie of K-I-S-S-I-N-G his next-door neighbor, Lucy. Read full book review >
ADDIE'S BAD DAY by Joan Robins
Released: June 30, 1993

"A particularly amiable take on a lively friendship. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
In her third appearance, a tight-capped Addie delivers Max's present but explains that she can't come to his party. Read full book review >
Released: April 20, 1993

"Joosse catches the kids' concerns with engaging humor; her realistic dialogue and approachable, staccato style—plus Truesdell's wonderfully lively and comical b&w illustrations—are sure to appeal. (Fiction/Young reader. 7-10)"
When his best friend Kyle moves to ``stupid-Cleveland- stupid-Ohio,'' a disgusted Willie expects the girl who moves in next door to have a closet full of party dresses, a unicorn with a lavender tail, and a bike with hearts and sparkles. Read full book review >
LOOK OUT, LOOK OUT, IT'S COMING! by Laura Geringer
Released: Aug. 30, 1992

"Geringer's brief, nicely cadenced text is amusingly suggestive, if a bit enigmatic; the real fun here is in Truesdell's ebullient illustrations of irrepressible kids and their bumptious, endearing companion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The title conjures up a delightfully scary childhood game that must be universal. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1992

Not since Carl Withers's A Rocket in My Pocket (1948) has there been such a grand compilation of familiar (and unfamiliar) rhymes and chants from the children's own tradition: riddles, games, wishes and taunts; poems about love, food, school, or animals; parodies, nonsense, and stories. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1986

"This is Byars' first easy reader; more would be welcome."
Traveling by horse-drawn covered wagon, May-May and Rose Golly joke and bicker their way along the American frontier, entertaining the locals with their singing and dancing as they go. Read full book review >