Books by Susan E. Goodman

Released: July 9, 2013

"A fizzy look at what space vacationers of the near future can expect. (photographs, glossary, websites, source notes, index [not seen]) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
With space tourism close to becoming a reality, Goodman and Slack offer aspiring young intergalactic travelers an entertaining and informative travel guide. Read full book review >
IT'S A DOG'S LIFE by Susan E. Goodman
Released: July 3, 2012

"Children will be barking up the right tree with this enjoyable read. There's still no telling why dogs run after letter carriers, though.… (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
(A lot of) everything kids ever wanted to know about dogs—but couldn't ask. Now, the bare bones of doggy secrets are revealed. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2008

"Readers will come away a little more informed about how elections work, and perhaps motivated to make their own voices heard. (resource list, index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Stating that "democracy is a messy business and it's our job to sort it out," Goodman takes a simplified route through the electoral process in this country, with special reference to presidential elections. Read full book review >
GEE WHIZ! by Susan E. Goodman
HEALTH
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Resource list at the nether end. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
Hoping for a follow-up to The Truth about Poop (2004)? Read full book review >
ALL IN JUST ONE COOKIE by Susan E. Goodman
FOOD & COOKING
Released: June 1, 2006

"Shelve next to Marjorie Priceman's How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (1994), and turn even more young gourmands into globetrotters. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Chocolate-chip cookies may come from Grandma's oven, but their ingredients come from all over the world, as a pair of exuberant animal researchers finds out. Read full book review >
SKYSCRAPER by Susan E. Goodman
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Nov. 9, 2004

"A final page on the literally worldwide origins of the skyscraper's materials is a perfect lagniappe for this soaring, stirring account. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
Chock-a-block with big, bright, sharp color photos, this pictorial essay follows a New York City skyscraper (the new Random House Building, in a deft bit of product placement) from architect's table to furniture deliveries, then pulls back for dramatic high- and low-angle shots, plus some historical background. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH ABOUT POOP by Susan E. Goodman
HEALTH
Released: May 1, 2004

"The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty, illustrated by Terry Sirrell (2000). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Declaring that "it's time take poop out of the closet," Goodman plops factual pellets from human and natural history alike into topical chapters covering dung's nature; production; varieties; uses in love, war, and, yes, sports; the development of flushing toilets (pointedly scrubbing the myth that Thomas Crapper was solely responsible); toilet paper; and urban waste reclamation. Read full book review >
BRAVE KIDS: TRUE STORIES FROM AMERICA’S PAST by Susan E. Goodman
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2003

"A solid offering for young readers. (poem, bibliography) (Fiction. 6-9)"
Goodman tells the story of Robert Henry Hendershot, the famous "Drummer Boy of the Rappahannock." Read full book review >
ULTIMATE FIELD TRIP 5 by Susan E. Goodman
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: May 1, 2001

"Written with abundant good humor, this is a really attractive addition to the series with lots of kid appeal. (glossary, bibliography, acknowledgments for sources, no index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
A dozen young teens undergo simulated astronaut training in this fascinating photo journal that's packed with information on NASA space flights, training equipment, and kid comments about the rigor and excitement of preparing for space travel. Read full book review >
ULTIMATE FIELD TRIP 4 by Susan E. Goodman
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2000

"The author concludes with a brief glossary of unfamiliar terms, suggested further reading, and the Web site of the Kings Landing Historical Settlement. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
This author took children on previous field trips to Adventures in the Amazonian Rain Forest (1995) and Wading into Marine Biology (1999). Read full book review >
ANIMAL RESCUE by Susan E. Goodman
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Full-color photographs on every page enrich the already evocative text. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
Goodman (Ultimate Field Trip #3, p. 799, etc.) offers the riveting and true account of John Walsh, who has dedicated his life to saving animals. Read full book review >
ULTIMATE FIELD TRIP #3 by Susan E. Goodman
Released: May 1, 1999

"Anyone who has curiously peered into a tidepool will appreciate this peek at blood star and anemone, arctic tern and harbor seal, along with the kid's-eye view of the bay. (glossary, further reading) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
In a third travelogue chronicling a middle school field trip, Goodman and Doolittle (Stones, Bones, and Petroglyphs, 1998, etc.) observe students on a week-long visit to Cobscook Bay, Maine. Read full book review >
STONES, BONES, AND PETROGLYPHS by Susan E. Goodman
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1998

"Readers will vicariously follow along as the joking junior archaeologists piece together fragments of history both scientifically and experientially. (glossary, further reading) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
 This scrapbook chronicle of an archaeological field trip combines photo album with scientific inquiry, following a format identical to Goodman's previous venture, Bats, Bugs, and Biodiversity (1995). Read full book review >
UNSEEN RAINBOWS, SILENT SONGS by Susan E. Goodman
HEALTH
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A provocative concept; a wonderful read. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
 A fascinating look into aspects of the natural world that are imperceptible to humans. Read full book review >
BATS, BUGS, AND BIODIVERSITY by Susan E. Goodman
NATURE
Released: July 1, 1995

"The full-color photos have the immediacy of snapshots, catching the children eating, cooking, dancing, and exploringthis must be the ultimate camping trip. (glossary, further reading) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
 Michigan meets the Amazon in this photo essay about 74 7th and 8th graders who spent a week in a Peruvian rain forest. Read full book review >