Books by Susan Heyboer O’Keefe

HUNGRY MONSTER ABC by Susan Heyboer O’Keefe
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 2007

Ten undisciplined monsters visit school to learn their ABCs. A little boy reading at his desk finds himself surrounded by little furry creatures with pointed teeth, long tails and rhino-like horns. The alphabet lessons are embedded in the ample rhyming narrative. The boy begins his instruction with apple and book and crayon and desk, all items close at hand. But the mischievous monsters have other ideas, turning the classroom upside-down with an experiment (E). The little boy gets into the swing, until the antics of the monsters wear him out with jumping jacks (J) and such. They even chase the teacher, Mrs. Tubbins (T). Surprise visitors provide the X, Y & Z, just before Mrs. Tubbins chases all of the monster away with . . . homework! Refreshingly, the story stands on its own, and Munsinger's ink-and-watercolor illustrations make the monsters adorable. Bonus: a pack of alphabet flash cards. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
BABY DAY by Susan Heyboer O’Keefe
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2006

O'Keefe offers a genuine book for babies that is not a board book or a gimmicky format. Rhyming text of two to four words per spread pithily describes a day with a baby bear and its parents: "Baby laugh. / Baby cry. / Baby wet. / Baby dry. Baby work is never done. / Good thing baby work is fun." Spowart's simple, soft-edged pastels set against white backgrounds illustrate baby playing peek-a-boo, eating in a high chair, blowing bubbles, undressing for bed and being read to by mama and papa. Blanket cozy, as tickling as counting piggy toes and as sweet as "kissy-poo," this treat calls out for a rocking chair, a lap and a baby. These three bears are "just right" for repeated enjoyment. (Picture book. 1-3)Read full book review >
DEATH BY EGGPLANT by Susan Heyboer O’Keefe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

Eight-grader Bernie has modest goals—he only wants to be a master chef with a famous cooking show—but wacky circumstances conspire against him. His flaky New Age mother wants him to interpret dreams, his actuary father hopes for a mathematically brilliant family actuarial team (Bernie is failing math), and class bully Nick wants Bernie dead. Hijinks ensue when Bernie suddenly becomes a father—or is that a brother?—for an extra-credit project. To make up for his failing grades, Bernie gets a flour-sack baby for a week. Bernie's mother names the flour sack Cleo (short for Cleopatra), and talks about her as if she's real. Will Bernie's mother embarrass him in front of the entire class? Will Cleo survive a week without being destroyed by Nick? And will Bernie join the CIA? Enjoyable zaniness, well-punctuated with Bernie's appetizing meal plans. (Fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >