Books by Susan L. Roth

EVERY MONTH IS A NEW YEAR by Marilyn Singer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"A visually and sonically stunning introduction to the importance of appreciating time and the change of seasons throughout the world: a multicultural gem. (Picture book/poetry. 4-12)"
The passing of the year celebrated round the world through verse and collage. Read full book review >
PARROTS OVER PUERTO RICO by Susan L. Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2013

"From the commanding cover illustration to the playful image on the back, simply spectacular. (afterword, photos, chronology, sources) (Informational picture book. 8-14)"
An ambitious project: The text on each vibrant, double-page collage, arranged vertically, intersperses the near-extinction and slow comeback of the Puerto Rican parrot with over 2,000 years of human history. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2012

"A stunning visual recreation of a recent historical event. (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
Freedom and libraries: an essential combination. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 18, 2011

"It was one man's dream to recreate beautiful buildings remembered from his childhood in Italy as a gift to the community. That dream became a National Landmark for all to treasure, and this book brings it to children everywhere. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Using his hands, simple tools and found pieces of glass, tile and steel, a reclusive Italian immigrant assembled and built the extraordinary Watts Towers in southern California. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"Hitting home hard is the project's simple practicality: no high-tech, no great infusions of capital or energy—in a word, motivating, in the best possible way. (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
Here is a grand deed, as basic as a science-fair project, that had a profound application bringing health and economic bounty to a small coastal town, Hargigo, in Eritrea. Dr. Gordon Santo had a brainstorm: Why not plant mangrove trees in the waters off Hargigo? Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Mortenson's 12-year-old activist daughter, Amira. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this distilled version of the inspirational adult bestseller—at least its first part—the children of a Pakistani mountain village describe in a collective voice how their lessons had been outside, written with sticks on the ground, until they sheltered a lost American stranger who returned later to build both a bridge and a school. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"A sublime blend of education and entertainment. (glossary, bibliography) (Picture book. 7-10)"
Roth offers the story of the first written music for young readers. Read full book review >
BABIES CAN’T EAT KIMCHEE! by Nancy Patz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Perfect for families introducing new babies to older siblings. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
An excited Korean-American girl seems a bit disenchanted with her new baby sister until she imagines the fun she's going to have as a big sister. Read full book review >
GREAT BIG GUINEA PIGS by Susan L. Roth
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Choice of the familiar household pet to teach a little science, the delightful art and the not-so-unusual bedtime stall, make this enormously attractive to young readers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Once, about eight million years ago, giant predecessors of guinea pigs roamed the land. Read full book review >
HARD HAT AREA by Susan L. Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2004

"An author's note includes additional information about ironworkers and explains that all ironworker apprentices start out in a similar way. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-8)"
Kids who are intrigued by construction sites and equipment will find this unusually structured book a solid hit. Read full book review >
HANUKKAH, OH HANUKKAH by Susan L. Roth
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"While other related information such as why the menorah is lit is not included, this will serve as a fun, simple artistic introduction to the holiday for the youngest child. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Bright collage art using a wealth of textured, patterned papers and lace bring this traditional holiday song to life. Read full book review >
MY LOVE FOR YOU ALL YEAR ROUND by Susan L. Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"The comforting text, combined with the stunning collages, provides a compelling exploration of the year and its seasons for young readers. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Roth revisits the theme of My Love for You (1997), this time giving it a seasonal ambiance. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"It's a heart-filling (not to mention eye-filling) episode that will leave few readers unmoved—and the art is astonishing. (Picture book. 9-11)"
When Little Boy James falls off the barn roof one Sunday morning and won't wake up, Grandpa makes a rare trip up the hill to church—but he doesn't pray the way his tagalong granddaughter expects him to. Read full book review >
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. KANG by Susan L. Roth
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"For its art, for its celebration of a venerable grandfather, and for a special look at a unique custom, this is a story to be treasured. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Roth (My Love for You, 1996, etc.) honors the memory of her Chinese uncle through her story, which is partially based on her uncle's immigrant experiences and his talents as a poet and calligrapher. Mr. Kang celebrates his 70th birthday by announcing he will retire after 50 years as a cook in a Chinese restaurant. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Vibrant collage illustrations in a wide variety of textures complement the short rhyming text, and culminate in a golden yellow scene showing an angel watching over the sleeping child, who, having named her fears, can now sleep soundly. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Night-Time Numbers (32 pp.; $15.95; Aug.; 1-84148-001-0) What creepy-crawlies lurk in the dark? Read full book review >
CINNAMON'S DAY OUT by Susan L. Roth
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1998

"Spare text, perfect pacing, innovative illustrations, and delightful tongue-in-cheek humor make this work on many levels. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Illustrated with vivid and expressive collages composed of wood chips, cardboard, wallpaper, an assortment of fibers, and textured, handmade papers, this is the thoroughly charming tale of a gerbil's unexpected adventure outside his cage. Read full book review >
LEON'S STORY by Leon Walter Tillage
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 29, 1997

Tillage, a black custodian in a Baltimore private school, reminisces about his childhood as a sharecropper's son in the South, and his youth as a civil-rights protester. Read full book review >
MY LOVE FOR YOU by Susan L. Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"The book adds up to a simple statement about an inexplicable emotion, but it has a gift-book prettiness rather than the resonance of a story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
My Love For You ($12.99; PLB $12.89; Feb. 1997; 32 pp.; 0- 8037-2031-9; PLB 0-8037-2032-7): Roth (Brave Martha and the Dragons, p. 829, etc.) creates charming collages that quietly- -then thunderously—spell out the size, strength, durability, and expanse of the love one mouse has for another. Read full book review >
THE BIGGEST FROG IN AUSTRALIA by Susan L. Roth
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1996

"There are other stories about Tiddalik the frog—Roth mentions her inspiration in an author's note, and also provides a glossary—but this one casts a very long spell. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
Roth (Creak, Thump, Bonk!, 1995, etc.) achieves startling collage images that beautifully enhance a comic Australian folktale. Read full book review >
BRAVE MARTHA AND THE DRAGON by Susan L. Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"Combined with the secularity of the retelling, the book needn't scare away those who object to more overtly religious parables. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Reading more like a mini-mystery than a myth of early Christianity, this book retells the legend of Saint Martha, who, after witnessing her brother Lazarus rise from the dead, went to Tarascon, France, and tamed a dragon that terrorized the village. Read full book review >
CREAK, THUMP, BONK! by Susan L. Roth
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The story around which Roth (Buddha, 1994, etc.) has organized all this (the baby has escaped the crib and is tearing up the place) is hard to discern from the clutter surrounding it, but the clutter itself, with letters and figures leaping over the pages, is very atmospheric. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Three children and a dog tiptoe around in the dark, crawling, bumping into one another, shining flashlights, and finding ways to be startled and scared. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"Her ability to compose canny gestures and poses—the leaning close for a whisper, a crazy-legged pursuit of tumbling eggs—is almost eerie and always effective. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
An inspired story and visual pleasure, from a new author and a well-known collagist. Read full book review >
HOW THE SKY'S HOUSEKEEPER WORE HER SCARVES by Patricia Hooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1995

The old lady who lives in a house at the back of the wind has her chores to do. Read full book review >
THE GREAT BALL GAME by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Oops. (Picture book. 4-8)"
How the bat found its niche in the animal kingdom and why birds fly south in winter are explained in this Muskogee tale, one of a dozen similar stories on the topic found in Native American lore. Read full book review >
BUDDHA by Susan L. Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"A handsome book, apparently the only one on Buddha at this level. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-10)"
Buddha's early life as Prince Siddhartha—the prophecy that caused his father to protect him from the world's woes lest he become a holy man; his discovery, nonetheless, of old age, disease, and death. Read full book review >
PASS THE FRITTERS, CRITTERS by Cheryl Chapman
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 1993

"After a first reading, kids will enjoy chiming in on the answers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Chapman's first book is an ingenious exploration of language, rhymes, and manners: Peremptory requests in the spirit of the title (``Pass the muffin, Puffin'') get a variety of negative responses (``Sorry''; ``Never''; ``Forget it'') until a grown-up demands, ``What's the magic word?'' and the manners shape up: ``Please pass the salami, Mommy.'' ``After you, Kangaroo.'' A last exchange is just for fun: ``Be my snack, Mac?'' ``No thank you, Alligator...See you later!'' The toothy alligator and the other animals, plus a brown-skinned child, are all cheerfully rendered in arresting collages of paper and fabric in vibrant colors. Read full book review >
MARCO POLO: His Notebook by Susan L. Roth
Released: Feb. 1, 1990

An attractive-looking book embellished not only with Roth's collages of what looks like ancient parchment and maps but also with excellent reproductions of old prints and other artifacts that contribute to both the informational content and the handsome format. Read full book review >