Books by Susan Meyers

HOORAY FOR BABIES! by Susan Meyers
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 26, 2019

"Sweet but not special. (Picture book. 6 mos.-3)"
A baby bonanza! Read full book review >
ROCK-A-BYE ROOM by Susan Meyers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Though it sometimes threatens to veer too close to saccharine, the pairing of words and text in this book instead makes it a real, if not rocking, bedtime treat. (Picture book. 2-4)"
As gentle a rocking rock-a-bye as anyone's likely to find this side of the moon. Read full book review >
BEAR IN THE AIR by Susan Meyers
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2010

To a "House That Jack Built" rhythm and style, a teddy bear has a great adventure when a baby drops it out of his carriage and it falls, hidden, beneath the wheels of a lemonade stand at the beach. After baby and mother leave, a dog finds the bear and plays with it for a bit before discarding it. Waves swallow up the bear, and eventually a bird snatches it out of the water, takes it for a ride in the sky and drops it in the yard of a woman who hangs the wet bear on her clothesline—where mom and baby spot it for a happy reunion. There is a familiarity here that is comforting, but that very predictability may make older preschoolers wish for an unexpected twist. Bates, however, creates a nice vintage feel with her expressive, traditional watercolors, framing key characters like portraits as they are introduced. Overall, the direct plot, retro styling and satisfying end may remind adult readers of the days when picture books were a quieter pleasure—like a glass of cold lemonade in the summer. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
KITTENS! KITTENS! KITTENS! by Susan Meyers
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

Felines frolic in verse and pictures. A surfeit of kittens in playful poses fills the first two pages, between snippets of poetry about their antics, and both the pets and the poetry continue to play through subsequent pages. Flower pots, yarn, a friendly dog, the roof, each other—nothing and no one is safe from their antics: "Chasing toys that skip and skitter, trying out their kitty litter." Eventually, they grow into calmer cats that protect the home from rodents and snuggle with their owner. Walker's soft-focus acrylics perfectly capture the warmth and gentleness of kittens, and cover the entire feline repertoire. Meyers's verse is similarly light and bouncy. Additionally, an abundance of white space in the design adds comforting calm. A sequel to the authors' Puppies! Puppies! Puppies! (2005) that's sure to delight. (Picture book. 2-6)Read full book review >
EVERYWHERE BABIES by Susan Meyers
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

Meyers and Frazee play a happy, well-tuned concerto on every reader's genetically preprogrammed heartstrings with this long parade of babies: swaddled, sleepy, bright-eyed, screaming with joy and/or rage, being fed, nuzzled, carried, and generally loved by a parental cadre that, unobtrusively, will raise no diversity issues. Frazee (Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild, 2000, etc.) is even better at depicting babies than Jan Ormerod (if that's possible), capturing in dozens of stubby figures everything from those funny-looking tufts of hair topping rounded or lumpy-looking heads to the utter intensity with which babies express their feelings or explore the bright world around them. Meyers's rhymed captions carry the message that every day, everywhere, babies are born, kissed, dressed, played with, and nurtured: everywhere they make noise, like toys—and, when the time comes, turn into toddlers. The text and pictures make beautiful music together, and like babies themselves, this composition is irresistible. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
INSECT ZOO by Susan Meyers
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

The San Francisco Insect Zoo is home to thousands of insects and related arthropods (including arachnids, crustaceans, millipedes, and centipedes), displayed here in appealing color photos showing complete and incomplete metamorphosis—mating, hatching, forming of pupas, and emerging as adults. The accompanying text describes feeding, housing, collecting, and displaying insects; unfortunately, it is written in a dry, difficult style with neither diagrams nor glossary to help with specialized terms—though it introduces a unique treat: visiting the Zoo on its annual ``What's Bugging You? Day,'' and sampling an edible insect buffet. Interesting topic; less-than- satisfying presentation. Index. (Nonfiction. 10-12) Read full book review >