Books by Susan Mitchell

WHOOSH! by Marilyn Baillie
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"Water babies are sure to wade into this one. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
Filled with onomatopoeia and animals both familiar and new, this book shows children that there are creatures that love water just the way they do. Read full book review >
DAISY'S BIG NIGHT by Sandra V. Feder
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"Pair this quiet charmer with Eileen Spinelli's slightly more challenging, free verse Where I Live, illustrated by Matt Phelan (2007), for an even broader exploration of poetry. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Back for a third outing, grade-schooler Daisy, a serious collector of words, discovers the joy of poetry. Read full book review >
DAISY'S DEFINING DAY by Sandra V. Feder
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Transitioning readers, particularly girls, will enjoy seeing Daisy navigate the familiar shoals of elementary school in this better-than-average early chapter book. (Fiction. 5-8)"
What's a girl to do when her young next-door neighbor, Grant, who has just discovered the joy of rhyming, starts calling her "Lazy Daisy" every time he sees her, even at school? Read full book review >
DAISY'S PERFECT WORD by Sandra V. Feder
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"An early chapter book with a pleasantly recognizable cast of characters that, disappointingly, misses the opportunity to gently address a pertinent issue. (Fiction. 5-7)"
Daisy, a collector of admirable words, wants to find the perfect word to give her teacher as a gift. Read full book review >
REACHING by Judy Ann Sadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Ultimately a book that many new parents will reach for as they revel in their love of baby. (Picture book. 1-3)"
This tribute to a loving family will undoubtedly resonate with many doting parents. Read full book review >
TOO MANY FAIRIES by Margaret Read MacDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

The magic in this Celtic cognate to "It Could Always Be Worse," summoned by an old woman's complaints about her housework, comes in the shape of crazy-cleaning fairies, who, as soon as they have washed the dishes, swept the floor, made the bed and done the knitting, undo all their work so they can start again. The village wise woman gives the old woman the right advice to both get rid of the fairies and stop her complaints. Using strong construction and repetition in all the right places, the simple text is so artfully composed that it is ready-made for retelling, from the old woman's cantankerous "Work! Work! Work! How I hate it! Hate it! Hate it!" to the onomatopoeic clankety, swishety, flumpety and clickety noises made by the fairies gone berserk. Mitchell's watercolors reflect the text too sweetly, without enough visual clues to make the cute gossamer-winged, roly-poly mischief-makers convincing nuisances, and even the crotchety old woman doesn't look very crotchety. Taken alone, master storyteller MacDonald's work shines. (Picture book/folklore. 4-6)Read full book review >
MY MOM AND ME by Alyssa Capucilli
ANIMALS
Released: March 24, 2009

Five different mother-and-child pairs enjoy each other's company in a simple book that makes a stab at multiculturalism without quite succeeding. In succession, child and mom, mami, ima, màmà and maa play, presumably in English, Spanish, Hebrew, Mandarin and Hindi, respectively. Double-fold pages lend mild interest, as opening them reveals a continuation of the text and extends the scene. Mitchell's illustrations, although they attempt ethnic accuracy in the characters, place the mothers and children against blandly undistinguishable backgrounds that make Israel and India look equally like Indiana. Marla Stewart Konrad's Mom and Me (2009) does a much better job of celebrating diversity. A virtually identical companion, My Dad and Me (ISBN: 978-1-4169-5829-1), will be out in April 2009. (Novelty picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
CLAIRE AND THE UNICORN HAPPY EVER AFTER by B.G. Hennessy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

A little girl wonders what it is that makes her fairytale characters happy forever after and takes a magical nighttime journey with her stuffed unicorn to find the answer. Claire and Capricorn ask many of the people and animals they meet what makes them happy, but they never get the same answer. One princess just wants a soft, comfortable bed to sleep on (without a pea?), while another is looking for true love. A (frog) prince loves to eat flies; a fairy looks for peace, quiet and a good book. By the end of their journey the pair realizes that what makes a person happy ever after depends upon who that person is—different people like different things. Hennessy and Mitchell have teamed up to add richer detail to every child's imaginings of this world. Mitchell's watercolors are amazingly detailed and filled with charming details that every fairytale connoisseur will recognize. Readers will especially enjoy identifying their favorite characters. A good entry to the topic of diversity, and an extension to traditional fairy tale collections. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
EROTIKON by Susan Mitchell
Released: Feb. 7, 2000

" This is a collection easy to live without."
Mitchell (Rapture, 1992) has published in respected literary reviews in the US and has won awards for her writing, including Read full book review >