Books by Susan Stevens Crummel

Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"An additional purchase even after Sherlock explains his clues. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"What's that smell in the Dell? / Do tell! / W—e—l—l…it comes from a cheese. / A great big cheese. A smelly, scrumptious cheese, / if you please." Read full book review >
FIND A COW NOW! by Janet Stevens
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Skillfully told and satisfying, this is sure to delight young listeners in on the joke. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When Bird sends restless Dog to the country to find a cow to herd, the result is a comical series of misidentifications and an exhausting trip. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE RED PEN by Janet Stevens
Released: April 18, 2011

"Teachers will certainly find themselves wishing for their own arsenal of supplies to help them with their grading, and students may take a second glance at that innocuous-looking red pen on the teacher's desk. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Obviously inspired by "The Little Red Hen," this goes beyond the foundation tale's basic moral about work ethic to explore problem solving, teamwork and doing one's best. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2010

"Crummel's cheeky narrative (with several clever turns of phrase and lots of onomatopoeia) and Donohue's quirky, textured layered-paper illustrations complement one another to a T in this substantial frontier yarn. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Blistering heat drives a California canine to the Alaska gold rush. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2008

"Stevens sisters. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Joining that other epistle-toting dog LaRue (first met in Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School, 2002), self-described "Canine Counselor" Mr. Mutt fires off savvy solutions for correspondents with a string of doggy dilemmas, from enforced diets and silly costumes to humans who'd rather watch TV than play "fetch." Read full book review >
TEN-GALLON BART by Susan Stevens Crummel
Released: March 1, 2006

"A quick-draw of quick-witted guffaws, guaranteed to get your goat and make readers grin. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Meet Ten-Gallon Bart, sheriff of Dog City, the most peaceful town in the West, because he's done a bang-up job. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

What would happen if a dog of the canine persuasion were to drop a green tennis ball down a prairie dogs' burrow? Read full book review >
PLAIDYPUS LOST by Janet Stevens
Released: March 1, 2004

"Not a bad idea, but busy and bumpy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Nicely drawn pencil, watercolor, and digital collage illustrations are lost in these aggressive, over-designed pages about a girl's habit of losing and finding her favorite toy repeatedly: "Plaidypus lost. Read full book review >
JACKALOPE by Janet Stevens
Released: April 1, 2003

"Crummel and Stevens's previous collaborations (And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon, 2001, etc.) have shown a distinct tendency toward self-referential narrative; this offering, with its promising concept, carries this style into self-indulgent. (Picture book. 5-8)"
What should be a whimsical tale of the fictitious desert critter found on so many postcards in the Southwest instead becomes a labored slog through a confused tall-fairy-tale landscape. Read full book review >
ALL IN ONE HOUR by Susan Stevens Crummel
Released: March 1, 2003

A mouse leads a series of pursuers in a merry chase that lasts exactly one hour. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2001

"Required reading for all Jacks and Jills. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The creators of Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! (1999) spin off a freewheeling yarn from a familiar nursery rhyme, salting their tale with awful puns and peppering it with folktale references. Read full book review >
COOK-A-DOODLE-DOO! by Janet Stevens
Released: April 1, 1999

"Stevens never misses an opportunity for expressiveness in her characters; her inclusion of funny details adds more silliness to the story, from the overturned copper-pot hat on Turtle to the T-rex measuring cup. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A cross between a picture book take-off of the story of the Little Red Hen and a cooking lesson on the making of strawberry shortcake. Read full book review >