Books by Suzanne Watts

TEN NAUGHTY LITTLE MONKEYS by Suzanne Williams
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

Williams tweaks the well-known story of ten little monkeys jumping on the bed in this enjoyable read-aloud. These monkeys don't stop at jumping, but are injured one by one while running, skating, climbing, rolling, hiking, fishing, playing games and dressing up in costumes. Throughout, the first injured monkey, with her head wrapped in a bandage that she decorates with a flower, pops up in the illustrations. The rhymes are consistent and funny while subtly changing the usual refrain. Watts's illustrations are saturated in deep color with round-faced monkeys and lots of wide-open mouths filling the pages with life. The monkeys' mama and doctor are amusingly portrayed, especially as the doctor's nerves become increasingly frayed. This winning combination of rhythmic text and child-friendly illustrations is rollicking fun. Preschoolers are sure to join in on this refreshing variation of an old favorite. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >
HILDA MUST BE DANCING by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

Hilda the hippo joins the corps of cows, pigs, chickens, and other terpsichorean livestock currently capering across picture-book pages. As in her deservedly popular Bear Snores On (2002), Wilson's verse swings fetchingly: "And while she danced in utter bliss, / it sounded quite a lot like this: / KA-BUMP! KA-BUMP! CRASH! CRASH! SMASH!" Watts depicts a wide-bodied, Martha-like (as in George and, not Graham) blue hippo, arrayed in leotards, Carmen Miranda wear, disco pants, and more, stylishly lumbering across leafy landscapes as various African creatures look on in dismay. Having, at the request of these last, sampled and rejected less seismic avocations ("Hilda tried to sit and knit. / She didn't like it, not one bit") she, along with her relieved audience, finds the perfect venue at last—in water ballet. Move over Olivia, Clorinda, Angelina, Red, and all you others. (Picture book. 7-9)Read full book review >