Books by Tara Anderson

HARVEY COMES HOME by Colleen Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2019

"Much more than a lost-dog story. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Harvey, a curious little white West Highland terrier, roams away when his dogsitter forgets to latch the gate. Read full book review >
PUMPKIN ORANGE, PUMPKIN ROUND by Rosanna Battigelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2019

"Cozy, repetitious autumn fun for toddlers and younger preschoolers. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Rhyming verses follow a group of cats for some pumpkin picking and carving fun before trick-or-treating. Read full book review >
SAPPHIRE THE GREAT AND THE MEANING OF LIFE by Beverley Brenna
Released: Feb. 22, 2019

"Passable but flawed. (Fiction. 8-11)"
This slice-of-life Canadian import is more than just another "I want to get a pet" tale. Read full book review >
RHINO RUMPUS by Victoria Allenby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 2, 2016

"A rhino-miss. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The evening and bedtime routines of three rhinos involve lots of intervention from an exasperated mother. Read full book review >
NAT THE CAT CAN SLEEP LIKE THAT by Victoria Allenby
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"Good kitty fun that will demand repeated reads. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Nat the cat is an expert sleeper…most of the time. Read full book review >
THAT STRIPY CAT by Norene Smiley
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2007

Though she doesn't own a pet Mrs. Cosy works in the Hummingbird Animal Shelter. When she arrives at work one day, someone has left a striped grey cat on the steps of the shelter. She and her coworkers add him to the menagerie inside, and the spunky little cat causes trouble throughout the day. As a result, no one wants to adopt him. At day's end, he's the only pet left. Mrs. Cosy's coworkers have suggestions: There's room in Judy's barn and George knows the dump needs a ratter. However, that stripy cat won't let go of Mrs. Cosy's leg, so she takes him home and shares her small house with him. Just before bed, she gives him a fitting name: Velcro. The cat's tale can be a bit confusing: Judy and George appear without any explanation, and the shelter seems to be in someone's living room. The illustrations, though colorful, are a bit flat, making this Canadian import an additional purchase at best. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >