Books by Tedd Arnold

FLY GUY AND THE FRANKENFLY by Tedd Arnold
Released: July 1, 2013

"The theme of friendship and loyalty endures in this enjoyable mock-horror tale for new readers. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
"It was a dark and stormy night" as series fans find Fly Guy and Buzz hard at work in their 13th adventure. Read full book review >
FLY GUY PRESENTS: SHARKS by Tedd Arnold
Released: May 1, 2013

"A first-rate sharkfest, unusually nutritious for all its brevity. (Informational easy reader. 5-7)"
Buzz and his buzzy buddy open a spinoff series of nonfiction early readers with an aquarium visit. Read full book review >
DIRTY GERT by Tedd Arnold
Released: March 1, 2013

"Vegans, locavores, farm-to-table enthusiasts, take note—Gert is as organic as they come and a genuine delectation, worms and all. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A sweet little ragamuffin, by nature and nurture, is drawn to dirt. Read full book review >
THE YUCKIEST, STINKIEST, BEST VALENTINE EVER by Brenda Ferber
Released: Dec. 6, 2012

"Get this now—it's better than candy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Get ready to enjoy a laugh-out-loud, fast-paced adventure involving a secret crush, a runaway valentine with an attitude and lots of candy. Read full book review >
RIDE, FLY GUY, RIDE! by Tedd Arnold
Released: March 1, 2012

"Keep flying, Fly Guy! (Early reader. 4-8)"
A ride in the car has never been scarier—or this much fun When Buzz (the boy) and Fly Guy (the fly, naturally) decide to go for a ride with Dad, things get exciting for the littlest member of the family. Read full book review >
DETECTIVE BLUE by Steve Metzger
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2011

"Best are all the dangling strings the story presents—ten o'clock scholar, baking blackbirds, a plum on a thumb, the knave of hearts—that interested readers can follow to the source. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Nursery noir. Read full book review >
MANNERS MASH-UP by Tedd Arnold
HUMOR
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Good advice waggishly packaged and not completely tasteful—a winner. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
The advice in this compendium is completely straightforward: In the cafeteria, "don't take food from others' trays"; on the playground, "Always watch out for the little ones." Read full book review >
GREEN WILMA, FROG IN SPACE by Tedd Arnold
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"What gives Wilma a touch of the special is her equanimity; after all, she finds herself in some pretty strange precincts, but she keeps her cool and her focus, even though she never gets the fly. (Picture book. 3-5)"
More than 15 years ago, Green Wilma made a splashy, absurdist debut (Green Wilma, 1993), and now Arnold has splendidly resurrected the young frog. Read full book review >
FLY HIGH, FLY GUY! by Tedd Arnold
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"From the very shiny cover's dizzying perspective to the heroic conclusion, this fifth outing's a shoo-in for kids who prefer their beginning readers funny and action-packed. (Early reader. 4-7)"
When Buzz and his parents take a road trip, pet-of-sorts Fly Guy stows away in the trunk. Read full book review >
RAT LIFE by Tedd Arnold
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2007

"Realistically and sensitively written as Todd's own manuscript, this entertaining and thoughtful account is an absorbing snapshot of early 1970s life, as well as fast-paced coming-of-age fare that should appeal to young male readers. (author's note) (Fiction. 12-17)"
A teenaged boy's quiet life in Elmore, N.Y., in 1972 is literally swept along when a dead body surfaces in the local river and he befriends a quirky young Vietnam vet. Read full book review >
THE TWIN PRINCES by Tedd Arnold
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"Presented as a tale being told to Henry's royal chicks by their nanny, it won't outpace "The Tortoise and the Hare," and other versions of the folktale, but readers won't have any trouble staying the course. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Replete with poultry-related double entendres and (in the pictures, at least) popeyed, rubber-legged steeds, this tale of sibling rivalry offers plenty of chuckles—even if the climactic twist is too contrived to be credible. Read full book review >
SHOO, FLY GUY! by Tedd Arnold
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Arnold's cartoons are more pop-eyed than ever in this simply told, medium-gross episode, and emergent readers will enjoy following the muscid marauder to final nirvana atop a slice of—yes, shoo-fly pie: brown, oozy, lumpy and smelly. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
Buzzy Fly Guy's on his own for most of his third outing. Read full book review >
SUPER FLY GUY by Tedd Arnold
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2006

"Keep on buzzing, Fly Guy. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
The busy, buzzy beastie introduced in Hi! Read full book review >
HI! FLY GUY by Tedd Arnold
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"EWSLUGp1972 is surely coincidental. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Pest—or Pet? Read full book review >
AXLE ANNIE AND THE SPEED GRUMP by Robin Pulver
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

Type-A lead foot Rush Hotfoot is the nemesis of Axle Annie's school bus in Pulver's droll poke at all those drivers who feel a creeping road rage when they get stuck behind Big Yellow, the vehicle that can't get off its brakes. Read full book review >
EVEN MORE PARTS by Tedd Arnold
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Fans of the first two will laugh their heads off with this entry. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Arnold returns with a third dose of the idioms that torture poor literal-minded Chip. Read full book review >
CATALINA MAGDALENA HOOPENSTEINER WALLENDINER HOGAN LOGAN BOGAN WAS HER NAME by Tedd Arnold
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2004

"Like the recent remake of Alan Sherman's Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah, illustrated by Jack E. Davis (p. 401), impossible to read without bursting into song—and maybe adding a few improvised lines. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Arnold's cartoon figures seem to explode across the pages with even more pop-eyed frenzy than usual in this rendition of the traditional camp song. Read full book review >
GIANT CHILDREN by Brod Bagert
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Both the poetry and the artwork conspire to make this piece enormously entertaining and rich with wicked humor. (Poetry. 4-8)"
Bagert's (Rainbows, Head Lice, and Pea Green Tile, not reviewed, etc.) collection of children's poetry is a devilishly funny lot that connects to situations familiar to all young readers, the ones the classroom hamster believes to be giants. Read full book review >
MORE PARTS by Tedd Arnold
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"The gross-out factor is toned down for this sequel, but young readers who find Amelia Bedelia a trifle too self-possessed will warm to this neurotic young rhymester. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The literal-minded lad who worried so hilariously about losing his Parts (1997) returns for a series of anxiety-inducing encounters with figures of speech. Read full book review >
PARTS by Tedd Arnold
by Tedd Arnold, illustrated by Tedd Arnold
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Stupid, silly, and base, in equal measure, this has watercolor illustrations that are textured with colored-pencil curlicues in such a way that they look hairy—like the tangles that clog a shower drain. (Book-of-the- Month Club) (Picture book. 4-8)"
 Arnold (The Simple People, 1992, etc.) cashes in by grossing out the picture-book set in this story in rhyme, which kids with rough-and-ready sensibilities will relish and fastidious adults will shun, for the same reasons. Read full book review >
MY DOG NEVER SAYS PLEASE by Suzanne Williams
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Still, enough readers have probably coveted their pet's setup to provide this switcheroo with a large human audience. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 Dogs don't have rules of etiquette to follow, and Ginny Mae is envious. Read full book review >
TRACKS by David Galef
by David Galef, illustrated by Tedd Arnold
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Arnold uses a looser style than usual, but the broad humor of the illustrations can't carry the piece. (Picture book. 4+)"
 When Albert, who is supervising the laying of new railroad track, drops his glasses, things get a little blurry. Read full book review >
MY WORKING MOM by Peter Glassman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1994

"Gammell's Monster Mama (1993). (Picture book. 3-7)"
 Mother as mad scientist, mother as witch—that's what the illustrations here are all about. Read full book review >
THE SIMPLE PEOPLE by Tedd Arnold
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1992

"Simplistic and heavy-handed, but in the spirit of real contemporary concerns—a book that could contribute to thoughtful discussion. (Picture book. 4-9)"
 The ``simple people''—depicted in Shachat's glowing mixed- media art as adult males whose pink, almost hairless heads constitute more than half their bulk—live happily, singing songs and eating fruit, until a serpent intrudes in the form of a first invention: Node makes a frame to look through. Read full book review >
THE SIGNMAKER'S ASSISTANT by Tedd Arnold
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1992

"O the perils of blind obedience! (Picture book. 6+)"
 Arnold's large-headed, stubby-limbed figures move solidly through a droll cautionary tale. Read full book review >