Books by Teresa Bateman

THE LEPRECHAUN UNDER THE BED by Teresa Bateman
Released: March 17, 2012

"At the satisfying conclusion of this original tale, the robbers run away leaving Sean and Brian, now friends for life, in peace. 'Tis a grand thing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mischief ensues when Sean, a human, accidentally builds his cottage over the home of Brian, a leprechaun. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS PUPS by Teresa Bateman
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"This trio of pups tries to please but fails to deliver any holiday magic. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Puppies are abandoned, rescued and adopted in this predictable holiday story that features dogs that can think and talk to each other with a human level of communication. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"That probably won't matter to kids, who will assume he's made-up, just like Paul. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Step aside, Paul Bunyan, Hals Halson has come to challenge you as the "greatest lumberjack in North America." Read full book review >
DAMON, PYTHIAS, AND THE TEST OF FRIENDSHIP  by Teresa Bateman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 2009

"An unusual tale to bring to children, but worthwhile. (Picture book. 7-10)"
A tyrant's coldness jeopardizes the lives of two Syracusan youths. Read full book review >
THE FROG WITH THE BIG MOUTH by Teresa Bateman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A big hit for storytime. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
A young Argentine wide-mouthed frog can't help but brag when he eats the biggest fly in the whole world. Read full book review >
GUS, THE PILGRIM TURKEY by Teresa Bateman
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

When his friends clue him in on why he's not likely to see the New Year, Gus decides to head south with the other birds: "Maybe that's why they don't end up as dinner!" Read full book review >
THE EYES OF THE UNICORN by Teresa Bateman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 15, 2007

"Satisfyingly gorgeous. (Picture book. 7-12)"
A pretty story tenderly told and fabulously illustrated. Read full book review >
TRAVELING TOM AND THE LEPRECHAUN by Teresa Bateman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 17, 2007

"The awkward poses of Potter's figures are more distraction than enhancement, but Tom's resemblance to Harpo Marx adds an engaging note, as do Princess Kathleen's rather plain features. (Picture book. 8-10)"
In a folklorish original tale with a wee bit of psychological complexity at the climax, a wandering minstrel does what a small army of rivals cannot, by separating a leprechaun from its pot of gold to win the hand of a princess. Read full book review >
FIONA’S LUCK by Teresa Bateman
FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Using acrylic, watercolor and gel medium, Murphy creates simple, angular figures and soft, rich backgrounds, a combination that perfectly accentuates the folksy charisma of Bateman's story. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Like her Leprechaun Gold (1998), Bateman's latest exudes Irish flair. Read full book review >
KEEPER OF SOLES by Teresa Bateman
FICTION
Released: March 15, 2006

"A terrific complement in plot, theme and warmhearted tone for Yuyi Morales's Just a Minute (2003). (Picture book. 6-8)"
A Colombian artist makes his U.S. debut on a high note, pairing witty paintings to Bateman's lively tale of a shoemaker who gets Death for a customer. Read full book review >
APRIL FOOLISHNESS by Teresa Bateman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Okay, so Grandpa is a chump. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Grandpa's no chump. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESSES HAVE A BALL by Teresa Bateman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"176, etc.) ear for rhythm fails her at times, but her rhymed update of this classic tale trips cheerfully along nonetheless. (Picture book/folktale. 6-9)"
Maybe princesses used to dream of marrying princes and dancing at formal balls, but here are twelve contemporary ones with something else in mind. Read full book review >
THE MERBABY by Teresa Bateman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"The message of care and compassion, as well as the power of dreams—there's a wonderful image of Tarron with his own ship tangled in his hair, a visible vision—are played but not hammered, and the ships, merpeople, and fishy denizens are rendered with graceful energy. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A gentle teaching story with lovely watercolors in every hue of aquamarine, opal, and sea foam. Read full book review >
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"Still, this is a must for elementary grades studying America's early years. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
How well do you know your country? Read full book review >
A PLUMP AND PERKY TURKEY by Teresa Bateman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Good for a few giggles. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The leaves have changed, Thanksgiving nears—and the canny turkeys of Squawk Valley have decamped, leaving local residents to face the prospect of a birdless holiday. Read full book review >
HARP O’GOLD by Teresa Bateman
FICTION
Released: March 15, 2001

"Patrick's Day picture books. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Bateman reminds readers of the proverbial phrases, "Be careful what you wish for" and "Money can't buy happiness." Read full book review >
FARM FLU by Teresa Bateman
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"Westcott's comical, colorful illustrations work just right with this charming piece of tomfoolery, which ought to strike a few chords with young readers; that or it will give them a few ideas. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The case of galloping flu seems to be striking the farmyard in this sweet-hearted tribute to that refrain that gets a tentative airing right before the school bus is to arrive: "I'm not feeling good." Read full book review >
HUNTING THE DADDYOSAURUS by Teresa Bateman
DINOSAURS
Released: March 1, 2001

"C'mon, find him already, your yodeling charges may demand, even while they merrily hoot the refrains. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This rhyme-along item features two young, roly-poly, soft-toned dinosaurs stalking their father as he leaves a trail of clothes, crumbs, and other detritus after returning home from work. Read full book review >
LEPRECHAUN GOLD by Teresa Bateman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 15, 1998

"The soft watercolors are full of funny, smudged details, and the full-face portrait of the lady with the golden hair captures the magic of the text. (Picture book. 5-9)"
This charming tale has an Irish lilt that would certainly withstand an energetic reading out loud—and not just on St. Read full book review >
THE RING OF TRUTH by Teresa Bateman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 15, 1997

"A cohesive, enchanting book. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Bateman's first book is a beautifully layered, consistently sprightly take on the notion that truth is stranger than fiction. Read full book review >