Books by Thacher Hurd

BONGO FISHING by Thacher Hurd
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"EWSLUGp2010 and like extraterrestrial farces. (Science fiction/humor. 10-12)"
A creator of illustrated stories for younger audiences tries his hand at a novel, with indifferent results. Read full book review >
THE WEAVER by Thacher Hurd
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 22, 2010

Where do dreams come from? Read full book review >
BAD FROGS by Thacher Hurd
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"Still, children will delight in the idea—as well as the general visual hyperactivity in the art and the text's rollicking cadences, which, when read aloud a number of times, could make for a rousing chant-along. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Going one-up on such solitary malfeasants as the wolf-suited Max and Rosemary Wells's Noisy Nora, here no fewer than 170 frogs in human dress tumble, dash, skate and sail across the pages, "Smelling yucky. Read full book review >
SLEEPY CADILLAC by Thacher Hurd
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2005

A big blue classic convertible floats down the street until this "Sleepy Cadillac" stops by a little boy's window and takes him for a ride in the night sky. Read full book review >
MOO COW KABOOM! by Thacher Hurd
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

"Far from making it over the moon, this cow barely gets off the ground. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The veteran author of Art Dog (1996), Mama Don't Allow (1987), and other mainstays of the genre, strains to be clever in this slightly amusing caper. Read full book review >
SANTA MOUSE AND THE RATDEER by Thacher Hurd
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 31, 1998

"In the cozy drawings of Santa and friends enjoying Rosie's hospitality, Hurd does for Santa what Seuss did for the Grinch—creates a holiday tale with as much wit as it has heart. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a clever departure from typical holiday fare, Hurd (Zoom City, p. 197, etc.) puts a new twist on an old favorite. Read full book review >
ZOOM CITY by Thacher Hurd
FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"The melange of colors and collage practically guarantees a joy ride. (Board book. 1-4)"
In the new Harper Growing Tree series (see Cummings, above), a Go Dogs, Go! for the '90s. Read full book review >
ART DOG by Thacher Hurd
by Thacher Hurd, illustrated by Thacher Hurd
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 29, 1996

"Hurd (Tomato Soup, 1992, etc.) employs a disarming, deliberately slapdash style, blazing a trail of scrawled charm across the streets and skies of Gotham; Art Dog is a superhero for all times. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The adventures of Arthur Dog—mild-mannered guard at the Dogopolis Museum of Art by day, mural-painting superhero by night- -who is mistakenly apprehended when the Mona Woofa is stolen from the museum; he paints his way out of prison and succeeds in catching the crooks in his improvised Brushmobile. Read full book review >
FRITZI FOX FLEW IN FROM FLORIDA by Leah Komaiko
FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 1995

"Events are sacrificed to the dogged pursuit of rhyme, and the feeling of forced wackiness may hinder readers' tolerance for this visitor from the south. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On a winter night, a young fox apprehensively watches an eccentric visitor, Fritzi, parachute down from an airplane with a 14-ton straw suitcase. Read full book review >
TOMATO SOUP by Thacher Hurd
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"But when all's said and done, they don't have much point. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Put to bed with the sneezes, Baby Mouse escapes to watch her parents' spring planting and then goes on to Farmer Clem's garden—where she has an escapade with George the cat, who carries her into the barn in the packet of seeds where she's hiding. Read full book review >
LITTLE MOUSE'S BIRTHDAY CAKE by Thacher Hurd
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A better-than-average run-through of a popular formula: the details are offbeat, while Hurd's glowing, free-style illustrations are a pleasure. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A second, more predictable, book about the hero of Little Mouse's Big Valentine (1990): Little Mouse thinks that his friends have forgotten his birthday. Read full book review >