Books by Tim Bowers

MEMOIRS OF A HAMSTER by Devin Scillian
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"'Question: Who's the luckiest hamster in the world? Answer: ME!' Readers will probably agree. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A scary foray into the wide (indoor) world cures a hamster of any yen for adventure in this variation on the creators' Memoirs of a Goldfish (2010). Read full book review >
NOT YOUR TYPICAL DRAGON by Dan Bar-el
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2013

"Share this with your favorite atypical kids. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Accepting people for who they are is the gentle message of Bar-el's latest, which readers may find reminiscent, if not duplicative, of the film How to Train Your Dragon. Read full book review >
MAESTRO STU SAVES THE ZOO by Denise Brennan-Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2012

"As a hunt-and-peck for idioms, this can be fun and even educational; as a story, this can be forgotten. (Picture book. 6-10) "
An uneven tale of a boy saving his city's zoo. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR PET by Marc Sedaka
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Sure to get toddlers and early readers dancing. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Sedaka rewrites "Calendar Girl" for the Stone Age set. Read full book review >
IT'S A BIG WORLD, LITTLE PIG! by Kristi Yamaguchi
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2012

"It's another sweet confection, with nary a mention of winning or losing—for those who like their international encounters on the bland side. (Picture book. 6-8)"
An invitation to the "World Games" leads to international friendships for the porky little skating star introduced in Dream Big, Little Pig (2011). Read full book review >
SUPPOSE YOU MEET A DINOSAUR by Judy Sierra
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"Shall we encourage offspring to be more polite? Yes, thank you. Perhaps they will stay that way. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Courtesy goes a long way, even with a T. Rex. Read full book review >
ACOUSTIC ROOSTER AND HIS BARNYARD BAND by Kwame Alexander
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"In all, a high-stepping riff on the pleasures of live music in general and the history of jazz in particular. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Winning actually isn't everything, as jazz-happy Rooster learns when he goes up against the legendary likes of Mules Davis and Ella Finchgerald at the barnyard talent show. Read full book review >
TALK, OSCAR, PLEASE! by Karen Kaufman Orloff
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Though the rhymes are at times a little forced, the message of a boy's love for and kinship with his dog speaks for itself. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Oscar is a friendly pup who can make lots of noises: yips and howls, barks and growls, whimpers and wheezes. Read full book review >
DREAM BIG LITTLE PIG! by Kristi Yamaguchi
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"As celebrity books go, though, it's a cut above many, and the prose styling is refreshingly restrained. (Picture book. 4-8)"
For the youngest of listeners, the themes found in The Little Engine that Could continue to inspire. Read full book review >
SHAMPOODLE by Joan Holub
by Joan Holub, illustrated by Tim Bowers
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Very funny—there may be a short film in this somewhere. (Early reader. 4-7)"
This Step into Reading title is a crazed, out-of-breath, fly-on-the-wall peek at picture-day morning at the Shampoodle salon for dogs. Read full book review >
COOL DOG, SCHOOL DOG by Deborah Heiligman
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Bowers's goofy, energetic illustrations to make this gentle piece of propaganda go down easy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Tinka the dog returns for a romp through school that starts badly but ends well (Fun Dog, Sun Dog, 2005). Read full book review >
PRINCESS PIG by Eileen Spinelli
ANIMALS
Released: June 9, 2009

"A great addition to storytime collections. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When a freak wind deposits the Picawash County Pickle Princess's sash on Pig, she suddenly begins to wonder if she really might be a princess. Read full book review >
FIRST DOG by J. Patrick Lewis
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 2009

Riding the wave of presidential-pooch enthusiasm comes the season's second picture book on the subject. Read full book review >
GORGONZOLA by Margie Palatini
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Redolent with high-spirited humor and capped by a magnificent pun, this should make persuasive reading for any young monster who heads the other way when bath time rolls around. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A huge dinosaur with equally huge D.O. gets a personal hygiene makeover, thanks to coaching from an irritated avian victim. Read full book review >
CUSTARD SURPRISE by Bernard Lodge
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2007

This I Can Read series entry hits bottom, and just might have Ursula Nordstrom hurling thunderbolts from her office in heaven. Read full book review >
DOGKU by Andrew Clements
by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Tim Bowers
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2007

"A short author's note defines haiku and offers some additional samples. (Picture book/poetry. 4-6)"
Sixteen haiku serve as the text for this heartwarming story of a wandering dog who finds a new home with a kind family. Read full book review >
MATILDA’S HUMDINGER by Lynn Downey
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 10, 2006

"For a humorous picture book story with western flair, try The Three Little Javelinas (1992), by Susan Lowell, instead. (Picture book. 5-7)"
This western-tinged tale stars Matilda the cat, one of the worst waitresses ever. Read full book review >
THE BRAVEST OF THE BRAVE by Shutta Crum
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 11, 2005

"Bowen's pudgy, bead-eyed critters could be considered at odds with the text, but this makes the whole package more useful for explaining away irrational fears. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little skunk tromps through the deep, dark woods thinking brave thoughts to steel himself against (imagined) dangers. Read full book review >
SHERMAN CRUNCHLEY by Laura Numeroff
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Such a little word to create such anxiety, though the authors' point will not be lost on young readers: if you say no, the house will not fall down and family and friends will not flee; this time, the negative has positive potential. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sherman learns how to be his own dog in a tale that revolves around the ability—or, in Sherman's case, inability—to say no. Read full book review >
ONE WIDE SKY by Deborah Wiles
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"Rich oil paintings illustrate the beautiful things suitable for counting in this quiet (and sometimes funny) look at nature. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A backyard comes alive as outdoor adventures of the human and animal inhabitants unfold side by side, then slowly wind down at nightfall. Read full book review >
LITTLE WHISTLE’S DINNER PARTY by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Soothing, intimately small-scale, and just the ticket for a cozy bedtime read. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Rylant seems poised to reel off another long series of warm, fuzzy episodes for new and pre-readers. Read full book review >
LITTLE WHISTLE’S MEDICINE by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Easy to swallow and guaranteed to make you feel good, this is a soothing blend of words and images. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Little Whistle saves storytime in this third Toytown adventure. Read full book review >