Books by Tim Raglin

COWBOY JOSÉ by Susan Middleton Elya
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"Recommended mainly for its language possibilities. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Rollicking rhymed "Spanglish" couplets tell the tale of "Cowboy José, the vaquero" and his faithful horse Feo who "ride 'cross the prairie and belt out a song," and then get involved with a gal named Rosita, who is pretty—bonita. Read full book review >
BILL IN A CHINA SHOP by Katie McAllaster Weaver
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"The ending clinks some and in one illustration a key object falls into the page gutter, but as the appealing cover promises, Bill has more charm than bull. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The title sets up the funny premise as Bill, a bull, collects china cups, but his size and clumsiness create havoc in china shops. Read full book review >
GO TRACK A YAK! by Tony Johnston
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2003

"Janet Stevenson, 1988), and other tales of tricksters tricked will relish this new comeuppance. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A witch's trick backfires in this folkloric original episode. Read full book review >
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S TWELFTH NIGHT by Bruce Coville
Released: March 1, 2003

"Prospective audiences or cast members will get a clear sense of the play's tangled plot from this, but will have to see it performed to fully appreciate its sheer hilarity and joyful climax. (Picture book. 9-12)"
Coville, who's done so well with these in the past (Romeo and Juliet, 1999, etc), prefaces his latest Shakespearean retelling with the claim that its themes of trying on a new identity and having to yearn in silence for another will carry particular resonance for young readers as "the struggle of adolescence in microcosm!" Read full book review >
THE WOLF WHO CRIED BOY by Bob Hartman
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Bigger laughs and more detail than the original, along with the time-honored message that truthfulness pays, make this a wonderful addition to any fairy-tale collection. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The traditional tale gets turned upside down in this hilarious new version. Read full book review >
A CAT OF A DIFFERENT COLOR by Steven Bauer
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2000

"As farce, this is not in the same league with Dahl or Mahy, but Hoytie's stupid, selfish wife Prucilla provides some low comedy, and readers will relish seeing her, and her family, get what they deserve. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A free-ranging feline catalyzes community reaction in this pointed warning about the dangers of blindly obeying authority. Read full book review >
THE BIRTHDAY ABC by Eric Metaxas
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1995

"This bunch is a treat to behold. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The text of this alphabet book makes a nice birthday gift, but the wrappings—the exquisitely crafted illustrations—are even better. Read full book review >