Books by Tom Leigh

SHALOM EVERYBODEEE! by Tilda Balsley
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"Dedicated viewers of the show will be thrilled with the book. Other readers might enjoy it more with Grover around to act it out. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The best way to experience this book is to find someone who does a really good Grover impression for a read-aloud. Read full book review >
IT'S A MITZVAH, GROVER! by Tilda Balsley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Mitzvahs galore for Muppet lovers. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Can a book do its job too well? Read full book review >
GROVER AND BIG BIRD'S PASSOVER CELEBRATION by Tilda Balsley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Utterly artless but familiar; good for families whose children are nuts for Muppets. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The well-known Sesame Street characters visit Israel and impart information about the Passover holiday and story while on their way to a seder at the home of friends Avigail and Brosh. Read full book review >
ANGUS AND SADIE by Cynthia Voigt
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

This unexpectedly simple tale illustrates a year on a farm through the eyes of dogs. Mister and Missus, who want a dog for their Maine farm, adopt two shelter puppies. Mister wants a farm dog and prefers the male; Missus falls for the sweet female with a broken leg. Puppies Angus and Sadie learn about farming, discovering cats, skunks, tractors and sheep. Mister hopes to have better trained dogs than his brother, whose dog competes at trials. Angus is very clever and learns quickly, but Sadie is easily distracted by butterflies and sunbeams. Neither Sadie nor Missus mind that Sadie will never be well trained, but Angus is proud. When Sadie rescues a sheep in a snowstorm, Angus can't bear that she's praised. Incongruously—since until this point the dogs have been minimally anthropomorphized—Angus disrupts Sadie's training by barking, "stay!" when Mister says "come!" All ends well when Angus does well at trials and Missus has a baby. Sweet, with more depth than is usual in such stories, despite the dogs' unevenly human behavior. (Fiction. 8-10)Read full book review >