Books by Tom Lichtenheld

GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE by Sherri Duskey Rinker
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Nov. 7, 2014

"Watching a bunch of trucks at work. Life doesn't get much better. And these guys talk to you. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
A jaunty tour through an urban construction site extends the best-selling picture book's audience to young app users. Read full book review >
SING! by Joe Raposo
by Joe Raposo, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Released: May 28, 2013

"Boy and birds alike sing with infectious joy in this loving tribute, and the 3-song CD that comes with it is a nifty bonus. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The simplest and arguably best Sesame Street song serves as text to an almost equally elemental storyline in which music serves as the wind beneath a little bird's wings. Read full book review >
STEAM TRAIN, DREAM TRAIN by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Released: April 16, 2013

"A solid companion to Rinker and Lichtenheld's Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site (2011). (Picture book. 3-6)"
"Through the darkness, clickety-clack... / coming closer, down the track..." Read full book review >
EXCLAMATION MARK by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Released: March 1, 2013

"Funny and spirited (and secretly educational, but nobody will notice). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Punctuation with pizzazz. Read full book review >
WUMBERS by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Released: July 1, 2012

"Let's just hope there are no h8trs. (Picture book. 5-8)"
For the unversed, a "wumber" is a word crea8ted using numbers. (Obviously!) Read full book review >
ZERO THE HERO by Joan Holub
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"A hero and some villains and good winning over evil (oh, and all that educational stuff, too), all wrapped in humor and tied with a comic bow—what could be better? (Picture book. 7-12)"
The counting numbers get their comeuppance in the havoc that breaks out after they fail to believe in Zero's heroic powers. Read full book review >
E-MERGENCY by Tom Lichtenheld
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Definitely not a beginner's ABC book, but the visual and print punnery will have elementary kids (and adults) guessing and laughing. (Alphabet picture book. 7-10)"
Help! The letter E has fallen (down the stairs) and can't get up! Read full book review >
CLOUDETTE by Tom Lichtenheld
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"Sweet and sunny. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Lichtenheld takes a charming turn with the "tiny but mighty" theme. Read full book review >
BRIDGET’S BERET by Tom Lichtenheld
FICTION
Released: April 27, 2010

"A witty, well-shaped story about the dubious necessity of lucky hats and a clever homage to many of the Great Artists and their works, from Leonardo to Warhol. ('How to Start Your Art' idea section) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Bridget thinks she gets her artistic abilities from the black beret she, along with all the Great Artists, always wears. Read full book review >
SHARK VS. TRAIN by Chris Barton
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

"It's hard to choose; both are winners. (Picture book. 3-6)"
With two boys at a toy chest, one clutching a shark and the other a train, thus begins the most unlikeliest of competitions. Read full book review >
YES DAY! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Funny and on-target. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Calendar-like endpapers reveal the ways adults daily say "no" to children, with square after square proclaiming such observances as "When Pigs Fly Day." Read full book review >
DUCK! RABBIT!  by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"Now is that a brachiosaurus or an anteater? (Picture book. 5-8)"
The art of optical illusions provides creative fodder for young guessing-game enthusiasts. Read full book review >
IT’S NOT FAIR! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"This funny, philosophical book is a treat to share with children of all ages. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this wry tale, the familiar refrain of disgruntled siblings is taken to the nth degree of absurdity. Read full book review >
THE OK BOOK by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

Promoting the virtues of adequacy, a stick figure with an "O" for a head atop a "K" body demonstrates moderate abilities to skip, climb, hide, share, swim and other common acts. Read full book review >
WHAT’S WITH THIS ROOM? by Tom Lichtenheld
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Bright and busy illustrations bring the amazingly messy room to life with a wide variety of perspectives, and the endpapers include funny room-cleaning tips. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lots of kids have messy bedrooms, but the little boy in this rhyming story has such a pigpen of a room that "you'd have to clean up just to call it a mess." Read full book review >
EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT CARS by Tom Lichtenheld
THINGS THAT GO
Released: March 1, 2005

"Replete with appropriately daffy cartoon illustrations, here's a gassed-up laff-fest that will keep readers roaring back for more. (Picture book. 7-9)"
"100% fact-free," but "Chock-a-block full of stuff!," this does for cars and car travel what Everything I Know About Pirates (2000) did for pirates—which is to say, puts a maniacally silly spin on every common myth, misconception, and factoid the over-caffeinated author can conjure up. Read full book review >
WHAT ARE YOU SO GRUMPY ABOUT? by Tom Lichtenheld
HUMOR
Released: April 1, 2003

Guaranteed to remove every pout in sight, Lichtenheld's catalogue of common petty annoyances tops even his sidesplitting Everything I Know About Pirates (2000). Read full book review >
CAMP BUCCANEER by Pam Smallcomb
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Readers who are making the transition to chapter books and who like funny stories might find the work of Pinkwater, Pilkey, and Scieszka more captivating. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Just because new readers will read just about anything they can decode, doesn't mean they should have to. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT PIRATES by Tom Lichtenheld
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2000

Accurately subtitled "A collection of made-up facts, educated guesses, and silly pictures about bad guys of the high seas," this study affirms many popular misconceptions about these archetypal villains. Read full book review >