Books by Tony Auth

UNCLE PIRATE TO THE RESCUE by Douglas Rees
ADVENTURE
Released: April 6, 2010

"Adventure, villains and overall mollymockery make this great armchair traveling for the pirate-loving middle-grade reader. (Ship's Articles, glossary) (Adventure. 6-10)"
Wilson's life is ship-shape now that his Uncle Pirate is the commander of Jolly Roger Elementary. Read full book review >
UNCLE PIRATE by Douglas Rees
ADVENTURE
Released: June 3, 2008

"A great middle-reader for any young landlubber who likes a good yarn and believes everyone deserves a chance. (glossary, song) (Fiction. 7-10)"
In this silly, off-kilter tale, fourth-grader Wilson discovers a long-lost uncle who happens to be a real-life pirate. Read full book review >
A PROMISE IS A PROMISE by Florence Parry Heide
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"There is no reason to prefer this over (to name a few examples) Dan Yaccarino's An Octopus Followed Me Home (1997), Lauren Child's I Want a Pet (1999) or Karen Kaufman Orloff's I Wanna Iguana (2004), illustrated by David Catrow. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this uninspired take on a tired premise, young George wangles permission from his parents for a pet, then brings home a series of unsuitable ones. Read full book review >
MY CURIOUS UNCLE DUDLEY by Barry Yourgrau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"An unsuccessful experiment by an author known to take chances in his titles for adults. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Take a world-traveling uncle with a penchant for potions. Read full book review >
THE SKY OF NOW by Chaim  Potok
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Auth's watercolor paintings are flat, cartoonish, and pale, and add little zest to a painfully awkward story, contorted by wise- cracking dialogue and a heavily philosophical denoument. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Potok (The Tree of Here, 1993, etc.) makes a ponderous foray into bibilotherapy in this longish picture book. Read full book review >
THE TREE OF HERE by Chaim  Potok
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"It would be, if there were any emotional authenticity within these pages—but there's not. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Jason's family is making their "third move in five years"; once again, Jason says good-bye to his friends and packs his belongings. Read full book review >