Books by Tony Mitton

SNOWY BEAR by Tony Mitton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An unapologetically sweet book that will engage both little and big hearts alike. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Where, oh where, can this little polar bear lay his head? Read full book review >
THE JUNGLE RUN by Tony Mitton
Released: June 1, 2012

"Fun for one or two reads, but, unlike Cub, it probably won't have much staying power. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Free-spirited artwork with colors of psychedelic intensity smooths the rather fitful nature of this race through the jungle. Read full book review >
THE STORYTELLER’S SECRETS by Tony Mitton
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 8, 2010

"Varied types are used judiciously to highlight both prose and verse; kudos to the designer for the harmonious whole. (Folktales/poetry. 8-12)"
Twins Toby and Tess live with their mother in a cottage by the village green, and she sends them out with a picnic lunch to sit beneath the huge old chestnut tree. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2010

"The short length of the poems, humorous illustration and, of course, those ever-popular flaps all combine to make this a sure hit…but beware—exposure to these poems could transform children into Againosauruses. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
The team of Mitton and Chapman present dinosaur lovers with another collection of poems (Gnash, Gnaw, Dinosaur!, 2009). Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"With great vocabulary, verses that scan well and a large trim size, this fits well into dinosaur-themed storytimes. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
While seemingly light fare at first glance, Mitton's rhyming verses impart a fair amount of information about their dinosaur subjects, reflecting their behavior, food and eating habits and habitats. Read full book review >
A VERY CURIOUS BEAR by Tony Mitton
ANIMALS
Released: April 28, 2009

"The rhymes are effective and children certainly do ask 'why'—it's up to their parents how creative they might be in their own answers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Parents not eager to answer incessant "why" questions from their toddlers may wish to stay away from this existential tale about curiosity. Read full book review >
FARMER JOE AND THE MUSIC SHOW by Tony Mitton
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 2009

"Ultimately the book falls short of the panache of other barnyard merriments, such as Martin Waddell's The Pig in the Pond, illustrated by Jill Barton (1992). (Picture book. 3-5)"
Mitton's modest, if mildly agreeable, contribution to the barnyard-hoedown genre opens with a bad case of malaise on Farmer Joe's spread. Read full book review >
PLAYFUL LITTLE PENGUINS by Tony Mitton
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"This unnecessarily re-titled American edition of the British Perky Little Penguins will have story-timers tapping their toes and begging for repeat reads. (Picture book. 2-6)"
"Playful little penguins coming out today / looking for their furry friends . . . Here they are—hooray!" Read full book review >
ALL AFLOAT ON NOAH’S BOAT! by Tony Mitton
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"Closing with a burst of color brought on by a pair of newly hatched butterflies, last seen fluttering off toward the rainbow arcing overhead, this makes a particularly buoyant version of the world's best-known cruise. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When the animals on the ark become bored and irritable, quick-thinking Noah proposes a talent show to give their energies an outlet. Read full book review >
COOL CARS by Tony Mitton
by Tony Mitton, illustrated by Ant Parker
THINGS THAT GO
Released: June 16, 2005

"Topping it all off with a simple diagram of car parts, this is an enjoyable learning tool that will surely ignite curiosity. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Enhancing the Amazing Machines series aimed at preschoolers, Mitton deals with the vehicles that kids and adults use every day. Read full book review >
RIDDLEDY PIGGLEDY by Tony Mitton
HUMOR
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"Lighthearted and worth a storytime or two. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The nursery rhymes are nearly all familiar, but with a twist. Read full book review >
SPOOKY HOUR by Tony Mitton
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A safe choice for holiday reading, with a bit of counting practice thrown in. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Standing in for readers or listeners, an anxious-looking dog and cat look on as, once the clock strikes twelve, eleven witches, ten ghosts, and so on, troop through moonlit woods to the castle of witchy twins Mitch and Titch to chow down on "ONE GIGANTIC PUMPKIN PIE." Read full book review >
THE TALE OF TALES by Tony Mitton
ANIMALS
Released: March 9, 2004

"A pleasure-filled journey indeed. (Folktale. 7-12)"
As Monkey travels down the story road, he rounds a bend—only to slap into Elephant. Read full book review >
DINOSAURUMPUS! by Tony Mitton
DINOSAURS
Released: March 1, 2003

"Despite fitting into a familiar genre, Mitton has somehow—perhaps through the rhyme, perhaps through sheer ebullience of language—tapped into a satisfying freshness that says stomping out a Dinosaurumpus is for anytime. (Picture book. 4-7)"
As long as there are kids, dinosaur books have less chance of extinction than the actual dinosaurs did. Read full book review >
DOWN BY THE COOL OF THE POOL by Tony Mitton
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"A slice of tomfoolery, suitable to be read as a song, giving the action the kind of chipper and carefree spin it begs for. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A wacky romp of a tale, full of simple and buoyant verse and accompanied by electrically jazzy artwork, of a barnyard of creatures cutting it up down by the old waterhole. Read full book review >