Books by Valeri Gorbachev

LOST AND FOUND DUCKLINGS by Valeri Gorbachev
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2019

"This easy-to-follow-along tale with its happy-family ending will make for a great bedtime story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When Brother Duck and Sister Duck receive a gift of butterfly nets, the siblings go against Mama and Papa Duck's wishes and wander off into the woods, lost in the chase to catch any small critter that crosses their path. Read full book review >
NO SWIMMING FOR NELLY by Valeri Gorbachev
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"Nelly learns she can try new things when she's buoyed by her family's support in this thoroughly reassuring outing. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Three generations of women bond over swimming lessons for little piglet Nelly. Read full book review >
GOOD MORNING, HARRY—GOOD NIGHT, DADDY by Katy Beebe
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 16, 2018

"A good pick for reading aloud at any time of day. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A split narrative follows Harry and his daddy through their days and nights. Read full book review >
RUFUS BLASTS OFF! by Kim T. Griswell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Those who love pigs, pirates, and planets are sure to be pleased. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Persuasive pig Rufus Leroy Williams III shatters the porcine glass ceiling—or in this case atmosphere—yet again in his third outing. Read full book review >
BIG LITTLE HIPPO by Valeri Gorbachev
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Sure to be a big hit at storytime for little ones. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little hippo makes a big difference. Read full book review >
PIZZA-PIE SNOWMAN by Valeri Gorbachev
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2016

"Pizza, snow, and a talking pig: a recipe for storytime fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An intrepid pig named Pinky goes off to fetch a pizza during a snowstorm in this silly home-away-home tale. Read full book review >
NOT ME! by Valeri Gorbachev
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"An early reader that kids will want to befriend. (Early reader. 5-7)"
In an odd-couple pairing of Bear and Chipmunk, only one friend is truly happy to spend the day at the beach. Read full book review >
DOCTOR NICE by Valeri Gorbachev
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"Just what the doctor ordered for storytime fare. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A going-to-the-doctor picture book with a playful twist. Read full book review >
CATS ARE CATS by Valeri Gorbachev
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Certainly not Gorbachev's best, though it's agreeable enough. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Miss Bell's kitten, Tiger, is just a typical cat—maybe. Read full book review >
CATTY JANE WHO LOVED TO DANCE by Valeri Gorbachev
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A fetching little story about individuality and physicality. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Tutus or friends? A feline ballerina-in-training must choose which is more important. Read full book review >
ME TOO! by Valeri Gorbachev
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"From their adventures in the snow to a warm snuggle in their tiny and huge beds, Bear and Chipmunk are friends that new readers will want to turn to again and again. Here's hoping there will be more. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Bear and Chipmunk enjoy a day together in the snow. Read full book review >
RUFUS GOES TO SCHOOL by Kim T. Griswell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"But it is the parting sentence that will hit home with everyone: 'But Rufus loved storytime most of all… / …because it gave him room to dream.' (Picture book. 4-6)"
Rufus Leroy Williams III is determined to learn how to read, but can he convince Principal Lipid to allow a pig in school? Read full book review >
SQUIRREL'S FUN DAY by Lisa Moser
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2013

"Lovable characters, accessible text, and fresh, spirited illustrations combine nicely here to create a story even the most reluctant readers are sure to enjoy. (Early reader. 5-8)"
This squirrel is ready for adventure! Read full book review >
CATTY JANE WHO HATED THE RAIN by Valeri Gorbachev
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"A good remedy for those rainy-day blues. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Is there anything good about a rainy day? Read full book review >
HOW TO BE FRIENDS WITH A DRAGON by Valeri Gorbachev
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Decorum delivered in a refreshing package. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A sweet and gentle picture book with friendship, etiquette and a hint of dragon breath. Read full book review >
SHHH! by Valeri Gorbachev
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A lovely incarnation of snoozetime. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Gorbachev charms in this salute to naptime. Read full book review >
WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA, MOLLY? by Valeri Gorbachev
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2010

"Equally appealing for storytimes or one-on-one sharing—adding Molly to the bookshelf is a good idea. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Molly the mouse does not have an idea for her poem. Read full book review >
THE BEST CAT by Valeri Gorbachev
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"A good but not essential addition to kitty, family or imagination storytimes. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bootsy is a remarkable cat; everyone in the family concurs. Read full book review >
MOLLY WHO FLEW AWAY by Valeri Gorbachev
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

"While it may seem somewhat slight at first glance, re-readings should encourage children to think about the traits they admire in their own friends. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Molly Mouse's trip to the county fair ends on a high note (quite literally) in this latest from Gorbachev. Read full book review >
DRAGON IS COMING! by Valeri Gorbachev
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"Margaret Spengler (2002), does much the same thing, with a bit more flair. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Farm mouse does a Chicken Little. Read full book review >
THE MISSING CHICK by Valeri Gorbachev
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"The building suspense and happy ending combine to make this a good springboard for 'what if' conversations, but the paucity of story line and sameness of illustrations make this an additional purchase. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A napping chick throws the neighborhood into chaos. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A lively addition to any preschooler or storytime collection. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Do not be fooled: This is not a Thanksgiving tale. Read full book review >
TURTLE’S PENGUIN DAY by Valeri Gorbachev
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

"Not so sly as sweet: Just as Little Turtle is ready to shrug out of his shell, readers will be anxious to shrug into theirs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The theory/practice continuum gets a comically endearing shake: The theory is that books can transport; the practice is getting the transport out of your head and giving it a ride. Read full book review >
CHRISTOPHER COUNTING by Valeri Gorbachev
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"Gorbachev's terrifically detailed illustrations, in watercolor and pen-and-ink, greatly enhance the simple, straightforward story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Learning about numbers opens a world of discovery for a curious rabbit. Read full book review >
SQUIRREL’S WORLD by Lisa Moser
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"This kinesthetic trip through Squirrel's 'good, good, good day,' less predictable than most easy-reader fare, will charm and challenge emergent readers—and the critter's final-page snooze should satisfy on several levels. (Fiction. 5-7)"
Bridging the turf between easy readers and beginning chapter books, this story stars a very squirrelly squirrel fond of declarations in triplicate: "Got to go. Read full book review >
RED RED RED by Valeri Gorbachev
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"He's just deepening the mystery, keeping them guessing to keep them—and his readers—in his thrall. (Picture book. 5-7)"
As Gorbachev's story opens, the day is coming to a close. Read full book review >
SKUNK’S SPRING SURPRISE by Lesléa Newman
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"But those cheery animals, rendered in pen and ink and watercolor, will be irresistible to the preschool set. (Picture book. 2-7)"
In this sequel to Where Is Bear? (2004), which ended with Bear's hibernation, Skunk awakes from her own deep sleep and exclaims, "Hooray! Read full book review >
GO! by Dee Lillegard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2006

"Well-fueled fun. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
In short, pithy poems, Lillegard handily distills the essences of 34 different things that go. Read full book review >
THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR by Valeri Gorbachev
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"Tender, but also full of energetic concern, Gorbachev's story will keep young readers in suspense, right up to the slice of the knife. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Gorbachev's congenial Goat and Pig return in a pleasing story showing the lengths one friend will go to ensure the comfort of another. Read full book review >
THE GIANT HUG by Sandra Horning
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 11, 2005

"Young listeners may learn a bit about how mail travels cross-country and admire Owen's ingenuity, but this quiet story seems more likely to appeal to grandparents than to their energetic grandkids. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This predictable story has an old-fashioned feel. Read full book review >
WHERE IS BEAR? by Lesléa Newman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Newman lacks her usual flair, but the text is simple enough for the youngest ears and proves that together is better. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The game is hide-and-seek. Read full book review >
WHOSE HAT IS IT? by Valeri Gorbachev
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"A simple, repetitive pleaser for young children who find the Berenstains' primers a bit too frenetic. (Easy reader. 4-6)"
Using just 85 words to go with delicate, woodsy scenes defined by washes of greens and yellows behind lots of short, fine pen strokes, Gorbachev sends a very small turtle on a quest to return a very large, windblown pink hat to its rightful owner. Read full book review >
THE BIG TRIP by Valeri Gorbachev
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Just watch out for pirates. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Immigrant author/illustrator Gorbachev knows what it takes to make a big trip, having come to this country years ago and continued his successful children's-book career. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2002

"However, these positive elements are not enough to redeem the collection, which as a whole remains an additional purchase. (Folklore. 6-10)"
In this great idea for a collection, the selection of stories included is stellar and the watercolor illustrations are charming. Read full book review >
CHICKEN CHICKENS by Valeri Gorbachev
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Gorbachev makes the suggestive point without getting preachy, and her two chicks cut such pathetic figures that young readers will be rooting for them from the first. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This confidence-builder from Gorbachev may put a few bees in the bonnets of youngsters who feel a bit timid around the playground. Read full book review >
ONE RAINY DAY by Valeri Gorbachev
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Particularly funny details include tail-accommodating patches on the seats of Pig's and Goat's pants. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Friends Pig and Goat are together again in Gorbachev's (Chickens, Chickens, 2001, etc.) combination friendship story, tall tale, and counting book. Read full book review >
WHERE IS THE APPLE PIE? by Valeri Gorbachev
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The pace is crisp, the punch line a breeze, and the whole package is lighter than pie crust; children will pick up the pattern of the chatter quickly and join in the pig's questions at story hours. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From Gorbachev (Nicky and the Big, Bad Wolves, 1998, etc.), an evanescent cumulative story that takes readers on a treasure hunt that ends before the treasure—an apple pie—is recovered. Read full book review >
NICKY AND THE BIG, BAD WOLVES by Valeri Gorbachev
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1998

"Sweet dreams, and welcome to the family bed. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Gorbachev's nighttime tale, with its warm, Richard Scarry—like illustrations, has an undeniably familiar feel to it: The demons of the night are sent packing by a loving parent. Read full book review >
YOUNG MOUSE AND ELEPHANT by Pamela J. Farris
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"The sketchy pictures are done in ink and unembellished watercolors. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
Farris's first book is an East African tale about a strong young mouse who wants to test his strength on Elephant. Read full book review >
SO MUCH IN COMMON by Laurie Jacobs
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 1994

"Gorbachev, a recent Ukrainian emigrÇ, provides delightful humanized animals enjoying the amenities of their world and reacting in various amusing ways to the protagonists' curious camaraderie. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Philomena Midge and Horace Abercrombie don't look as though they could be friends; the frilly-aproned hippo's cluttered old house is set in a profusion of flowers while the slimly elegant antelope's sleek abode features a spare Japanese garden, and their habits, too, are diverse. Read full book review >