Books by Virginia Kroll

SNOWBOUND SECRETS by Virginia Kroll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Though there is hardly an overabundance of picture books about cryptids, this is still one to skip. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Kroll offers an original tale about yetis. Read full book review >
MOSQUITO by Virginia Kroll
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2011

"Better books about bugs or by this author are plentiful, so skip this one with a clear conscience. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Almost as annoying at the eponymous insect, this pointless picture book seems unlikely to find an appreciative audience. Read full book review >
SAYING GRACE by Virginia Kroll
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Aesthetically informed by its message, it will appeal to its target audience. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Grace is, as her friend puts it, a "fretter." Read full book review >
MAKAYLA CARES ABOUT OTHERS by Virginia Kroll
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2007

"Cote's sunny colors add the right touches for a story that feels just right. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Though the message is what matters most in this series from—how we best ought to carry ourselves (honesty, responsibility, respect and forgiveness being some of the topics covered)—all the good intentions would fall flat without an appealing storyline. Read full book review >
GOOD NEIGHBOR NICHOLAS by Virginia Kroll
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A spoonful of sugar pleasantly offered. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The Way I Act series makes no bones about its mission: character development, with special emphasis on moments of understanding, of connecting the dots. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"An author's note explains them, defining the Spanish words within the explanations, but there is no guide to pronunciation. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Hispanic tradition of the posada (a party and procession) is the structure for this introduction to counting in Spanish and learning a few basic Spanish words about Christmas traditions. Read full book review >
ON THE WAY TO KINDERGARTEN by Virginia Kroll
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"For toddlers, each of the cub's successes is something to aim for, and older kids can applaud how far they have come themselves. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This cute-as-a-button cub has achieved a lot on his way to kindergarten. Read full book review >
EQUAL SHMEQUAL by Virginia Kroll
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"A cute look at what can be a difficult concept. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Forest animals learn the many meanings of "equal" through a game of tug-of-war. Read full book review >
BOY, YOU’RE AMAZING! by Virginia Kroll
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"A great gift for any young boy, this would also make an excellent addition to any storytime library. (Picture book. 3-7)"
"Boy, you're amazing, the things you can do!" Read full book review >
BUSY, BUSY MOUSE by Virginia Kroll
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

"Effortless toddler storytime material. (Picture book. Toddler-3)"
The nighttime rituals of their resident mouse parallel a young family's daily routine. Read full book review >
GIRL, YOU’RE AMAZING by Virginia Kroll
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"Just amazing! (Picture book. 5-8)"
March is Women's History Month, a perfect time to release a book celebrating the amazing things girls do on a daily basis. Read full book review >
PINK PAPER SWANS by Virginia Kroll
FICTION
Released: July 1, 1994

"I ain't never seen anything like it'') and her friend's home a showcase for Japanese culture; still, Kroll's nicely cadenced narrative and telling details and Clouse's attractive collages in flat origami colors soften the over-obvious intent. (Picture book/Young reader. 5-9)"
Sitting in their city apartment's shadow on hot days, Janetta is fascinated by Mrs. Tsujimoto, who makes origami so quickly that cranes ``fly right out of her hands.'' Mama always says, ``Don't you be botherin' folks''; still, the old woman once gives the young African-American girl a paper frog, which she can't reconstruct after unfolding it, and later a swan, which she treasures all winter. Read full book review >
BEGINNINGS by Virginia Kroll
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1994

"Kroll's upbeat, realistic text and Schuett's vibrant acrylic and pastel art combine for a joyous take on the diversity of the contemporary family. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In warmly glowing illustrations and dialogue that exudes familial affection, sketches of six differently composed families. Read full book review >
A CARP FOR KIMIKO by Virginia Kroll
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"An upbeat but still bracing look at a culture in which children learn to accept tradition—and, like all children, to bargain within the constraints they're given. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Kimiko yearns for a carp-shaped kite to fly on Children's Day, like the one little brother Yukio has, but it's not the Japanese tradition: kites are for boys. Read full book review >
AFRICA BROTHERS AND SISTERS by Virginia Kroll
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 31, 1993

"Pronunciation guide; note; map locating countries and tribes. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Jesse asks why he doesn't have brothers and sisters, Daddy answers, ``You do,'' and tells Jesse's favorite story, beginning with the reminder that many of his eponymous siblings live in cities and have professions like those of people Jesse knows. Read full book review >
WOOD-HOOPOE WILLIE by Virginia Kroll
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"An effective interweaving of wholesome family dynamics and African heritage in the context of the observance of Kwanzaa; Roundtree's colorful realistic illustrations glow with life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Willie is one of those children who, wherever they are and whatever they're doing, raps and knocks, shakes and taps. Read full book review >
MASAI AND I by Virginia Kroll
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

``I felt the tingle of kinship flowing through my veins,'' reports Linda of learning about the Masai in school. Read full book review >