Books by William Joyce

A BEAN, A STALK AND A BOY NAMED JACK by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Engrossing illustrations and quirky humor, hitched to Joyce's renown, will earn this its audience. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Moonbot Studios collaborators Joyce and Callicutt royally fracture the familiar folk tale in this high-concept romp. Read full book review >
THE NUMBERLYS by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 27, 2014

"Neither the picture-book medium nor the Numberlys app is as well-served as each deserves. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A successful app makes a transition to print. Read full book review >
THE MISCHIEVIANS by William Joyce
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Successfully tapping into the human need to find explanations for all-too-common annoyances, this book charms with its intricacy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A guide to the elusive creatures responsible for everyday ills offers kids the ultimate book of excuses. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"The art makes a bigger impression than the story, but the overall tone is appropriately dreamy, and as for that creeping nightmare: 'you know it's not real.' (Picture book. 5-9)"
At the behest of the Man in the Moon, shooting-star captain Sanderson Mansnoozie takes on a new responsibility—guarding Earth's children from the evil Pitch and his Dream Pirates. Read full book review >
Released: June 12, 2012

"As triumphant in book form as in animated and interactive ones. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Ironically, this book in praise of books first appeared as a much-praised iPad app and Academy Award-winning animated short film. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"You could cut the preciousness with a knife. Next up: Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy armies. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
A long-eared guardian with a corps of fierce, chocolate warriors helps to rescue the kidnapped children of Santoff Claussen village in this sequel to Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King (2011). Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"A quick read, with plenty of rococo weapons, characters and creatures (notably reindeer). (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Streaks of preciousness mar, or at least mark, an "origins" tale framed as a monumental struggle between the King of Nightmares and a Cossack bandit plainly destined for a later career bringing gifts to children on Christmas Eve. Read full book review >
THE MAN IN THE MOON by William Joyce
FICTION
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"Here's hoping that future installments in this ambitious series will spend less time on back story and more on story line. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A visual feast cannot compensate for lackluster plotting in this first installment of a new mega-series that involves picture books, chapter books and (of course) a movie. Read full book review >
THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE by MoonBot Studios
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 26, 2011

"The story of Morris Lessmore and his beloved books ends with an unexpected emotional punch, a satisfying, lovely finish for an altogether winning app. (iPad storybook app. 4-12)"
A poignant, potent ode to books (the paper kind) that combines top-notch animation, just the right amount of interactivity and a tear-jerking story. Read full book review >
BIG TIME OLIE by William Joyce
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Like Olie's previous appearances, in print and on TV, the episode is neatly cut and dried, but Olie's frustrated reaction to being told that he's too small for this, but too big to do that any more, will find an understanding corps of young readers. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Angry that he's not growing up fast enough, little Olie has a "big and really bad idea." Read full book review >
SLEEPY TIME OLIE by William Joyce
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Rolie Polie Olie fans won't care about any of this, however, as Joyce's inventive ideas, rollicking rhymes, and readily recognizable, Rolie-Polie-round illustration style add up to a winning format with proven success. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Rolie Polie Olie is a robot on a roll with sequels, toddler stories in board format, toys, and his own Disney TV show. Read full book review >
SNOWIE ROLIE by William Joyce
FICTION
Released: Oct. 31, 2000

"Unlike its predecessor, the text is prose, and less sprightly—but the story line is strong and witty enough to hold its own with the quirky, heavily worked visual concept. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Joyce makes a foray into Polar Express territory with this flaky follow-up to Rolie Polie Olie (1999). Read full book review >
ROLIE POLIE OLIE by William Joyce
Released: Oct. 31, 1999

"An eccentric blend of the cinematic and familial that is coming to be known as vintage Joyce. (Picture book. 2-7)"
PLB 0-06-027164-7 Joyce (The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, 1996, etc.) plays with circles, curls, and curves the way a writer plays with language, creating a visually dazzling story about the everyday capers of a family of round Rolie Polies. Read full book review >
THE LEAF MEN AND THE BRAVE GOOD BUGS by William Joyce
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"Small scale, grand adventure. (Picture book. 7-9)"
As an old lady lies abed and her garden fails with her, a doughty band of doodlebugs—`` `Tiny of body but brave of heart, we will finish what we start!' ''—climbs the tallest tree in search of the elusive Leaf Men, hoping they can set things right. Read full book review >
SANTA CALLS by William Joyce
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

"Read quickly; linger over the art. (Picture book. 7+)"
Joyce's version of a ride on the Polar Express is more style than substance. Read full book review >
BENTLY AND EGG by William Joyce
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 1992

"This will never take the place of Dr. Seuss's Horton, but Bently's discovery that watching over the egg makes him care about it provides an interesting contrast to the elephant's more single- minded loyalty. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Bently, an artistic frog, and Kack Kack, a recently widowed duck, are close friends: she takes care of his laundry and admires his drawings; he agrees to watch over her egg when she wants to visit her sister's new ducklings. Read full book review >