Books by Y Kelley

THE DOG WHO SAVED SANTA by Y Kelley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2008

"Though it's a little strange to see an adolescent slacker Santa, Kelley pulls it off with her droll humor in both text and illustrations, aided by a memorable canine character—who's not done reforming holiday icons yet. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this unusual holiday interpretation, Santa is a young and callow fellow who doesn't really care about getting the job done on Christmas Eve. Read full book review >
HOW PEOPLE LEARNED TO FLY by Fran Hodgkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Lightly touching on everything from the days of imagining the winged Icarus and dreaming of wings to today's nonchalance about air travel, this is a welcome addition to easy science books about humans and flight. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
Hodgkins's entry in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series draws a visual timeline from centuries back, when humans' dreams of flying evolved into reality. Read full book review >
NO SWORD FIGHTING IN THE HOUSE by Susanna Leonard Hill
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"And that's just the point. (Easy reader. 4-7)"
Arthur and Lance love to play with their swords in the house. Read full book review >
IN THE DOGHOUSE by Leslie Kimmelman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"Nothing new, but still, a woofy treat. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
A kid and a big, drooly dog share easy-reader adventures. Read full book review >
READY, SET, PRESCHOOL! by Anna Jane Hays
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2005

"Includes a parent's education guide. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Former Sesame Street editor-in-chief Hays offers a comprehensive resource for fledgling preschoolers and their anxious parents. Read full book review >
HAZEL NUTT, ALIEN HUNTER by David Elliott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Not for everyone, but fans of the first will likely be pleased. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hazel Nutt returns for another adventure. Read full book review >
MISSION TO MARS by Franklyn M. Branley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A book to give young explorers goosebumps. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
The incomparable creator of this pioneering series, who will be sadly missed by all young scientists, extends an invitation and sparks the imagination as he authors another outstanding title in the Lets-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. Read full book review >
THREE MORE STORIES YOU CAN READ TO YOUR CAT by Sara Swan Miller
ANIMALS
Released: March 25, 2002

"Cat-owning children will instantly recognize the true dynamic of the relationship, and all children should enjoy the good humor that pervades this offering, which instructs readers in the introduction: 'remember to pet your cat while you read.' (Easy reader. 6-9)"
Miller and Kelley (Three Stories You Can Read to Your Cat, not reviewed, etc.) return with what has become a solidly entertaining formula for children in transition from early readers to chapter books. Read full book review >
BLABBER MOUSE by Y Kelley
by Y Kelley, illustrated by Y Kelley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"While the intent is good, this lesson misses its mark. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Jokes, poetry, secrets, rumors—Blabber Mouse just can't stop talking. Read full book review >
MY DOG TOBY by Andrea Zimmerman
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2000

"A thoroughly delightful story by the authors of the also delightful Trashy Town (1999). (Picture book. 3-7)"
Meet Toby, an adorable beagle who constantly endears himself to his owner despite the fact that Toby won't cooperate with her plans to teach him a trick . . . any trick. Read full book review >
FLOATING IN SPACE by Franklyn M. Branley
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"While in the claim that heavy equipment—even the 12-ton Hubble telescope—can be lifted in space, Branley oversimplifies the effects of inertia and momentum, his choice of detail about conditions in space will surprise and delight readers. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
In this Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science entry, Branley (see review, above) takes readers on a space shuttle mission, from blast-off to touchdown, but focusing mainly on life in orbit. Read full book review >
STAY! by Lois Lowry
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Readers will be relieved to know, however, that this dog's life has a happy ending. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Through a delightfully funny and distinctive first-person narration, Lowry (See You Around, Sam!, 1996, etc.) introduces a lovable new canine, given cuddly characterization in Kelley's black-and-white illustrations. Read full book review >
HOW TO READ YOUR MOTHER'S MIND by James M. Deem
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Short glossary (at the beginning, sensibly); bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Once again, Deem and Kelley (How to Hunt for Buried Treasure, 1992, etc.) team up for an entertaining and informative treatment of a fascinating subject. Read full book review >
HOW TO HUNT BURIED TREASURE by James M. Deem
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Further reading; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 11+)"
Dozens of drawings and decorations lighten this approach to an arduous, time-consuming, and not always fruitful pursuit. Read full book review >
DINOSTORY by Michaela Morgan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"The events that follow may be predictable, but they're sure to please young enthusiasts—as will Kelley's lively, if undistinguished, illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A book that pokes fun at its own overfamiliar theme— dinosaurs turning up in the present—and then goes on to exploit it with energy and imagination. Read full book review >