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Dad's First Day

written and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Bloomsbury, July 7th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1619634732, Hardcover
Ages 1-8
Picture Book, 32 pages

Coming Summer 2015
Mike's second book as both illustrator and author!

 

Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster

written and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Holiday House, Now available!
ISBN: 978-0823430642, Hardcover
Ages 1-6
Picture Book, 32 pages

Book Description
"Who wants to play?" wonders Little Puppy.
The school children are too busy, the sleeping man is too lazy, the big dogs are too mean, and the cat is too boring. Maybe the Monster wants to play. The monster replies with a powerful ROAR!
But with unfaltering optimism, inexhaustible goodwill, and a bit of naivete, the tiny puppy tries to transform the curmudgeonly monster into the perfect playmate. With spare text and irresistible illustrations, Mike Wohnoutka tells the high-spirited story of an unlikely friendship that new readers, and their pals of all sizes, will love.

The first reviews!

"Delightful depictions of a naive puppy and a grumpy monster drive this story that strikes an emotional chord with very few words. The humor in this story, represented mainly through hilarious illustrations, is based on misinterpretation. The dog, clueless about the monster’s true desire to read on a park bench, succeeds in getting the grumpster to play tag and hide and seek. Ultimately, he finds a place in the monster’s bed and, of course, in his heart. This book will resonate with any child who has tried to convince an adult to abandon grownup concerns and just enter the world of childhood. Pair it with Suzanne Bloom’s A Splendid Friend, Indeed (Boyds Mills, 2005) for discussions about “odd couple” friendships. This sweet story should claim a secure spot on most library shelves."
School Library Journal

"Little Puppy’s persistence wins him an unexpected friend. Throughout, softly sweet, cartoonish illustrations depict the intrepid puppy and the big green monster, both of whom are quite cute in very different ways, with an emphasis on scale; that monster sure is big. Vignettes convey the slapstick of the interactions, while full- and double-page spreads emphasize emotion. This sweet story of new, unusual friendship is sure to elicit plenty of giggles."
Kirkus Reviews

"Known illustrator Wohnoutka has done a great job with his first foray as author. Simple words and short sentences allow the new reader the opportunity to shine here."
Ingram

"Do not miss the contrast between the monster on the front end pages and the happy playmates on the back."
Children's Literature


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My Bibi Always Remembers

written by Toni Buzzeo
Hyperion Children's Books, September 2, 2014
ISBN: 978-142318385-3, Hardcover
Ages 1-8
Picture Book, 32 pages

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Book Description
Little Tembo, a baby elephant, is thirsty and her herd cannot find any water. But Bibi, the matriarch, "remembers the way to wet." As Bibi leads them across the parched savannah, Tembo happily follows, every now and then getting distracted by her own memories of games she loves to play. Deftly combining dramatic and reassuring moments and illustrated with lush images based on African elephant life, this book is sure to become a read-aloud favorite for children, parents, and grandparents.

The first reviews!

"Tembo is childlike and appealing, but all her actions are also consistent with elephant behavior as explained in an author's note describing the dynamics of elephant family groups. Several phrases are repeated multiple times, creating a sense of continuity and rhythm along with reassurance that all will be well. Wohnoutka's lovely illustrations, in tans, purples and grays, convey the vastness of the setting, along with accurate depictions of the elephants and the other watchful animals. A gentle, loving picture of interaction among generations."
Kirkus Reviews

"In both text and art, it's a careful and effective balance of anthropomorphic warmth and real-world animal behavior."
Publishers Weekly

"With its catchy rhythm and finely crafted text and art, this book is perfect for group sharing."

School Library Journal

"Buzzeo’s lyrical text begs to be performed, and listeners will enjoy chanting the refrain: “When Bibi calls, / everyone comes-- / one by one. / Step-step. / Searching for wet.” Wohnoutka’s appealing artwork conveys the details of elephant behavior and reassures listeners that Tembo is well protected. An author’s note clarifies pachyderm social structures."

Booklist

"This attractively illustrated picture book portrays the adventures of Tembo, a baby elephant, as she accompanies her female relatives to "the wet." The story is a tribute to grandmothers while providing readers with some interesting information about elephant behavior. The illustrations of the African savannah provide detail, while the anthropomorphic expressions of the animals are appealing. The text has a good pace as it builds to a mild sense of danger when Tembo falls behind. Young readers will enjoy this tender story."

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Moo!

written by David LaRochelle
Bloomsburyy, October 2013
ISBN: 978-0802734099, Hardcover or e-book
ISBN: 978-0802738028, Board book

Ages 1-8
Picture Book, 32 pages

Holy cow! Moo! teaching guide and activity sheets.

Awards & good things
American Library Association Notable Book
Once Upon A Reader Inaugural Selection
Minnesota Book Award, 2014
CLEL Bell Picture Book Award for Early Literacy
BCCB Blue Ribbon Book
Junior Library Guild Selection
Star of the North Picture Book Award nominee
Missouri Building Block Award nominee
2014 Coveted Robbie Award, Picture Book Honor
Amazon Best Book of 2014

Book Description
When Cow gets her hooves on the farmer's car, she takes it for a wild ride through the country. Moooo! But a bump in the road brings this joyride to a troublesome end. Using just one word (well, maybe two), this imaginative picture book will have readers laughing one moment and on the edge of their seats the next, as it captures the highs and lows of a mischievous cow's exciting day.

Reviews

"There are only a handful of words in this book; the most important one is “Moo.” Punctuation, repetition, and rhythm give it multiple meanings as readers turn the pages, which are joyfully illustrated with splashy gouache primary colors. It is hard to imagine a more expressive cow than this title’s cartoon bovine. Children will laugh at the use of type and the artful arrangement of letters to convey action and sound. For many children, this book will be their first introduction to punctuation. This book is bold, original, and funny, and should be part of every picture-book collection."
School Library Journal (Starred Review)

"In this lively picture book limited almost entirely to a single word, an adventurous cow takes the farmer’s shiny red car for a joyride. Wohnoutka’s gouache illustrations have group viewing in mind, with every scene a full-spread, full-bleed streamlined image that possesses the subject focus and simple backdrops of old-school animation. Sturdy cheer is the order of the day for the figures, with solid outlines, saturated colors, and big eyes standing out against pale blue-sky backgrounds. Kids could also read this independently with only a quick acquaintance, and it would offer a great opportunity for energetic group mooing in storytime."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (Starred Review)

"Wohnoutka's cheery, cartoonish gouache pictures deliver the action accessibly enough for toddlers to enjoy, while new readers will ace the simple text and get the broad jokes. Good barnyard fun."
Kirkus Reviews

"Everyone secretly wants a sharp red sports car to drive around—including, apparently, one otherwise unassuming dairy cow. The cow’s one-word vocabulary is a great comic device, but Wohnoutka produces plenty of laughs, too, with big, bold graphics and comic book–style exclamations that even kids in the back row can see. When the cow attempts to shift blame to another animal, LaRochelle briefly lets her change her tune. An utterly fun moo-aloud."
Publishers Weekly

"The entire text of this energetic and humorously anthropomorphic tale is composed of variations on the titular Moo. Wohnoutka’s brightly toned cartoon illustrations provide a huge variety of perspectives but keep the cow well centered and ever on the go. The final verbal joke will tickle little readers. This is a delightful visual adventure."
Booklist

"Narrated almost solely by the use of a single word—“Moo!”—this offers hilarious readaloud potential in its surprising ability to capture sentiment through the many possibilities of “moo.” The thickly lined gouache illustrations are bright and clear with sharp focus on the wide-eyed cow and expressive people against simple backgrounds, making them perfect for sharing with an audience. Sunny colors and chunky textures add to a silly adventure that’s sure to captivate kids in its understated hilarity."
The Center for Children’s Books

"Nonreaders will delight in "reading" this on their own."
The Horn Book

"A wonderfully funny story, perfect for reading aloud. Make sure you read the author and illustrator biographies on the back flap for more "moo" fun."
Children's Literature

"It's rare that you find a picture book where the children's librarians reading the book for the first time start laughing out loud but that's what you get with MOO. Practically wordless, entirely hilarious."
Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library


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Hanukkah Bear

written by Eric A. Kimmel
Holiday House, September 2013
ISBN: 978-0823428557, Hardcover
Ages 4-8
Picture Book, 32 pages

Awards & good things
Winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Illustrated Children's Book
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book
PJ Library Selection

Book Description
Bubba Brayna can't see or hear well. When a bear arrives at her house on Hanukkah night, she thinks he is her rabbi! They light the menorah, play dreidel, and eat up all the delicious latkes. Before he leaves, Bubba Brayna gives him a scarf she made herself. Then the real rabbi shows up!

Reviews
"The acrylic paintings by Wohnoutka have a warm, mirthful quality. Petite Bubba Brayna is rosy and welcoming toward the large honey brown bear, who is more endearing than menacing. Large textured brushstrokes make the snow on Bubba Brayna’s roof look like frosting, while inside her cozy house everything has a golden glow. Successful on every level, this holiday favorite is sure to be popular with anyone who appreciates a little humor with their holidays."
School Library Journal (Starred Review)

"Wohnoutka’s cartoon-style acrylic paintings of the endearing bear and patient Bubba, in warm golds and browns, enhance the story’s humor. An author’s note with more information about Hanukkah customs and a recipe for latkes are included."
Jewish Book World (Starred Review)

"With its new title and illustrations, as well as shorter text, readers can again experience Kimmel’s beloved story of Hanukkah. The book concludes with a recipe for latkes, as well as an author’s note about the festival of Hanukkah. Mike Wohnoutka’s colorful acrylic paintings are infused with light, perfect for bringing Kimmel’s story of the Jewish Festival of Lights to life."
International Readiing Association (IRA)

"The stylized hungry bear and the smiling Bubba fill the single and double pages with fun. Acrylic paints produce warmth to set the humble interior aglow."
Children's Literature

"Kimmel revises a story previously published in Cricket magazine and as a 1990 picture book, The Hanukkah Guest, with cheerful new acrylic illustrations from Wohnoutka. Bubba’s remarkable patience as she puts up with the none-too-scary bear’s gruffness will amuse readers as they prepare for their own Hanukkah celebrations."
Publishers Weekly

"Wohnoutka's cartoon-style acrylics exude comfort and make effective use of warm browns and golds. Concluding with a recipe for latkes and a note about Hanukkah customs, this makes a good addition to the holiday shelf."
Booklist

"A well-used trope of misidentification allows a village elder to innocently open her home to a possible predator with humorous, even endearing results. This newly illustrated version of The Chanukkah Guest, illustrated by Giora Carmi (1990), is a softer rendition, with acrylic paints and curved lines in tints of yellow, brown and green for warm, earthy atmosphere. The now-classic tale’s humor still fosters eye-rolling laughter, with Wohnoutka’s illustrations as rib-tickling complement."
Kirkus Reviews

"The silliness of the folkloric setup plays out well in the vivacious acrylic illustrations with nary a rough edge in sight."
The Horn Book

"A charming book."
Jewish Book Council

 

   

 

Just Like My Papa

written by Toni Buzzeo
Hyperion Children's Books, April 2013
ISBN: 978-142314263-8, Hardcover
Ages 1-8
Picture Book, 32 pages

Click here for Toni's wonderful Curriculum Guide and
Reader's Theater Script
!

Awards & good things
A Children's Book of the Month Club Selection

Book Description
Kito wants to be just like his papa, the protector of the pride. Throughout a day and night on the savanna, the cub imitates the way his father roars, swings his tail, shakes his head, and pounces. Kito may be too little to catch a wildebeest, but he is brave enough to succeed in his own hunt. Someday he will be King, just like his Papa.

With its rhythmic text, dramatic moments on the African plain, and playful times for cub and papa, this book will make a perfect read-aloud for family sharing.

Reviews

"This companion to Stay Close to Mama (Hyperion, 2012) chronicles a day in the life of an adult male lion and his son. Though anthropomorphized, many details of life on the savannah shine forth in the simple, lyrical prose. The acrylic illustrations are larger than life and show the expanses of the savannah but remain warm and kid-friendly, especially in the lions’ depth of expression, ranging from curiosity to impatience, from concern to pride. The pacing is superb, with the right amount of drama for the youngest readers yet awash with reassuring paternal love and care for young Kito. An author’s note briefly describes the social interactions of a pride."
School Library Journal

"Buzzeo and Wohnoutka pair up again, this time taking a closer look at the loving dynamic between a lion and his mischievous cub on the African savanna. Children and their parents will appreciate this intimate look at this wild feline pair. Although presented as a charming story about a specific lion cub, the descriptive facts provided about lion prides are accurate and later expanded upon in a note at the book’s end. The warm and reassuring flow of the text coupled with the dramatic painterly scenes of the African landscape come together for a likable tale just in time for Father’s Day."
Kirkus Reviews

"The personification of the lions allows the love between father and son to radiate throughout both the text and the luscious full-page colored illustrations. Buzzeo concludes with a brief note about lions. The book’s large format and rich, rhythmic language make it a good candidate for reading aloud to a group. At the same time, its quiet nature makes for a good one-on-one sharing, too."
Booklist

 

 


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Can't Sleep Without Sheep

written by Susanna Leonard Hill
Walker & Company, September 2010
ISBN 978-0-8027-2066-5, Hardcover or e-book
Ages 2-8
Picture Book, 32 pages
Click here for Classroom Guides and Activities!

Awards & good things
Teacher's Lounge - 25 Great Children's Books
Nominated for the Alabama Camellia Children's Choice Award 2011-2012
A Children's Book of the Month Club Selection
Korean Translation
U.K. Paperback Edition 2011
Available in e-book, all platforms

Book Description
Whenever Ava can't sleep, she counts sheep. But Ava takes so long to fall asleep, it's the sheep that are getting tired - until they finally quit! The sheep promise to find a replacement that Ava can count on, but it might not be as easy as they thought...
In this hilarious take on a familiar bedtime ritual, readers will be charmed by Ava and her fluffy friends.

Reviews

"...refreshing bedtime story. A gently humorous book that families will undoubtedly come to count on."
Kirkus Reviews

"The charming, rounded illustrations are set against the backdrop of a starry night with the characters bathed in the moonlight. On many spreads, the animals take up the entire space, creating a cinematic vista. The endpapers feature a series of repeated, lovely and puffy cloudlike sheep in mid-leap. A book that is delightful for the eyes and soothing to the ears, Can’t Sleep Without Sheep will quickly become a bedtime favorite and a can’t-sleep-without book."
–School Library Journal

"Can’t Sleep Without Sheep will stimulate a child's imagination and keep him or her engaged in the story until its peaceful ending."
SWON Libraries

"Acrylic illustrations depict a humorous menagerie of animals lining up to help."
Horn Book

"Can’t Sleep Without Sheep puts a new twist on a familiar bedtime ritual and the result is pure fun."
Children's Book of the Month Club

"This heavenly, hilarious little tale of the sheep and a herd of other animals that couldn’t get Ava to sleep will delight your little one. The artwork was scrumptiously silly and meshed perfectly with this zany tale."
Feathered Quill

"Kids will enjoy the silliness of her predicament and readers of all ages will be captivated by the soft, plump creatures that fill the pages with earnest good-heartedness in this gorgeously illustrated tale."
Family Times

"This is a humorous bedtime story with a new take on a time-honored tradition."
The Reading Tub

“Hill's bedtime story is a clever one, made workable by Mike Wohnoutka's sensibly humorous approach to the subjects of his bright acrylic illustrations. His sheep are full-bodied, fluffy, and eminently huggable; his buffalo are vast bulldozers fronted by tiny, squinty eyes; his trebuchet-building penguins are far too smart for their own good. In short, this is an amusing sort of bedtime read. It might even convince kids the wisdom of actually falling asleep.”
Children's Literature

 

 

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Jack's House

written by Karen Magnuson Beil
Holiday House, September 2008
ISBN 978-0-8234-1913-5, Hardcover
ISBN 978-0-8234-2242-5, Paperback
Ages 1-7
Picture Book, 32 pages

Teacher's Guide

Awards & good things
The Society of Illustrators Original Art Exhibition
The Society of Illustrators Original Art Traveling Show
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book
A Scholastic Book Club Selection

A Children's Book of the Month Club Selection

Book Description

"Construction-equipment loving young readers will adore this humorous twist on the classic nursery rhyme.
Someone has been doing a lot of work. Someone has been operating a cement mixer, driving a bulldozer, and using a forklift to build walls, frame windows, and nail down a roof. Someone has built a big, strong home for Jack. But is this the house that Jack built? One tired puppy dog disagrees.

Reviews

"Introduces readers to bulldozers and backhoes and forklifts, and a handful of trucks: cement, rack, boom and dump. These great machines loom on the page, but Wohnoutka has beveled the edges to make them as soft as sponge cake and just as desirable, as they shimmer in the heat of a summer afternoon. This book was built for those youngsters with a jones for trucks and other big wheels, and it delivers in spades."
Kirkus Reviews

"A wonderful twist on an age-old rhyme. This beguiling book will be a hit both at storytimes and in circulating collections, for those who really want to know how Jack’s house got built."

School Library Journal

"Details about home construction and machinery are well suited to the intended age group. Large-scale acrylic illustrations and repetitive phrasing make this a good choice for read-alouds."
The Horn Book

"The unexpected twist at the end along with Mike Wohnoutka’s engaging acrylic illustrations add a playfulness to this retelling of a classic tale. Perfect read for boys who like tractors or any other big machine with levers, wheels or control sticks."
Children's Literature Network

 

 

Stay Close to Mama

written by Toni Buzzeo
Hyperion Children's Books, March 2012
ISBN: 978-1423134824, Hardcover
Ages 1-8
Picture Book, 32 pages


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Awards & good things
A Scholastic Book Club Selection
A Children's Book of the Month Club Selection

Book Description
In the wide, shining world there is so much to see, and Twiga is curious. But Twiga’s tall, tall Mama wants her baby to stay close, stay safe from the dangers that lurk near each irresistible sweet smell and sparkling sight that Twiga finds. With lyrical text and enchanting illustrations, this story of a mother’s love will soothe and delight readers of all ages.

Reviews

"Despite his mother's reminders to 'Stay close, stay safe,' young Twiga (Swahili for "giraffe") constantly strays toward whichever sight, sound, or smell catches his attention. Wohnoutka’s large, almost impressionistic paintings grant a rich glimpse of the vast savanna and its denizens."
School Library Journal

"Written with a storyteller’s ear for cadence and repetition, the text has a sense of immediacy. The book concludes with a short author’s note on giraffes. Nicely composed and pleasing in their use of rounded forms and line, the broad double-page illustrations show up well from a distance. A good choice for reading aloud."
Booklist

"There's no doubt that readers and their parents will instantly see themselves in this loving but ongoing conflict over the need to explore and the need to protect, and they'll undoubtedly find the two characters adorable and reassuring."
Publishers Weekly

"A sweet story about a curious little giraffe and his mama, Stay Close to Mama is a beautifully illustrated picture book which expresses the close, protective relationship between a mother and son. With an online curriculum guide and reader’s theater script, Stay Close to Mama can be used by primary teachers to teach about African wildlife, species of giraffes, and to encourage inquisitiveness and fluency. The brief author’s note discusses some unique characteristics of giraffes including their natural curiosity and aversion to water."
The Center for Children’s Literature at Carthage College

"Twiga’s inquisitiveness will be appealing to the younger set, and parents will readily recognize the unconditional love and protection that his mother offers to him. Audiences will warm to Twiga’s wobbly-legged cuteness and sweet smile."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"In today’s cross-cultural families, it is fun to share stories from other lands. Twiga is the Swahili word for giraffe. The story follows a curious baby giraffe who keeps wandering away from his mother to explore the interesting sights and smells that surround them. The author includes a brief note on giraffes and the illustrator creates a beautiful African setting."
The Missoulian

“The illustrations stretch across the layout which adds to the visual enjoyment for children listening during a read aloud of the story. The yellow tone of color gives warmth to the pictures. An author's note at the back of the book provides some additional information about giraffes that readers may find interesting.”
Children's Literature

 

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The Twelve Days of Christmas in Minnesota

written by Connie Van Hoven
Sterling Publishing, October 2009
ISBN 978-1-4027-6395-3, Hardcover
Ages 5-12
Picture Book, 32 pages

Book Description

Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas in Minnesota! Ready to greet you are 5 golden hotdishes, 4 lumberjacks, 3 red stones, 2 hockey sticks...and much more from the Gopher State. Jack is so excited about the visit of his twin cousins, Sarah and Hannah, that he gives them one of these VERY unusual gifts on each of the twelve days of Christmas. Hannah writes lively letters home to tell her mom and dad all about their trip. Lucky readers are in for a wild Christmas countdown!

Awards & good things
Listed by the St. Paul Pioneer Press as one of the best holiday gifts for children.

Reviews
"Nicely blends facts and fun. Kids will connect with this book’s local theme.”
St. Paul Pioneer Press

"Mixes fun factoids with a silly, uniquely Minnesota take on the popular carol. Charming, lighthearted illustrations."
South-West Review

"A delightful holiday book that is sure to entertain year-round."

Family Times

 



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Mama's Little Duckling

written by Marjorie Blaine Parker
Dutton Children's Books, February 2008
ISBN 978-0-1424-1532-0, Paperback
Ages 1-7
Picture Book, 32 pages

Awards & good things
Korean Translation 2010
A Children's Book of the Month Club Selection

Reviews

"This tender tale deals with a milestone every family faces: finding a balance between a child's budding independence and a parent's need for security. Wohnoutka's brightly colored acrylics feature large, up-close views of the characters, making this perfect for sharing with groups. Both Dandelion's exuberance and Mom's reluctance are clearly painted on their faces, and the two plainly exude love for one another. A delightful addition to any preschool or toddler collection."
Kirkus Reviews

"The text is lyrical, cleverly using repetitive phrases and rhyming words without actually adhering to a strict poetic structure. Glowing with bold shades of turquoise, orange, gold, and green, the oversize illustrations vibrantly depict the ducks and pond animals–both Dandelion’s friends and enemies. Although there are many duck stories available, this one is a standout. The bright-hued artwork and rhythmic text make it a wonderful choice for toddlers and preschoolers, as well as a perfect storytime selection."

School Library Journal

"Wohnoutka’s saturated, pastel-like paintings immediately draw in the audience—his full-bleed compositions, feel for action and exuberant characterizations bring to mind the golden age of animation. Better still, he situates readers exactly at the center of the action: for example, in some scenes he sets the surface of the pond as a sight line, forcing viewers along with Dandelion to look up to the mother duck; in another scene, he shows the pond almost as if it were an aquarium, with Dandelion’s submerged head fully visible as he blows bubbles underwater, his tail feathers bobbing, blithely oblivious to the hawk swooping toward him. Wohnoutka’s art invites readers into the protagonist’s role, where they can absorb his growing competence."

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Cowboy Sam and Those Confounded Secrets

written by Kitty Griffin and Kathy Combs
Clarion Books, Fall 2001
ISBN 0-618-08854-7, Hardcover
Ages 4-9
Picture Book, 32 pages

Reading Guide

Book Description
Under Cowboy Sam's hat are more secrets than fleas on Doc Peeble's hound dog, more secrets than peppers on a chili pepper plant, and more secrets than spikes on a horny toad lizard. Just about everyone in the town of Dry Gulch wants to tell Sam a secret. But when his hat gets plum full of secrets and won't stay put on his head, Sam is bumfuzzled and bewildered. How can he keep all those secrets under wraps—and keep the townfolk from going crazy?

Awards

Nominated for the 2002-2003 Buckaroo Award

Reviews

“Rootin’-tootin’ boot-scootin’ fun, beginning to end.”
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“This playful picture book brings home a strong message for children-the importance of keeping friends’ secrets. The illustrations are both effective and enchanting as they capture the true western flavor.”
Library Talk

“The Western landscape and theme are wonderfully captured by Wohnoutka's cartoon representations of the town and its inhabitants. A pleasing, humorous read for young cowboy fans.”
School Library Journal

“Colorful acrylic illustrations illuminate this lighthearted tale.”
Children's Literature

“Acrylic paintings echo the tale's humor with exaggerated perspectives.”
The Horn Book

“Clever story, but most fun is the artful way the two authors play with words. They are the queens of metaphor.”
Houston Chronicle

   

Johnny Appleseed: My Story

written by David L. Harrison
Random House, Fall 2001
ISBN: 978-0-375-81247-7, Paperback or e-book
Ages 4-9
Step into Reading Book, 48 pages

Book Description
Johnny Appleseed was an important historical figure,well known for planting apple orchards across the new frontier. But he was also a master storyteller! In his own folksy voice, Johnny Appleseed tells his story to a couple of entranced children in this fictionalized title. Readers learn how he started planting apple trees and about some of the myths and true stories of his life. Vibrant illustrations capture the outgoing personality of Johnny Appleseed and the beautiful landscapes that he travels.

Reviews

"Wohnoutka contributes a series of buoyant paintings that capture the beauty of the landscape, the innocent goodness of the people, and the slightly larger-than-life persona of Johnny Appleseed."
Booklist

“The narration is direct and engaging, and the accompanying art is colorful and appealing.”
Children's Literature

 

My Dad Can Do Anything

written by Stephen Krensky
Random House, Spring 2004
ISBN: 0375826270, Paperback or e-book
Ages 2-6
Pictureback Book, 24 pages

Book Description
What can your dad do? Can he climb the highest mountain? Or swim to the bottom of the sea? In this heartwarming story about how dads are strong, brave, and all around great, dads can do anything.

Reviews

“There is humor in the art and the artist's interpretation of the story. Pleasant enough for anytime, but especially Father's Day.”
Children's Literature


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The following books are either out of print or only available through the Scholastic Book Club

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A Teacher for Bear

written by Anne Marie Pace
Scholastic, Fall 2011
ISBN: 978-0-545-37776-8, Paperback
Ages 2-6
Picture Book, 32 pages

A Scholastic Book Club Selection

Book Description
Bear is as ready for his first day of school as he will ever be. His big sister, Bella, told him all about her old teacher Miss Fern. But on the big day, what's Bear going to do when he discovers he's got a new teacher who does things differently?

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes


Scholastic, Fall 2009
ISBN: 978-0-545-15604-2, Paperback
Ages 0-4
A Sing and Read Storybook, 24 pages

A Scholastic Book Club Selection

Book Description
Join Mike's animal friends as they sing along with this family favorite. Familiar rhythms and rhymes will introduce children to the sound of language.

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Davey's Blue-Eyed Frog

written by Patricia Harrison Easton
Clarion Books, Spring 2003
ISBN 0-618-18185-7, Hardcover
Sorry, Out of Print
Ages 6 to 11
Chapter Book, 92 pages

Book Description
Davey doesn’t believe in spells and fairy tales—until the day a strange blue-eyed frog named Amelia turns up in his pond. Amelia is really a princess, and in order to break the spell she’s under, she needs a kiss before two cycles of the moon pass. It looks as though Davey is the only boy who can help her. But he doesn’t want to kiss the frog until he’s had a chance to show her off to his friends. Can the princess convince Davey to do the right thing, or is she doomed to stay a frog forever?

Awards & good things

Winner of the 2006 Beverly Cleary Children's Choice
Award
A Texas Library Association Pick of the Decade
for Grades K-8 1997-2007
A New Jersey Library Association Pick of the Decade
for 4th Grade 1995-2005
NYSRA Charlotte Award Committee’s Primary Suggested
Reading List

Reviews

“Terrific tale...pencil illustrations add to the charm and comedy of this romp through the pond.”
Crescent Blues Book Views

“Delightful chaos ensues, hilariously depicted by Wohnoutka's black and white illustrations. Perfect for reluctant readers, this fast-paced chapter book is filled with humor, action and true-blue friendship.”
Children’s Book Council

“Modern spin on a traditional tale. This story will charm its readers, and the pencil drawings add to the fun. Children will relate to the boy's struggle between desiring popularity and taking responsibility for his actions. There is a lot of funny, snappy dialogue, and the spot and full-page black-and-white drawings are equally engaging. A strong selection for early chapter-book readers.”
School Library Journal

“. . . pencil illustrations keep the story hopping along.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Full of humor, the story still deals with the moral dilemma of being accepted by your peers or doing the right thing. ”
Childrens Literature

“Davey’s struggle with his conscience is surprisingly complex, and the humor is enhanced by amusing pencil drawings.”
The Horn Book

“Wohnoutka's illustrations, sympathetic and often amusing depictions of the characters, enhance the story's child appeal. For children reading short, illustrated chapter books, this light fantasy provides good fun.”
Booklist

The Foot-Stomping Adventures

of Clementine Sweet

written by Kitty Griffin and Kathy Combs
Clarion Books, Spring 2004
ISBN: 0618247467, Hardcover
Sorry, Out of Print
Picture Book, 32 pages

Book Description
This here's the story of the meanest, most ornery and pugnacious, pigtail-wearing, pint-sized person in the whole entire Texas Hill Country, and how she saved the town of Lovett from getting blown clear off the map. But most of all, this is a story about a little gal who just got plumb tired of being forgotten about, and how she finally discovered a way to get noticed that made her happy instead of mad...and how she made other people happy, too. Clementine Sweet's frustrations and triumphs will enthrall little cowgirls and cowboys everywhere.

Awards

A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book

Reviews

“...a rollicking original tall tale.”
Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education

“...a tale that will make them smile.”
Kirkus Reviews

“The book makes for a great read-aloud as the text features lots of alliteration and hyperbole. The full-color illustrations add to the humor of the story, bringing the kooky characters to life. The book has no big moral or lesson to learn and is just plain old fun. ”
—Children’s Literature

“...the humor and spirit of a modern-day tall tale. Wohnoutka's acrylic illustrations provide a sunny landscape and a pugnacious heroine seen from a variety of amusing perspectives. Used as an introduction to the tall-tale genre or for just plain fun, this will be an energetic addition to storytimes.”
School Library Journal

“...this has the allure of a tall tale, and Wohnoutka's boisterous, oversize artwork has a comic look, especially when he uses unusual perspectives (with feet often in the forefront). Children looking for a heroine who takes matters into her own hands--make that feet, too—will find her here.”
Booklist

“The illustrations are drawn in a unique perspective and are colorful and lively. The illustrations and text will entertain young children each time they open this book. ”
Oneota Reading Journal

Look What the Cat Dragged In!

written by Gary Hogg
Dutton Children's Books, Fall 2005
ISBN: 0-525-46984-2, Hardcover
Sorry, Out of Print
Picture Book, 32 pages

Book Description
Deep in the woods, in the middle of winter, the last thing the Lazybones family wants to do is step outside their cabin. When they complain about being chilly, it’s up to the cat to go out and get them some firewood. “Look what the cat dragged in!” they exclaim. Still the Lazybones refuse to move a muscle, so the little cat has to take care of their hunger and boredom too. Finally the kitty gets fed up with their selfish whining, and he drags the Lazybones into the middle of trouble—earning himself some well-deserved peace and quiet at last.

Reviews

"The animated scenes put the right spin on the absurdity, with vivid hues of orange and blue cranking up the energy and a perspective that cleverly places the cat in the forefront of all the raucous action. Silly, entertaining feline fun."
Booklist

"A silly and clever tale to be read aloud."
—Square Books, Jr.

...illustrations explode off the pages...
School Library Journal

"Wohnoutka mixes milieus in his comic country scenes, setting the Lazybones down in a rustic log cabin, but surrounding them, ultimately, with empty pizza and Chinese takeout boxes, along with Twister, Mr. Potato Head and like amusements. Readers weary of endless variations on 'Little Red Hen' might give this a try."
Kirkus Reviews

"Kids will deeply empathize with the cat, who expresses the keen sense of unfairness children often feel."
Los Angeles Daily News

   

When the Wizzy Foot Goes Walking

written by Roni Schotter
Dutton Children's Books, August 2007
ISBN 978-0-525-47791-4, Hardcover
Sorry, Out of Print
Picture Book, 32 pages

Book Description
Early every morning, the Wizzy Foot rises and goes walking. Floors shake, buildings quake. Soon, like it or not, the whole family’s awake! Whether jumping into its parents’ bed, stomping into the kitchen for breakfast, or splashing outside, the Wizzy Foot is busy making noise and having fun all the day long! From award- winning author Roni Schotter and acclaimed illustrator Mike Wohnoutka comes a rollicking picture book.

Reviews

"...perfect for read-alouds or library programs in which children can act out the parts. The artwork is truly inspired. Wohnoutka's exuberant child parades through the text, his actions huge and filling up the brightly colored pages. The facial expressions are spot-on, from the dismay of the parents who are attempting to get some work done, to their obvious joy in playing with their children. This is a loving tribute to the wild WIZZY FOOT in every child, sure to bring a smile to parents' lips . . . as long as their own is safely tucked into bed."
Kirkus Reviews

"The bold palette of the illustrations energizes the story, making it a multi-sensory experience. This book would be a good addition to a preschool, an early elementary reading program or a lesson based on learning parts of the body."

Children's Literature

"Wohnoutka's boldly painted illustrations are full of motion and fit the story well. A mix of full-bleed spreads and spot illustrations adds movement to the plot and encourages page turns."

School Library Journal

   

Counting Sheep

written by Julie Glass
Random House, Fall 2000
Sorry, Out of Print

A Scholastic Book Club Selection

Book Description
What do you do if you can't sleep? Count sheep! That's what the restless hero of this rollicking tale does. And when sheep don't work, he counts kangaroos by twos and monkeys by threes. But when he gets to bees by fours, the animals run amok! Then it's a countdown to dream time.

Reviews

“Wohnoutka’s illustrations, pleasing paintings that ably balance fantasy and humor, group the animals cleverly for ease in counting. Good fun as well as good practice for math and reading skills.
Booklist

“...charming illustrations of plump, smiling animals are depicted in warm, glowing colors, just right for the lamp-lighted nighttime setting.”
Children's Literature

“This is an easy reader that preschoolers will enjoy while being introduced to counting and numbers. A young boy counts sheep and other animals when he can't sleep. The illustrations and rhyming text will delight!”
Parent Council

 


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