How to Grow a Dinosaur (COMING January 23, 2018)

Big brother dinosaur can’t wait to teach the new baby everything he knows in this funny, sweet, surprisingly practical “guide” for big siblings, from the celebrated artist of I Don’t Want to Be a Frog

Good news: Your mom’s hatching a baby! Bad news: Babies take their sweet time. And when the baby finally hatches? He’s too little to play! He mostly screeches, eats, burps, sleeps, and poops. He doesn’t even know he’s a dinosaur! That’s where you come in. You can teach the baby just about everything–from peek-a-boo to roaring to table manners to bedtime. Growing a dinosaur is a big job, but you’re perfect for it. Why? Because one thing your baby brother wants more than anything . . . is to be just like you.

With silly kid-humor and sincere, moving moments, this new-sibling book is a perfect combination of funny, reassuring, and truly useful. It captures the excitement and joy of getting to guide a little brother or sister through life, and uses big laughs, great surprises, and gentle lessons to empower kids in how to be a great sibling and role-model to littler ones. Great for family reading and reading aloud.

By Jill Esbaum
Illustrated by Mike Boldt
DoubleDay Books for Young Readers
40 pages

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There's Nothing To Do (COMING SEPTEMBER 19, 2017!)

In the next book in the I Don’t Want to be a Frog series, young Frog learns an unexpected lesson about how NOT to be bored. Perfect for fans of Mo Willems’s Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back!
 
Frog is bored. He can’t find ANYTHING to do—even when his animal friends make good suggestions, like sleeping all day, licking between his toes, or hopping around and then staring off into space. Will he find a fun and exciting way to spend his day? Featuring the beloved characters from I Don’t Want to Be a Frog and I Don’t Want to Be Big, this new story is sure to bring a smile to every kid who’s ever said “There’s nothing to do!”

By Dev Petty
Illustrated by Mike Boldt
DoubleDay Books for Young Readers
32 pages

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Reviews:
"Snappy, spot-on dialogue pairs ideally with the outsize drama of Boldt’s artwork; reading this book belongs on families’ to-do lists." —Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"In a structured, overstimulated world, downtime needs to be appreciated, and this small amphibian shows the way."—Kirkus

I Don't Want to be BIG

Sequel to the hit "I Don't Want to be a FROG"!

Frog does NOT want to grow up. Doesn’t need to be tall. Doesn’t want to be able to jump high enough to see the tree frogs. He’s just FINE being small. Besides, if you grow up, you don’t get to do fun things like jump in mud puddles with your best friend, Pig. Do you?
 
This hilarious story­—which uses humor to teach that it’s great being exactly who you are—is sure to bring a smile to every kid who just wants to stay a kid, in addition to those who are the smallest in their class. It’s a sly and smartly funny tale that will have children and parents laughing together.

By Dev Petty
Illustrated by Mike Boldt
DoubleDay Books for Young Readers
32 pages

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The Dino Files #3: It's Not a Dinosaur

A new reptile is swimming up to Frank’s campsite . . . and it’s not a dinosaur!
 
Frank and his cousin Sam believe anything is possible. They have a pet dinosaur, after all! So when Frank’s dad tells them he saw a Nothosaurus in the river, they can’t wait to look for it on their camping trip. The Notho is a prehistoric reptile, not a dinosaur . . . but is she dangerous? There’s only one way to know for sure: find that dinosaur—er, reptile!

By Stacy McAnulty
Illustrated by Mike Boldt

Random House
128 pages Stepping Stone Book

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A Tiger Tail (or What Happened to Anya on Her First Day of School)

From the creative mind of rising star Mike Boldt comes a hilarious and original tale about overcoming back-to-school jitters, making new friends, and taking things in stride.

Anya wakes up to discover that she has grown a tiger tail. Yes, a striped tiger tail. It also happens to be the first day of school. What will the other kids think? Are girls with tiger tails even allowed to go to school?!

Anya is about to find out.

Simon & Schuster

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A Tiger Tail book trailer!

Reviews:
"Boldt has a fine idea and the pictures to match: his digitally rendered images have a painterly, acrylic texture and sculptural exaggeration that dovetail well with the humorously over-the top situation." - Publishers Weekly

"Anya isn’t the only kid who worries about being different on the first day; no matter how unique, though, readers are sure to find a niche to call their own." - Kirkus

"LOVE this book depicting a kid's anxiety about the first day of school. Anya is worried she'll stand out, she'll be teased, she won't make friends... all because she woke up with a tiger tail! Her antics are hilarious for kids and grownups alike, and when she finds out she's not as different as she thinks she is you will laugh out loud and cheer with joy." - Reading Rainbow (via Goodreads)

The Dino Files #2: Too Big to Hide

How do you hide a pet dinosaur?
 
Taking care of a baby dinosaur is hard work. And it’s even harder when you can’t tell anyone about him! Frank and Sam are good at feeding, cleaning, and walking Peanut. But their grandma has found a new fossil and it looks just like Peanut’s horn . . . only a thousand times bigger! Will baby Peanut grow to be that huge, too? How do you hide a dinosaur when he becomes as big as a house? It won’t be easy. Especially when scientists come to the dig site to make a movie about the new fossil.

By Stacy McAnulty
Illustrated by Mike Boldt

Random House
128 pages Stepping Stone Book

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The Dino Files #1: A Mysterious Egg

Frank’s grandma is a famous paleontologist (that’s a dinosaur scientist). But she’s also an adult who makes up rules. Rules like: no digging for dinosaur bones when you have a sunburn. That means Frank is stuck playing inside with his annoying cousin, Samantha. But then Grandma finds a fossil of an egg! And when Frank and Sam sneak into the dino lab late at night, they find something even more amazing. . . .
 
The hilarious Dino Files chapter book series follows a nine-year-old dinosaur expert, his paleontologist grandparents, a cat named Saurus, and fossils that might not be so extinct.

Written by Stacy McAnulty
Illustrated by Mike Boldt

Random House
128 pages Stepping Stone Book

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Loud Lula

Since her birth, Lula’s LOUD voice has wreaked ten kinds of havoc across Pryor County, disrupting humans and animals alike. Lula’s parents are worried: What’s going to happen when Lula starts school? Will Lula ever learn to use her “inside voice”? But when Lula spots something sinister making its way toward town, it seems that she may have found just the right use for that BIG ol’ voice after all. With a text chock-full of Southern charm and silly digital illustrations that bring this tall tale to life, kids will giggle at the antics of the unforgettable LOUD Lula.

Written by Katy S. Duffield
Illustrated by Mike Boldt

Two Lions

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Reviews:

The consistent language feels authentic and is filled with silly Southern expressions, such as when she has ‘the whole schoolhouse shakin' like a big ol' bowl of boysenberry jelly.’ The digital illustrations match the expressive energy. VERDICT: Book selectors who think they don't need another loud voice lesson book haven't met Lula yet.”School Library Journal

I Don't Want to Be a Frog

Fans of Mo Willems’s Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back will love meeting this willful young frog with a serious identity crisis. Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives—a wolf who HATES eating frogs—our hero decides that maybe being himself isn’t so bad after all. In this very silly story with a sly message, told in hilarious dialogue between a feisty young frog and his heard-it-all-before father, young readers will identify with little Frog’s desire to be something different, while laughing along at his stubborn yet endearing schemes to prove himself right.

Written by Dev Petty
Illustrated by Mike Boldt
Doubleday Books for Young Readers

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Reviews:

* "First-time author Petty’s dialogue between a frog father and his son makes its point about accepting one’s nature with a big grin....The story might create similar gratitude in the minds of readers—or it might just make them giggle."Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"A lively look at self-acceptance."—Kirkus Reviews

"This amusing story ends with a laugh and a much more content frog."
—School Library Journal

Tiara Saurus Rex

It’s time for the Miss Dinosaur pageant and the girls are ready! Patty Saurus puts on her best dress. Stef O’Saurus covers her scales with jewels. Teri Dactyl practices flying and Sarah Topps practices hula hooping on all of her horns. But there’s one dinosaur who doesn’t need to prepare because . . .

Tina Rex always wins! She’s a fierce competitor and her brilliant smile scares away the other girls. But is it really fun to win when you’ve chased away all of your friends? Tina’s not so sure.

This hilarious mash-up of dinosaurs and beauty pageants will delight readers young and old. And Tina Rex might just teach little ones a gentle lesson along the way.

Written by Brianna Caplan Sayres
Illustrated by Mike Boldt

Bloomsbury

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Reviews:

“The digital illustrations have a soft dreamlike feel and are large enough for group sharing . . . the approach here is unique.” ―School Library Journal

“These collaborators clearly have affection for the world of footlights and dressing rooms, and they find plenty of comedy in according these unlikely contestants all the respect they are due.” ―Publishers Weekly

The Duck Says

Follow the duck in this madcap romp around the farmyard, which will have kids delighting in his clueless antics and witty wordplay. Bouncing rhymes are perfectly paired with colourful, exuberant art full of visual gags that will have readers laughing along and anticipating what will happen next. A little absurd, a lot slapstick, and all good fun, this is one to keep within arm’s reach at storytime.

Written by Troy Wilson
Illustrated by Mike Boldt

North Winds Press / Scholastic Canada

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Colors versus Shapes

Prepare to be amazed as two teams of Colors and Shapes compete for the top prize at a spectacular talent show! Which team deserves the spotlight? Colors can really mix it up, but nobody stacks higher than Shapes. How will the judges ever pick a winner?

Ultimately, author-illustrator Mike Boldt reveals the amazing things that can happen when Colors and Shapes come together. A follow-up to 123 versus ABC, this zany picture book is a fun introduction to simple but important concepts, and a stepping-stone to basic geometry.

Written and illustrated by Mike Boldt

HarperCollins

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123 versus ABC

A 2014 Children's Book Committee BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS OF THE YEAR selection, 2014 Irma Black Award Semifinalist & a 2013 Kids' Indie Next List selection

This is a book about Numbers...err I mean Letters...errr... I don't know yet!
Letters and Numbers BOTH believe this book is about them! And when one alligator shows up (that starts with an A) the craziness really takes off.

Written and illustrated by Mike Boldt

HarperCollins

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Reviews: 

“Readers won’t care whether it’s about letters or numbers - they will be too busy poring over the artwork and laughing.” -Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW!

"Boldt’s illustrations have a dimensional, painterly quality that recalls Adam Rex’s work, and the absurd scenarios, strong-willed personalities, and visual gags will have kids laughing from A to 26."
–Publisher's Weekly

 "Show-stopping illustrations make this book a delight, even for proficient counters and readers!”
—Erin Barker, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA    Summer 2013 Kids' Indie Next List

Get Me Another One

When Kristi goes fishing with her dad they end up catching more than they expected.

 

Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Mike Boldt
Scholastic Canada

Scholastic Canada Book Club Exclusive

Ode to Underwear

Helaine Becker and Mike Boldt team up for another hilarious storytime romp! Let's hear it for our underwear! From boxers to bloomers and briefs to bikinis, whether they're frilly, silly, or saggy — we all have our favourite pair, so give three cheers for underwear!

The uproarious team behind Little Jack Horner, Live From the Corner brings us another silly storytime treat, this time celebrating an underappreciated piece of our wardrobe: underpants! With Helaine Becker's boisterous rhyming text and Mike Boldt's buoyant illustrations, Ode to Underwear is a perfect read-aloud for anyone who loves to laugh!

Written by Helaine Becker
Illustrated by Mike Boldt

Scholastic Canada

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Little Jack Horner Live from the Corner

Old MacDonand had a dog ... didn't he?
When Little Jack Horner steps out of the corner to sing a simple song, things get complicated. This hilarious take features favorite nursery rhyme characters and a little song you thought you knew.

Written by Helaine Becker
Illustrated by Mike Boldt

Scholastic Canada

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Reviews:
"Helaine Becker's text sparkles with up-tempo wit and irreverence . . . Mike Boldt's detailed oil illustrations also offer plenty of laughs . . . This funny riff on familiar characters and songs hits all the right notes."
Quill & Quire 

"Little Jack Horner Live from the Corner is a fresh and wonderful attempt to modernize old nursery rhymes and is a must-have for all children’s collections. Highly Recommended."
– Roxy Garstad of CM Magazine.

The Gophers in Farmer Burrows' Field

 

Selected as one of CCBC's Best Books for Kids and Teens 2011!

Farmer Burrows is just an ordinary farmer with an ordinary farm until some extraordinary gophers move in. From then on, the cows, chickens and even the tractors are stacked high into the sky, one on top of the other. This proves to be not only a strange sight to see, but a tricky situation for Farmer Burrows. Find out how Farmer Burrows makes the most of this most unusual gopher problem.

Written and illustrated by Mike Boldt

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Reviews:

"The contrast between Boldt’s straightforward, tightly written text and his comical illustrations is what elevates The Gophers in Farmer Burrows’ Field to the “Highly Recommended” level."   More here...
–Dave Jenkinson, editor, CM Magazine