James Howe is the author of more than ninety books for young readers. Bunnicula, coauthored by his late wife Deborah and published in 1979, is considered a modern classic of children's literature. The author has written six highly popular sequels, along with the spinoff series Tales from the House of Bunnicula and Bunnicula and Friends. Among his other books are picture books such as Horace and Morris but Mostly Dolores and beginning reader series that include the Pinky and Rex and Houndsley and Catina books. He has also written for older readers. The Misfits, published in 2001, inspired the antibullying initiative No Name-Calling Week, as well as three sequels, Totally Joe, Addie on the Inside, and Also Known as Elvis. A common theme in James Howe's books from preschool through teens is the acceptance of difference and being true to oneself. Visit him online at JamesHowe.com.
Melissa Sweet has illustrated more than eighty children's books, including the Caldecott Honor books The Right Word and A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams both written by Jen Bryant. She also wrote and illustrated Tupelo Rides the Rails; Carmine: A Little More Red, which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book; and Balloons Over Broadway, a picture book biography that was named a 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction Picture Book. When she is not in her studio, Melissa can be found taking an art class, hiking with her dogs, or riding her bicycle. She lives with her family in Rockport, Maine.
Gr 1-3‘Gentle stories for those just beyond beginning readers, these books in the Pinky and Rex series (Atheneum) written by James Howe are expertly narrated by Christina Moore. Pinky, a boy who loves the color pink, and Rex, a girl, are inseparable friends. Pinky's younger sister, Amanda, is the expected bothersome sibling. In Book 1, all three of the children want to purchase the same stuffed animal in the museum gift shop. In Book 2, Pinky and Rex stage a wedding, and Pinky declares he'll stay home to raise their twins. Rex is a terrible speller and worries about the 2nd grade spelling competition in Pinky and Rex and the Spelling Bee, while Pinky is confident in his ability but nervous about his full bladder. In Pinky and Rex and the Mean Old Witch, Pinky delivers cookies and good will to a grumpy neighbor who threatens to call the police if the kids chase a ball into her yard. In the last book, Pinky agonizes over going away to camp. The narrator speaks carefully and provides a unique voice for each child, making the tapes worthwhile additions to audio collections.‘Fritz Mitnick, Shaler North Hills Library, Glenshaw, PA