(Sterling, 2005)

Illustrated by Mike Reed

Giddyup, kids, and gallop right over to read this rootin’, tootin’ tale of an unlikely hero. Avery’s at camp, trying hard to saddle up and master his lasso, but he’s just not like the other cowboys. He’s allergic to horses and can’t stand the grub. But when a bully threatens all the campers, Avery proves his mettle in his own unique way.

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Raves and Reviews for COWBOY CAMP:

"Sauer's COWBOY CAMP is a simple, clever tale that promises to be a crowd-pleaser." - Booklist

"This book will be appreciated by any child who has shared Avery's concerns about not fitting in with the group." - School Library Journal

* 2006 Oklahoma Book Award finalist
Second place finish in the 2004 Write It Now! Competition’s
picture book division
* Barnes & Noble 2005 “ Holiday Pick”
Selected for Nevada Young Readers’ Award Reading List for 2007
Selected by the Oklahoma Center for the Book as the premier Oklahoman title at the 2007 National Book Festival
* Featured title at the 2009 Read Across Oklahoma Event
* Nominated for the 2009-2010 Buckaroo Book Award

( Sterling, Fall 2009)

Illustrated by Dan Santat

Meet Marge and Lola, chickens on a mission: to win tickets for the Elvis Poultry Show! But their toughest competition—a pack of menacing ducks—sneers that “all a chicken can do is bawk, flap, and shake.” Can our two feisty chicks show those quackers how to rock ’n’ roll the barnyard?

Tammi Sauer and Dan Santat have whipped up a giddy, goofy romp where cows fly over the moon, ducks surf in a water trough, and one very familiar-looking rooster gets all shook up!

Raves and Reviews for CHICKEN DANCE:

"The zippy narrative features punchy dialogue and witty interactions; creative wordplay abounds ("Let's bawk and roll!"). Droll delivery soars high, advancing the story line to its playful conclusion. Santat's rich ink-and-acrylic designs provide a humorous context through animated expressions... Utilizing shadow and depth, warm colors provide the backgrounds for the energetic antics. Fly the coop to enjoy this hilarious adventure." - Kirkus Reviews

"With snappy banter...and tightly constructed storytelling, Sauer (Cowboy Camp) pulls off the neat trick of both embracing and spoofing the against-all-odds genre. Totally in sync with his collaborator, Santat's...sculptural, mixed media pictures exude an old-fashioned, theatrical drama that lifts the many jokes—visual and textual—into sublime silliness." – Publishers Weekly

* Accepted into the 2009 Original Art Show in New York
* 2009 NAPPA Gold Award
* 2009 ABC Best Books for Children
* 2010 Winner of the Oklahoma Book Award
* 2010 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best book
* 2010 Book Choice for Read Across Oklahoma
* 2009/2010 Book Choice for Oklahoma Celebration of Reading
* 2011 Nominee for the Grand Canyon Reader Award
* 2010/2011 Nominee for the Buckaroo Book Award
* 2011 Winner of the Donna Norvell Award

MOSTLY MONSTERLY (Paula Wiseman/S&S, August 2010)

Illustrated by Scott Magoon

On the outside, Bernadette is an ordinary monster. But underneath the fangs and fur, she has a deep, dark secret. She has a sweet side and feels it's time to unveil it to her classmates.

Raves and Reviews for MOSTLY MONSTERLY:

"Sauer's turnabout story of a square peg trying to fit into a round hole isn't particularly new, but her telling, with just the right amount of repetition and sophisticated vocabulary planted in simple sentences, is winning. Magoon's monster-hued cartoons pay a little homage to Sendak but also revel in such details as prep-school uniforms and a Monster Moves Class with yoga mats and monster-themed hydration bottles-- and Bernadette's a fanged, horned charmer." -
Kirkus Reviews

"I would hand this to the girl that finds herself in a family of brothers only. I would hand it to the kid who finds his or herself to be the only sane person in a sea of disobeying twits. I’d give it to the kid who has monsterish instincts of their own, and the one who would never purposefully disobey but can at least give themselves permission to dream about it a little. Heck, I’d give it to everybody. It’s not your usual “be yourself” moral, and I think that kids can seriously appreciate that. Worth inspecting closely." - Fuse 8

"A fun and delightful read for all children who have both a monsterly and a kind side." -
School Library Journal

* 2010 Scholastic Parent & Child Best Book of the Year
* 2011 Winner of the Oklahoma Book Award
* 2011 Winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award
* Scholastic "Time to Read with Just-Right Books for K-2" Editor's Pick
* 2012 Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories selection
* Scholastic Book Clubs Selection

MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS (Paula Wiseman/S&S, January 2011)
Illustrated by Jeff Mack

An uppity duck goes a little haywire when the barnyard animals show up for a surprise swim in his otherwise peaceful pond.

Raves and Reviews for MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS:

"Sauer’s dour and disciplined duck and his rhyming hissy fits will most definitely entertain. Mack’s furry and feathered wide-eyed animals rendered in ebullient acrylic are a great match for this fine farmyard fable." -
Kirkus Reviews

"The animals' merriment is always tangible..." -
Publisher's Weekly

"A pleasing book that offers a viable avenue for discussion about how sometimes compromise is the best way to go." -
School Library Journal

* 2012 North Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee
* 2012 Oklahoma Book Award Finalist
* 2012 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Finalist
* Scholastic Book Clubs Selection
* Scholastic Book Fairs Selection
* 2014 Book Choice for Read Across Oklahoma

(Paula Wiseman/S&S, 2012)
Illustrated by Bob Shea

Cave Boy goes in search of the perfect prehistoric pet.

Raves and Reviews for ME WANT PET!:

"This account of the age-old bond between animals and children is ideally paced for read-aloud pleasure." - Kirkus Reviews

"Sauer has crafted a humerous read-aloud that's both age-appropriate and entertaining." -
School Library Journal

"In this Stone Age comedy, Sauer and Shea imagine a child with a demand as old as time." -
Publisher's Weekly

* 2012 BCCB Blue Ribbon Winner
* 2012 Los Angeles Public Library Best Book of the the Year
* Top Ten Picture Book Read-Aloud of 2012 (Betsy Ramsey Bird, NYPL)
* Scholastic Book Clubs Selection

BAWK AND ROLL (Sterling, Spring 2012)
Illustrated by Dan Santat

Marge and Lola hit the road with Elvis Poultry and soon discover the tour gives them stage fright. They try all sorts of things to cure it, but nothing works. Can Marge and Lola prove that chickens bawk and roll?

Raves and Reviews for BAWK AND ROLL:

"This flock rocks." -
Kirkus Reviews

"...punny, rocking romp."
- Publisher's Weekly

"Get ready to rock with another tongue-in-beak tale from Sauer and Santat." - School Library Journal

* Accepted into the 2012 Original Art Show in New York
* 2013 Oklahoma Book Award Finalist

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012)
Illustrated by Joe Berger

Viola Louise Hassenfeffer is a princess who is anything but prim and proper--she karate chops, dives into the moat, and skateboards up and down the drawbridge. Princess Academy is a total bust--until a surprise dragon arrives and only Viola can save the day.

Raves and Reviews for PRINCESS IN TRAINING:

"Princess power saves the day in this humorous antidote to pretty in pink ."
Kirkus Reviews

"Viola flunks Propriety 101, but gets an A+ in Saving the Day"

- Publisher's Weekly

* 2013 Oklahoma Book Award Finalist
* 2013 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Finalist
* 2014 Winner of the Creative Women of Oklahoma Award for Children's Books

OH, NUTS! (Bloomsbury, 2012)

Illustrated by Dan Krall

Three chipmunks with attitude feel like they're just not getting the attention they deserve at the zoo, so they go to great lengths to compete with the elephants, tigers, and zebras.

Raves and Reviews for OH, NUTS!:

" over the top sense of humor prevails." - Publisher's Weekly

"The zany, off-the-wall look of modern Disney movies will reel in the kids, so they won't even notice the sweet message about self-acceptance." - Booklist

"The silly chubby-cheeked critters are textually and visually full of character." - Horn Book Guide Reviews

* 2013 Book Choice for Read Across Oklahoma
* Featured Selection of the Children's Book-of-the-Month


This fictionalized account of two cousins shares facts about the state of Oklahoma to the tune of this well-known carol.

* 2013 Oklahoma Book Award Finalist

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013)
Illustrated by Micheal Slack

In the deep ocean, tiny Nugget and big, toothy Fang get along swimmingly—until Nugget’s first day of minnow school. There Nugget learns that minnows are supposed to be afraid of sharks! How can they possibly be friends? Desperate to regain Nugget’s trust, Fang goes to wild (and hilarious) extremes. But it’s not until his big sharp teeth save the entire school that minnows learn this shark is no foe. Fantastically stylized artwork adds even more humor to this undersea story of unlikely friendship.

Raves and Reviews for NUGGET & FANG:

"It's darn near impossible to resist such an earnest, toothy hero."--Kirkus

"Sauer creates kindly characters and hits sweetly humorous notes throughout."--Publisher's Weekly

"The text's cadence is well-timed for sharing aloud, and both narrative and illustrations zing with humorous touches."--SLJ

"Kids are likely to snap it up hook, line, and sinker."--BCCB

* Scholastic Book Fairs and Reading Clubs Selection
* Scholastic Australia Reading Clubs Selection
* Scholastic Canada Reading Clubs Selection
* 2014 Winner of the Oklahoma Book Award
* 2014 Texas 2X2 Book Selection
* 2014 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Finalist
* 2015 Washington Children's Choice Award Nominee

Upcoming Titles:

Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

ROAR! (Simon & Schuster, 2015)
Illustrated by Liz Starin

YOUR ALIEN (Sterling, 2015)
Illustrated by Goro Fujita

THE FARM THAT MAC BUILT (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016)
Illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic

Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Illustrated by Goro Fujita

Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

I LOVE CAKE! (HarperCollins, TBA)
Illustrated by Angie Rozelaar

MAKING A FRIEND (HarperCollins, TBA)
Illustrated by Angie Rozelaar

QUIET WYATT (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, TBA)


























































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