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me want pet!

​(Paula Wiseman/S&S, 2012)

Illustrated by Bob Shea

Me Want Pet!

Cave Boy goes in search of the perfect prehistoric pet.


Raves and Reviews:

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

"Sauer has crafted a humorous 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."—Publishers Weekly

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

Mr. Duck Means Business

Mr. Duck Means Business

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:

"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

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

"Exuberant acrylic illustrations highlight the barnyard animals' fun and Mr. Duck's dilemma as he learns the need for friendship and tolerance."—Booklist

​(Paula Wiseman/S&S, 2011)

Illustrated by Jeff Mack

Mostly Monsterly

​(Paula Wiseman/S&S, 2010)

Illustrated by Scott Magoon

Mostly Monsterly

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:

"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 Reading Clubs Selection


Chicken Dance

Sterling, 2009)

Illustrated by Dan Santat

Chicken Dance

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:

"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
* Scholastic Reading Clubs Selection
* Foreign Rights:  French, Chinese

* Developed into a musical by ArtsPower National Touring Theatre

Cowboy Camp

(Sterling, 2005)

Illustrated by Mike Reed

Cowboy Camp

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.


Raves and Reviews:

"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
* 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
* 2009 Book Choice for Read Across Oklahoma 
* Nominated for the 2009-2010 Buckaroo Book Award 

* Developed into a musical by ArtsPower National Touring Theatre


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