The Farm That

Mac Built

It’s showtime on Old Mac Donald’s Farm! The barnyard animals are putting on a play—a farm version of "The House That Jack Built"— but some surprise performers keep taking the stage and interrupting the production.

Raves and Reviews:
 

“Sauer’s cumulative mashup of 'Old MacDonald Had a Farm' and 'The House That Jack Built' will delight audiences familiar with both. Urbanovic’s cartoon illustrations of (mostly) clothed animal performers elevate this nightmare production into a hilarious comedy of errors....No owls here, but this one is definitely a hoot." — Kirkus

​(Clarion, 2020)

Illustrated by Jack Urbanovic

​(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019)

Illustrated by Michael Slack

Nugget & Fang

Race Around the Reef

With sweet humor and simple math, Nugget and Fang race two tuna, a clown fish, and each other to see who will win the race on Reef Day. WIth a wheel to spin and pull tabs throughout the book, readers will find get to help the vegetarian Fang chomp on a seaweed snack, hide the clownfish in the sea anemone, toss the tuna in a spinning whirlpool of bubbles, and play a part in having Nugget and Fang finish the race strong. Readers will also discover how working together just might mean more than winning the race.

Raves and Reviews:
 

“"The illustrations are colorful, the characters appealing, and sliding and turning elements add a hands-on aspect kids will love."—Kirkus

​(Clarion, 2019)

Illustrated by Michael Slack

Nugget & Fang

Go to School

When Fang the shark is invited by his friends to attend Mini Minnows Elementary, he thinks it's a great idea! But then his first day of school arrives . . . and suddenly, he's not so sure. He's not very good at reading or math. He doesn't exactly fit in with his classmates. And the teacher looks crabby! Can Fang's best friend, Nugget, and the other minnows turn things around and prove to him that school really is fang-tastic? 

Raves and Reviews:
 

“Readers will no doubt feel empathetic. Yes, Fang, you’ll be fine with your fishy friend by your side.”—Kirkus

“Sauer and Slack keep up the laughs, and the reassurance.”—New York Times Book Review

* A 2019 Today.com Best Children's Book to Calm Back-to-School Jitters

* 2020 Finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award

Wordy Birdy

Meets Mr. Cougarpants

Wordy Birdy and her pals are heading on a camping trip, and our favorite chatty bird is all ready for a big night under the stars. But the friends soon find themselves in hot water when the dastardly Mr. Cougarpants stalks their campsite. Can Wordy Birdy talk them all out of this pickle? Grab your pack, grill up a s'more, and find out! 

Raves and Reviews:
 

“Happily, Sauer once again breaks the fourth wall with these friends. ...everyone can share a laugh.”—Kirkus 

 

“A sequel to Wordy Birdy (2018), this picture book offers both comedy and drama as events unfold for this memorable bird and her pals. Sauer creates a story that’s fun for reading aloud to young children.”—Booklist

* A Read Brightly Best Book of February 2019

* Scholastic Reading Clubs Selection

* 2020 Children’s Choices Reading List

​(Doubleday, 2019)

Illustrated by Dave Mottram

A Little Chicken

Dot is scared of lots of things: wolves, bears, the occasional lawn ornament. But when one of her mother’s eggs rolls out of the nest, this nervous chick must find the courage to save the day—and her new sibling! So she bravely ventures down the steep hill, into the deep pond, and into the dark woods. This story proves that sometimes a big hero...is just a little chicken.

Raves and Reviews:
 

“ . . . the effortless prose rises above, as it is concise, well-timed, and entertaining. A gently humorous take on conquering fear that’s also a fine read-aloud.”—Kirkus

“The illustrations wonderfully depict the contrast between the cozy, retro farm with its cartoonish animals and the surrounding landscapes, awash with deep color and naturalistic detail. Amusing wordplay prevents what might otherwise be a didactic ending: “Sometimes a big hero is just a little chicken.” The story delivers reassurance and inspiration along with its shining sense of humor.”—Booklist

* 2020 Finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award
 

​(Sterling, 2019)

Illustrated by Dan Taylor

© 2019 by Tammi Sauer

 

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