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No Bunnies Here!

From the author of Wordy Birdy and the illustrator of The Very Impatient Caterpillar comes a hilarious picture book about a super-sassy bunny who tries to save himself and his cotton-tailed pals from a wolf by conning him into thinking they are not   bunnies, despite the fact that a.) they are very clearly bunnies and b.) more and more (and more!) bunnies keep showing up. How many bunnies are in this book? A LOT!

Raves and Reviews:

"As humorous as the story is, it's made ultimately poignant with the age-old message to never judge a book by its cover lest one drive off an unlikely friend. Bun-dles of fun." — Kirkus

"A hilarious parable about the danger of making assumptions."

— Booklist

* Foreign rights: South Korea, Spain


Illustrated by Ross Burach 


Lovebird Lou

Lou is fond of the life he shares with his lovebird family and friends. But, when he travels to the other side of the island and sees the amazing abilities on display by different birds, Lou feels, well, ordinary. With his adoring parents cheering him on, Lou decides to spread his wings and see what else he can accomplish. This sweet, funny story celebrates individuality, self-discovery, and the joy of community.

Raves and Reviews:

“This entertaining picture book would be a wonderful read-aloud and discussion starter for early grade schoolers. The bright and colorful illustrations sparkle with humor, and many young readers will readily identify with Lou’s identity crisis. A funny but touching story about learning to accept who you are.” — Kirkus


”Sauer’s narrative unfolds with an appealing main character, well-paced action, and accessible humor. . . . Laberis creates expressive characters within vivid scenes that make good use of repeated shapes. A lively, colorful picture book.” — Booklist


Illustrated by Stephanie Laberis 


One Sheep, Two Sheep

Rooster is trying to count sheep but keeps getting interrupted by all of the animals on the farm. They’re ruffling his feathers—and they don’t look the slightest bit sheepish! Featuring bright, commercial illustrations and text perfect for read-alouds, this book is sure to make young readers giggle as they help Rooster count up to ten. 

Raves and Reviews:

“Sauer’s bedtime barnyard book will work well for a nighttime read, with the caveat that Cummings’ silly cartoons will incite giggles here and there. The wide-eyed, smiling critters and the deadpan humor are a good pairing. A fine addition to the sleepy sheepy canon.” 

— Kirkus Reviews

​(Abrams Appleseed)

Illustrated by Troy Cummings 


Not Now Cow

Rooster and his farm friends are ready for springtime play. But not Cow, who can’t seem to dress for the weather. She's decked out in a parka and mittens as the first flowers bloom, ski-pants and a wool hat as the summer sun beats down, and a bathing suit and flip-flops when snow starts to tumble. Readers will love shouting out the catchy refrain “Not NOW, Cow!” while learning all about the seasons! 

Raves and Reviews:

STARRED REVIEW: “Pure fun; readers and preschoolers will applaud both the silliness and practicalities presented.” — Kirkus Reviews

* A 2022 Redbud Read-Aloud Masterlist Book

* A Best Book for 1-year-olds

* A 2022 Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award Nominee

* A 2022 Texas 2X2 Reading List Selection

​(Abrams Appleseed)

Illustrated by Troy Cummings 


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

“Lots of word repetition and animal sound effects, combined with Urbanovic's comically expressive cartoon illustrations, make this a rollicking read-aloud that will encourage young readers to join in on the silliness.” — School Library Journal 

* 2021 Finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award

* 2021 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award Nominee

​(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


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 Best Children's Book to Calm Back-to-School Jitters

* 2020 Finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award

* A 2021 Redbud Read-Aloud Masterlist Book

​(Clarion, 2019)

Illustrated by Michael Slack