Told from the point of view of a young child whose parents are divorced, Fred Stays with Me follows the child and her dog, Fred, from one parent's house to the other's, giving the child a sense of continuity and stability. With a simple text and kidlike language, the story expresses and addresses a child's concerns, highlights the friendship between child and pet, presents a common ground for the parents, and resolves conflict in a positive way. Tricia Tusa's charming and whimsical artwork adds a light, happy feel to this poignant but not overly sentimental story.
Nancy Coffelt: What's Cooking: "Young listeners will have fun counting the "knocks" on the door and locating the black cat in each spread, and all will eagerly chime in on the final birthday "Surprise!"*This title succeeds as a counting book, as an introduction to cooking, and as an entertaining read-aloud." - School Library Journal
"This deceptively simple story works on several levels: as a birthday celebration, a counting book, a cooking primer, and an affirmation of the value of cooperation." - Booklist
Tricia Tusa: Wing Nuts: "Tusa's ink-and-watercolor illustrations agreeably ratchet up the silliness." - Kirkus Reviews
"Tusa's whimsical illustrations match the wacky, offbeat humor of the poems, creating a book that is sure to evoke giggles from listeners." - BookPage
Mrs. Spitzer's Garden: "Whether outlining the happy clutter of classroom and garden or the flowers themselves, Tusa's artwork is infectiously merry." - Publishers Weekly —
—School Library Journal
Nancy Coffelt is the award-winning author/illustrator of a number of picture books for young readers, including Dogs in Space, Pug in a Truck, and most recently, Big, Bigger, Biggest! She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon. Her website is www.nancycoffelt.com.
Tricia Tusa has written and illustrated several critically-acclaimed picture books, including Wing Nuts: Screwy Haiku; The Magic Hat; and Mrs. Spitzer's Garden. She lives in New Mexico.