Synopses & Reviews
A shy chick finds the courage to soar
Chico is afraid of everything, even his own shadow. His dad tries to bolster his confidence by telling him about the legendary Golden Chicken, but Chico doesn't believe anyone could be that brave. So he sets off into the mountains to find the Golden Chicken, certain that the heroic bird will give him advice. Instead, his quest leads him to something he definitely wasn't seeking--an adventure! Before he knows it, he's soaring through the sky to the very place where a courageous hero is most needed--his own hometown, where the dreaded Llama Llama Gang is turning things upside down.
Readers will get a hoot out of this little hero who saves the day!
"Full of visual puns. . . . The bright colors complement the cartoon characters, from Chico's conical beak and spindly legs to the llamas' woolly coats. . . . Endpapers of Peruvian weavings also lend the opportunity for cultural conversation."
* “These 26 cleverly illustrated and unexpected rhyming name choices are bound to tickle readers timbers. . . . The illustrations of construction paper, charcoal and colored pencils have a collage effect with comic exaggeration. . . . These little-boy buccaneers display a nice range of skin colors and hair textures. . . . Aye mateys, heave-ho with this bounty of pirate silliness.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Blithely absurd story and illustrations. . . . Chico is a sympathetic little guy . . . underdogs will cheer at his triumph. . . . Amusing details in the vibrant acrylic and black pencil illustrations . . . further ratchet up the silliness. . . . Kids will chuckle at this chick's accidentally discovered audacity."
In time for Thanksgiving, a wacky twist on The Ugly Duckling
The Ugly Pumpkin has waited all through October for someone to take him home, but no one wants him. He doesn?t look like other pumpkins. So the lonely Ugly Pumpkin leaves the patch in search of a place where he?ll fit in. By the time Thanksgiving arrives, he discovers the truth about who he is?but it?s not what he expected!
Frank and Carl have plenty of hats to sell, and their booth is open for business . . . but no one is buying! Everyone is crazy about Blue Monkey?s skateboards, Mister Pig?s Cup O? Mud and Big Ox?s remote-control robot cell phones?so what?s their secret?
Dave Horowitz?s cast of crazy characters is sure to delight young readers. The world of retail has never been more entertaining than in the story of these two friends determined to understand what on earth their customers really need.
Humpty Dumpty used to love climbing, but after his big fall his confidence is shattered. The doctor can fix his shell, but how will he get his nerve back? When one of the King?s horses gets stuck on a cliff, Humpty has a chance to show the world what a resilient egg he can be.
Dave Horowitz creates a wholly original tale and cleverly mixes in lots of beloved nursery rhyme characters in a story that celebrates his love of climbing.
The Prince may be a frog, but that's not going to stop these lively lasses from attending the ball. Starting with Princess Alice (who's first to the palace) all the way through Princess Zaire, these girls show that getting there can be half the fun. Full of vibrant, witty details, this frog's-eye view of palace life is a colorful way to learn the alphabet.
His Highness the Prince may be a frog, but that?s not going to stop these lively girls from attending his ball. Starting with Princess Alice, the twentysix princesses?each with personality to spare?head to the palace, eager to make his acquaintance. But with Princess Jane being a pain, Princess Kay losing her way, and Princess Betty still getting ready, they?ll be lucky if they manage to steal any kisses from this prince!
Dave Horowitz creates a party kids won?t want to miss, a wildly fun way to practice the alphabet and a frog?s-eye view of the courtly life.
An unlikely trio heads south for the winter!
Moose loves the Great North Woods because they?re nice and cold, his buddy Bear lives there, and the pancakes are top-notch. He doesn?t usually go south for the winter, but with Bear off hibernating and the Pancake Hut closing until spring, he figures he might as well take the great schlep with Duck and Other Duck. The trio ends up in the exotic land of Florida and Moose is forever dazzled.
Dave Horowitz brings to life the joy of discovering a place completely unlike home?as well as the thrills of bringing a little bit of vacation back home with you!
When five curious young gefilte fish have the chutzpah
to sneak out of their jar and set off to explore the world, they are followed by a loud OY VEY!Mama Gefilte isnt too happy to see her little ones leaving the nest. But shes taught them well, and at the end of their adventures, each one proves himself a menschmaking Mama one proud gefilte indeed.
Dave Horowitzs playful rhyming tale, its illustrations packed with comic asides, will have readers giggling out loud and looking for opportunities to practice their Yiddishwith help from the handy glossary at the end of the book.
Narcissa claims to be the best-looking bunny around. She thinks that makes her pretty awesome, unlike some of her fellow forest creatures. She's so happy she doesn't have silly beaver teeth or crazy moose antlers! In fact, she loves making fun of other animals- until a chance encounter with a powerful magic frog makes her rethink what it means to be pretty.
The creator of The Ugly Pumpkin gives readers another funny take on the meaning of true beauty.
Dave Horowitzs swashbuckling cut-paper artwork is packed with clever details in this epic companion to his popular Twenty-six Princesses.
This rhyming alphabet book is chock full of fun as 26 mischievous pirates head to Captain Frogbeards ship where they hope to join the crewand the fun! From Arty to Zach, the Pirates of the Alphabet are the most colorful crew on the high seas!
About the Author
Dave Horowitz (www.horowitzdave.com) wrote and illustrated Twenty-six Princesses (and about a dozen other children’s favorites, including The Ugly Pumpkin, Five Little Gefiltes, Humpty Dumpty Climbs Again and Chico the Brave). He lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.