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Prince of a Frog, illustrated and written by Jackie Urbanovic

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King of the Zoo, illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic

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“If the lion is the king of the jungle, who is the king of the zoo? Carlos believes that he is. However, the rest of the animals have other ideas. Is the kangaroo king of the zoo? Monkey? Elephant? Not according to this chameleon. There is room for only one king. "Me! That's who!" an unhappy Carlos grumbles. But maybe he needs to learn a lesson about what makes a true king. Readers will admire Urbanovic's playful  illustrations and her affinity for comical animals…”
School Library Journal

I've Lost My Hippopotamus is a Bank Street Book of the Year 2013
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I've Lost My Hippopotamus

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“This collection of more than 100 new poems from the nation’s first children’s poet laureate is steeped in frisky typography, absurdity and appropriately juvenile humor…Black and white illustrations by Urbanovic cry out for full color, though they fittingly embody Prelutsky’s zany spirit…”
New York Times Book Review

“Urbanovic’s blithe pen and ink illustrations offer playfully literal interpretations of clever hybrids like a “Spellican”…pictured with a craw full of letters and an “Elephantom”, rising from a gravestone…”  
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Urbanovic’s black-and-white artwork displays a comfortably free hand, roving between loose and scrunched as it depicts Prelutsky’s vast company of players…”
Kirkus,

“…Urbanovic’s black-and-white ink cartoons increase the laugh factor and add a touch of whimsy. Impeccable rhyme and snappy rhythm make these poems ideal for reading aloud or to use during a poetry unit. Don’t miss this one.”
School Library Journal, starred review

"Twists on popular preschool tunes are always welcome additions to picture-book collections. Sayre's twist on "If You're Happy and You Know It "is sure to become a favorite... The exuberant characters are expressively drawn by Urbanovic: dogs grimace through their growls, and a baboon and a raccoon demonstrate their messy habits by getting their fur full of food."
Karen Cruze

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“Sure to be a storytime staple, with many requests for repeat performances.”
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Click on the book cover to read an excerpt from If You’re Hoppy, by April Pulley Sayre

If You're Hoppy

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No Sleep for the Sheep
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"A terrific read-aloud that will have listeners quacking, mooing, and neighing with Sheep’s friends each time they wake him up… This is sure to be a storytime favorite alongside Audrey Woods’s The Napping House."
School Library Journal, starred review

"Beaumont's playful, repetitive text, with its loud animal sounds, will have children chanting along to the beat."
Kirkus Reviews

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by Karen Beaumont

No Sleep for the Sheep!
The Family Bedtime Treasury
  • Named to the 2012 Texas 2 X 2 reading list!
  • Chosen as a 2012 Bank Street Book of the Year!

No Sleep for Sheep is now part of a new book,
The Family Storytime Treasury, a collection
of 8 picture books and 8 poems.

Glamsters
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Jackie Urbanovic has dazzled picture book enthusiasts with her amazing illustrations in Duck Soup and Duck at the Door. When you see the cover of Glamsters, you won’t be able to resist picking up this fabulous picture book. Urbanovic has illustrated this charming story by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel.
Lori Calabrese, examiner.com

"Kimmel makes the most of her silly premise, going just enough over the top to create a satisfyingly goofy heroine before bringing her back to reality, though much of the fashion satire will likely sail over readers’ heads. Urbanovic’s heavy outlines give her hamsters a wide range of comical expressions, but young kids who love to dress up may not see any problem with Harriet’s makeover. For sophisticated readers with enough emotional distance, it’s a hoot and a half."
Kirkus

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Grandma Lena's Big Ol' Turnip

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Horace the Horrible

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"...This comfortable, cumulative story with an African-American flavor, is smoothly rendered and jauntily illustrated with expressive color paintings...."
Deborah Abbott, The Chicago Sun Times

"...Well written, charmingly illustrated, and with a new ethnic twist, this book is a first choice for libraries....."
Mary Hazelton, School Library Journal

  • A 2005 Aesop Accolades book
    The American Folklore Society
Grandma Lena
The Bully BLockers Club

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"Although this story is purposeful, it is told with humor and drama. The illustrations are colorful and engaging, and the last page contains a discussion on bullying for adults. Rather than having a didactic approach, this is a kid-friendly tale that teachers might use as a springboard for discussion." 
—Elaine Lesh Morgan, School Library Journal

Don't Squeal Unless it's a Big Deal

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10 Best Things About My Dad

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Do Your Ears Hang Low?

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Spaghetti Eddie

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"...The story has a good, zippy tempo and the waggish art makes it all seem possible, capturing Eddie in his cool, maverick glory."
Kirkus reviews

PreSchool -G r.2 
A kid's devotion to his favorite food is taken to dizzying heights and unusual purposes… This tale is a bit odd, but it's enhanced by terrific pictures. Urbanovic uses thick black lines and curves and angles to delineate shapes and surfaces; her faces are mobile and exaggerated. Best of all, she captures the thick, red essence of spaghetti sauce, which covers Eddie's fingers and every strand of his useful pasta.
For larger collections.
—From Booklist, GraceAnne DeCandido

Do the Hokey Pokey

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