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About Mike Wohnoutka
Mike Wohnoutka is the author and illustrator of DAD'S FIRST DAY, CROC & TURTLE series, and SO BIG! and the illustrator of many books including SEE THE CAT: THREE STORIES ABOUT A DOG, winner of the 2021 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award; MOO!, HOW TO APOLOGIZE, and JACK'S HOUSE.
Even though Mike was a troublemaker when he was in grade school, and thus gets a little nervous around principals, he still loves visiting schools and talking with students about creating books. Visit Mike at: www.mikewohnoutka.com
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Winner of the 2021 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
Move over, Spot. . . . Spoofing classic primers, Max the Dog talks back to the book in a twist that will have fans of funny early readers howling.
See Max. Max is not a cat—Max is a dog. But much to Max’s dismay, the book keeps instructing readers to “see the cat.” How can Max get through to the book that he is a DOG? In a trio of stories for beginning readers, author David LaRochelle introduces the excitable Max, who lets the book know in irresistibly emphatic dialogue that the text is not to his liking. Illustrator Mike Wohnoutka hilariously depicts the pup’s reactions to the narrator and to the wacky cast of characters who upend Max’s—and readers’—expectations as the three stories build to an immensely satisfying conclusion. Hooray, Max, hooray!
Croc and Turtle are best friends!
It's a wintry day, so Croc and Turtle are ready for snow fun! But Croc likes outside activities and Turtle likes inside activities. What happens when best friends have very different ideas of fun?
In this new humorous and heartwarming adventure, Croc and Turtle navigate the ups and downs of friendship.
Bubba Brayna makes the best latkes in the village, and on the first night of Hanukkah, the scent of her cooking wakes a hungry, adorable bear from his hibernation. He lumbers into town to investigate, and Bubba Brayna—who does not see or hear very well—mistakes him for her rabbi. She welcomes the bear inside to play the dreidel game, light the menorah, and enjoy a scrumptious meal.
However, after her well-fed guest leaves, there's a knock at the door—it's the rabbi, and all of Brayna's other friends, arriving for dinner. But there are no latkes left—and together, they finally figure out who really ate them.
Lively illustrations by Mike Wohnoutka, portraying the sprightly Bubba Brayna and her very hungry guest, accompany this instant family favorite, a humorous reworking of Eric A. Kimmel’s earlier classic tale, The Chanukkah Guest. A traditional recipe for latkes is included in the back matter, along with interesting, digestible facts about the history and traditions of Hanukkah.
A 2013 National Jewish Book Award Winner, this book is perfect for a holiday story time with children— either in the classroom or at home, as an introduction for young readers to the traditions and customs of Hanukkah, and as a classic to return to year after year.
With irresistibly adorable art, this delightful take on a familiar sleep tactic is sure to become a bedtime favorite.
Now it's time for Oliver to start school!
On the first day, Oliver's dad isn't quite ready. . . . Suddenly he feels nervous. His tummy hurts, and he would rather stay home.
But Oliver isn't convinced. What if the first day is really fun? What if it's the start of an exciting year?
In this charming story of first-day jitters, acclaimed author and illustrator Mike Wohnoutka perfectly captures the mixed emotions felt by kids and their parents when big changes are afoot in this read-to-me eBook.
Now in an audio eBook edition that reads aloud as you turn the pages!
Meet Croc! He is the strongest and fastest crocodile around.
Meet Turtle! He agrees that Croc is the strongest and fastest.
But what happens when Elephant lifts that heavy rock with ease? And when Cheetah speeds on by?
Croc and Turtle might not be the strongest or the fastest, but they're definitely the best at something even more important . . .
Introducing an utterly charming new duo, this humorous and heartwarming adventure will delight readers of all ages.
Bear is so big, and he's ready to start school!
But even if you're SO BIG, you might feel a little nervous at times.
Can Bear brave his first day and find a way to make it feel just right?
A clever and charming story, So Big! will help young readers through all the important first steps in life.
Acclaim for Dad's First Day
Bank Street Best Children's Books of 2016--outstanding merit title
Acclaim for Moo!
An ALA Notable book
A BCCB Blue Ribbon selection
Peekity Boo--What Can You Do! is a charming preschool picture book that flows through the motions of a toddler’s bedtime routine by Heidi Bee Roemer with illustrations by Mike Wohnoutka.
There are ears to nuzzle.
Towel to snuggle.
Jammies to slip in.
Chair to sit in.
This sweet rhyming picture book flows smoothly through the motions of a bedtime routine, starting with an energetic bath and then moving on to choosing jammies, reading a book, cuddling with a favorite toy, and snuggling with loved ones before gently falling asleep. It’s a soothing prelude to bedtime that celebrates the special bond between parent and child.
Christy Ottaviano Books
In the wide, shining world there is so much to see, and Twiga is curious. But Twiga's tall, tall Mama wants her baby to stay close, stay safe from the dangers that lurk near each irresistible sweet smell and sparkling sight that Twiga finds.
With lyrical text and enchanting illustrations, this story of a mother's love will soothe and delight readers of all ages.