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Featured books by Marla Frazee

Humor is a hallmark of Marla Frazee's illustrations. They tell their own stories! The mirth is evident in all characters readers meet whether they're contemporary or from long ago. Plus it's in their everyday adventures. Meet Clementine, the Peters; join the summertime escapade of two boys. Ride a roller coaster with another family. Join a grumpy old lady as she gets rid of her crankiness. Throughout it all, take a close look at the illustrations — and don't be afraid to laugh out loud!

A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever

By: Marla Frazee
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Independent Reader

For one glorious, hot summer week, James went to stay with his friend Eamon's grandparents so the boys could go to a nature camp. Though the boys seem to prefer playing video games and staying indoors, the truth is in the comic illustration. Adults will recall summer vacation while young readers will enjoy its unbridled joy.

Boss Baby

By: Marla Frazee
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Households are changed when a new baby arrives — especially when the addition assumes the position of boss! Readers will recognize the humor in the exaggerated role of one family's latest addition revealed in understated language and comic illustrations.

Hush, Little Baby

By: Marla Frazee
Illustrated by: Sylvia Long
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A family tries to quiet its crying baby in this story told in illustrations created to accompany the traditional folksong. Humor abounds in their lively rural home, set in an earlier time.

Roller Coaster

By: Marla Frazee
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The thrill is mixed with just a bit of anxiety when you are finally tall enough to ride the huge roller coaster! Expressive line and wash illustrations convey the motion of a roller coaster with text looping and swirling around the pages. The breakneck speed will delight, excite, and amaze young readers.

Walk On! A Guide to Taking the First Steps

By: Marla Frazee
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A bald baby with a round head and an expressive face confronts the challenge of learning how to walk. Children who have mastered the art of walking and adults who cheer them on will appreciate the subtle humor in both text and cartoon-like illustration.

Books illustrated by Marla Frazee

Clementine

By: Sara Pennypacker
Illustrated by: Marla Frazee
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Clementine, a high energy 3rd grader, finds it difficult to concentrate as her teacher would have her do, often getting Clementine into trouble. Clementine's narration exudes her originality, spirit, and vivacity — echoed in expressive black & white line drawings.

Clementine and the Family Meeting

By: Sara Pennypacker
Illustrated by: Marla Frazee
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Clementine is afraid that she's in trouble but instead finds out that a new baby is on the way when the family meeting is called.

Clementine's Letter

By: Sara Pennypacker
Illustrated by: Marla Frazee
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Impetuous Clementine is concerned that she'll lose her much loved 3rd grade teacher, Mr. D'Matz, when he's recommended to study in Egypt for a year. Clementine cooks up a letter to assure that Mr. D'Matz doesn't get the fellowship. Humor abounds in this third book about spontaneous, likeable, and ultimately honorable Clementine.

Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild!

By: Mem Fox
Illustrated by: Marla Frazee
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Harriet Harris is a pesky child whose mother usually handles her antics with patience — but one day, Mom blows her top. The anger blows over and mother and child know that they still love each other. Readers will relate to their story told in expressive illustration and vivid language.

Mrs. Biddlebox: Her Bad Day and What She Did About It!

By: Linda Smith
Illustrated by: Marla Frazee
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

What do you do when you're in a funk and full of the grumblies? Well, you can take that gross, dark day and bake it into something sweet. And like Mrs. Biddlebox, you can eat it to make your tummy full of tasty crumblies to enjoy the starry night before bedtime. Energetic lines and a jaunty rhyme reveal a fresh way to look at bad moods.

Seven Silly Eaters

By: Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrated by: Marla Frazee
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Each child in Mrs. Peter's growing family is a picky eater, driving the poor woman to distraction. That is, until the day the children come up with a satisfactory and satisfying resolution. Detail abounds in the very funny and surprisingly realistic illustrations.

The Talented Clementine

By: Sara Pennypacker
Illustrated by: Marla Frazee
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Clementine is back, this time wondering what special thing she might do in the school's talent show. Line drawings add verve to the oh-so-plausible, often funny story of how Clementine finds her special skill.

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