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Featured books by William Joyce

Reading Rockets recommends the following books by William Joyce.

A Day with Wilbur Robinson

By: William Joyce
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

All families have their own way of doing things; sometimes some people consider these unique. But the Robinsons have a very unusual home and a very particular way about them. Humor abounds in the contrast between the text and illustrations for a memorable day. Be sure to see the film adaptation that came out in 2007.

Bentley and Egg

By: William Joyce
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Bentley Hopperton, a young frog, becomes bored egg-sitting for his friend, but saves the day (and the egg) when it’s egg-napped.

Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures With the Family Lazardo

By: William Joyce
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

While on a family excursion to Africa, the Lazardos find a dinosaur and bring him home to their small town. Dinosaur Bob becomes part of their family and the town’s best baseball player.

George Shrinks

By: William Joyce
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Taking care of a cat and baby brother turns into a series of comic adventures when George wakes up to find himself shrunk to the size of a mouse.

Rolie Polie Olie

By: William Joyce
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Olie is a member of the Rolie Polie family. All of the Rolie Polies are round, and resemble robots in this funny, rhyming, original, and slightly wacky story. Other books about Olie and his adventures include: Sleepy Time Olie (2001) and Snowy Olie (2000).

Santa Calls

By: William Joyce
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When Art Atchison Aimesworth answers Santa’s call with his sister Esther and best friend Spaulding, they have a fantastic adventure in the North Pole. While Art never finds out why Santa called in the first place, the reader knows when they see the letters written between Esther and Santa.

The Leaf Men & the Brave Good Bugs

By: William Joyce
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Small bugs call for help from the Leaf Men to heroically save the old woman’s garden from the evil Spider Queen in this quirky, engaging fantasy.

The Mischievians

By: William Joyce
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

What causes the remote, or just one sock to disappear? Dr. Zooper provides the answers in his guide to the Mischevians. Young artists can add to the list of these silly critters as they laugh and share this pseudo-serious take on why things disappear.

Books illustrated by William Joyce

Shoes

By: Elizabeth Winthrop
Illustrated by: William Joyce
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Active children are pictured in shoes for all occasions in all kinds of weather in this animated rhyming exploration of shoes.

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