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PEARL AND WAGNER

by Kate McMullan / illustrated by R.W. Alley

Penguin Young Readers: Easy to Read, 2010, ages 9-10

Check out the classroom adventures of best friends Pearl, a thoughtful rabbit, and Wagner, an impulsive mouse, in this award-winning series of five titles.

One Funny Day

  • 2010 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book
  • New Jersey Garden State Children’s Book Award Nominee, 2012
  • ALA Notable Book for Children, 2010
  • a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, 2010
  • Junior Library Guild Selection, 2010

“McMullan’s exquisitely crafted story has an endearing blend of humor, humiliation, friendship, and familiar school scenarios. Done in pen and ink, watercolor, and colored pencil, Alley’s distinguished illustrations feature a variety of expressive animal characters whose kinesthetic expressions cheerfully depict many of the happenings.” —School Library Journal – Starred

Two Good Friends

  • Junior Library Guild Selection, 2004
  • New Jersey Garden State Children’s Book Award Nominee, 2006

“From the first page, the audience will feel like they’re enrolled in Ms. Star’s class, deciding what to make for the science fair.  Alley’s illustrations enhance this effect with their knee-level or just-at-the-next-desk perspectives. McMullan moves the story forward with simple, authentic dialogue. “I’m going to make a robot,” says Pearl while Wagner dreams, “I’m going to win a prize.” —Publisher’s Weekly

Three Secrets

  • Capitol Choices Master List (Washington, DC), 2005
  • Booklist Top Ten Easy Reader, 2004
  • Junior Library Guild Selection, 2004
  • Berkeley Public Library (CA) Reading List, 2012

“The appealing rabbit-and-mouse duo are back. When Wagner tries very hard to keep a classmate’s confidence from Pearl, they both learn that secrets can strain a relationship. Done in pen and ink, watercolor, and colored pencils, the vibrant illustrations complement the text–the animal characters have unique personalities that are clearly conveyed through their expressions.” —School Library Journal – Starred

Four Eyes

“After a vision screening at school, Wagner learns that he needs glasses. Pearl puts a decidedly positive spin on his perceived misfortunes… with glasses, he can look like a rock star, a scientist, or an actor.  Not only will readers find a genuine tale of friendship and a respect for uniqueness in these pages, but also the anatomy of a pair of glasses and tips for glasses wearers. With its solid story line; controlled vocabulary; and detailed ink, watercolor, and colored-pencil illustrations, this book is an essential addition to the series.” —School Library Journal

Five Days Till Summer

“After a vision screening at school, Wagner learns that he needs glasses. Pearl puts a decidedly positive spin on his perceived misfortunes… with glasses, he can look like a rock star, a scientist, or an actor.  Not only will readers find a genuine tale of friendship and a respect for uniqueness in these pages, but also the anatomy of a pair of glasses and tips for glasses wearers. With its solid story line; controlled vocabulary; and detailed ink, watercolor, and colored-pencil illustrations, this book is an essential addition to the series.” —School Library Journal

BECAUSE YOUR . . .

by Andrew Clements / illustrated by R.W. Alley

Clarion Books: ages 4-8

Because Your Daddy Loves You

A Bank Street Children’s Book of the Year, 2006

“Give this child’s-eye view of a day at the beach with an attentive father high marks for coziness.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Sure to enjoy a long life as a gift book and a bedtime story.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Because Your Mommy Loves You

“Sure to connect with children in many ways—the adventure of camping, learning how to do things all by oneself and conquering initial anxieties.” —Kirkus Reviews

“With tenderness and gentle humor, Alley’s light-filled ink, watercolor, and acrylic illustrations capture the bond between mother and son.” —Publishers Weekly

Because Your Grandparents Love You

“Clements’s gentle, knowing writing and Alley’s friendly characterizations readily capture the joy of making memories with grandparents.” —Publishers Weekly

JIGSAW JONES

by James Preller / illustrated by R.W. Alley

Feiwel and Friends, 2017

THE CASE FROM OUTER SPACE

Jigsaw Jones is back and better than ever in this brand-new chapter book mystery.

When Joey and Danika find a mysterious note tucked inside a book, all signs point to a visitor … from outer space.  Yikes!  Are aliens coming to Earth? Jigsaw and friends have a clue, but is there really life in outer space?

Take a quick look inside The Case from Outer Space.

Find out more about Jigsaw on author James Preller’s blog.

Jigsaw Jones hits the stage through a new ArtsPower national touring production.

TIGER BOOKS

by S.J. Fore / illustrated by R.W. Alley

Penguin Young Readers Group

Tiger Can't Sleep

How is a boy supposed to sleep with a noisy tiger in his closet? Readers will enjoy the tiger’s funny antics and the frustrated attempts made by the little boy as he tries to make the tiger quiet down.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library selection

“Both Fore and Alley have masterfully created an atmosphere completely absent of the normal childhood fear of “something” in the closet.”  —Kirkus

Read to Tiger

Tiger Wants to Play — But This Little Boy Just Wants to Read His Book!

It’s a quiet evening, and a little boy curls up on his couch, getting ready to read his favorite book. But as soon as he switches on the reading lamp and opens his book to the first page, he hears a “chomp, chomp, chomping” from behind the couch. There’s a tiger back there, and he’s loudly chewing gum. It’s not until the tiger looks over the boy’s shoulder and sees a picture of a tiger in the book that the problem is solved. He curls up beside the boy, who reads the story aloud.

With lots of enjoyable sounds in the text, like “grrrr,” “hi-yaaa,” “choo-choo-choo,” and “tooooot,” this book is great fun to read aloud. It’s a wonderful celebration of the joys of reading — alone or with a friend!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library selection

“Fore and Alley play with sound effects and comic expressions, which will please a read-aloud audience [and] will find fans in children who enjoy energetic tales.” —School Library Journal

SATURDAY IS DADURDAY

by Robin Pulver / illustrated by R.W. Alley

Walker Books for Young Readers, 2013

Saturday is Dadurday

Mimi and Dad’s favorite day came after Friday . . . they called it DADURDAY.

For Mimi, the best day of the week is always Saturday, because she gets to spend it with just her Dad. Every “Dadurday” begins the same way–Mimi and Dad make silly-shaped pancakes, read the comics section of the newspaper and make lists of fun things to do together. But when Dad gets a new work schedule, “Dadurday” is ruined. Can Mimi find a way to still make it a special day for her and dad? 

A Junior Library Guild selection, 2013

“Detailed watercolor, watercolor pencil, gouache, and pen-and-ink illustrations are filled with energy, emotion, and warmth. Entertaining, easy to read, and reassuring.” —School Library Journal

Pulver’s well-crafted story touches upon an all-too-common situation—parents’ work encroaching on family time. Alley combines watercolor, watercolor pencil, pen and ink to deftly portray Mimi as she grapples with her feelings about something beyond her control. —Kirkus

DETECTIVE DINOSAUR

by James Skofield / pictures by R.W. Alley

HarperCollins / I Can Read Books

Detective Dinosaur Undercover

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award, 2010

 “Detective Dinosaur, showcased in his third entry in the I Can Read! series, is the same charming numbskull readers have come to love.  Enhancing the narrative is a cast of funky characters, such as Ricky Raptor and Cadet Kitty, illustrated in bright cavorting watercolors. Readers will smirk at being smarter than the detective and giggle at his goof-ups.” —Kirkus

 “The dino’s genial expressions projected in colorful pen-and-ink and watercolor cartoons follow the action.  His innocent confusion creates entertaining problems with simple solutions. Solid additions to easy-reader collections.” —School Library Journal

Detective Dinosaur Lost and Found

“Skofield and Alley team up for the second book featuring the bungling Detective Dinosaur and clever Officer Pterodactyl.  The watercolor-and-ink illustrations add visual interest and the humor is right on target for beginning readers.” —School Library Journal

Detective Dinosaur

“An appealing, if somewhat bungling, detective is introduced in this easy reader. Three short chapters each present a separate case. In ‘The Case of the Missing Hat,’ Detective Dinosaur’s derby is on his head the whole time, although cleverly hidden from sight in each picture. In ‘Night Patrol,’ the detective is frightened by a noise.  Alley’s watercolor-and-ink cartoons include plenty of visual interest and some sideline humor.” —School Library Journal

WHEN DADS DON’T GROW UP

by Marjorie Blain Parker / illustrated by R. W. Alley

Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012

When Dads Don't Grow Up

A Bank Street Best Book of the Year, 2013

“Here is an unabashed celebration of dads who enthusiastically embrace their inner children.  Alley uses pen and ink, watercolors and colored pencil to show an abundance of humorous details in a series of vignettes that greatly extend the text.” —Kirkus

ABC BOOKS

Alphabet Letter Sounds by Barbara deRubertis/ illustrated by R. W. Alley

Ages 3-8 / Kane Press, 2010 & 2011

Animal Antics (26 Titles)

  • Teachers’ Choice Award 2011 for Children’s Books
  • Teachers’ Choice Award 2012 for the Family
  • Reading Rainbow Selection

“Each animal character and related adventure represents a letter of the alphabet. Eddie Elephant helps egg-sit for the Emu family. Frances Frog and Felicity Fox are friends even though they are opposites in many ways. And Gertie Gorilla drops her glorious birthday gift for Goat into the gulch. Kids will enjoy hearing each story as the alphaphonemic sounds are introduced. Alley’s pen-and-ink drawings with soft watercolors capture the animals and their human characteristics in full-page illustrations, making the stories a delightful experience.”  —K-Gr 2,  School Library Journal

“Full of action and humor, Alley’s expressive artwork adds considerably to the story’s appeal.”  —Booklist

  • ALEXANDER ANTEATER’S AMAZING ACT
  • BOBBY BABOON’S BANANA BE-BOP
  • CORKY CUB’S CRAZY CAPS
  • DILLY DOG’S DIZZY DANCING
  • EDDIE ELEPHANT’S EXCITING EGG-SITTING
  • FRANCES FROG’S FOREVER FRIEND
  • GERTIE GORILLA’S GLORIOS GIFT
  • HANNA HIPPO’S HORRIBLE HICCUPS
  • IZZY IMPALA’S IMAGINARY ILLNESSES
  • JEREMY JACKRABBIT’S JUMPING JOURNEY
  • KYLIE KANGAROO’S KARATE KICKERS
  • LANA LLAMA’S LITTLE LAMB
  • MAXWELL MOOSE’S MOUNTAIN MONSTER
  • NINA NANDU’S NERVOUS NOGGIN
  • OLIVER OTTER’S OWN OFFICE
  • POLLY PORCUPINE’S PAINTING PRIZES
  • QUENTIN QUOKKA’S QUICK QUESTIONS
  • ROSIE RACCOON’S ROCK AND ROLL RAFT
  • SAMMY SKUNK’S SUPER SNIFFER
  • TESSA TIGER’S TEMPER TANTRUMS
  • UMMA UNGKA’S UNUSUAL UMBRELLA
  • VICTOR VICUNA’S VOLCANO VACATION
  • WALTER WARTHOG’S WONDERFUL WAGON
  • XAVIER OX’S XYLOPHONE EXPERIMENT
  • YOKO YAK’S YAKETY YAKKING
  • ZACHARY ZEBRA’S ZIPPITY ZOOMING