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Firefighter!

A Word-By-Word Reader

Three herioc firefighters rush to the scene of a burning building and
quickly put out a fire.
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Published By Scholastic Inc. 2003









Pals

A Word-By-Word Reader

An alien boy visits and Earth boy. They communicate with
their drawings.
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Published By Scholastic Inc. 2003









Scarecrow

A Word-By-Word Reader

A scarecrow loses his hat on a windy day. He finds many hats,
but not his own.
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Published By Scholastic Inc. 2003










Santa's Busy Night

A Word-By-Word Reader

Santa has a busy night ahead of him. Good thing he has
a very helpful, patient, and organized elf to help him.
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Published By Scholastic Inc. 2002










The Mud Monster's Halloween

A Word-By-Word Reader

A young boy's clever costume gets covered in mud and
no one knows what, or who, it is.
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Published By Scholastic Inc. 2002











Where Can Bunny Paint?

A Word-By-Word Reader

Bunny isn't allowed to paint on a wall, or a fence, or a truck.
His little chicken friend offers him a natural solution.
A great Easter title.
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Published By Scholastic Inc. 2002










The Tooth Fairy

A Word-By-Word Reader

A little girl is awakened by a clumsy Tooth Fairy.
The two spend the some time together, and the fairy leaves the girl a special gift.
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Published By Scholastic Inc. 2002










My Freight Train

Written and Illustrated by Michael Rex


"Trains are one of those items that exert an intrinsic fascination, like
campfires and ocean waves or Rex's earlier subjects in My Fire Engine (1999)
and My Race Car (2000). They're even more amazing when you know exactly what
they do, and that's why Rex's paint-box-bright, easy-to-understand picture
book works."---Kirkus Reviews Reviews and Purchasing Information






The Pie is Cherry

Written and Illustrated by Michael Rex

Everything you ever wanted to know about a kitchen. "The stove is hot. The pretzel is
salty. The milk is spilled." This is my take on a word book. I really love Richard Scarry,
and this was heavily influenced by his work. I read this to a group of students earlier
this year and they all got very hungry.
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Brooms Are For Flying

This is by far my favorite book. It's a very simple, pre-school friendly,
get-up-on-your-feet kind of book. Follow the little Witch as she demonstrates
that "legs are for marching, feet are for stomping" and "mouths are for moaning."
Great for Halloween parties! It's also got a real sneaky surprise ending
that kids love. I think that this is my best book in concept and execution.
And it's got monsters in it!
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Pulished by Henry Holt & Company 2000, ISBN#0-8050-6410-9









My Race Car

A young boy fantasizes about being a race car driver.
He gets to work on the engine, race the car, and win a trophy!
During the exciting race, the reader can learn lots of cool
facts about racing cars. There's even a crash!
(Luckily, "Both drivers are safe!")
A great book for young racing enthusiasts!
It's best read while making car sounds with your mouth.
I'll admit that I made sounds while I was drawing it.
I also had a great time designing all the logos for the cars in this book.
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Pulished by Henry Holt & Company 2000, ISBN#0-8050-6101-9






My Fire Engine

A young boy fantasizes about being a fire fighter.
He gets to drive the Pumper Engine, put out the fire, and save the day.
This is a fact filled role-playing adventure. Good for kids who like
trucks, great for kids who like fire trucks! Ambitious young readers
might try to tackle this one. Perfect for Fire Safety Week!
This was the first book where I really indulged in my love of comic books.
The colors and bold lines are heavily inspired by Jack Kirby,
one of my favorite cartoonists.
"...a spirited little educational fantasy from Rex...the text is surprisingly
soothing and quite authentically ingenuous... unrivaled in its welcoming
and immediate appeal."---Kirkus Reviews (2/1/99)
"...illustrations blaze with intense greens, blues, and fire colors; the
combination of specific detail, dramatic plot line, and eye-catching visuals
will rivet young fire truck enthusiasts...won't sit for long on the shelves...newly
independent readers will stick with the short text despite some challenging
vocabulary."--- Booklist (3/15/99)
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Pulished by Henry Holt & Company 1999, ISBN#0-8050-5391-3


The Painting Gorilla

This is the story of a painting gorilla that becomes very famous and wealthy,
and how she uses her money. It's a very simple book for pre-schoolers.
It also goes over well with Kindergartners and 1st Graders when I do school visits.
There are only one or two sentences on each page. The story gets very
silly and moves very swiftly. I've had many people tell me that their children
love to hear this one over and over. Good for story-time or bed-time.
This was the first book that I wrote and illustrated.
"...priceless story." ---Parents Magazine, (February 1998): Kids Entertainment Pick
"Rex creates a fable-like tale that sails rapidly toward its conclusion;
...cartoon illustrations in solid colors...reveal the gorilla's fantasies;
...joyful painting gorilla reminds us that the best things in life are free.
---Publishers Weekly (7/14/97)
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Pulished by Henry Holt & Company 1997, ISBN#0-8050-5020-5




Who Digs? and Who Builds?

This is a little set of lift the flap books that I really love. Each page asks
a question like "Who builds with logs?" When the flap is lifted a large
picture of a beaver lodge is shown, with busy building beavers.
The text reads "The beavers build a lodge." It covers animals and people.
The books are printed on a very heavy stock and are very durable.
Kids love these at story-time. It becomes a game to figure out the answers!
(Due to a publishing snafu, these books never made it to many stores,
so they might be a bit hard to find. But they are worth searching for!)
"Well-designed...lift-the-flap books. Rex's shaded pencil drawings,
strong and appealing, are brightened with areas of flat color. The cross-section
views...will intrigue many young children. A pair of sturdy, pleasing picture books."
---Booklist (5/1/99)


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Published by Harper Collins 1999
ISBN#0-694-01254-8 (Digs)
ISBN#0-694-01249-1 (Builds)



















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