Fruit Bowl

By Mark Hoffmann

June 12th, 2018 from A. Knopf (a Division of Penguin/Randomhouse)

ISBN: 978-1524719913

Who belongs in the fruit bowl? Apples, check. Blueberries, check. Tomato, che-- Wait, what?! Tomato wants to join the other fruits, but does he belong? The perfect mix of botany and a bunch of bananas!

All the fruit are in the bowl. There's Apple and Orange. Strawberry and Peach. Plum and Pear. And, of course, Tomato.

Now wait just a minute! Tomatoes aren't fruit! Or are they?

Using sly science (and some wisdom from a wise old raisin), Tomato proves all the fruit wrong and shows that he belongs in the bowl just as much as the next blueberry! And he's bringing some unexpected friends too!

"In his first foray as writer and illustrator, Hoffmann (illustrator of You Can Read) offers a fun, brain-teasing food literacy lesson that's a cornucopia of produce and wordplay. His naive-styled fruits--they look like generously proportioned cut-outs with stick arms and legs--have vivid personalities, and their gouache colors are positively juicy." Publishers Weekly  -Starred Review

"Hoffmann brings the foods to life with big, bright, often extreme close-up illustrations, with all-cap hand-lettering adding to the emphatic vibe. No doubt kids will learn a thing or two, and have some light chuckles along the way." -Booklis

You Can Read  

by Helaine becker, Mark Hoffmann

February 28th, 2017 from Orca Book Publishers

ISBN: 978-1459813243

In this fun and funny celebration of literacy, kids of all ages will discover that the act of reading is a daring adventure that can take you anywhere! You can read at the playground, under the sea, at the opera and even in outer space! It turns out you can read everywhere! And when you do, you open yourself to a universe of adventure. Presented in light-hearted, rib-tickling verse that's perfect for reading aloud, You Can Read sings it loud and proud: Books are awesome. And so are the people who read them.

"Children will find it amusing that they can read on a toilet or in their underwear! A fun read-aloud for a storytime or class visit. This book is definitely worth purchasing." -School Library Journal

"Will have librarians, teachers, and book mavens immediately reaching for it...This will pair nicely with other books about the pleasures of reading and can be used to invite conversation with kids." -Kirkus Reviews


by Poppy Champignon, Mark Hoffmann

August 20th, 2019 from Cameron Kids Books

ISBN: 978-1944903749

Admit it: You love saying the word poop. It’s so much fun to say, much to your polite friend’s dismay. Poop. Poop. Poop. It’s all fun and games until you lose your triple-chocolate ice cream scoop and discover the true meaning of the word, and suddenly, it’s not so funny anymore. Or is it?

A crowd pleaser sure to squeeze out piles of giggles.—Kirkus Reviews

This irresistible animal-centric picture book makes a rhyming game out of young kids' favorite word —Shelf Awareness

Hawks Kettle, Puffins Wheel and other poems of Birds in Flight 

by Susan Vande Griek, Mark Hoffmann

Sept. 3rd, 2019 from Kids Can Press

ISBN:ISBN: 978-1771389952

This lyrical celebration of birds explores the fascinating ways these creatures move through the air. For each of twelve birds from around the world, a captivating poem describes the animal's distinctive movement and the special word associated with that movement, from geese who skein and puffins who wheel, to crows who mob and starlings who murmurate. The evocative language conveys the beauty of each bird and describes the sights and sounds of how each one makes its own unmistakable way in the world. An informational sidebar complements each poem, describing the reasons behind the bird's way of flying.

Poetry and prose combine to introduce distinctive ways birds move through the air. "Always, and in their own special ways, / birds are on the move." Writer Vande Griek repeats this line in the poems that begin and end this title, which introduces young readers and listeners to some specialized vocabulary used to describe bird movements as well as some interesting behaviors of 12 specific species, from Atlantic puffins to wood pewees. A fresh and original approach to the study of birds and words. (Informational picture book. 6-10) -Kirkus Review

Hawks kettle, crows mob, puffins wheel, gannets dive." Centered on the peculiar and charming verbs describing specific patterns and types of bird flight, this book pairs poetry and prose to explore the aerial behaviors of 12 species -Publishers Weekly

Explosion at the Poem Factory  

by Kyle Lukoff, Mark Hoffmann

Coming April, 7th 2020 from Groundwood Books

ISBN: ISBN: 978-1944903749

Kilmer Watts makes his living teaching piano lessons, but when automatic pianos arrive in town, he realizes he’s out of a job. He spots a “Help Wanted” sign at the poem factory and decides to investigate — he’s always been curious about how poems are made.

The foreman explains that machines and assembly lines are used for poetry these days. So Kilmer learns how to operate the “meter meter” and empty the “cliché bins.” He assembles a poem by picking out a rhyme scheme, sprinkling in some similes and adding alliteration.

But one day the machines malfunction, and there is a dramatic explosion at the poem factory. How will poetry ever survive?

Dirt Cheap 

by Mark Hoffmann

Coming April 21st, 2020 from A. Knopf (Randomhouse Childrens Books)

ISBN: 978-1524719944

Birdie doesn't know much about money. All she knows is that she wants a new soccer ball that costs $24.95. The fastest way to that $24.95 is going into sales, but what to sell?

All her belongings?
Not much of a market for those.

Birdie needs something that she has in abundance and that everyone needs. So when she sees everyone in her neighborhood working on their yards, she realizes she's hit pay dirt. Literally!

Soon Birdie is raking in the dough, with profits of all varieties: quarters, dimes, nickels, pennies, even dollar bills! Now she can buy that soccer ball, but does her business plan have any holes?

An industrious tale about striking it rich!

Unless Alphabet

by Tom Llewellyn, Mark Hoffmann

Coming Fall 2020 from Cameron Books

A is for apple, unless you’re being chased by a blood-sucking vampire—then A is for aaaaagghhh!