Hazen, Barbara Shook 1930–
Hazen, Barbara Shook 1930–
Born February 4, 1930, in Dayton, OH; daughter of Charles Harmon (a contractor and engineer) and Elizabeth Shook; married Freeman Brackett Hazen, December 27, 1956 (divorced, 1960); children: Freeman Brackett, Jr. Education: Smith College, B.A., 1951; Columbia University, M.A., 1952. Politics: "Varying." Religion: "Presbyterian and/or eclectic." Hobbies and other interests: Biking, travel, theatre.
Home and office—108 E. 82nd St., Apt. 6C, New York, NY 10028-1135; (summer) Box 739, Otis, MA 01253.
Children's book author. Ladies' Home Journal, New York, NY, editorial assistant in fiction/article department, then poetry editor, 1952-56; Western Publishing Co., New York, NY, children's book editor, 1956-60; freelance writer, 1960—. American Broadcasting Co. (ABC-TV), New York, NY, writer on Andy and the Petbots and Kingdom Chums projects, 1984-87. Member of board, Drama League of City of New York, beginning 1976. Consultant to Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) children's records, 1968-74, and Sesame Street magazine, 1973-75.
PEN, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Authors League of America, Authors Guild, Bank Street Writers Lab.
Christopher Award, 1981, for Even If I Did Something Awful; Children's Choice Award, 1990, for The Knight Who Was Afraid of the Dark.
Animal Alphabet from A to Z, illustrated by Adele Werber, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1958, reprinted, 1976.
(Adapter) Robert L. May, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, illustrated by Richard Scarry, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1958.
Mister Ed, the Talking Horse, Western Publishing (New York, NY), 1958.
The Lion's Nap, Western Publishing (New York, NY), 1958.
Animals and Their Babies, illustrated by Lilian Obligado, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1959.
Walt Disney's "Babes in Toyland" (based on the film), Golden Press (New York, NY), 1961.
Animal Daddies and My Daddy, Western Publishing (New York, NY), 1962.
A Visit to the Children's Zoo, illustrated by Mel Crawford, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1963.
Charming Chatty, illustrated by Dagmar Wilson, Golden Books (New York, NY), 1964.
Fireball XL5, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1964.
Playful Puppy, illustrated by Jan Pfloog, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1967.
Please Pass the P's and Q's: The Barbara Hazen Book of Manners, illustrated by Mell Lazarus, World Publishing (New York, NY), 1967.
Please Protect the Porcupine: The Barbara Hazen Book of Conservation, illustrated by Mell Lazarus, World Publishing (New York, NY), 1967.
David and Goliath, illustrated by Robert J. Lee, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1968.
Ookpik the Arctic Owl, illustrated by Beverly Edwards, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1968.
Ookpik in the City, illustrated by Irma Wilde, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1968.
What's Inside?, illustrated by Richard Erdoes, Lion Pres, 1968.
City Cats, Country Cats, illustrated by Ilse-Margret Vogel, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1969, illustrated by Pam Paparone, 1999.
The Little White Duck and His Friends, illustrated by Jack Myers, CBS Records (New York, NY), 1969.
Raggedy Ann and Fido, illustrated by Rochelle Boonschaft, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1969.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice, illustrated by Tomi Ungerer, Lancelot Press, 1969.
The Tiny, Tawny Kitten, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1969, new edition, illustrated by Jan Pfloog, 1975.
Danny Dougal, the Wanting Boy, illustrated by Ken Longtemps, Lion Press, 1970.
The Tailor and the Mouse, illustrated by Donald Gaines, CBS Records (New York, NY), 1970.
The Bug That Tried to Crawl around the World, illustrated by Robert Sargent, CBS Records (New York, NY), 1970.
If I Were, illustrated by Lee Ames, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1970.
(Adaptor) Pinocchio, illustrated by Ferd A. Sondern, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1970.
Where Do Bears Sleep?, illustrated by Ian E. Staunton, Addison-Wesley, 1970.
Girls and Boys Book of Etiquette, illustrated by Nancy Sears, Grosset & Dunlap (New York, NY), 1971.
Happy, Sad, Silly, Mad: A Beginning Book about Emotions, illustrated by Elizabeth Dauber, Grosset & Dunlap (New York, NY), 1972.
Raggedy Ann and the Cookie Snatcher, illustrated by June Goldsborough, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1972.
Raggedy Ann and the Pirates of the Outgo Inlet, illustrated by June Goldsborough, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1972.
Frere Jacques, illustrated by Lilian Obligado, Lippincott (Philadelphia, PA), 1973.
A Nose for Trouble, illustrated by Tim Hildebrandt and Greg Hildebrandt, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1973.
Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Rainy-Day Circus, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1973.
Animal Manners, illustrated by Leonard Shortall, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1974.
The Gorilla Did It, illustrated by Ray Cruz, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1974.
(Adapter) Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter (based on the Disney film), illustrated by Joseph Guarino, Pyramid Communications, 1975.
Me and the Yellow-eyed Monster, illustrated by Tony de Luna, Me-Books, 1975.
Noah's Ark, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1975, illustrated by Tibor Gangely, 1975.
To Be Me, illustrated by Frances Hook, Child's World, 1975, revised edition published as I'm Glad to Be Me, 1979.
Why Couldn't I Be an Only Kid like You, Wigger, illustrated by Leigh Grant, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1975.
(Editor) The Golden Happy Birthday Book: Poems, Riddles, Giggles, Magic, Stories, Presents, and Prizes to Make Your Special Day the Happiest Birthday Ever, illustrated by Rosalyn Schanzer, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1976.
The Ups and Downs of Marvin, illustrated by Richard Cuffari, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1976.
World, World, What Can I Do?, illustrated by Margaret Leibold, Abingdon Press (Nashville, TN), 1976.
Amelia's Flying Machine, illustrated by Charles Robinson, Doubleday (Garden City, NY), 1977.
(Adapter) Wonderful Wizard of Oz, illustrated by Eleanor Mill, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1977.
Gorilla Wants to Be the Baby, illustrated by Jacqueline B. Smith, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1978.
The Me I See, illustrated by Ati Forberg, Abingdon Press (Nashville, TN), 1978.
Two Homes to Live In: A Child's-Eye View of Divorce, illustrated by Peggy Luks, Human Sciences Press, 1978.
If It Weren't for Benjamin, I'd Always Get to Lick the Icing Spoon, illustrated by Laura Hartman, Human Sciences Press, 1979.
Last, First, Middle, and Nick: All about Names, Prentice-Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ), 1979.
Tight Times, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, Viking (New York, NY), 1979.
Step on It, Andrew, illustrated by Lisl Weil, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1980.
Even If I Did Something Awful, illustrated by Nancy Kincade, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1981.
Very Shy, Human Sciences, 1981.
It's a Shame about the Rain: The Bright Side of Disappointment, illustrated by Bernadette Simmons, Human Sciences, 1981.
The Fat Cats, Cousin Scraggs, and the Monster Mice, illustrated by Lonni Sue Johnson, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1985.
Learn about Living (series; includes Why Did Grandpa Die?: A Book about Death, Why Are People Different?, Growing up Is Hard Sometimes, Why Can't You Stay Home with Me?: A Book about Working Mothers, It Isn't Fair: A Book about Sibling Rivalry, and What's Mine Is Mine), Western Publishing (New York, NY), 1985-86.
Little Lies, Big Lies: A Book about Telling the Truth, illustrated by Cathy Beylon, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1986.
(Editor) Little David's Adventure, Word Publishing, 1986.
Just Say No, Western Publishing (New York, NY), 1987.
Bears Always Share: A Book about Manners, Golden Books (New York, NY), 1987.
Fang, illustrated by Leslie Morrill, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1987.
It's Nice to Be Nice, illustrated by Lynn Sweat, Fisher Price, 1988.
Stay, Fang, illustrated by Leslie Morrill, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1989.
The Knight Who Was Afraid of the Dark, illustrated by Tony Ross, Dial (New York, NY), 1989.
Wally the Worry-Warthog, illustrated by Janet Stevens, Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1990.
Just Say No: A Book about Saying "No" to Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco, illustrated by Joy Friedman, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1990.
Hello, Gnu, How Are You?, Doubleday (Garden City, NY), 1990.
Mommy's Office, illustrated by David Soman, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1992.
Alone at Home, illustrated by Irene Trivas, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1992.
The Magic Stick, Newbridge Communications, 1992.
Who Lost a Shoe?, Newbridge Communications, 1992.
Turkey in the Straw, illustrated by Brad Sneed, Dial (New York, NY), 1993.
The Knight Who Was Afraid to Fight, illustrated by Toni Goffe, Dial (New York, NY), 1994.
Count on Bunnies, illustrated by Patrick Girouard, Newbridge Communications, 1994.
Let's Go!, illustrated by Patrick Girouard, Newbridge Communications, 1994.
Goodbye/Hello, illustrated by Michael Bryant, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1995.
Santa Clues, illustrated by Simon Galkin, Longmeadow, 1995.
Please and Thank You, Western Publishing (New York, NY), 1996.
The New Dog, Dial (New York, NY), 1997.
Digby, illustrated by Barbara J. Phillips-Duke, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1997.
What Does Amy Want?, illustrated by Carolyn Bracken, Fisher-Price, 1997.
Where Do Bears Sleep?, illustrated by Mary Morgan Van Royen, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1998.
The Timid Little Kitten, Golden Books (New York, NY), 1998.
That Toad Is Mine, illustrated by Jane Manning, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1998.
Road Hog, illustrated by Davy Jones, Golden Books (New York, NY), 1998.
What a Street!, Bebop Books (New York, NY), 2000.
A House for Mouse, illustrated by Kathy Covell, Reader's Digest, 2002.
Katie's Wish, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully, Dial (New York, NY), 2003.
Noah's Ark, illustrated by Mircea Catosanu, Golden Press (New York, NY), 2003.
Who Is Your Favorite Monster, Mama? illustrated by Maryann Kovalski, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2006.
The Christmas Star (board book), illustrated by Lucy Barnard, Reader's Digest, 2006.
Author's work has been translated into Spanish, German, Danish, Dutch, and French.
You and Your Lucky Stars: A Zodiac Guide to Dating, Compatibility, and Personal Characteristics, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1970.
(With others) Baby's First Six Years, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1972.
Your Wedding Your Way, Golden Press (New York, NY), 1973.
The Dell Encyclopedia of Cats, illustrated by Roy Wiltshire and Paul Singer, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1974, published as The Concise Encyclopedia of Cats, Octopus Books, 1974.
(Editor) Mothers Are Marvelous, C.R. Gibson, 1977.
(Editor) To Be a Friend, C.R. Gibson, 1977.
(Editor) A Cat Lover's Cat Book: The Many Delights of Kittens and Cats, illustrated by Roland Rodegast, C.R. Gibson, 1978.
Great Words of Today: The Best of Twentieth-Century Wit and Wisdom, C.R. Gibson, 1979.
(Editor) You Can't Have Sunbeams without Little Specks of Dust: Household Hints, Quotes, and Humorous Anecdotes, C.R. Gibson, 1980.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas: Hints and Homilies for Happy Holidays, C.R. Gibson, 1980.
Pets, Pets: Hints, Tips, and Fascinating Facts, C.R. Gibson, 1980.
The Very Best Name for Baby, C.R. Gibson, 1986.
The Knight Who Was Afraid of the Dark and The Fat Cats, Cousin Scraggs, and the Monster Mice were adapted as musical plays by Kristy Pace and produced in Boston, MA, 2000 and 2003 respectively.
Barbara Shook Hazen is the author of dozens of books for children that are generally geared to the primary-grade audience. In her stories, Hazen covers a wide range of subject matter, from bedtime-themed picture books to fanciful stories to books that integrate family dynamics and socialization topics within the guise of fiction. "I always wanted to write as a way to find my voice, and also as a way of being heard when no one seemed to listen," Hazen once told SATA. "My first sale was a soulful four-line poem to True Confessions in the third grade, about ‘After the sun the rain.’ I kept at it, particularly the poetry, … despite parental warnings that this was no way to make a living."
Hazen began her writing career in the 1950s, in the fiction/article department of the Manhattan office of the Ladies' Homes Journal, where she later became poetry editor. The top children's book editor at Golden Press saw her published poetry and asked her to be an editor at Western Publishing, which published many of her early works. Hazen's first two books, Animal Alphabet from A to Z and Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, were released in 1958. She left her editing job two years later, and has been a full-time freelance writer ever since. Her first books feature reworkings of fairy tales and classic stories such as David and Goliath and The Sorcerer's Apprentice, while others, such as The Tiny, Tawny Kitten, Playful Puppy, and City Cats, Country Cats, include a straightforward text about animal characters that is easy for children to follow.
Beginning with Happy, Sad, Silly, Mad: A Beginning Book about Emotions, published in 1971, Hazen has also addressed many of the universal problems of childhood. The Gorilla Did It relates a story about a young child's imaginary friend—in this case a gorilla—who is responsible for the mess in the preschooler's room. With the child's help, the imaginary gorilla is made to clean up the mess and earns a cookie for its trouble. "There will be instant appeal for the young reader," noted a critic reviewing The Gorilla Did It for Junior Bookshelf. Hard economic times and their effect on a young child are examined in Tight Times. Hazen's story—in which a little boy happily makes do with a stray cat in lieu of the dog he badly wanted after his father loses his job—"has a sweet, sad poignancy," according to a reviewer in Booklist, while Zena Sutherland wrote in the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books that "the first-person monologue is convincingly that of a child." Tight Times, which features detailed pen-and-ink illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman, was chosen as one of the first titles to be narrated on the Public Broadcasting Service's Reading Rainbow television program.
Hazen's award-winning picture book Even If I Did Something Awful explores a child's anxiety at losing her mother's love. While playing ball in the house, a little girl in pigtails breaks a vase that had been a gift from her father to her mom. Frightened of the consequences, the girl asks for reassurance by inventing other worse offenses, but ultimately learns that telling the truth does not undo her mother's love. Kristi L. Thomas, writing in School Library Journal, concluded that Even If I Did Something Awful contains "a minor lesson for children and parents alike." A Publishers Weekly reviewer called the work a "touching, funny, realistic happening," and noted that "readers will be as relieved as the naughty one when they discover how the loving but human mother handles the crisis." Sutherland, writing in the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, remarked that the book has "no tone of didacticism, but is more a clearing of the air."
Hazen focuses on the problem of shyness in Very Shy; introduces a child learning that not everything goes his way in It's a Shame about the Rain: The Bright Side of Disappointment; illustrates the mixed emotions surrounding a family move in Good-Bye/Hello; and discusses race relations and intercultural understanding in Why Are People Different? In Fang she examines a child who is coping with intangible fears. His parent select a dog named Fang to help their little son cope with his fears of monsters in his closet, of the bulldog next door, and of the big kids loitering in the neighborhood. Even though Fang is big and fierce-looking, he is actually a scaredy-cat who cringes at everything from frisky puppies to his own shadow. Soon the boy finds himself consoling Fang and encouraging the oversized pet to overcome his own fears. "Comically portraying yet perceptively understanding childhood fears," Fang is "an amusing and warm story of pet and child devotion," according to Ellen Mandel in a Booklist review. Writing in School Library Journal, Sharron McElmeel concluded that Hazen's "warm and memorable story … gently shows the love between a boy and his dog as well as a boy gaining self-assurance." Fang returns in Stay, Fang, which deals with a child's fear of abandonment. In this tale, Fang watches dejectedly from the window while his young master and a friend spent time walking to and from school and playing outside each day. Just as Fang learns to accept the child's comings and goings, Hazen's young narrator must also learn to accept his mother's absence when she leaves him at home with a babysitter. Ellen Mandel, writing in Booklist, noted that Stay, Fang "humorously relate[s] how a youngster, in trying to help his pet be brave, finds courage to overcome his own everyday qualms."
Hazen examines children's love/hate relationship with independence in books such as Alone at Home and The New Dog. In Alone at Home young Amy's wish to be home by herself is realized when her babysitter becomes ill with the flu on a day both her parents have to go to work. Allowed to remain alone in the house for several hours, Amy becomes lonely and then frightened by unfamiliar noises. The girl ends up hiding under the kitchen table until her parents return. According to School Library Journal contributor Jacqueline Rose, Alone at Home is an "entertaining story" that has "special relevance for … latchkey children." A young pup joining a new dogwalking group has the same fear as a child dreading the first day of preschool or a new playgroup in Hazen's The New Dog. Brought to life by R.W. Alley, The New Dog is "a good choice for reading aloud and discussing," according to Booklist contributor Stephanie Zvirin.
Family dynamics and relationships are major themes that run throughout Hazen's books for children, and the problems raised by divorce, sibling rivalry, and parental bonding are all dealt with in her body of work. Why Couldn't I Be an Only Kid like You, Wigger looks at a child's dream of being an only child rather than having to share with brothers and sisters, while jealous among siblings is the theme of Who Is Your Favorite Monster, Mama? In Mommy's Office, a little girl accompanies her mother to her job and compares the woman's job duties at work with her own daily routine, growing closer to her mother in the process. Hazen's presentation of "differing views are presented in a brisk, running commentary," noted Mary M. Burns in a Horn Book review of Why Couldn't I Be an Only Kid like You, Wigger. The combination of Maryann Kovalski's humorous pen-and-ink illustrations and Hazen's "fanciful text, with its reassuring refrain," make Who Is Your Favorite Monster, Mama? effective, according to Booklist critic Gillian Engberg, while a Kirkus Reviews writer called the story a "particularly well-imaged" tale with "a delightfully monstrous cast." Reviewing Mommy's Office, Booklist contributor Deborah Abbott commented favorably on the "convincing" characterizations of mother and daughter, adding that "Hazen's details make the outing realistic." Debra S. Gold, writing in School Library Journal, concluded of the same book that Hazen presents "a delightful story with a positive image of today's working woman."
Family relationships are at the core of Hazen's history-based picture book Katie's Wish, which brings readers back to the Irish potato famine of the 1840s. Red-haired, freckle-faced Katie is still missing her mother when her recently widowed dad leaves for America. Left behind with her grandparents, Katie is angry, especially with the boring potatoes her grandmother serves up for dinner each night. When Katie wishes that all those potatoes would just disappear, it seems to come true: a disease infecting Ireland's potato crop makes the root vegetables turn black and mushy, appearing to bring the girl's wish to fruition. Feeling responsible for the famine that results, Katie ultimately learns the truth when she sails to Boston and learns about the food shortage that has hit her country. Calling Katie's Wish an "expressive and realistic … story of … the hardships of the times," School Library Journal contributor Shelley B. Sutherland added that "readers will be comforted" by Hazen's upbeat conclusion. "The famine is put in terms that small children can understand," wrote a Kirkus Reviews writer, the critic adding that readers
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"will recognize Katie's fear" and enjoy the "fine soft pictures" by Emily Arnold McCully that bring the story to life.
Hazen takes a lighter tack in several of her books, such as The Knight Who Was Afraid of the Dark and The Knight Who Was Afraid to Fight. In The Knight Who Was Afraid of the Dark Sir Fred, though he has bashed monsters and rescued maidens, has a "knee-bumping, heart-thumping" fear of the dark. Melvin the Miffed, eager to win back Lady Wendylyn from Sir Fred, suggests that Wendylyn invite the knight on a midnight tryst. Ultimately, Melvin is defeated when both Sir Fred and Wendylyn admit to mutual fears and ride off together. The Knight Who Was Afraid to Fight follows the further adventures of Sir Fred when Melvin the Miffed, knowing the knight's aversion to the sight of blood, challenges Sir Fred to a duel. Yet again, the knight outsmarts Melvin, defeating him with narry a loss of blood from either party. Phillis Wilson dubbed The Knight Who Was Afraid of the Dark "a romp with wit" in his Booklist review, while a Kirkus Reviews writer described it as "a treat for the sophisticated." "The contrast between two styles of masculinity is humorously portrayed" in The Knight Who Was Afraid to Fight, noted Merri Monks in Booklist. Virginia Opocensky, reviewing the same book in School Library Journal, concluded that a "bold, brave, dramatic reading" of Hazen's picture book will likely generate "laughs all around."
As many critics have noted, Hazen's work consistently displays a discerning use of language, because her texts employ words to convey meaning as simply and clearly as possible. Such messages touch children with immediacy and sometimes fancifulness. "Words are friends, and writing gives second chances," Hazen once explained to SATA. "It's also like traveling, a wonderful way to explore, learn things and get to know people—including oneself."
Biographical and Critical Sources
Booklist, October 1, 1979, review of Tight Times, p. 276; December 1, 1987, Ellen Mandel, review of Fang, p. 633; May 15, 1989, Phillis Wilson, review of The Knight Who Was Afraid of the Dark, p. 1649; February 15, 1990, Ellen Mandel, review of Stay, Fang, p. 1164; February 1, 1992, Karen Hutt, review of Alone at Home, p. 1040; March 1, 1992, Deborah Abbott, review of Mommy's Office, p. 1287; May 15, 1994, Merri Monks, review of The Knight Who Was Afraid to Fight, p. 1682; May 15, 1995, Hazel Rochman, review of Good-Bye/Hello, p. 1652; November 15, 1996, Hazel Rochman, review of Digby, p. 596; August, 1997, Stephanie Zvirin, review of The New Dog, p. 1906; November 15, 1998, Kay Weisman, review of That Toad Is Mine!, p. 596; October 15, 2002, Hazel Rochman, "Finding Home," p. 140; July 1, 2006, Gillian Engberg, review of Who Is Your Favorite Monster, Mama?, p. 66.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, July, 1970, p. 178; October, 1972, p. 26; July, 1974, p. 178; September, 1976, p. 10; September, 1977, p. 16; February, 1980, Zena Sutherland, review of Tight Times, p. 110; January, 1982, Zena Sutherland, review of Even If I Did Something Awful, p. 86; May, 1983, review of Very Shy, p. 168; September, 1983, p. 9; September, 1985, p. 10; March, 1992, p. 181; June, 1992, p. 262.
Horn Book, December, 1973, Mary M. Burns, review of Why Couldn't I Be an Only Kid like You, Wigger, p. 585.
Junior Bookshelf, December, 1976, review of The Gorilla Did It, p. 314.
Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 1989, review of The Knight Who Was Afraid of the Dark; July 1, 2002, review of Katie's Wish, p. 956.
Los Angeles Times Book Review, September 8, 1985, p. 8.
New York Times Book Review, November 9, 1969, p. 64.
Publishers Weekly, February 5, 1973, p. 89; February 4, 1974, p. 73; July 25, 1977, p. 71; August 21, 1981, review of Even If I Did Something Awful, p. 55; September 23, 1983, review of Tight Times, p. 73; August 16, 1993, review of Turkey in the Straw, p. 103; May 9, 1994, review of The Knight Who Was Afraid to Fight, p. 72; December 1, 1997, review of What Does Amy Want?, p. 55; April 20, 1998, review of Where Do the Bears Sleep?, p. 68; October 19, 1998, review of That Toad Is Mine! and Road Hog, both p. 83.
School Library Journal, November, 1981, Kristi L. Thomas, review of Even If I Did Something Awful, p. 76; May, 1983, review of Very Shy, p. 168; August, 1983, review of It's a Shame about the Rain: The Bright Side of Disappointment, p. 52; September, 1985, Joan Hamilton Bowman, review of The Fat Cats, Cousin Scraggs, and the Monster Mice, p. 118; December, 1987, Sharron McElmeel, review of Fang, p. 74; April, 1989, Amy Adler, review of The Knight Who Was Afraid of the Dark, p. 82; June, 1990, Pearl Herscovitch, review of Stay, Fang, p. 100; March, 1991, Marie Orlando, review of Wally, the Worry-Warthog, p. 172; March, 1992, Debra S. Gold, review of Mommy's Office, p. 215; June, 1992, Jacqueline Rose, review of Alone at Home, p. 115; October, 1993, Linda Greengrass, review of Turkey in the Straw, p. p. 100; June, 1994, Virginia Opocensky, review of The Knight Who Was Afraid to Fight, p. 101; July, 1995, Susan Hepler, review of Good-Bye/Hello, p. 63; February, 1997, Amelia Kalin, review of Digby, p. 81; December, 1997, Christy Norris, review of The New Dog, p. 92; June, 1998, Martha Topol, review of Where Do Beds Sleep?, p. 108; January, 1999, p. 90; September, 2002, Shelley B. Sutherland, review of Katie's Wish, p. 193; September, 2003, Grace Oliff, review of Tight Times, p. 84; April, 2006, Julie Roach, review of Who Is Your Favorite Monster, Mama?, p. 106.
Wilson Library Bulletin, October, 1989, p. 105.
Barbara Shook Hazen Home Page,http://www.barbarashookhazen.com (April 20, 2007).