• 2001 Texas Bluebonnet Award

  • 2000-2001 Florida Children’s Book Honor Award

  • Nominated for 2002 California Young Reader Medal

  • Also nominated for state book awards in: Nebraska, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Dakota, Washington, Wyoming, North Carolina, Indiana, Missouri, Georgia, Maryland, Colorado

  • 2000 Storytelling World Honor Award

  • ABA’s Pick of the Lists

  • One of NY Library’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing

  • 2000 Children’s Booksellers Choice Award

  • Society of School Librarians International Honor Book

  • Children’s Book of the Month Club Main Selection

”A boisterous romp.” 
Publishers Weekly 

”Part careful recipe, part wild farce this gloriously illustrated picture book brings the farmyard into the kitchen with parody and puns and nonsense slapstick that kids will love.” 


  • ALA 2002 Notable Book

  • 2004 California Young Reader Medal

  • Colorado Book Award 2002

  • Nest Literary Classics

  • Irma S. & James H. Black Honor Book for 2001

  • Child Magazine’s “Best  Books of the Year for 2001”

  • One of NY Library’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing

  • Children’s Book of the  Month Club

  • 2002-3 Texas Bluebonnet  Master List

  • Also nominated for state book awards in 15 states

  • Featured on Good Morning America

”Kids will gobble this up.” 
Publishers Weekly 

”Required reading for all Jacks and Jills.” 

“ . . . an inventive, amusing farce that blends elements of Gilbert and Sullivan with Monty Python and Mel Brooks.”
The Horn Book


  • New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2006 Wanda Gág Book Award (Minnesota). This winning picture book received perfect scores from all its readers and listeners! The story appealed to first through fourth graders who loved the prairie dog characters and didn’t want the story to end.

  • 2006 Notable Children's Book in the English Language Arts

  • 2007 Colorado Children's Book Award

  • 2007 North Dakota Flicker Tail Award

  • 2008 Vermont Red Clover Award

  • 2008 Maine Chickadee Award

  • 2008 Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award

  • 2008 Nebraska Golden Sower Award

  • 2008 New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award

  • 2008 Maryland Black-eyed Susan Award

  • 2008 Montana Treasure State Picture Book Award

  • 2008-9 Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award

  • Currently nominated for several more state book awards

”A wonderful addition for storyhours, this title will be requested again and again.” 
School Library Journal 


  • 2004 Storytelling World Award

  • 2004 IRA Children’s Choice Award

  • 2004 Colorado Children's Book Award Nominee

  • 2004 Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award master list


  • New York Times Best Seller

  • 2010 Texas Bluebonnet Award

  • 2010 Florida Children’s Book Award

  • Named One of Time Magazine’s Ten Best Children’s Books of 2008

  • Nominated for several state book awards

 ” . . . self-described “Canine Counselor” Mr. Mutt fires off savvy solutions for correspondents with a string of doggy dilemmas, from enforced diets and silly costumes to humans who’d rather watch TV than play “fetch.” Reminding readers (two-legged ones too, perchance) that it’s entirely natural for dogs to bark, play and maybe get a little rank, and also that “it’s a dog-eat-treat world,” Mr. Mutt suggests coping strategies (“If your people get you in the tub, start shaking”), many of which involve some harassment of the local felines. That last draws counterfire from the Counselor’s own cat and, ultimately, a brief coup—depicted in the gleefully disorderly watercolors by a view of the chubby writer tied to his own desk chair with real yarn—that muzzles Mr. Mutt until he’s rescued by a charging squad of loyal fans. A host of hilarious dog portraits provide further treats. Three licks (“People call it kisses. We call it dessert.”) for the Stevens sisters.