A Quieter Story, Holiday House/
Margaret Ferguson Books- 7/9/19
A girl writing a story about a kitten grapples with her own adventurous pet’s
editorial input. “This is a story about a kitten,” reads the first line of the storywithin-
a-story, to which the girl’s orange-and-black tabby responds: “A kitten?!
Don’t you mean a…TIGER!” “Um…okay,” is the child’s accommodating reply,
and she revises her work to suit his wishes for a tale with “PEP! [and] PIZZAZZ!”
She places her protagonist in a jungle and the double-page spread shows her
hands applying paint and glue to her artwork, providing readers with an entertaining,
visually immersive, first-person point of view. The imaginative child’s
art benefits from Woodruff’s own deft use of cheery colors in her mixed-media
illustrations, as the girl adds cartoony-looking vipers, hyenas, and “ROCKETS!
ROBOTS! LIGHTNING! SHARKS!” to the scene, while the now-wide-eyed cat
becomes increasingly (and humorously) more nervous-looking. Recognizing that
her frightened kitten is not as bold as he’d fancied himself, the girl finally cozies
up with him in her lap to write “a quieter story,” though he still requests “just a
little bit of pizzazz.” --Horn Book Magazine
". . . a story that may especially stand out for those who know or own—or are—a small barker."
Julie Roach, Horn Book Magazine, May/June 2016
"VERDICT Emerson’s enthusiasm and good intentions will have readers rooting for him. A fun read-aloud for storytimes and small group sharing."
Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada, School Library Journal
Readers will enjoy Emerson’s misadventure and may hope for a follow-up to see just how Emerson and the others deal with Kissy’s mewling brood.
Randall Enos, Booklist
She'll Be Coming Up the Mountain- The THIRD book collaboration with Kim Norman featuring ten arctic companions.
"Woodruff’s cartooning adds a cozy note to this festive look at New England’s highlights."
Super Silly School Poems, written by David Greenberg, illustrated by Liza Woodruff, Sterling Publishing, June, 2014
How About a Kiss For Me?, written by Todd Tarpley, illustrated by Liza Woodruff, Dutton Children’s Books, June, 2010
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever!, written by Elizabeth Bennett, illustrated by Liza Woodruff, Scholastic, 2007
Jack and Jill, Illustrated by Liza Woodruff, A Child’s World, 2010
Little Bo Peep, Illustrated by Liza Woodruff, A Child’s World, 2009
Mary Had a Little Lamb, illustrated by Liza Woodruff, 2011
Lindy Blues: The Big Scoop, written by Dorian Cirrone, illustrated by Liza Woodruff, Marshall Cavendish, October 2006
Lindy Blues: The Missing Silver Dollar, written by Dorian Cirrone, illustrated by Liza Woodruff, Marshall Cavendish, 2006
What Time is It?, written by Demar Reggier, illustrated by Liza Woodruff, Children’s Press, Fall 2005
Too Tall Tina, written by Donna Marie Pittino, illustrated by Liza Woodruff, Kane Press, Spring 2005
Stacks of Trouble, written by Martha Brenner, illustrated by Liza Woodruff, Kane Press, Spring 2000
The Long Wait, written by Annie Cobb, illustrated by Liza Woodruff, Spring 2000
How to Be a Bride and a Flower Girl, Too!, written by Marielle Alison, illustrated by Liza Woodruff, Little Simon, Fall 1999
Deck the Halls, illustrated by Liza Woodruff, Harper Festival, Fall 2003
Mabel Ran Away with the Toys, written by Jan Wahl, illustrated by Liza Woodruff, Charlesbridge, Spring 2000
Dancing with Daddy, written by Willy Welch, illustrated by Liza Woodruff, Charlesbridge, Spring 2002
Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream, written by Cindy Neuschwander, illustrated by Liza Woodruff, Scholastic, Spring 1998