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reviews & honors:

"In Fliess's update, Mary is an inventive scientist, but she's a lonely one...Fliess's verses include enough of the original poem (but tweaked) to tickle readers' funny bones, and the rhyme and rhythm are spot-on. Girl science power and new friendships make for a good combination."  

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Kirkus Reviews



“Sue Fliess (How to Trap a Leprechaun) introduces a little girl with brains, ambition and tons of creativity in a rhyming picture book that would make even Dr. Seuss jealous...Discover: A brainy, science-loving little girl teaches her classmates how amazing nerds can be.”

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Shelf Awareness

“A fun, inventive play on a traditional rhyme that is accompanied by lively mixed-media illustrations. VERDICT This is a surefire read-aloud that shows a girl being a successful scientist and is a great fit for STEM storytimes.”

School Library Journal

Mary made these lists:

A Mighty Girl's Best Book of 2018

Publishers Weekly School & Library Spotlight Fall 2018: Maker Movement Resource List 

Children's Books to Inspire Science-Loving Mighty Girls


Mary Had a 
Little Lab
by Sue Fliess
illustrated by Petros Bouloubasis
Albert Whitman & Company

ISBN-10: 0807549827

ISBN-13: 978-0807549827



Mary is an enterprising young inventor. She wants a pet, but it isn’t one she can easily buy…so she makes one with the Sheepinator! Mary’s pet sheep and her new invention make her popular with her classmates. But when she starts making sheep for her new friends, things go hilariously awry. Can Mary invent a way to fix this mess?


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(Albert Whitman & Company 

illus by Petros Bouloubasis)

has won

Angie Karcher's

Best in Rhyme Award 2018


Big thanks to Angie Karcher,

KidLit TV, and the whole Rhyme Revolution committee from

Mary and I and the whole flock!

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WAS NAMED TO 2019's   

"Masterlist for Oklahoma's

Redbud Read-Aloud Award"

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