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(Under pseudonym Emily James) Santa's Surprise (picture book), illustrated by Ethel Gold, Bantam (New York, NY), 1992.

(Under pseudonym Emily James) Jafar's Curse (chapter book; based on the movie Aladdin), Disney, 1993.

The Best Little Monkeys in the World, illustrated by Hilary Knight, Random House (New York, NY), 1987.

The picture book is in a quiet tone, geared toward bedtime telling for young children, and the language is poetic.

"The tranquil cadences of the elegant prose cast a hypnotic spell," commented a Publishers Weekly contributor.

It doesn't pay well, but the experience, for me, was more than worth it. I left to freelance after three years." It was during this period of freelance work that Standiford began writing children's books.

Among her early publications for young readers are the books in the "Space Dog" series.

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Authors' Guild, Authors League of America, Authors Support Intellectual Freedom.

Fifty Books of the Year citation, Federation of Children's Book Groups (United Kingdom), 1992, for Space Dog the Hero; Puffin Award, Alaska Association of School Librarians, 1992, for The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto; American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers designation, 2005, for The Dating Game and Breaking up Is Really, Really Hard to Do.

With The Stone Giant: The Hoax That Fooled America, Standiford adds to her nonfiction oeuvre, recounting the story of two men who "discovered" a petrified human giant in 1869.

The spectacle was nothing but a hoax, but it was so successful at drawing in a paying crowd that even P. Barnum of circus fame followed suit, making a second copy of the stone giant to pass it off as the real thing.

The dog, whose name is Qrxztlq, hails from a planet where dogs lead enlightened lives, speaking, wearing clothes, and walking on their hind legs.

Space Dog grudgingly allows himself to be adopted by Roy, and the rest of the story details Roy's humorous attempts to introduce Qrxztlq to the ways of earthbound dogs.

School Library Journal contributor Sharron Mc Elmeel called the story "proud and heroic," and asserted that it would find a broad audience among young readers.

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