Books by B.G. Hennessy

CORDUROY TAKES A BOW by Viola Davis
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A sweet story that will have children clamoring to see a show, perhaps with their own bears. (Picture book 3-5)"
Don Freeman's beloved Corduroy experiences an unforgettable night at the theater in this debut picture book from Tony- and Academy Award-winning actress Davis with co-author Hennessy and illustrator Wheeler. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS WISH FOR CORDUROY by B.G. Hennessy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A pleasurable and satisfying back story for the beloved bear named Corduroy. Not too long, not too hard—just right. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A prequel to the beloved classics Corduroy (1968) and A Pocket for Corduroy (1978), this story tells how Corduroy found his green overalls (and his name). Read full book review >
THE SCARY PLACES MAP BOOK by B.G. Hennessy
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"Not particularly challenging—nor, since the settings are conventional enough that even younger children will probably find them familiar, particularly scary either. (Picture book. 7-9)"
In the same vein as the author's Once Upon a Time Map Book (1999 with foldouts; flat edition 2004), more map-reading practice in the guise of an ocean voyage and six tours of spooky landscapes or locales. Read full book review >
CORDUROY LOST AND FOUND by B.G. Hennessy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"The actual author and illustrator get no cover billing, but that shouldn't bother readers willing to settle for respectable replacements. (Picture book. 5-7)"
With Madeline and Little House spin-offs on her resume, plus Rosemary Wells's Yoko and Friends series, the technically versatile Wheeler replaces Lisa McCue to illustrate this latest Corduroy episode in a credible imitation of Don Freeman's style. Read full book review >
MR. OUCHY’S FIRST DAY by B.G. Hennessy
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"Still, the watercolors are bright and energetic, Mr. Ouchy is a likable character, and new students may find solace in the fact that teachers can be nervous, too. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Tomorrow is Mr. Ouchy's first day of teaching, and he is eager, but a little nervous. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF by B.G. Hennessy
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"Ovine divine—and darn clever. (Picture book/folktale. 4-7)"
Never has this favorite tale been told with such animation and charming humor. Read full book review >
CLAIRE AND THE UNICORN HAPPY EVER AFTER by B.G. Hennessy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"A good entry to the topic of diversity, and an extension to traditional fairy tale collections. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl wonders what it is that makes her fairytale characters happy forever after and takes a magical nighttime journey with her stuffed unicorn to find the answer. Read full book review >
THE ATTIC CHRISTMAS by B.G. Hennessy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Some readers will appreciate the idea of the continuing circle of family; others will find this a somber story for an ordinarily more cheerful time. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Anthropomorphic Christmas tree ornaments take center stage in this rather sentimental story about the first Christmas after a grandparent's death. Read full book review >
CORDUROY'S BIRTHDAY by B.G. Hennessy
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Call it a lift- the-flap, call it a birthday book, but don't call it Don Freeman's Corduroy (1968). (Picture book. 2-6)"
It's Corduroy's big day, and although he is pushing 30, he doesn't look a day over 5; in the years since his first appearance he has learned how to keep both straps of his overalls buttoned. Read full book review >
THE FIRST NIGHT by B.G. Hennessy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"John 1:14). (Picture book. 2-7)"
Creating illustrations with paintings on butternut wood, its delicate grain providing texture and its artfully roughened edges a weathered, rustic look, the artists use jewel-bright blues and rich earth tones to depict the shepherds following the star and the baby they find in the stable. Read full book review >
WHEN YOU WERE JUST A LITTLE GIRL by B.G. Hennessy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Not an exercise in nostalgia, but a book that effectively bridges the generations by means of their common experiences. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A modern grandma, wearing jeans, tells her grandchildren what it was like to be their age—she played many of the same games they do and also put on shows for which everything was homemade; she read some of the same stories, celebrated the same holidays, and wondered about the future. Read full book review >

Beginning with "The Queen of Hearts," Hennessy has fashioned a new rhymed tale involving several other characters from Mother Goose, each in turn joining the search for the missing sweets: Jack and Jill, King Cole, Old Mother Hubbard, etc. The tarts are found at last: the knave, who seems to be the queen's affectionate little boy, is giving them to the hungry children who live in the shoe. Read full book review >