Books by Denise Brennan-Nelson

GOOD NIGHT, LIBRARY by Denise Brennan-Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2019

"What could have been a calming bedtime story featuring the variety of things found in a library is spoiled by abrasive artwork. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Bedtime stories are plentiful, but this one is anything but tender and restful. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, FOREST by Denise Brennan-Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2018

"Good for sharing one on one, this is a pleasant bedtime story for those who don't already have enough. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Another riff on Goodnight Moon, this one is set in a forest. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, REINDEER by Denise Brennan-Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A fresh take on Santa's reindeer and their imaginary lives at the North Pole. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Santa tucks each reindeer in bed for a night of restful sleep before their important journey around the world. Read full book review >
WILLOW AND THE WEDDING by Denise Brennan-Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2017

"A well-meaning but anodyne picture book for the post-gay-marriage era that doesn't imagine what could come next. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Following her eponymous debut (2008), Willow's second adventure is gay—as in happy and as in, well, gay. Read full book review >
LEOPOLD THE LION by Denise Brennan-Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An essential look at the importance of an active lifestyle sneakily disguised as a fanciful feline tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Keeping a lion as a pet is never easy. Read full book review >
TEACH ME TO LOVE by Denise Brennan-Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"While the book is well-intentioned, the 'teach me' moments are both forced and too sweet for most palates. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The color photos of 11 different baby animals will produce many oohs and aahs, while the singsong rhymes teach various attributes. Read full book review >
LITTLE HALLOWEEN by Denise Brennan-Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Skip this one and check out Steven Kroll's The Biggest Pumpkin Surprise Ever!, illustrated by Jeni Bassett (2012), for a gentle introduction to Halloween for little ones. (Board book. 2-4)"
A sturdy little book of easy-to-solve Halloween riddles in rhyme. Read full book review >
HE'S BEEN A MONSTER ALL DAY! by Denise Brennan-Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"This young monster's journey could inspire some self-reflection on those cranky, crabby days.(Picture book. 3-5)"
A mother's descriptive complaint sets her misbehaving preschooler to imagining the enjoyment of the crude mischief of a monster's life. Read full book review >
MAESTRO STU SAVES THE ZOO by Denise Brennan-Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2012

"As a hunt-and-peck for idioms, this can be fun and even educational; as a story, this can be forgotten. (Picture book. 6-10) "
An uneven tale of a boy saving his city's zoo. Read full book review >
WILLOW by Denise Brennan-Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Pair this with Peter Reynolds's The Dot (2003) and Paul Zelinsky's Doodler Doodling (2004) for an outside-the-lines art experience. (Picture book. 6-10)"
In dictatorial Miss Hawthorn's cheerless art room, students sit "in their rows, silent and still, like eggs in a carton" producing cookie-cutter busywork. Read full book review >