Books by Ellen Jackson

PICKY EATERS by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An engaging introduction to the eating habits of a variety of animals that will keep young readers coming back for as long as the flaps last. (Board book. 2-4)"
Think all animals will eat just anything? Think again. Some animals will only eat some very specific foods. Welcome to the world of picky eaters! Read full book review >
OCTOPUSES ONE TO TEN by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"An appealing introduction for preschool and storytime. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Count the ways that octopuses surprise! Read full book review >
BEASTLY BABIES by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"Lots of fun. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A simple rhyming text celebrates some shared characteristics of baby animals. Read full book review >
TOOLING AROUND by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"The layout and concept deserve better material. (author's note, list of animals' habitat ranges, resources for children, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
The use of tools by nonhuman animals is explored via 11 animals, each with its own watercolor portrait, rhymed couplet and explanatory gloss. Read full book review >
THE SEVEN SEAS by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Backmatter includes further resources and 'Fun Facts about Seas and Oceans.' (Picture book. 5-8)"
When a young rabbit daydreams in geography class of visiting the seven seas, the bodies of water he imagines are, well, not water! Read full book review >
ABE LINCOLN LOVED ANIMALS by Ellen Jackson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Well done. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
There is a wealth of anecdotal and scholarly evidence that Abraham Lincoln abhorred cruelty to animals in a time when that was not a popular sentiment. Read full book review >
NATURE
Released: May 5, 2008

"Thoughtful design adds to the pleasure of this splendid invitation to explore darker corners of the universe. (bibliography, student and teacher resources, clubs and organizations, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
"Strange as it may seem, 96 percent of the universe seems to be made of two ingredients that no one understands." Read full book review >
THE WORLD AROUND US by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Pair with Ken Crosswell's Ten Worlds (May 2006) or other titles that use actual photos and present their information straight, or save your money. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
An imaginary space voyage is the device used to introduce seven planets and four moons of the solar system to middle-grade readers. Read full book review >
EARTH MOTHER  by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Beautiful and satisfying; its own teachable moment. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A wry and cosmic look at the interdependence of all things, wonderfully illustrated by the inimitable Dillons. Read full book review >
SCATTERBRAIN SAM by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"Belly laughs and bravos will punctuate every reading of this fresh, funny recasting. (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)"
Faulkner's (Black Belt, not reviewed, etc.) art waxes more riotously exuberant than ever in Jackson's heavily modified Welsh folktale. Read full book review >
HERE COME THE BRIDES by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Gary Soto's Snapshots From the Wedding (1997) is more fun, but this will fit the bill for those looking for a drier, fact-based approach. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
PLB 0-8027-8469-0 It is hard not to get fussy and a bit sentimental when talking about wedding mores and customs, as is the case here. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF SLIME by Ellen Jackson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Place this book with its green and black slimy cover face-out and it will simply ooze off the shelves. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
``Slime is anything that is oily, greasy, goopy and gross,'' says Jackson (The Precious Gift, 1996, etc.) before she goes on to describe the function of some slime found in nature: egg white, protecting the yolk; frog eggs attached to plants, warming in the sun; human saliva, facilitating a host of processes (this last discussion—one page of the book—may be why the title is catalogued in 611 with human anatomy). Read full book review >
THE PRECIOUS GIFT by Ellen Jackson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"These colorful, swirling compositions and the eloquent text will surely enrapture readers and listeners alike. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
``When the first people came from the underworld, it is said they came up through a reed in the ocean'' are the words of the strange and beautiful beginning of this strange and beautiful Navaho creation myth. Read full book review >
BROWN COW, GREEN GRASS, YELLOW MELLOW SUN by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 1995

"It's all quite bright and joyfully brief. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Yellow mellow sunlight makes the green grass grow tall. Read full book review >
CINDER EDNA by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"O'Malley's satirical characterizations and lively compositions are right in the spirit of the entertaining story. (Picture book. 5-10)"
One of two new takes on a tale that feminists justly find problematic (see also Minters, below). Read full book review >
BORIS THE BORING BOAR by Ellen Jackson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Whether or not it prompts embarrassed self-appraisal, the comical dialogue here is as much fun as the deft caricatures in the well-crafted art. (Picture book. 5-8)"
He may be fuzzy and appealing in Chartier's gentle watercolors, but Boris is a quintessential bore: when he isn't talking about himself, he's meandering through the inconsequential (``...they don't make tin cans the way they used to...I remember a tin of sardines I found in '83. Read full book review >