Books by Ellen Javernick

WHAT IF EVERYBODY THOUGHT THAT? by Ellen Javernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2019

"Thoughts always inform actions; if we can help youngsters see individuals instead of differences, there's hope. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Thinking mean-spirited thoughts can be just as damaging as saying them out loud. Read full book review >
WHAT IF EVERYBODY SAID THAT? by Ellen Javernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"A reminder to be aware of what one says, as well as a discussion starter about actions and consequences. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A tiny tot learns that words can hurt. Read full book review >
WHAT IF EVERYBODY DID THAT?  by Ellen Javernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

Think before you act, little one. Javernick presents a series of small infractions, 13 in all, committed by a clueless little boy. These include feeding the bears at the zoo, standing up on the school bus, rushing onto a football field to get a player's autograph, littering from a moving car, shooting a straw wrapper into the air at a restaurant, interrupting the librarian during storytime to ask a question, throwing his coat on the floor at school, etc. Each incident ends with a humorless, scolding adult pointedly asking, "What if everybody did that?" Madden's mixed-media illustrations are colorful and detailed, devoting one spread to each faux pas. The left-hand page depicts the little boy caught in flagrante by a scowling adult; the right-hand page depicts his imagining the consequences of "everybody doing that." This head-on approach may not be to all tastes. The chastising adults look frighteningly imposing, and, though at book's end the little boy's positive act (a loving hug) is amply rewarded, there's no indication of lessons learned. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
THE BIRTHDAY PET by Ellen Javernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

A little boy is inundated with new pets he doesn't want in this humorous reminder that listening counts. When his folks offer to give him "any kind of animal" for his birthday, Danny announces that all he wants is a turtle. Instead, Dad gets Danny a dog. Then Mom buys him a kitten, his big brother comes home with a rat and his older sister opts for a bird. Not surprisingly, each pet proves disappointing. Eventually, the family clues into Danny's wishes and he gets the turtle he's yearned for all along. The simple verse text allows readers to anticipate and complete rhymes from page to page, thereby participating in Danny's dilemma. O'Malley's expressive, action-packed illustrations, created with design markers and colored pencils, feature close-ups of Danny's overzealous new dog, his screeching new kitten, his beady-eyed new rat, his squawking new bird and finally his slow and steady new turtle, providing amusing contrasts between the pets his family selected and the pet Danny prefers. Funny and varied perspectives on the perfect pet. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >