Books by Emily Jenkins

THE WHOOPIE PIE WAR by Emily Jenkins
Released: July 23, 2013

"With humor and sympathy for her appealing protagonist and his secret friend, Jenkins continues a strong series for readers of short chapter books. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
A whoopie-pie truck threatens the Wolowitz family ice cream business in this third adventure starring fourth-grader Hank and his invisible bandapat friend, Inkling. Read full book review >
WATER IN THE PARK by Emily Jenkins
Released: May 14, 2013

"Water may flow in abundance through these pages, but this title is an outpouring of observation that repays careful readers richly. (Picture book. 3-6)"
From sunrise to sunset on a scorching summer day, people (and animals) use the water found in a park in many different ways. Read full book review >
LEMONADE IN WINTER by Emily Jenkins
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"A tale of ingenuity, youthful determination and marvelous math. (Math picture book. 4-7)"
Why would anyone sell cold drinks on a blustery, winter day? Read full book review >
DANGEROUS PUMPKINS by Emily Jenkins
Released: July 24, 2012

"Appealing any time of the year. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Brooklyn fourth-grader Hank Wolowitz faces his worst Halloween ever when his invisible friend, Inkling, discovers that pumpkins are his favorite kind of food. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"This enjoyable trio deserves its rightful place away from the confines of any toy chest. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Who could imagine the introduction of a self-conscious stingray could lead to such great things? Read full book review >
INVISIBLE INKLING by Emily Jenkins
Released: April 26, 2011

"Anyone who who has ever had an imaginary friend will appreciate sassy Inkling (who's invisible—not imaginary). (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Nine-year-old Hank Wolowitz fears the prospect of fourth grade at New York's PS 166 without friends—his best friend Alexander just moved away (against his will). Read full book review >
SUGAR WOULD NOT EAT IT by Emily Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: May 12, 2009

"Kids who are lectured at about what to eat will identify with stalwart Sugar, who knows what she likes. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A boy and a kitten engage in a battle of wills over feline food preferences. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE BIT SCARY PEOPLE by Emily Jenkins
FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 2008

"An amusing reality check for the easily intimidated. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little red-haired girl observes that many of the people in her neighborhood and school seem a "little bit scary." Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Poignant and compelling, this sequel sparkles. (Fantasy. 5-9)"
Even more tender than its predecessor, these six related stories skillfully capture the bittersweet challenges of childhood independence. Read full book review >
SKUNKDOG by Emily Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: April 29, 2008

"Pratt's paintings use bold strokes and deep hues against the background of brilliant green grass, with blurry shadows adding a dreamlike quality to Dumpling's story. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Jenkins and Pratt team up for a second canine-themed collaboration, this time focusing on a white dog named Dumpling and her unlikely friendship with a skunk. Read full book review >
WHAT HAPPENS ON WEDNESDAYS by Emily Jenkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"Another domestic triumph. (Picture book. 3-6)"
"What happens on Wednesdays is I wake up when it is still dark out." Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"A blend of Toy Story and the stories of Johnny Gruelle and A.A. Milne, this is a solid collection that will serve as a good read-aloud, as well as a nice choice for young readers, who will enjoy exploring the warm, secret world of toys. (Fiction. 6-10)"
A little girl has three toys who are best friends: Stingray, a stuffed stingray who claims to know it all, Lumphy; a daring and curious stuffed buffalo; and Plastic, a bouncing, red toy who has yet to find out her true identity. Read full book review >
LOVE YOU WHEN YOU WHINE by Emily Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 6, 2006

"While the assurance of parental love is commendable, might young listeners assume there are no negative consequences to misbehavior? (Picture book. 3-6)"
Just how far will parental love stretch? Read full book review >
THAT NEW ANIMAL by Emily Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: March 10, 2005

"These two will fetch delight in Jenkins's clever take on new arrivals. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Fudge Fudge and Marshmallow do not like the new animal, not one bit. Read full book review >
MY FAVORITE THING (ACCORDING TO ALBERTA) by Emily Jenkins
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"But they are not so very different either," without adult interpretation. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Wielding pen, brush, and odd bits of cloth or cardboard with breezy abandon, Cantone depicts a pop-eyed, carrot-topped child in variously skewed domestic settings, tallying her "particular tastes"—"Dogs are not her favorite thing. ‘I do not like large ones that drool, but small ones that keep their tongues in their mouths are okay.' " After going on to weigh in on cats, foods, colors, her big brother, baths, boats, and baby dolls, Alberta concludes with the unsurprising revelation that her very favorite thing is (wait for it): "ME!" Read full book review >
DAFFODIL by Emily Jenkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 3, 2004

"Entertaining and blooming with child appeal. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The creative team of Five Creatures (2001) has produced a spirited tale about individuality. Read full book review >
MISTER POSTERIOR AND THE GENIUS CHILD by Emily Jenkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2002

"A moving and sensitive story, artfully enclosed in an engaging and deceptively lighthearted narrative."
A touching, genuinely funny debut from Jenkins (Tongue First: Adventures in Physical Culture, not reviewed) on the strange coming-of-age of a precocious girl at a progressive school in the '70s. Read full book review >
FIVE CREATURES by Emily Jenkins
ADVENTURE
Released: April 20, 2001

"A great introduction to Venn diagramming, but fun enough to start folks grouping on their own. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Shared and distinct traits appear in the five creatures in Jenkins's household—two adults, a young girl, and two cats. Read full book review >
THE SECRET LIFE OF BILLIE'S UNCLE MYRON by Len Jenkin
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Truly original creative turns show promise, but can't compensate for a wild-card plot. (Fiction. 8-12)"
 When Billie and her baby brother, Bix, neglected children of rock stars, stow away in their uncle's car, they find themselves transported to the Borderland, a world where animals talk. Read full book review >