Books by Jacqui Robbins

TWO OF A KIND by Jacqui Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2009

What makes a true friend? Kayla and Melanie are "two of a kind," but not in a good way. They stick together, dress the same, exclude others and even mock other girls in the class. Julisa and Anna are buddies, too, but they're the kind of girls who help others and invite everyone else to play with them at recess. This sweet friendship is threatened when Anna briefly joins the mean girls and ignores her friend. Schoolchildren will nod with recognition and empathy when Anna is torn in two directions and will breathe a sigh of relief when she makes the right decision. This straightforward and familiar situation is made even clearer by Phelan's expressive watercolor illustrations, in which Kayla and Melanie's sharp eyebrows let the reader know just what kind of girls they are. Teachers and parents in need of a springboard for discussions of exclusion and social cruelty will find this book very helpful. Julisa and Anna are fine models for young girls looking for guidance in the ways of friendship. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
THE NEW GIRL...AND ME by Jacqui Robbins
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2006

A young outsider finds a best friend in the new girl in her class. On the first day of school, narrator Mia watches intently as Ms. Becky introduces Shakeeta to the others. All the nervous new girl can think of to say is, "I have an iguana." Mia immediately does some research on iguanas at the school library. The next day, when Shakeeta (like Mia) fails to be chosen by other students for a soccer game, a friendship is born via a discussion of iguanas, and blossoms into a best friendship, with laughter and the sharing of "Igabelle's" care and feeding. Phelan's pale watercolor illustrations beautifully capture the gentleness and vulnerability of his young protagonists and Robbins's pitch-perfect prose makes this a subtle winner. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >