Books by Jan Brett

THE MERMAID by Jan Brett
by Jan Brett, illustrated by Jan Brett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Not quite just right but sure to please Brett's fans. (Picture book. 3-5)"
More "The Three Bears" than "The Little Mermaid," Brett's latest picture book was inspired by her visits to Okinawa and the New England Aquarium, where she encountered the Pacific octopus. Read full book review >
MOSSY by Jan Brett
by Jan Brett, illustrated by Jan Brett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A quirky and very satisfying tale of nature and home. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A turtle with a garden on her shell? Read full book review >
THREE LITTLE DASSIES by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Beguiling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mashing up the ever-popular English story of "The Three Little Pigs" with her Namibian experiences, Brett uses her magical watercolor-and-gouache paintings to create a distinctive visual world. Read full book review >
THE EASTER EGG by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Luscious. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Brett is in rare visual form in this tale of a bunny who hopes to win a prized opportunity to help the Easter Rabbit. Read full book review >
THE THREE SNOW BEARS by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Children and adults alike will pore over each page, relishing the richness of Brett's artwork. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Brett sets the familiar story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in the Arctic, replacing Goldilocks with Aloo-ki, an Inuit girl who stumbles upon the snow bears' igloo while hunting for her lost dog team. Read full book review >
HEDGIE BLASTS OFF! by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Despite his obvious enthusiasm for space travel, this is not one of Hedgie's most successful outings. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Fans of Brett's Hedgie will enjoy his predictable triumph in this lighthearted space adventure. Read full book review >
HONEY...HONEY...LION! by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The cumulative patterns, sound effects and suspense, together with the dramatically depicted animals, will make this a popular choice for reading aloud. (Picture book. 4-7)"
African animals and landscapes take center stage in this lively retelling of a traditional folktale from Botswana. Read full book review >
THE UMBRELLA by Jan Brett
by Jan Brett, illustrated by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Indeed, Brett surpasses herself in this handsomely designed and beautifully executed appreciation of so different a setting. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Carlos makes an umbrella from shiny, green fronds to go into the cloud forest, hoping to see many animals. Read full book review >
ON NOAH’S ARK by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Striking in its simplicity of telling, the watercolor and gouache artwork of birds, insects, and mammals breathes life into this apocryphal tale. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Bushels of interpretations of this Bible story exist, from humorous spins to wooden stylized images to an endangered animals slant, but Brett applies her familiar, appealing style and creates a child-friendly, beautifully crafted version. Read full book review >
WHO’S THAT KNOCKING ON CHRISTMAS EVE? by Jan Brett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Brett's many fans will enjoy sharing this on Christmas Eve, perhaps with a plate of Scandinavian heart-shaped cookies like those that Kyri baked. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The solemn (and not too scary) polar bear gazing out from the cover of this latest offering from Brett (Daisy Comes Home, 2002, etc.) sets the tone for a tall tale of troll trouble based on a Norwegian folk tale. Read full book review >
DAISY COMES HOME by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The lesson of standing up for oneself is very gently etched in a read-aloud that will reward lots of poring over pictures. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This popular author visits Asia for a charming tale of a plucky hen. Read full book review >
GINGERBREAD BABY by Jan Brett
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The mischief-maker may be a brat, but the gingerbread cookie is also the agent of good cheer, and Brett allows that spirit to run free on these pages. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a snowbound Swiss village, Matti figures it's a good day to make a gingerbread man. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"This eye- filling volume offer a wealth of detail, perfect for sharing in the days counting down to Christmas. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Brett (The Hat, 1997, etc.) glorifies an old-fashioned Christmas in her lavish and detailed edition of the classic poem. Read full book review >
THE HAT by Jan Brett
by Jan Brett, illustrated by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 29, 1997

"Brett's somber tones of pre-winter are enlivened by the intricate, colorful clothing; her fine, independent heroine is in charge of the story, and the inventive little hedgehog triumphs as well. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In a companion book to Brett's The Mitten (1989), a little girl decides to unpack her winter woolens from their decorated chest and hang them out on a line to air before winter comes. Read full book review >
TOWN MOUSE, COUNTRY MOUSE by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"A strong entry from a popular artist. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
Brett's (Christmas Trolls, 1993, etc.) embellishment of the familiar tale is clever: Each mouse here has a wife, and, like many contemporary couples, these two decide to exchange homes for a while. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS TROLLS by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"Scandinavian details in Brett's bright, crisply delineated art, especially in the intriguing borders—where the trolls' charming pet hedgehogs are busy with their own related pursuits. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Blond, blue-eyed Treva (The Trouble with Trolls, 1992) teaches a pair of greedy little trolls how to celebrate Christmas: following them in order to find the gifts and ornaments they've snitched from her house, she helps them decorate their home, shows them how to share, and offers them a gift—a gesture they make in return on Christmas morning. Read full book review >
TROUBLE WITH TROLLS by Jan Brett
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Nicely plotted, with unusually imaginative and appealing illustrations featuring Norwegian folk art motifs, rendered with verve and exquisite care. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Treva and her dog Tuffi are setting out over the mountain when a small, engaging troll tries to kidnap Tuffi. Read full book review >
BERLIOZ THE BEAR by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 11, 1991

"A book to pore over for its wealth of visual pleasures. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On the way to a village ball with his orchestra (six bears), Berlioz forgets his concern about the mysterious buzz in his double bass when his bandwagon's wheel falls into a pothole—and when the mule goes on a sitdown strike from which a long series of helpful animals fails to dislodge him. Read full book review >
FOR OUR CHILDREN by Jan Brett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 1991

"Most useful as an adjunct to the recently issued musical album of the same title, featuring popular rock and pop performers, and as a sampling of the artists' work. (Nonfiction. 2-10)*justify no*"
Subtitled A Book to Benefit the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, an eclectic group of 19 songs—nursery, folk, popular—with music included for just five, and illustrations (mostly new) contributed by 24 well-known children's illustrators. Read full book review >
SCARY, SCARY HALLOWEEN by Jan Brett
Released: Oct. 20, 1986

"A good book to read aloud between visitors on that special scary night."
Strong, clear pictures in vivid autumnal colors provide the setting for a troupe of traditional creatures—skeleton, ghost, vampire, werewolf, witches, goblins, gremlins, devil, and even a creature in a winding sheet—cavorting about for Halloween. Read full book review >
THE MOTHER'S DAY MICE by Jan Brett
Released: March 17, 1986

A part of the Bunting/Brett holiday picture book series, the painless, if obvious, story of what three mice give their mother on her day. Read full book review >
THE VALENTINE BEARS by Jan Brett
Released: Feb. 1, 1983

"A banal conceit, and unappealing pictures."
For just one moment, lightning almost strikes: Mrs. Bear, settling in for the winter, set the alarm early—for February 14—so she and Mr. Bear could, for once, celebrate Valentine's Day. Read full book review >
ST. PATRICK'S DAY IN THE MORNING by Jan Brett
Released: March 1, 1980

"Bunting tries too hard for color and imagery without supplying any narrative structure or incidents; and Brett's green and black drawings are just drab."
Somewhere in Ireland, on Saint Patrick's day in the morning, Jamie wakes up early, resenting that he's too small to walk in the parade. Read full book review >