Books by Jane Clarke

FIREFLY HOME by Jane Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2019

"A charming, interactive tale that can help young readers engage with reading—probably one that will earn that simple command, 'Again!' (Picture book. 3-6)"
Florence the firefly is lost. Can "you" help her find her way home? Read full book review >
NEON LEON by Jane Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 24, 2018

"Interactive reading at its best. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The title might lead readers to believe—with justification—that this is a blindingly colorful picture book, but it's all the more surprising because Leon is a chameleon! Read full book review >
I SAW ANACONDA by Jane Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A less-gothic alternative to classic versions. (Pop-up picture book. 4-6)"
An Amazonian variation on "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," with flaps and pop-ups. Read full book review >
OLD MACDONALD'S THINGS THAT GO by Jane Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A great singalong that proves that Old MacDonald still has new tricks. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Turns out there's more than a moo-moo here and a moo-moo there on Old MacDonald's farm. Read full book review >
POSY THE PUPPY by Jane Clarke
by Jane Clarke, illustrated by Dynamo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 29, 2016

"It's twee, but it will have its audience. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Cuddly animals everywhere are lucky to have Dr. KittyCat on call. Read full book review >
WHO WOKE THE BABY? by Jane Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"A playful anti-bedtime book—and a whimsically literal introduction to the 'butterfly effect.' (Picture book. 3-5)"
Cumulative verse and bold art define this picture book. Read full book review >
DANCING WITH THE DINOSAURS by Jane Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Appealing enough, but adds little to the substantial dinosaur subgenre. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Each dinosaur has his favorite dance and really knows how to shake it! Read full book review >
GILBERT THE HERO by Jane Clarke
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2011

"This fish story smells stale already. (Picture book. 3-6) "
Big brother shark thinks quickly and saves the day. Read full book review >
STUCK IN THE MUD by Jane Clarke
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

Fine fare for children who think grown-ups are big sillies, this cumulative barnyard tale features a chick in a mud puddle and a lengthening string of helpful animals who get stuck trying to pull him out. Responding to the hen's squawks—" . . . My poor little chick! / He's stuck in the mud . . . / and the mud's deep and thick!"—Cat and Dog, Sheep, Horse and even Farmer run to the rescue, only to find themselves muddy and mired. Parsons' full-bleed cartoons place the familiar cast in a sunny, spacious, easy-to-recognize setting, and the text is split into short segments just right for uncertain new readers. In a climactic fold-out scene, the chick blithely hops out, having never been stuck in the first place, and cheerily gambols away, chortling "Mud is great fun! / I'm sure you'll agree. / I love mucky mud—thanks for playing with me!" The puddle doesn't look all that gooey in the pictures, but this will still make a splash, both with groups and audiences of one. (Picture book. 5-7)Read full book review >
GILBERT THE GREAT by Jane Clarke
ANIMALS
Released: June 5, 2005

When his best friend Raymond moves away, Gilbert, a great white shark, is terribly sad. He can't stop thinking about him, and there's nothing anyone can do to help. "Go and play tide and seek with the pilot fish," says Raymond's mother. "It will make you feel better." Later, in a colorful full-bleed spread, crabs play catch, and Gilbert rides a sea-saw that dips under his weight. But when he meets someone new (another remora fish, whose best friend—a shark—has moved away), Raymond's heavy mood lifts. He hasn't forgotten about his old friend, but he's happy to have a new one. Youngsters will sympathize with Gilbert, and take comfort in the outcome of Clarke's sweet story, which she manages to tell with sensitivity and humor. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >