Books by Jef Czekaj

HORNS, TAILS, SPIKES, AND CLAWS by J. Elizabeth Mills
Released: July 1, 2012

"The back cover states that children can create 125 creatures, and aspiring Dr. Frankensteins will enjoy rising to the challenge. (Board book. 3-5)"
Youngsters can create a wacky assortment of monsters in this mix-and-match board book. Read full book review >
OINK-A-DOODLE-MOO by Jef Czekaj
Released: June 1, 2012

"Get ready for many, ever-sillier rereadings. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Warning: This book will make children want to play the telephone game all day long. Read full book review >
YES, YES, YAUL! by Jef Czekaj
Released: May 8, 2012

"Czekaj's tale radiates good cheer, in both its snappy dialogue and its vitalizing artwork, and effectively counsels that involvement is one of the keys to living. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hip and Hop (Hip & Hop, Don't Stop!, 2010) return to put some positive vibes into the life of a Mr. Negativo. Read full book review >
A CALL FOR A NEW ALPHABET by Jef Czekaj
ABC BOOKS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A clever use of a familiar but not stale premise to clue new readers in to some of our written language's little foibles. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Weary of being stuck near the end of the ABCs and saddled with the same old "xylophone" and "x-ray" all the time, the letter X campaigns for a new alphabetical order and a different job in this wry variation on Althea Kontis' Alpha-Oops!, illustrated by Bob Kolar (2003), and Steve Metzger's The Mixed-Up Alphabet, illustrated by Jannie Ho (2007). Read full book review >
HIP & HOP, DON’T STOP! by Jef Czekaj
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 16, 2010

"Readers can set the lyrics to their own kind of music, engage with poetry and the written word and maybe experience a little of that universal harmony. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Music is the universal solvent of socioeconomic and geopolitical barriers. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"We're Writing the Constitution (1987). (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Memorable for the contrast between the melodramatic title and Czekaj's funny cartoon scenes of popeyed children putting on a low-budget stage play, this account of our Constitutional Convention should leave even less attentive readers with some idea of what the resultant document is all about. Read full book review >