Books by Jenni Desmond

THE ELEPHANT by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A must-have for anyone who loves elephants. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
As a young boy in a striped shirt and blue jeans reads his book about elephants, readers learn facts along with him. Read full book review >
ALBERT'S TREE by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"There are lots of children's books about cute bears who talk like people, but few are as cleverly put together and as witty as Albert's little adventure. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A wailing, sad tree poses a problem for a loving bear just waking from hibernation. Read full book review >
I HAVE A LITTLE SEEDLING by Cari Meister
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"Expect oohs and aahs when planted at a baby shower. (Board book. 1-3)"
Newborns and toddlers will miss this gentle board book's subtleties, but new moms will get the message: Babies grow all too quickly. Read full book review >
BLUE MONSTER WANTS IT ALL! by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2018

"An amusing, over-the-top new-sibling book with echoes of 'The Fisherman and His Wife.' (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little monster who loves "brand-new things more than anything" has some trouble adjusting to a new baby in the family. Read full book review >
ON THE NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STAR by Amy Hest
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A gentle, empathetic tribute to the value of reaching out to welcome a new friend. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Bunny and Dog live solitary, parallel lives in adjacent homes until their shared glimpse of a shooting star engenders a new and steadfast friendship. Read full book review >
THE POLAR BEAR by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An uneven effort. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
In this companion to The Blue Whale (2015), Desmond introduces the polar bear's habitat, physical characteristics, life cycle, and food sources.Read full book review >
THE BLUE WHALE by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2015

"Still, whale lovers will breach with happiness over this rich, artful mix of fact and frolic. (map) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
With playful observations and comparisons, Desmond presents a fount of information about "the largest living creature on our planet." Read full book review >
THE FIRST SLODGE by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"From the primordial ooze to the red fruit, the illustrations serve to reinforce the Adam and Eve metaphor, and the whole thing may leave readers rooting for the serpentlike Snawk. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The prolific Willis' offbeat fable of cooperation and sharing features a solitary green, bipedal, two-armed, sluglike being called a Slodge. Read full book review >
ERIC, THE BOY WHO LOST HIS GRAVITY by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"Sturdy children, particularly those with siblings, will respond to the starkness of emotions expressed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a challenge to tales in which children rise in the air when elated, Eric and his toddler sister, Alice, both float upward when "very angry." Happiness literally re-grounds them. Read full book review >
RED CAT BLUE CAT by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"The plot is familiar, but energetic artwork and a comical twist at the end may make it feel fresh enough to entertain a new generation of feline fanciers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Feline enemies become firm friends in this predictable but potentially pleasing debut. Read full book review >