Books by Jennifer Emery

SHEILA SAYS WE'RE WEIRD by Ruth Ann Smalley
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

Right along with a nosy young neighbor, children get an eyeful of a family's sustainable lifestyle. Read full book review >
MOVING DAY by Ralph Fletcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

Thirty-four brief poems express the volatile responses of 12-year-old Fletch to these "six poisonous words: We're going to move to Ohio." Fletcher goes from denial to dismay to "Defrosting the Freezer" (for which the reader should be prepared with a tissue or two) to the discovery of long-lost treasures and the eventual understanding that this move will mean difficult changes for every member of his family. Of course, there are one or two things, such as the neighborhood bully, that Fletch won't be sad to leave. The poet leaves pretension at the moving-van door and gives readers a real feel for the evocative emotions of a regular kid—and that regular kid was Fletcher himself. Emery's accompanying watercolor illustrations are like flashes of family history viewed through hand-swiped frost on windows of memory. They are simple, but they speak volumes. A fine collection. (Poetry. 7-14)Read full book review >
ANIMAL ALPHABED by Margriet Ruurs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

As a young child is tucked under her animal quilt, she realizes that one of the animals is missing. So begins an abecedarian search that will have all the animals coming to life and leading her on an adventure. Unfortunately, while the concept is creative, its execution is very poor. The search is so convoluted that young readers will get lost along the way, just as the main character does when she repeatedly loses track of her mission. The mixes of different rhythms and rhymes make this a difficult read aloud, for both the reader and the listener. Punctuation adds to the difficulty. Some of the rhymes are forced, others seem to be used just for the rhyme and not because they move the plot along. Emery's illustrations accurately reflect the silliness of the text, including the hints to look for the missing animal on certain pages. Nevertheless, even this element of fun will not rescue this effort. This tortuous bedtime search for a missing animal is one to miss. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >