Books by Jennifer Herbert

THE WACKY SUBSTITUTE by Sally Derby
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

Unfortunately, Mr. Wuerst starts his day by dropping his glasses in the frying pan. They smell like bacon, but they're broken. Just then, Principal Carter calls asking Mr. W. to come in to substitute for their kindergarten teacher. Mr. W. says yes, and thus begins a Mr. Magoo cartoon for a new generation. Mr. W. mistakes a mop for Principal Carter. He tries to read a cushion to take class roll. He thinks the gerbils are fur caps. Moreover, at the end of the day, he leads the class out to a fire engine rather than to their bus. Derby's Mr. Wuerst is more confused and sleepy than wacky, but young listeners, especially one-on-one, will laugh at his mistakes. Herbert's gouache illustrations, with their thick brown lines, bright colors and Peanuts style, are a bit flat, but they have a certain whimsy. A sweet addition to large collections, but strapped budgets won't miss this one. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
WHAT WILL WE DO WITH THE BABY-O? by Theo Heras
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 2, 2004

This collection of ten rhymes and songs manages to group some traditional favorites such as Trot Trot to Boston and Hush Little Baby with more modern folk songs like Woodie Guthrie's Jig Along Home. Simple graphics rendered in a vibrant palette feature a family of five enjoying their day from morning coffee and horsey rides to bath time and bed. Cartoon-like, they feature big bright eyes—often opened really wide; little spots for mouths—unless formed in a huge smile; upturned noses shaped like an upside-down u; and pink polka-dotted spots for cheeks. Accompanying each rhyme are suggestions for hand or body movements that can enhance playtime with baby and music for most of the selections follows at the end. A unique grouping of rhymes and bold illustrations make this selection a standout. There will be no question about what to do with baby with this collection around. Lively, toe-tapping fun. (Picture book. 2-4)Read full book review >