Books by Jennifer Plecas

OLIVE'S PERFECT WORLD by Jennifer  Plecas
Released: July 11, 2013

"Bibliotherapy with its heart in the right place, though a little underdone. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Olive and Emily, Emily and Olive; they will be best friends forever. Period. The End. Or is it? Read full book review >
THE BASKET BALL by Esmé Raji Codell
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Any girl who has ever been rejected from a boys' game will identify with this story, but with the growing popularity and availability of girls' sports, one hopes she won't have to go to the lengths Lulu did to find a league of her own. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Girl power on the b-ball court. Read full book review >
PRETEND by Jennifer  Plecas
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2011

"Darling and genuine. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A sweet, imaginative father-son adventure. Read full book review >
ELLA KAZOO WILL NOT BRUSH HER HAIR by Lee Fox
FICTION
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"Many families will relate to a stubborn child who refuses to brush her hair; Ella Kazoo offers a humorous take with a fine solution. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ella Kazoo will do anything to avoid brushing her hair. Read full book review >
LOVE IS A GOOD THING TO FEEL by Barbara Joosse
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"It's hard to argue with this one. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little girl and her toy rabbit riff on love in a sort of free-association celebration. Read full book review >
PLEASE IS A GOOD WORD TO SAY by Barbara Joosse
NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

"Good words of wisdom for the right kind of manners. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Chatty and knowledgeable about today's etiquette, a little girl named Harriet with red "curly burly" locks demonstrates good words and phrases for all kinds of situations. Read full book review >
BAD DOG SCHOOL by Barbara M. Joosse
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 23, 2004

"It's a little long, and Harris looks a little old to be playing pirates with his dog, but Zippy zooms past these issues with ease thanks to his zesty individuality. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Zippy is a small, tan dog of indeterminate breed but distinct character in this story with a theme of compromise and moderation. Read full book review >
BABY DANCED THE POLKA by Karen Beaumont
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 2004

"Don't even try to sit still with this one. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The toddler and nursery-school sets will delightedly clap and cavort in step with this wide-awake baby, who boogies with a succession of toy animals rather than settle down to sleep. Read full book review >
LOVE THAT BABY! by Kathryn Lasky
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Altogether as charming as a clean and smiling infant. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A reassuring mini-encyclopedia of what life is like with a new baby addresses its audience of only slightly older siblings with enthusiastic cheer. Read full book review >
AGAPANTHUS HUM AND THE ANGEL HOOT by Joy Cowley
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"A howling success. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
Good little Mommy and good little Daddy are back with their irrepressible, growing daughter, Agapanthus Hum (Agapanthus Hum and the Eyeglasses, 1999; Agapanthus Hum and Major Bark, 2001). Read full book review >
GET WELL, GOOD KNIGHT by Shelley Moore Thomas
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Long live the Good Knight! (Easy reader. 4-8)"
AGAPANTHUS HUM AND MAJOR BARK by Joy Cowley
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"This sparkling addition to the adventures of Agapanthus gently reminds us all that it's more than okay to be different: it's cause for celebration. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Cowley's (Agapanthus Hum and the Eyeglasses, 1999) spunky, bespectacled heroine acquires a pet as unabashedly unique as she is when a trip to the local shelter results not in the intended cat, but a dog. Read full book review >
EMMA’S YUCKY BROTHER by Jean Little
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A first choice for most libraries and an excellent book to recommend to families with adopted or foster children. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
The very best easy readers also succeed as picture books or read-alone fiction that a child would choose to read as an entertaining story rather than an educational exercise. Read full book review >
AGAPANTHUS HUM AND THE EYEGLASSES by Joy Cowley
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"This story is just like Agapanthus, full of beans, song, and heart; she's so disarming in both text and Plecas's comic illustrations that readers will hope for an encore. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Agapanthus Hum is always in motion, a packet of energy who also happens to wear glasses, which cause her no end of trouble. Read full book review >
EMMA'S MAGIC WINTER by Jean Little
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 30, 1998

"Shyness, friendship, and little brothers are all encountered and adroitly dealt with, as the girls move from winter "into a magic spring." (Fiction. 5-8)"
Several complicated issues for children are nicely resolved in Little's book, her first for the I Can Read series. Read full book review >
RATTLEBONE ROCK by Sylvia Andrews
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"For younger readers, it may also help make spooks less spooky. (Picture book. 3-7)"
 A bouncy, airy rhyme of ghouls who leave their graves on Halloween for an all-night shindig. Read full book review >
SNOW DAY! by Barbara M. Joosse
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 21, 1995

I FOUND MOUSE by Pamela D. Greenwood
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

"An excellent early chapter book. (Fiction/Young Reader. 5-9)"
 Mom is off to study Native American art for three weeks, and Justin, 10, is backpacking with Grandad, leaving Dad and younger sister Tessie, the narrator, to cope on their own. Read full book review >
THE OUTSIDE DOG by Charlotte Pomerantz
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

"Pancho's insinuation into this affectionate family of two is charming. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
 Her grandpa is adamant—Marisol may not have a dog, even though there are numerous strays on their Puerto Rican hillside; dogs have ``fleas and ticks and who knows what.'' Marisol doesn't complain, but bit by ingenuous bit she negotiates. Read full book review >
WHAT ABOUT MY GOLDFISH? by Pamela D. Greenwood
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Plecas's unpretentious, nicely expressive pen-and- watercolor illustrations make just the right complement to the likable, realistic story. (Young reader. 6-9)"
 A reassuring early chapter-book about moving. Read full book review >