Books by Jessica Souhami

PLEASE, MR MAGIC FISH by Jessica Souhami
Released: Sept. 13, 2018

"A pleasingly solid retelling. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Souhami gives "The Fisherman and His Wife" a hopeful twist. Read full book review >
FOXY! by Jessica Souhami
Released: May 1, 2013

"A clear and humorous trickster tale for the youngest readers—a treat. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)"
An excellent spin on a familiar trickster story. Read full book review >
THE STICKY DOLL TRAP by Jessica Souhami
Released: July 1, 2011

"A visually enchanting and aurally engaging retelling of an old, old tale. (author's note) (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
Br'er Rabbit's ancestor, the West African rascal Hare, lives in this vividly delineated retelling. Read full book review >
PIGLET'S PICNIC by Jessica Souhami
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"While the incorporation of synonyms may appeal to adults, for those who are teaching their children not to say 'yuck' to other people's food choices, this may be one to miss—a small quibble. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When Piglet invites nine of her friends to a picnic, young readers are also invited to "unpack" their picnic baskets. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Souhami's rendition doesn't lend itself to audience participation as well as McGovern's does, but figures in the illustrations are more expressively posed, and the cultural context is a little more generic. (brief, non-specific source note) (Picture book/folktale. 5-7)"
In this recast version of an Eastern European tale best known from Ann McGovern's Too Much Noise (1967), Joseph goes to wise Aunty Bella to complain that his house is too small, and she bids him bring all of his livestock inside. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Children who find Tomie dePaola's well-known rendition, Fin M'Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill (1981) a wee bit restrained will have no such complaint here. (source note) (Picture book/folktale. 6-9)"
Souhami (No Dinner, 2000, etc.) dresses up this classic triumph of brains over brawn with bright, blocky scenes featuring broadly gesturing figures, torn paper edges and blazing purple highlights. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"What sets this folktale apart from many others is the author's theatrical sense of timing; Souhami cues storytellers as to the inflections and pauses for suspense that will make this a story- hour favorite. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
Souhami (The Leopard's Drum, 1996, etc.) creates bold illustrations that have the look of cut-paper collage for this retelling of a Hindu tale from The Ramayana. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1996

"A vibrant work. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
The leopard makes a huge drum; the Sky-God, Nyame, offers to reward the animal who can get it for him. Read full book review >
OLD MACDONALD by Jessica Souhami
Released: March 1, 1996

"Grand for the preschool set. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A highly entertaining and inventive version of a favorite song, with plenty of surprises in the gatefolds. Read full book review >