Books by Jim Fowler

ARCTIC AESOP'S FABLES by Susi Gregg Fowler
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"A distinctive, respectful selection from the Aesopian canon. (Picture book/folktales. 6-9)"
Twelve classic fables are more or less successfully transposed to northern climes by an Alaskan author and illustrator. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Best friends and small quarrels are the subject of this mild short novel, covering familiar ground for the early chapter book readers. When Molly moves to a new neighborhood, she's snubbed by Violet the bully, but becomes instant best friends with Albertina. The two embark on building a treehouse together, and Molly shares her secret fear of the dark. Albertina is exceedingly sunny, the perfect best friend, until she gives away Molly's secret. At an age where even petty grievances are crushing blows, Molly is betrayed; the girls reunite when she accepts that best friends can make mistakes. The style is light and easy, the characters chummy and wholesome. Fowler (I'll See You When the Moon Is Full, 1994, etc.) is lenient with the girls' ages and abilities; their conversations lapse into stiff adultish expressions, and they construct the walls of the treehouse without supervision, yet Molly can't sleep without a night-light. Still this is an amiable choice for transitional readers, with two-color illustrations to break up the text. (Fiction. 7-9) Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1994

Getting ready for a two-week business trip, bald-topped Daddy shares his feelings with Abe: ``I miss you so much that my hair falls out.'' Sometimes, too, he says, instead of taking notes in meetings he draws the two of them fishing—just as Abe does, waiting at home. Companionably, both confide the effects of the separation, and then Daddy promises to be home when the crescent moon is full; Abe can watch it, and draw it, larger each day. ``You can always count on the moon, and...on me.'' Comforting, sensible, and crafted with care (it's especially good to find a picture book where the moon isn't full all the time), the story is nicely extended in bright, realistic illustrations where the pajama-clad preschooler—first seen wistfully hiding in the empty suitcase—confirms his closeness to Dad while he helps him pack. (Picture book. 3-7) Read full book review >
FOG by Susi Gregg Fowler
by Susi Gregg Fowler, illustrated by Jim Fowler
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

When ``the worst fog [Dad's] ever seen'' wraps itself around the house, even Momma seems worried. Then Grandma suggests they all listen: ``It wants something.'' In the silence, a dripping faucet, a toppling block city, and a scratching dog are reminders of tasks left undone, but Grandma comes up with a more imaginative idea: ``The fog came for music!'' Tuning up, the family joins in singing and playing until the gloom abates and even the fog, swirling and billowing, seems to dance as it moves away. Fowler's strong, unsentimental paintings move the story beyond a particular family chasing the weather blues to a more universal message about meeting adversity with cheerful ingenuity. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >