Books by John Shelley

HALLOWEEN FOREST by Marion Dane Bauer
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Elegantly designed, this collaboration shows a great respect for children's sensibilities regarding the fine lines between fear, fun and bravery. This title should be at the top of the book pile come autumn. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Veteran Bauer sends an intrepid trick-or-treater into a deliciously creepy forest full of fantastical frights and rattling menaces. Read full book review >
FAMILY REMINDERS by Julie Danneberg
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2009

"Shelley's black-and-white cartoonish sketches don't add much to the strong text but neither do they diminish this warm family story with characters a reader might like to know. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-11)"
Mary McHugh's placid life in the hard-rock gold-mining town of Cripple Creek, Colo., in the 1890s changes when her beloved father loses a leg in a mining accident. Read full book review >
THE BOAT IN THE TREE by Tim Wynne-Jones
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2007

"Sophisticated illustrations and prose are well-matched, and a valuable lesson subtly presented. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A passion for boats and sailing is fueled by sibling dynamics. Read full book review >
BELLA BAXTER AND THE ITCHY DISASTER by Jane B. Mason
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Jolly ink illustrations, generous white space and font and humorous, but predictable story line make this a fine choice for new chapter-book readers. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Life is busy for Bella Baxter at the Sea Inn, where the guests come first. Read full book review >
MVP by Douglas Evans
by Douglas Evans, illustrated by John Shelley
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2004

"Fast-paced, but not a real contender. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Twenty-four 12-year-olds take off on a million-dollar race around the world in this unlikely adventure. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY IN THE BOTTLE by Val Willis
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 30, 1991

"Again, Shelley's imaginative, skillfully drawn illustrations—and especially his witty, detailed borders: comical extensions of the story and of the characters' inner lives—are outstanding. (Picture book. 4-9)"
 Bobby Bell, endearing enfant terrible of The Secret in the Matchbox (1988), returns, his inventive curiosity still being mistaken for mischief. Read full book review >