Books by Jonathan Green

SEX MONEY MURDER by Jonathan Green
Released: May 15, 2018

"A disturbing yet necessary, significant book by a journalist willing to place himself in danger."
The bloody history of a violent Bronx-based gang in the middle of the crack epidemic. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2010

"Green's steely, factually dense analysis of this unlawful conspiracy sheds light on a perennial human-rights crisis."
The cold-blooded slaying of a runaway Tibetan teenager ignites worldwide concern about the violent oppression at "the roof of the world." Read full book review >
CROSBY by Dennis Haseley
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

Crosby wears ratty old clothes and likes to save bits and pieces of junk. He doesn't pay attention in school, and he has a lot of questions that he never asks. Mostly Crosby just keeps to himself. When he finds a battered, half-broken kite, he fixes it up and sets it flying. That act attracts a friend, someone that Crosby looks forward to seeing again. With its blend of reality and fantasy (the kite talks) this is a strange story to offer the picture-book set, but Haseley (Getting Him, 1994, etc.) does give the melancholy story an emotionally satisfying ending. Green's illustrations are glorious jewel-tone paintings, more expressive than accomplished, but eye-catching all the same. Just for the record, Crosby is drawn as a child with a dusky black complexion, while his new friend is small and yellow. (Picture book. 5-8) Read full book review >
NOAH by Patricia Lee Gauch
adapted by Patricia Lee Gauch, illustrated by Jonathan Green
Released: March 23, 1994

In a simple, invitingly cadenced retelling beginning, ``Here is Noah with grace in his eyes,/Here are his sons/right by his side,'' Gauch adheres closely to the events described in the Bible, from God's command to Noah to build an ark to his family's planting a garden after the animals have finally left them ``happily alone.'' Green, whose debut in Lauture's Father and Son (1992) was widely praised, draws again on his Gullah heritage for paintings in lustrous saturated colors. He depicts most of the humans as black (though one son's wife has blue eyes), and makes creative use of the text's reiterated ``two by two'' in his handsome compositions. Proof positive that, when it comes to books about Noah, there is always ``room for one more.'' (Picture book. 3-8) Read full book review >
FATHER AND SON by Denizé Lauture
Released: Jan. 13, 1993

A Haitian poet who's lived in the US since 1968 and an artist whose ``strong family traditions of his Gullah heritage have always been a major influence on his work'' debut in children's books with this paean to the unity between a father and son. At first, as the two work, play, or worship together, the spare text seems simply to describe the activities shown in Green's paintings; but as man and boy move from one site to another near their seaside home, the meaning deepens: they ``Listen/To the same bird song,/And hum/The same melody...The shadow of one/Touching/The shadow of the other,/The mind of one/Sparking/The mind of the other...The soul of one/Knowing/The soul of the other.'' Using bold brush strokes and saturated colors contrasted with intense, dark hues, Green's powerful compositions focus on the two figures moving harmoniously together. A lovely evocation of a companionable and spiritual relationship at its best. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >