Books by Josephine Nobisso

FRANCIS WOKE UP EARLY by Josephine Nobisso
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Heartfelt, if florid. (creators' note, author's postscript) (Picture book/religion. 5-8)"
An imagined tale of Francis of Assisi as a boy doing good foreshadows later saintly activities. Read full book review >
TAKE IT TO THE QUEEN by Josephine Nobisso
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Extensive notes explaining the religious symbolism, and allegorical interpretations are included on the reverse of the dust-jacket flaps. (author's note) (Picture book. 8-12)"
Nobisso and Szegedi (The Weight of a Mass, 2002) team up again for another original tale vaguely incorporating concepts from Roman Catholic doctrine, this time in a story about a queen who represents an allegorical Virgin Mary. Read full book review >
THE NUMBERS DANCE by Josephine Nobisso
Released: Sept. 28, 2005

"Attention filmmakers! (Picture book. 6-8)"
In an elegantly designed cousin to Bill Martin's Chicka Chicka 1,2,3 (2004), illustrated by Lois Ehlert, the numbers one to ten collide while trying to dance in different styles, creating chaos on the floor. Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT OF A MASS by Josephine Nobisso
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"In a postscript, the author tells of the scrap of historical story that led her to write this original folktale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lovely Catholic parable with a message of faith that can be read with pleasure and understanding by those of any religious background—or none. Read full book review >
IN ENGLISH, OF COURSE by Josephine Nobisso
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"An author's postscript relates Josephine's story to the author's own life as a child in Little Italy in the Bronx, but any child will respond to the joy of Josephine's storytelling. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A plucky small girl in a new classroom manages to tell a story in English, even though it isn't quite the one she intended. Read full book review >
THE MOON’S LULLABY by Josephine Nobisso
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"While it won't quite replace Susan Bonners's Just in Passing, now out of print, children will delight in traveling with the moon as they too fall under her spell. (Picture book. 2-5)"
As the moon follows its orbit in the sky, it sees the first yawn of the night "with a baby's tiny mouth wrapped around it." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"As such it is an exciting introduction to a little-known incident in American history and to a genuine African-American hero. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Move over Casey Jones—John Blair is a legitimate hero who helped save the lives of 300 passengers on a train caught in a terrifying firestorm in Minnesota in 1894. Read full book review >