Books by Julia Denos

HERE AND NOW by Julia Denos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2019

"Readers will find themselves returning for a thoughtful moment again and again. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-12)"
Following Windows (2017), Denos and Goodale reteam to offer a guided meditation through reading. Read full book review >
JUST BEING JACKIE by Margaret Cardillo
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"A lovely literary tribute that will inspire readers to want to know more. (author's note, illustrator's note, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
One of America's most elegant first ladies is introduced to a new generation of readers in this charming picture book. Read full book review >
WINDOWS by Julia Denos
Kirkus Star
by Julia Denos, illustrated by E.B. Goodale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A warmhearted tale of a child, a dog, and their peaceful, friendly, and inviting neighborhood. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Readers are invited to match their observant eyes with those of a child out for an evening walk. Read full book review >
SWATCH by Julia Denos
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2016

"For color wranglers and windblown spirits everywhere. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Swatch is a color whisperer. Read full book review >
GOLDEN AT THE FANCY-DRESS PARTY by Margaret McNamara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Age-appropriate story sophistication outweighs didacticism. (Squeak's glossary, Goldie's cape instructions, music) (Fantasy. 6-8)"
Fairy Golden Bell travels to the mainland for an adventure packed with fairies, fashion and bullying. Read full book review >
ROSY AND THE SECRET FRIEND by Margaret McNamara
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Not the subtlest book, but girls who love fairies won't care. (how to make a fairy house, glossary of baby Squeak's language) (Fantasy. 6-8)"
Fairy Rosy Bell strikes up a forbidden friendship with a human child. Read full book review >
SYLVA AND THE FAIRY BALL by Margaret McNamara
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Good intentions and heroism wrapped in a dainty package for girls who can't get enough fairies. (glossary of baby Squeak's language, cake recipe, music) (Fantasy. 6-9)"
The first installment in a chapter-book series chronicling the adventures of Tinker Bell's younger sisters. Read full book review >
LETTERS TO LEO by Amy Hest
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"In Annie, readers will find a perfectly imperfect Model Citizen, a loving daughter and good friend—in other words, someone a lot like them. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Annie introduces new dog Leo to the Rossi household in a letter of welcome and decides to keep writing, and reading, secret letters to him. Read full book review >
I HAD A FAVORITE DRESS by Boni Ashburn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"A charming interpretation of an old story that will speak to young fashionistas. (Picture book. 4-8) "
A sprightly, modernized and girly version of the Jewish folktale "The Tailor," which also formed the foundation of Simms Taback's Caldecott-winning Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. Read full book review >
GRANDMA'S GLOVES by Cecil Castellucci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

This girl's grandma smells wonderful, cooks amazing doughnuts and knows how to make plants and flowers grow. Sometimes she repeats things, but her granddaughter doesn't mind. Replete with striking images, the soft and atmospheric digitally enhanced watercolors sensitively portray the girl and her family, the garden and Grandma's house. Tragedy quietly strikes when Grandma has to go into the hospital due to an unnamed medical event. She can't recognize her family anymore, and she doesn't even smell right. All too quickly, Grandma dies. Many people offer their memories as Grandma's house is being packed up, and Mama saves some treasures for her daughter, but it's Grandma's gardening gloves the girl wants. Can the girl show Mama what Grandma taught her about gardening so the two can create a garden together? The poetic, sensory and straightforward text strikes a nice balance, and the subtle, comforting ending finishes on a promise for the future. Affecting and realistic, with just the right amount of detail, this is a thoughtful, well-crafted description of a loved one's death, especially appropriate for children undergoing a similar loss. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
DOTTY by Erica S. Perl
by Erica S. Perl, illustrated by Julia Denos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

Ida is ready for a new year at school—complete with her new lunchbox and her imaginary friend, Dotty. Dotty is no subtle, live-in-the-pocket, garden-variety imaginary friend. She is a large, horned buddy with giant red polka dots that match Ida's festive T-shirt. Ms. Raymond, Ida's teacher, seems unperturbed by Dotty or any of the other extra friends who accompany her new pupils—from Keekoo, Katya's tiny braid-inhabiting friend, to Benny's sharp-toothed Spike. As the year goes by, some of these imaginary friends stop attending school, but not Dotty. When classmates make fun of Dotty, Ida's large, quiet friend shows her real power. Denos's whimsical ink illustrations show a confident, freckled girl with her own sense of style, sure of her place in the world whether she has Dotty in tow or not. She includes pleasing touches just right for elementary-school fashionistas: Ms. Raymond's scarf warns careful readers of a surprise at the end, and Ida's dotted clothing ties her to her friend forever. A charmer. (Picture book. 4-9)Read full book review >
100 DAYS AND 99 NIGHTS by Alan Madison
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

Second-grade army brat Esmerelda Swishback McCarther knows all about duty. Uncle Sam has moved her family to Korea, then Kenya, then Germany, before finally depositing them back in the "good ol' U. S. of A." Then one day, during their Saturday morning pancake-making ritual, her father breaks the news that he will be gone on a tour of duty for 100 days and 99 nights. Though Esme is glad that the family doesn't have to move again, she is dismayed at the thought of being without her father. The 100 days turn out to be difficult ones, as do the 99 nights, which are filled with nightmares. To get through them, Esme gets her second-grade class involved in home-front efforts such as a scrap-metal drive and riding their bicycles to and from school to save gas. Although the humor is occasionally off-the-mark and the narrative as a whole is sometimes heavy handed, Madison provides a serviceable and much-needed vehicle for discussing military life and the psychological effects of war on families, particularly children, in modern-day America. (Fiction. 8-12)Read full book review >