Books by Lori Osiecki

Released: Aug. 15, 2000

Jay's (Swimming Lessons, 1998) sassy Jane returns, coping with a familiar childhood dilemma with her usual verve. Unable to fathom why her parents and grandmother are so excited about her first loose tooth, Jane is appalled by their tales of a tooth fairy who retrieves children's teeth left under their pillows. Harboring nostalgic feelings for her wayward tooth, Jane endeavors to prevent it from falling out, attempting to brush it until it's stronger. Alas, all the extra brushing hastens the inevitable outcome. However, Jane relinquishes her tooth to the tooth fairy with plenty of panache, gussying it up with paint and glitter. Jay's writing is snappy and gleefully irreverent, with Jane providing a running commentary on everything from Grandma's false teeth (after observing Grandma removing her wig and dentures, Jane keeps a wary eye on her to make sure she doesn't remove any other appendages) to the nefarious activities of the tooth fairy. "If I went around pulling out people's teeth, I would probably have to go to jail. I know this because I tried pulling out Jimmy's tooth during naptime, and I had to sit in the corner all through recess." The wry humor is an engaging blend of child-like literalness coupled with a keen sense of the absurd, allowing readers to deflate their anxiety over this milestone with laughter. Osiecki's saw-toothed illustrations adeptly capture Jane's persona; the pigtailed Jane, sporting snazzy spectacles, is as delightfully unique in the pictures as she is in the story. Lettering is set in Fontesque and small pictures are plunked into the text giving that a rollicking look as well. A super combination. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1998

Although this story from newcomer Jay, about a young girl's reluctance to learn how to swim, is long-winded, it conveys a genuine sense of how children feel in the face of parental prompting. Momma explains to Jane that she must learn how to swim; threats, logic, nonsense ensue, and nothing but Jimmy's taunts convince Jane that she has to jump into the pool. And then she loves it. Osiecki combines personable scratchboard illustrations with some Photoshop coloration, to no significant effect, but the entire enterprise, if predictable, is friendly bibliotherapy. (Picture book. 5-9) Read full book review >