Books by Mark Jones

J.D.'s Scratch Match by Mark Gabriele
Released: Sept. 2, 2012

"Sweet, warm, friendly, unique and utterly readable."
Some problems aren't what you think they are, as this quietly humorous picture book illustrates. Read full book review >
MERMAID DANCE by Marjorie Rose Hakala
Released: June 1, 2009

Hakala's enchanting tale explores the fantastical world of mermaids. As evening arrives and the tide rises high, a school of colorful mermaids gathers at the shore. These fey creatures adorn the coast with ocean treasures for their midnight feast. After dining on the sea's bounty, the mermaids dance among the waves in a celebration of the summer solstice. Gentle text that mimics the steady rhythm of the sea offers readers a soothing lullaby. Jones's pastel illustrations provide a lush background for the beguiling tale. A vivid palette illuminates the intensity of the ocean at dusk. His layered, luminescent pictures present a unique perspective of activity both above and below the surface. This bewitching combination of ethereal paintings and fanciful text invites readers to contemplate the secrets of the sea long after the book is closed. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
SNOW PARTY by Harriet Ziefert
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"[W]hen the first snow of the year falls on the first day of winter, [the snowpeople] have a snow party!" A pedestrian text describes the snowpeople's gathering and preparation for the event; it's a novel enough idea, but what makes this book succeed are newcomer Jones's illustrations, which take the premise and go all-out. Traditional three-ball-high snowpeople, wearing the simplest accessories—a top hat, a babushka scarf, earmuffs, a red riding-hood—are given enormous personality and vigor as they celebrate. Varied perspectives offer long-shots and close-ups, deep purples and blues in the background allowing the coal-eyed, carrot-nosed folk to fairly glow at their gala. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >