Books by Marthe Jocelyn

ONE PIECE OF STRING by Marthe Jocelyn
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Overall, this is a fun and thought-provoking book by a talented illustrator with a knack for wordless storytelling. (Board book. 2-4)"
A piece of string can be many things in this cleverly illustrated wordless board book. Read full book review >
ONE RED BUTTON by Marthe Jocelyn
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"All in all, this is a clever, attractive book that parents and children will thoroughly enjoy. (Board book. 1-4)"
A red button falls off a coat and ends up on an adventure. Read full book review >
SAM SORTS by Marthe Jocelyn
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A deceptively simple, joyous introduction to set theory, with lots of other concept practice as a bonus. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Sam's got a mess, but he knows how to have fun cleaning it up: sorting it! Read full book review >
A BIG DOSE OF LUCKY by Marthe Jocelyn
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A fresh coming-of-age tale with an unconventional twist. (Historical fiction. 13-17)"
Malou always wondered who her parents were and how she came to be the only colored girl at the small-town orphanage. Read full book review >
Released: May 13, 2014

"A thrilling and imaginative reminder that adventure and magic can be found anywhere, especially where one least expects it—and even if your mother texts you incessantly. (Fantasy/steampunk. 8-12)"
A harmonious blend of narrative and intertwined graphic sequences finds two preteens at a comics convention closer to the action than they ever imagined. Read full book review >
WHAT WE HIDE by Marthe Jocelyn
Released: April 8, 2014

"Poignant and often witty, this novel treats its audience to a nuanced look at the era. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
A group of teens alternate narration of this irreverent historical drama set at a Quaker boarding school in England. Read full book review >
SNEAKY ART by Marthe Jocelyn
Released: March 26, 2013

"Good fun, even for those who do not consider themselves artists. (Nonfiction. 8 & up)"
First there were guerrilla knitters, now sneaky artists. Folks who want to create fun, temporary works of art for public places will have plenty of inspiration here. Read full book review >
ONES AND TWOS by Marthe Jocelyn
Released: May 10, 2011

"A worthy contribution to any toddler bookshelf…and hopefully just the beginning of a long partnership. (Picture book. 2-5)"
With their first collaborative effort, this mother-daughter team proves that they are a duo to watch. Read full book review >
Released: March 22, 2011

"The title refers to disparaging comments made by Nathaniel Hawthorne in a letter to his editor; Hawthorne was convinced female writers had nothing worthy to say, but this collection consistently proves him wrong. (notes, bibliography) (Collective biography. 14 & up)"
Spanning the globe and 1,000 years, Jocelyn profiles extraordinary women whose writing offers fascinating insight into their respective places and times. Read full book review >
FOLLY by Marthe Jocelyn
Released: May 11, 2010

"A thoughtful, accessible and richly detailed read that moves along at a satisfying clip—this will appeal beyond just already-established fans of historical fiction. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Alternating narratives weave a tale of fatalistic misfortune set in Victorian England with an unexpected note of hope striking the final chord. Read full book review >
SAME SAME by Marthe Jocelyn
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"An inviting way of introducing connections and commonalities. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Giving preschoolers and even aging toddlers food for thought, on each page Slaughter and Jocelyn group three items—all rendered as bright, very simple graphic images in primary colors plus black, white and green—that share a common characteristic: "round things," "things that make music," "things that fly." Read full book review >
WOULD YOU by Marthe Jocelyn
Released: July 8, 2008

"A realistic and very credible account of how one family's life is inexplicably and unexpectedly shattered. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Sisters Claire and Natalie share a room, clothes and secrets until an accident separates them forever. Read full book review >
READY FOR SUMMER by Marthe Jocelyn
Released: April 8, 2008

"One of four titles, one for each season."
Off with the pajamas! Read full book review >
EATS by Marthe Jocelyn
by Marthe Jocelyn, illustrated by Tom Slaughter
Released: Sept. 9, 2007

"A good choice for storytime sharing. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The creators of One Some Many (2004) are back, this time with a concept book about what different animals eat. Read full book review >
Released: March 13, 2007

"Colorful and engrossing. (Fiction. 11-15)"
In 1924, Annie and her mother, an elegant but fraudulent clairvoyant, move among upstate New York towns, profiting tidily by telling seekers what they want to hear. Read full book review >
ABC x 3 by Marthe Jocelyn
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"An uneven outing from a team that usually does better, but refreshing for its multicultural outlook. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Illustrated with simple paper-cuts in bright, high contrast colors, this trilingual alphabet pairs upper and lower case letters in a sans serif face with appropriate, if sometimes unexpected, shapes, animals or items captioned in English, Spanish and French. Read full book review >
OVER UNDER by Marthe Jocelyn
Released: March 8, 2005

"With just enough extraneous detail to keep it from being pedantic, this will inspire plenty of repeat visits as it enriches younger viewers' verbal and visual vocabularies. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Slaughter explores more concepts with the same supersaturated colors and cut-paper, predominantly animal, forms that make One Some Many (2004) and 1 2 3: A Counting Book (2003) such toddlers' delights. Read full book review >
ONE SOME MANY by Marthe Jocelyn
Released: June 8, 2004

"Too bad it tries to be so many things. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A combination concept and counting book, this would work better if it were one or the other. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2004

"An interesting ploy, and if the inner workings are a bit too obvious, still a good read. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In 1901, Mable, 14, and her older sister, Viola, board with a dairy-farm family in Ontario. Read full book review >
A DAY WITH NELLIE by Marthe Jocelyn
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"Fast, clever, and fun. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Busy Nellie wakes up in a tangle of blankets ready to start a full day. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A dazzling book to stimulate reader's imaginations and creativity. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Readers with a penchant for collecting things will be enthralled by Jocelyn's (Earthly Astonishments, 2000, etc.) youthful hobbyist and her eclectic assortment of objects. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2000

"Set in and around Coney Island and the Lower East Side of New York City in the 19th century, the novel is full of historical color while focusing on a tiny person whose courage and inner fortitude are very large, indeed. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A small but plucky and resourceful heroine stars in this novel, set in the era of P.T. Barnum and his extraordinary exhibits, from Jocelyn (Hannah and the Seven Dresses, p. 884, etc.). Read full book review >