Books by Martin Jenkins

THE HISTORY OF MONEY by Martin Jenkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A thoughtful and entertaining story of how we got from trading a pig for a sack of rye to 'Chapter Fifteen: In which we discover how easy it is for money to disappear.' (author's note, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A snappy course in the evolution of exchange. Read full book review >
CAN WE SAVE THE TIGER? by Martin Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"This is a treasure for teachers and animal lovers alike. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
From big, beautiful tigers to the lowly partula snail, the stunning illustrations in this album of endangered species accompany a familiar message: Human actions change the world in ways that affect many other species. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"The random assortment of facts may spark a mild interest in the topic, but it all reads like a middlebrow magazine article and is certainly no substitute for the more conscientious likes of Bruce Koscielniak's About Time (2004) or Joan Dash's Longitude Prize (2000). (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Taking an amiable ramble through the story of how we have created measures for time, Jenkins steps out with random notes on animal migration and other signs of biological clocks, saunters past the invention of weeks, months, hours, minutes and mechanical clocks and fetches up at last with a brush past relativistic effects. Read full book review >
JONATHAN SWIFT’S GULLIVER by Martin Jenkins
ADVENTURE
Released: March 31, 2005

A handsomely packaged alternative for readers not quite up for the original, this abridgement pairs a toned-down, quicker-moving but otherwise substantially intact version of Gulliver's four voyages with a generous array of vignettes, larger drawings and paintings—all featuring craggy-featured, elaborately clad (except, of course, for the dignified Houyhnhnms and capering but discreetly posed Yahoos) grotesques in extravagantly detailed settings. Read full book review >
GRANDMA ELEPHANT’S IN CHARGE by Martin Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"While not all grandmas will appreciate comparisons to the ponderous pachyderms, ones with a sense of humor will enjoy sharing this title with their grandchildren. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Human grandmas and preschoolers will relish this picture-book look at grandma elephant, "the most important member of an elephant family." Read full book review >