Books by Noah Z. Jones

A BIKE LIKE SERGIO'S by Maribeth Boelts
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Embedded in this heartwarming story of doing the right thing is a deft examination of the pressures of income inequality on children. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Continuing from their acclaimed Those Shoes (2007), Boelts and Jones entwine conversations on money, motives, and morality. Read full book review >
Released: April 29, 2014

"Fledgling readers will agree with Princess' bemused comment: 'This Land of Fake-Believe is crazy-cakes!' (Fantasy. 6-8)"
Jones takes "The Three Bears" for a dizzy spin in this laff-riot series opener. Read full book review >
DUCK, DUCK, MOOSE! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

" Fun, fun, fun! (Picture book. 3-6)"
Two ducks plus one moose equals mayhem, mischief and true friendship. Read full book review >
HERE COMES TROUBLE! by Corinne Demas
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Though Toby is a pleasing pooch, ultimately the canine-vs.-feline conflict is less than compelling. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Toby is a precocious tan-and-brown hound who learns to get along with a neighbor cat in this mildly humorous sequel to Always in Trouble (2008). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A tale of rejection and acceptance with echoes of 'The Ugly Duckling.' (Picture book. 4-7)"
Accidently uprooted from his garden patch, a sweet potato is repeatedly excluded from other gardens before landing in just the right place. Read full book review >
Released: July 24, 2012

"When budgets or problems aren't quite right for the likes of Spider-Man or the Dark Knight, here's a reasonably priced alternative. (Picture book/poetry. 7-9)"
From Blunder Woman to Stuporman, this gallery of underemployed B-list superheroes is up for any task. Read full book review >
STUFF by Margie Palatini
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

An anti-consumerist cautionary tale just doesn't quite work. Read full book review >
DANCE WITH ME by Jr. Smith
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Shake, shake, shake it, baby! / Come and dance with me!" Two children travel through their neighborhood, preparing for a party; as they go, they invite both readers and everyone they meet to join in the fun. Jones creates a welcoming urban landscape Keats's Peter would recognize in color, shape and zest, peopling it with a diverse cast of humans and animals who all end up obligingly wiggling, moving and bouncing along with the main characters. The use of repetitive, highly chantable wording engages this book's very young audience, supporting language development even as it encourages them to throw their whole bodies into the experience of reading it. The book may be shared equally well with large and small groups, making it an apt choice for storytimes and creative play. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
THOSE SHOES by Maribeth Boelts
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

The hottest fad can also be the most expensive and out of reach for children in limited financial circumstances. Jeremy, living with his Grandma, dreams of wearing the latest cool black high-tops with two white stripes. But as Grandma points out, "There's no room for ‘want' around here—just ‘need' " and what Jeremy needs and gets is a new pair of winter boots. Jeremy's quest for new sneakers takes on more urgency when his old pair fall apart, and the only choice is the Velcro baby-blue set meant for little kids found in the school's donation box by the guidance counselor. Even Grandma understands and together they search several thrift shops and actually find the coveted black high-tops, but they're too small. Buying them anyway, Jeremy makes a heartfelt decision to put them to a more practical and generous use. Boelts blends themes of teasing, embarrassment and disappointment with kindness and generosity in a realistic interracial school scenario bringing affecting closure to a little boy's effort to cope in a world filled with materialistic attractions and distractions. Muted browns/greens/blues done in watercolors, pencils and ink, and digitally arranged, add to the story's expressive affirmation of what is really important. (Picture book. 6-9)Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

Grampa aka Dr. Adam Bender owns and runs the Bed and Biscuit, an animal boarding house. Ernest his pig, Milly his cat and Gabby his mynah assist . . . well, Ernest assists by carrying heavy buckets at milking and feeding time. Gabby mostly causes problems imitating Grampa on the telephone. A fire at the neighbor's house adds an orphaned Scottie puppy to the family. Milly, the former "baby," doesn't like being replaced. When she and the puppy's blanket vanish, everyone jumps to the wrong conclusion. It's up to Ernest to solve the mystery and bring Milly home. Jones's watercolor-and-pencil illustrations bring the animals of Carris's easy chapter book to life. This is worth a place in most collections, especially where Dick King-Smith's works circulate well. A short afterword points out the realism in the animal characters. Kids will welcome sequels. (Fiction. 6-10)Read full book review >
NOT NORMAN by Kelly Bennett
Released: March 1, 2005

In Bennett's story, a little boy (African-American) gets a goldfish as a present. Not a dog or a cat, not a pet that can curl up on his bed at night, for goodness sake—a goldfish. He thinks maybe he will trade the fish for something more pet-like; maybe he could do a trade-in. But events conspire to keep Norman the goldfish in the boy's possession. Slowly, grudgingly, the boy starts appreciating Norman's qualities: He's a good listener, he likes the boy's tuba-playing and though he'll never curl up on the boy's bed, he's there to console in the deep of the night. Maybe—no, certainly—the boy will keep Norman, whose virtue just took a little time to surface. Jones's bold art—great cutouts of refined color and characters that might have stepped out of the Hey Arnold Nickelodeon cartoon show—give the rather bald text the warmth to teach that appearances are rarely the whole truth. (Kudos to the illustrator and publisher for deciding this child did not have to be a freckle-faced blonde.) (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >