Julie Fortenberry

picture books


Viking Books for Young Readers
AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBound

"Fortenberry’s bustling scenes are busy with narrative details: mice ride mini-bikes, and a hound sells vegan hot dogs. When the pair reach their destination, Jake’s enthusiasm is captured with first a shush-eliciting exclamation, then a closing-time tantrum that’s resolved through the revelation that library items can be taken home. Fortenberry aces Jake’s toddler-esque dialogue, but the story’s real charm is in its creaturely illustrations and sweet intergenerational bond." –Publishers Weekly

"Simple exposition and the suspense of the journey carry the tale along, while Fortenberry's delicately sketched and colored illustrations depict a festive community of bears, elephants, giraffes, and many more animals living harmoniously and going about their work and play. Each page is overflowing with cheerful details, giving the impression that there are many stories hidden within this one. VERDICT What educator doesn't like to see the world of books celebrated and pass that on? This is heartily recommended for young reader collections." —School Library Journal

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