Reviews

Introducing SYLVIE!

I’m thrilled to introduce you to my latest picture book!   “Sylvie hung on a silvery thread from the rusty underside of a fire escape. And though it was dark and damp and disturbingly close to the dumpster, that hideout was home to Sylvie because, you see, not everyone appreciates a spider who calls attention to herself.”  From the… Read more »

Happy National Spider Day and SYLVIE PW Review!

Dear Readers, Happy National Spider Day! (Who knew?) And I’m celebrating with this lovely early review for SYLVIE coming 5/10/22 from Atheneum/Simon and Schuster, Lucy Ruth Cummins and me. Thank you Publishers Weekly!  https://publishersweekly.com/978-1-5344-6348-6   “In this standalone spin-off to Truman, a gray spider named Sylvie keeps a close eye on four of an apartment… Read more »

GROUP HUG – A Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift!

Are you looking for a fresh & fun Valentine’s Day gift or storytime read? How about GROUP HUG from Macmillan/Henry Holt/Godwin Books, Joey Chou and me? Through a forest of friendly animals, our latest picture book encourages kindness and the contagious happiness that hugs can bring. Just add kisses! “This sweetly endearing charmer, highlighting kindness,… Read more »

School Library Journal Loves GROUP HUG!

And I’m loving their review! Thank you School Library Journal! “A group hug begins when one very kind slug hugs a lonely beetle. A mouse then stumbles onto the scene, and the hug expands; skunk, squirrel, and beaver follow, and so the comfort of a hug is shared with every animal that feels frustrated, down, misunderstood,… Read more »

Hooray! GROUP HUG is out today!

Hooray! GROUP HUG is out today from Macmillan/Henry Holt/Godwin Books, Joey Chou and me! Kirkus Reviews calls it “a captivating winner.” Publishers Weekly says it “radiate(s) a sense of unalloyed communal joy.” And School Library Journal calls it an “excellent storytelling experience.” If you’d like a copy for yourself or a young reader in your life, buying options are right here:  IndieBound Barnes &… Read more »

Give Hugs this Holiday Season!

“This sweetly endearing charmer, highlighting kindness, is expressed in jaunty, witty rhymes that read and scan beautifully … Readers will embrace this captivating winner.” – Kirkus STARRED Review – “The economic text has a surfeit of aural pleasures, and Reidy (Truman) strikes a comic tone that never sinks into sentimentality: an overworked beaver is beckoned… Read more »

Introducing my latest picture book – GROUP HUG!

I’m thrilled to introduce you to my latest picture book! Join a forest of friendly animals as one-by-one they learn the contagious happiness that hugs can bring. This delightful picture book encourages kindness and goes to show “that a hugger finds happiness ‘longside the hugged!” Coming 12/14/21 from Macmillan/Henry Holt/Godwin Books ADVANCE PRAISE “This sweetly endearing charmer, highlighting… Read more »

Red Reading Hub Review of GROUP HUG!

While we’re a little over a month away from GROUP HUG’s U.S. release date, it publishes today in the UK from Scallywag Press. And I’m loving this Red Reading Hub review! “Jean Reidy’s telling comprises story elements both young listeners and beginning readers delight in: a repeat refrain (the title in this case), a spare… Read more »