THE LITTLE TREE
Kirkus Starred Review
Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"Adinolfi expertly layers mixed media comprising colored pencils, gouache, stamping and more to create texture and movement on the static page. Add vibrant colors in saturated hues, and the story's dreamlike environs come to life. Full of gentle rhythm and repetition, this deceptively simple, layered poetic tale will charm its way into readers' hearts and begs to be read over and over again." -Kirkus
Smithsonian Book Dragon
"Artist, JoAnn Adinolfi, infuses Van's familial fairy tale with vibrant colors, swirling motion, and whimsical detail throughout, as if a reminder of the beauty all around us, even in difficult situations. Written with empathy, drawn with vivacity, The Little Tree turns out to be quite a big story filled with hope, care, trust and so much love."
THE CHILLY ADVENTURES OF MR. SMALL
THE BIG ADVENTURES OF MR. SMALL
Midwest Book Review
"Deftly written and colorfully illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi, "The Big Adventures of Mr. Small" is the picture book story of Mr. Small who is a hamster with a big hunger for adventure... An original and entertaining tale that will have special appeal for children ages 6 to 10, "The Big Adventures of Mr. Small" is especially and enthusiastically recommended for family, elementary school, and community library collections for young readers."
THE PERFECT THANKSGIVING
MacMillan Square Fish
Family Fun Magazine Best New Books
"Adinolfi's vibrant gouache, colored paper and collage illustrations provide much to be thankful for."
New York Times Books Review
"This could be great read-aloud book, with its humor and its bumptious illustrations, which use to great effect many of the techniques children learn in art class."
Math Start Series
"...but the highlight of the book is the effective design. An intelligent blending if white space and colors make each double-page spread visually stand out. A box on one side or each page helps children keep track of multiplying lizards, and a closing section offers adults a few more ideas for easy math education."
School Library Journal
"Using brilliant colors, a variety of transportation modes and plentiful lizards, LIZARDS demonstrates counting by 5s and 10s. Murphy's rhyming text is short and simple and children can add up the reptiles on each spread. The final striking "lizard show" spread is jubilant, resembling fireworks on the page."
THIS BOOK IS HAUNTED
An I Can Read Book
"The art has the right amount of daffy and spooky-eerie faces and clacking bones, in strong colors- to set the tone for these six stories."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Adinolfi's pointy and naively drawn figures are skewed to suit the offbeat mood and the saturated colors (especially in the purply blue nocturnal scenes) provide a theatrical touch that keeps the proceeds from being too scary whether in rich full-bleed images or spiky bits of spot art."
G.P. Putnam's Sons
"Adinolfi's art is steadily fun-offbeat in the right ways-with the characters looking like they've been ironed onto the page, somehow frozen in motion."
"Adinolfi's working in fluorescent hues and a genially raw mixed-media style leaves no doubt that the title character is a woman possessed."
I WANT YOUR MOO
Learning Magazine Teacher's Choice Award for Children's Books
School Library Journal
"...the animals' expressions of disbelief are hilarious...this is a lighthearted tale on a worthy subject, and a smart read-aloud."