Latest Reviews for My Latest Book!

Thank you MidWest Book Review!


"The dialogue and comic pictures of Mr. Small and friends are adorable, comic, erudite, and sweet. Kids and grown ups alike will clamor for more adventures of Mr. Small. This graphic novel will encourage reluctant readers to read, read, and read some more."


Thank you Children's Book Council for choosing CHILLY as a HOT PICK!

CBC Hot Off the Shelf Hot Pick for the September 2017!


 Thank you Nina Laden for a great review!


"Who knows what lurks under the fridge? Mr. Small will take you on the greatest little adventure you ever laid eyes on." --Nina Laden author-illustrator of The Night I followed the Dog


Thank you Marla.  So glad Mr. Small made you laugh.


"HYSTERICAL! I really enjoyed this book.(The Big Adventures of Mr. Small) It's one you can read over and over again and find something that you missed the previous time -- LOVE it!" --Marla Conn, ReadAbility


Such a great review!  WOW!  Thank you 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." -Midwest Book Review, on the Picturebook Shelf


Is there still a place in children's books for loony, goofy plots and a bit of potty humor,,,the answer is...yes! Thank you Kirkus!


“Can eyeballs be characters if they don't have a face to sit in? If you add stick arms and legs, they can. When they link up with a "teeny tiny hamster" who's in search of a big adventure, the result is a goofy plot ...The panels abut one another without traditional borders, and they teem with activity...The sheer looniness of the premise combines with potty humor.” -Kirkus Reviews


Thank you so much Robin!


"Readers will fall in love big time with Mr. Small." -- Robin Newman author of Wilcox and Griswold: The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake

Kirkus Star & Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Creston Books  Fall 2015
Creston Books Fall 2015

A starred review from Kirkus!  

"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."


A very special review from 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."  


A starred review from Publishers Weekly! 

"The idea that letting someone go can sometimes be the best way to love them isn't an easy one to share with children (or parents for that matter), but Van and Adinolfi do so with grace and aplomb."


Children's Book Council HOT OFF THE PRESS READING LIST featured title for the month of November 2015.  


THE LITTLE TREE was one of eight books chosen by Los Angeles Times for their Holiday Book List. 


A lovely review from THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW! December 18, 2015



Henry Holt Square Fish
Henry Holt 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."


School Library Journal

"...the vivid double-page art work is filled with action and energy.  Colorfully clothed characters, vibrant back rounds and almost touchable textures make each page fresh and appealing."


Washington Post

"JoAnn Adinolfi's zany gouache and collage illustrations grace this tale as wonderfully as Mrs. Archer's whipped-cream swirls adorn her beauteous desserts."


Henry Holt
Henry Holt

The New York Times

"Goofy, cartoonish, mixed-media illustrations with their background asides like little mariachi figurines and marked-up homework stuck to the refrigerator provide plenty of atmospheric chaos."


Publishers Weekly

"Merrily underscoring the differences between two households, Adinolfi's quirky mixed-media art is a playful jumble of geometric shapes and holiday motifs."


Horn Book

"...the jolly collage art ties it all together, depicting each family's traditions with finesse."



HarperCollins  I Can Read
HarperCollins I Can Read


"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 ir spiky bits of spot art."

HarperCollins Math Start Series
HarperCollins 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."

G.P. Putnam's Sons & Create Space
G.P. Putnam's Sons & Create Space


"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."


Publishers Weekly

"Adinolfi's working in fluorescent hues and a genially raw mixed-media style leaves no doubt that the title character is a woman possessed." 

Magination Press
Magination Press

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."