Minggu, 27 November 2016


Since the year of 2007, I have been writing The Kindergarten Detectives series. With the inspiration of anime and cartoons, The Kindergarten Detectives were born. God has blessed me with the idea, and I have been writing ever since. Aside from writing, I am currently a student in college studying the Early Education field. I chose the field because I love children and helping them learn. I also want to use what I learn in the field for the teachers in my books. My favorite hobbies are drawing, (Anime is my favorite drawing style), writing, arts and crafts, and pretty much going where my imagination takes me. My favorite music is classical. My favorite books are Matilda, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Anne of Green Gables.


PreS-Gr 1—Is there a child who hasn't dreamed of bringing an animal home from the zoo? In this debut picture book, a sad and lonely baseball player spends a day at the zoo and decides he must buy his new walrus friend. While this picture book could steer into the murky area of animal neglect, the author and illustrator do a wonderful job of showing the realities of owning an exotic animal. For example, before the walrus comes home the baseball player builds a 'special enclosure in his backyard for the walrus. It had a huge pool and plenty of places to lie out, and a retractable roof in case it got too cold or too hot. He bought lots of fish and barrels of walrus vitamins, and had fancy lights installed.' Once the baseball player goes on the road with his team, he becomes sad and lonely and realizes he wants to be home with the walrus, so he quits. Of course, then the unemployed baseball player has no money for his expensive pet, so the walrus must go back to the zoo. Luckily there is a happy ending for both characters. The text and hand-drawn pencil illustrations are a perfect match in this story. While the story is complex, the author chooses his words wisely and the length is perfect for one-on-one sharing or a school age storytime.—Brooke Newberry, La Crosse Public Library, WI


Jennifer Nitz was born and raised in the Chicago area, then after studying Zoology in college, spent many years working seasonal jobs studying wildlife or teaching children at camps around the country. Last year a dog from West Yellowstone finally adopted Jennifer, and as she was getting to know him while hiking in the forest, he inspired his name and this book.