We Say No: A Child’s Guide To Resistance

Published by Manic D Press

“A timely reminder that you shouldn’t be part of anyone’s revolution unless there’s dancing involved!”
Cory Doctorow, author of Big Brother
“John and Jana’s wee playful anarchists return with a lovely and refreshing memo to their mates: Every rebellious NO! is also quite naturally an exquisite YES! No to war is yes to peace; no to hatred, an embracing yes to love; no to being labeled, sorted, measured, ranked and judged, an empowering yes to one’s own distinctive humanity and potential agency.”
– Bill Ayers, educator/author, Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident

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Gorilla Gardener

Published by Manic D Press

Gorilla Gardener is a gorgeous, irreverent meditation about what happens when we let nature – and hope – take over the world.”
Ali Benjamin, NYT best-selling author of The Thing About Jellyfish & National Book Award finalist

“John & Jana are les enfants terrible of picture books today. No doubt you may have encountered their previous book A Rule Is to Break: A Child’s Guide to Anarchy. This book is far less confrontational but the play on words in the title (what we have here is a gorilla guerilla) is fairly cute. The idea behind this book is that nature should be encouraged to show up anywhere and everywhere. Seeds should be sewn! Vegetables should crop up in the weirdest places! It actually shows you how to construct little seed bombs that you can throw and deliver to potential new garden spaces. I just love that crazy plan.” – School Library Journal


Frankie Liked To Sing

Published by Abrams Books

“A colorful introduction to the New York, New York singer’s life and career.”
– USA Today

“Seven nicely captures the singer’s power … reinforced by Christy’s delicate illustrations.”  – New York Times

 “A remarkably successful lens into the life and career of one of the 20th century’s formidable musical talents.” – Kirkus

 “Clearly a labor of love, Frankie Liked to Sing is a sweet introduction to the man behind the voice.” – Booklist 

 “Frankie Liked to Sing are the truest words ever written about my dad.” – Tina Sinatra

The Time-Tripping Faradays Series

Published by Capstone Young Readers

“A flying start for a series that puts in a strong bid for Magic Tree House grads … with tantalizing hints of adventures to come.” – Kirkus

 “Full of action and intriguing concepts and possibilities …This sci-fi foray is sure to be embraced by kids who once relished the time-traveling adventures in Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House series or Jon Scieszka’s Time Warp Trio and those who enjoy The Infinity Ring.” – School Library Journal

 “A fast-paced and entertaining novel that leaps from the Roman Empire to the 25th century before settling into 17th-century Prague … readers should be drawn into the siblings’ comical misadventures as they investigate whether an alchemist is trying to pull a fast one over on the Holy Roman Emperor.” – Publishers Weekly

 “What makes The Alchemist War such a great read is the use of time travel to incorporate the learning of history, all the while the humor, action, and mystery keeps you turning the pages …should please children looking for a fun and adventures new series to dive into, and parents will be happy that there’s more than ‘fluff’ and techno gadgets between the covers.” – Book Swoon

The Time-Tripping Faradays books are fast, funny, and excitingly smart.  A contagious mixture of fact, and science fiction infectiously reminiscent of old Doctor Who.  I can’t wait to see where (when) this time travelling family ends up next. I want to be adopted by the Faradys!” – Thomas E. Sniegoski, author of The Fallen series

Happy Punks 123

Published by Manic D Press

“Basically this is a John Waters film made kid-friendly and picture book accessible … From Portland to Williamsburg you’re bound to find folks loving the Happy Punks 1 2 3 vibe. It’s relentlessly cheery and the kind of book that makes you feel good after you finish it. World of counting books? Prepare to meet the latest, greatest addition to your fold.” – School Library Journal

 “Promoting numeracy and joie de vivre in equal measure … Just the  ticket for young punkers who sneer at counting, say, sheep.” – Kirkus Reviews

 “John and Jana … understand the link between traditionally antisocial impulses and fun … Little rebels—and parents hoping to encourage individualism—will love this one.” – Chronogram

 “A charming story about friends getting together for a  night of  music and dancing … for me, now living in suburbia, the  colorful illustrations give my posse a great way to talk about looking different, being unique, and not blending in with everyone else. And why we should play The Ramones in the morning.” – Cool Mom Picks

 “To call Happy Punks 1 2 3 ‘adorable’ would be an understatement. It tells us ‘Welcome to Planet Earth!’ and  ‘Here’s some cool stuff you could do in life!'”
Teresa Taylor, Butthole Surfers

A Rule Is To Break: A Child’s Guide To Anarchy

Published by Manic D Press

 “A simple, charming celebration of autonomy” – Salon

 “A perfectly wonderful picture book about the spirit of anarchism and its utterly fitting dovetail with the joy of childhood. The book is full of excellent advice, wonderfully illustrated.” – Boing Boing

 “Many children’s books encourage self-expression and free thought; few take those ideas as far as this collaboration from Seven and Christy. This is the softer side of anarchy, with an emphasis on fun and independence, but also community and kindness. Seven and Christy’s heroine wouldn’t look out of place in a Peter H. Reynolds story, and their message isn’t far from his work either—it’s just been cranked up to 11.” – Publishers Weekly

 “A perfect book for parents (and their kids) who have been inspired by the message of the Occupy movement.  This picture book uses fun and simple graphics to inspire kids to follow their own path.”  – KQED Public Radio

 “I love this book- my children’s new favorite. A Rule is to Break says: Go ahead and throw yourself a party! So glad it exists.”
Kristin Hersh, (Throwing Muses), author of Rat Girl

 “…a delight to read! A children’s book on anarchy seems somehow just right: an instinctive, intuitive sense of fairness, community, and interdependence sits naturally enough with a desire for participatory democracy, feminism, queer rights, environmental balance, self determination, and peace and global justice.” –
Bill Ayers, author of To Teach: The Journey in Comics & Fugitive Days


The Ocean Story

Published by Picture Window Books

Awarded Creative Child Magazine’s 2011 Seal Of Excellence and the 2012 Frances and Wesley Bock Award for Children’s Literature.

 “This splendid call to stewardship is gloriously illustrated with paintings, each a gift of color and texture that encourages lingering. The spread filled with jellyfish nearly glows, and the various depictions of rainfall bring home the scope of the topic. This book is a perfect blend of poetry, visual art, and science.” – School Library Journal


Happy, Sad, Silly, Mad

Published by Andrews McMeel

 “Combined with affectionately detailed, color-rich art, the text will speak clearly and reassuringly to the youngest listeners.” – Horn Book


Four Go Mad
In Massachusetts

Published by Commonwealth Editions

“Witty and wise–a great book for the glove compartment, because you never know wherethe road might take you.” – Boston.com Travel

 “Want to build togetherness, while learning about Massachusetts? 4GMIM‘s zany descriptions and playful illustrations will pique your family’s wanderlust.”
– Salem News