The Giant Jelly Bean Jar Dutton (Hardcover) Puffin (Paperback)

The Giant Jelly Bean Jar

The Idea....

This book was a lot of fun to write. When my three children were younger and we were trying to pass the time, driving on a trip, or stuck in traffic or waiting in line, I would make up rhyming questions to keep them busy. I'd ask them "name a fruit that rhymes with beach" or "tell me the name of an animal that rhymes with hat".

I expanded upon the idea. I've always loved jelly beans and there is jelly bean company that has dozens and dozens of jelly bean flavors, so I thought of making a whole jelly bean shop and called it Jo-Jo's Jumbo Jelly Bean Shop.

I incorporated my riddle games with the jelly bean theme and thus THE GIANT JELLY BEAN JAR was born. The kids love guessing the jelly bean riddles. (And then they sometimes make up their own riddle games!)

Selected Books

A "tasty" easy-to-read!
A rhyming, riddle story at Jo-Jo's Jumbo Jelly Bean Shop. Can YOU guess the jelly bean flavor?
A Variety of Nonfiction
Appealing, informative nonfiction books to spark interest and curiosity!
Especially For Schools - Leveled Reading Books!
Character-building stories with a little heart, a little humor, and some twists and turns along the way ...
Fiction - Ages 7-10
Hayley is thrilled when she begins raising a guide-dog puppy, but when the time comes to give Pilot up, Hayley isn't sure she can.
Fiction - Ages 4 - 8
Kyle's favorite uncle likes to tickle the kids - but Kyle doesn't like it. How can he say "no" to his beloved Uncle?
Fiction - Ages 9 - 12
A 6th grade student vs. teacher basketball game is at stake. Brian is the captain of the Hot Shots, but he's only a fair player at best - He just knows the 6th graders are going to get slaughtered!
Fiction - Ages 7 - 9
Linx are the cool new building toys that all the kids love to play with. But can Kyle's model beat the others?
Fiction - Ages 8 - 11
Josh is feeling terrible-his very best friend has just moved away. He even loses his best 'Razzle Stones.' Nothing could be worse until.....
Fiction - Ages 5 - 7
Hootie, a great horned owl, has finally found the perfect tree to live in...until the other birds in the tree have a different idea..
Fiction - Ages 4 - 7
Sidney always blinks whenever his picture is taken. Will he EVER keep his eyes open?
Fun Activity Books
Everybody's favorite big red dog, CLIFFORD, is back with my four activity books.
Fun activity books based on movies like Shrek, Madagascar, Over the Hedge, and Holly Hobby!
Magazine Stories
Stories in 'Highlights For Children', 'Spider' and others. Contact me for FREE copies!