Johanna Wright
  • Secrets Out! (The Top-Secret Diary of Celie Valentine)

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    Secrets Out! (The Top-Secret Diary of Celie Valentine) Released October 6, 2015

    Written by Julie Sternberg; Illustrated by Johanna Wright.

    Ten-year-old Celie’s grandmother has moved in with her family, and Granny’s forgetfulness is starting to worry Celie. In the meantime, she can tell her parents are keeping secrets, but she can’t talk to her best friend Lula or her sister Jo, because they’re both keeping secrets, too! Why is Lula not sharing with Celie? Who is Jo texting all the time? And what is Celie supposed to do when special time with her grandmother becomes much more complicated—and possibly dangerous—than Celie can manage on her own? Once again Celie turns to her diary as she tries to sort this all out, filling the pages with heartfelt and often humorous entries, notes, drawings, and pages from her top-secret spy notebook.

  • Friendship Over: The Top Secret Diary of Celie Valentine

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    Friendship Over: The Top Secret Diary of Celie Valentine Released October 1, 2014

    Written by Julie Sternberg; Illustrated by Johanna Wright.

    Ten-year-old Celie has quite a few things on her mind—fights with her sister Jo, secrets at school, an increasingly forgetful grandmother, and worst of all, a best friend who won’t speak to her. How can a girl who hates change survive, when everything in her life is changing? By writing, of course. Celie’s often comical and always heartfelt diary entries include notes, e-mails, homework assignments, and pages from her top-secret spy notebook.

  • The Orchestra Pit

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    The Orchestra Pit Released August 19, 2014

    When a slightly befuddled but surprisingly endearing snake wanders into the wrong pit – the orchestra pit – peculiar things start to happen...

  • Bunnies on Ice

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    Bunnies on Ice Released January 8, 2013

    When you're a champion ice-skater, you have to wait for the conditions to be just right.

    You have to wait through spring. You have to wait through summer. You have to wait through autumn until...

    Finally, as the snow begins to fall, you can show the world just how good you really are!

    From the author/illustrator of The Secret Circus and Bandits comes one very self-assured young rabbit's first-hand account of the trials and tribulations of being a skating star, with illustrations that will melt your heart on even the coldest winter day.

    Praise for Bunnies on Ice

    • "With books and artwork lining the walls and a blazing fireplace for toasting marshmallows, the rabbit family's 
supremely cozy home will be the subject of many readers' envy, and Wright conveys a strong sense of familial togetherness in every scene." --Publisher's Weekly
  • The Best Bike Ride Ever

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    The Best Bike Ride Ever Released June 14, 2012

    Written by James Proimos; Illustrated by Johanna Wright.

    The perfect book for every first-time bike rider

    I want a bike! I want a bike! This is all Bonnie says for one full week, until her parents surprise her with . . . a bike! Then: Oh boy! Oh boy! Before she knows it, Bonnie is off on a wobbly course around the backyard that becomes an adventure of epic proportions. She bikes over mountains, under giraffes, up the Statue of Liberty, through the Grand Canyon, and past the Giant Cheese. There's only one thing Bonnie can't do on her bike . . . STOP!!! But after a tumble and an important lesson from Mom and Dad, Bonnie is back in the saddle.

    This celebration of a timeless rite of passage will have kids clamoring to read it, read it again, and then strike out on their own bike-riding adventures.

    Praise for The Best Bike Ride Ever

    • "So inviting that children who do not ride a bicycle yet will wish they could have their first ride in such a welcoming place." --Horn Book
    • "A fun-filled take on a familiar childhood milestone." --Kirkus Reviews
    • "Bonnie's wide-mouth grin should be an inspiration and impetus to anyone contemplating putting away the training wheels." --Publisher's Weekly
  • Clover Twig and the Perilous Path

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    Clover Twig and the Perilous Path Released June 5, 2012

    By Kaye Umansky; Illustrations by Johanna Wright.

    Lovable Clover Twig is back, and this time she’s traveling along the Perilous Path to try and save her little brother Herby.

    Praise for Clover Twig and the Perilous Path

    • "Umansky’s characters are once again charmingly quirky, and she peppers her tale with amusingly outlandish events." --Kirkus Review
    • "...fans will be delighted to revisit the quirky characters and the author’s wry, enchanting humor." --BCCB
    • "...a good read-aloud choice..." --Booklist
  • Bandits

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    Bandits Released August 16, 2011

    Written and illustrated by Johanna Wright.  Bandits is a children's book about the exploits of a family of Raccoons. When the sun has gone down and the town has gone to sleep, the racoon bandits prowl through the night. With masks permanently in play,

    They sneak and they creep.
    Doing just what they please.

    The thieves snatch, run, and escape--always careful not to get caught.

    Praise for Bandits

    • "Working its charm in a thoroughly underhanded manner, this is the sort of quiet picture book that might sneak into a child’s pile of favorite books and catch adults unaware." --Booklist
    • "Given the chance, these bandits will easily steal readers’ hearts with their charming mischief." --SLJ
  • Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage

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    Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage Released August 18, 2009

    By Kaye Umansky; Illustrations by Johanna Wright.

    When the sensible, reliable and always tidy Clover Twig goes to work for a messy witch, she discovers that the witch's cottage has quite a few secrets hiding inside of it!

    Praise for Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage

    • "Fans of Roald Dahl or Eva Ibbotson may enjoy discovering the secret of the magical cottage along with Clover." --School Library Journal
    • "A rambunctious plot, lashings of corny and delightful wordplay, and an original supporting cast contribute to the fun." --The Horn Book
  • The Secret Circus

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    The Secret Circus Released March 31, 2009

    Written and illustrated by Johanna Wright.

    The Secret Circus is my first published children's book ever.

    Beneath the sparkling lights of Paris is a circus so secret that only the mice know how to find it. Floating by balloon across a Parisian cityscape they travel to the grand performance, where tiny acrobats form mouse pyramids and giant housecats are tamed. Wright's simple expressive lines over glowing textures make this a captivating and adorable book debut, not to mention one great show.

    Praise for The Secret Circus

    • "The text has a gently incantatory rhythm, while the book’s twilight colors perfectly evoke the magic hour when shadows deepen even as the lights become more luminous." --The New York Times Book Review
    • "A quiet, comforting debut, best shared snuggled close together." --Kirkus Reviews
    • "The theme of a hidden world, universally popular with children, finds satisfying expression here. A delightful addition to any collection." --School Library Journal
  • More to come...