Dorothea Jensen

An Award-Winning Author of Books for Young Readers

Selected Works

Educational Material: Classroom Guide
A complete "lesson plan" for using A Buss from Lafayette in 6-9 grade classrooms!
Illustrated Christmas Stories in Verse
This Christmas tale in verse celebrates the power of children's imaginations and the magic of books.
What happens back at the North Pole when Blizzy discovers that Tizzy is missing on Christmas morning?
Dizzy the elf, Tizzy's best friend, finds all the adventure he wants (and more) when he hides in the back of Santa's sleigh!
Frizzy tries to cure her S.A.D. (Seasonal Affection Distress) by making something new (and "yuck") that she won't miss when Santa takes it away for delivery on Christmas Eve.
Historical Fiction for Young Readers

In 1825, Lafayette comes to New Hampshire as part of his "triumphal tour" and affects the life of a young girl in unforeseen ways.
"The American Revolution comes alive... A wonderful book that melds both past and present together... "
Regency Romantic Comedy
“Splendid and sophisticated Regency to read...fine characterization and period dialogue."

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Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf

Now available as a paperback, a Kindle, and as both a downloadable and CD audiobook.

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Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf received Honorable Mention in the Picture Book for 6 and Older Category in the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards.


Dizzy has worked all year next to his friend, Tizzy, and heard all about his Great Adventure. The trouble is, Dizzy wants to have an adventure, too! When he sneaks aboard Santa's sleigh, he finds all the adventure he's dreamed of with two little boys, Stuart and Drake. They share a wild joy ride and plenty of fun in this third "Izzy Elves" story.


Appealing Energy and Colorful Verbal Imagery

A little elf’s clandestine adventure as a stowaway on Santa’s sleigh takes an unexpected turn in an engaging contemporary spin on the classic 19th-century poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas”...The author propels her present-day take on the classic Christmas poem with gentle humor and suspense, smoothly incorporating lines from the original poem into her lively tale about a stowaway elf.
Kirkus Reviews

A Wonderful Book

This is a wonderful book and I am going to look into buying the previous books in the series. This would make a wonderful addition to a Christmas bedtime story collection. I think this book is perfect for preschool children but older children would certainly enjoy it as well. 4.5 STARS
–Goodreads Reviewer

Adorable Book

This is an adorable book for your kids to read. Ours just loved it. 5 STARS
–Goodreads Reviewer

All of her Books are Great

Great book 7 year old picked it up and read it cover to cover and he hates reading if you have kids i would say get it....all of her books are great. 5 STARS
–Goodreads Reviewer

[Younger Kids]. . .Will Like the Bright Pictures and Rhythm of the Story

This is a cute, different Christmas book about an elf who hides on Santa's sleigh to have an adventure. It follows the rhythm of "The Night Before Christmas" so it is fun to read. Between the word count and some of the difficult words (to keep the rhythm and rhyme), the story may be better suited to middle elementary aged kids. If you have younger kids, they will like the bright pictures and rhythm of the story. 4 STARS
–Goodreads Reviewer

A Fun Story Line

What a cute story. This book has adorable illustrations and a fun story line about an elf who sneaks in to Santa's sleigh. We read this book with my 3-year-old and quite a few of the words were over her head. This book is definitely for an older child. We enjoyed the book, nonetheless, and will certainly read more of Dorothea Jensen's books in the future. 4 STARS
–Goodreads Reviewer

Below are links to buy Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf. Paperbacks are also available at many other websites and at many bookstores.

A peek at Dizzy through the Elfascope he invented in Blizzy, the Worrywart Elf. (Animation by Shayne Hood)