Fun Stuff & Selected Works
Any time young readers draw pictures, make videos, or whatever about one of my books, I will post their work here! (Send your creations to email@example.com.)
Games, Pix, and Recipes from:
The Riddle of Penncroft Farm
A Buss from Lafayette
A Scalp on the Moon
Music was a huge part of my childhood, so I could not resist including lots of music in my stories. I will be posting recordings of some of these songs, dances, etc. here!
Santa's Izzy Elf Stories Reviews
What Reviewers & Readers Say About the Izzy Elves
"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
This is a highly original and wonderfully developed children's book that is sure to be a big hit around the holidays. Including elements that will appeal to young girls and boys alike, Jensen's narrative rhymes the whole way through . . .while creating playful sentences that move it along. . .By coming up with a creative and engaging story, Jensen has succeeded at crafting a memorable Christmas story for children that is so good it's possible it will be enjoyed year round. -Red City
Tizzy, The Christmas Shelf Elf is a lovely rhyming book begging to be read aloud in the tradition of the classic poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas", more commonly known as "Twas The Night Before Christmas" penned by Clement Clarke Moore. . .What I love the most about Tizzy, The Christmas Shelf Elf is that it is a true "read-aloud" story. While the book is indeed illustrated beautifully by
Michelle Alfonso, I think children will be totally captivated by the story. . .All in all, this rhyming book is perfect for reading aloud to. . .children ages 5 and older.
Your family of adorable elves teaches a high standard of language use and positive messages, making the experience very worthwhile and one a child will enjoy over and over. –Linkedin Recommendation
Selected Amazon.com and Goodreads.com Reviews
My grandchildren really loved the story of Dizzy the Stowaway Elf. Thank you so
much for the Christmas fantasy! It's always easy to spot a winner in the eyes of a
child. 5 Stars
AWESOME. This book is going to be a family tradition. I read it myself first to
see if the kids would like it then I read it to them. They made me read it twice
and they want me to read it again tonight. Love it. 5 Stars
I loved this Christmas book. The illustrations are amazing and colorful. I like the
way it is written and it keeps the kids interested...If you have kids (or not) you
will all enjoy it. 5 Stars
Delightful holiday story told in rhyme. Illustrations are colorful and
appealing, and verse is rhythmic, a combination sure to speak to children.
My niece read them to little ones she was babysitting and they were a big hit.
They're really clever, sweet stories. 5 Stars
Cute, cute book for all ages. Want to get all of these elf books. Perfect for reading
every Christmas, or anytime. 5 Stars
. . .this is such a cute story. My little one loves it. No matter how many times we
read it he is entranced in the story like he is hearing it for the first time. 5 Stars
Great book ...my 7 year old picked it up and read it cover to cover and he hates
reading…all of her books are great. 5 Stars
I love how the books reflect the world of our kids, and all the technology they
have to learn and master...while still keeping the mystery and joy of Christmas
alive...a masterful blend of reality and fantasy.
I wish this future classic had been around when I was a child. I smiled the entire
time I was reading it. I would recommend every parent, grandparent and teacher
to add this to their collection. 5 Stars
Owen and Alex, two naughty little boys, sneak downstairs before dawn on Christmas morning. They open one of their gifts and find Tizzy, one of Santa’s elves, who was packed inside by mistake. Can they get him home to the Pole 1) before the big Elf Celebration and 2) before their parents come downstairs!
Blizzy, Tizzy's "favorite lass", is the only elf who notices that Tizzy is missing on Christmas morning. When she starts questioning all her friends about when they saw him last, and where Tizzy could possibly be, however, they think she is just being a "worrywart". What Blizzy REALLY is, however, is very, very clever, and she just might figure out the mystery!
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! He sneaks aboard Santa's sleigh, and 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.
It ended up being rejected because it was too funny for serious history, apparently. This pretty much convinced me to continue writing fiction instead, so I could leaven history with humor as much as I want.
Anyway, this has been languishing on my computer (or series of computers) for nearly 25 years. I'm getting it ready to publish it myself.