Jump for Joy
Jump for Joy

Jump for Joy

By Karen Gray Ruelle


Publication Date: January 23, 2024

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Ages 3 to 7, Grades P to 2

Kid seeks dog. Dog seeks kid. In this charming and imaginative tale of friendship, picture book readers will delight in what it means to have a furry best friend.

For as long as she can remember, Joy has wanted a dog. It doesn’t matter what kind: big, little, spotted, curly. She wants one so fiercely, she makes dogs out of snow, seashells, or whatever’s at hand! However, none of the dogs Joy makes are quite what she yearns for. The seashell dog washes away, and the snow dog melts into a puddle. Little does Joy know that her perfect dog friend is just around the corner—wishing just as fiercely for a kid—and waiting to be discovered.

Award-winning artist Hadley Hooper creates a world that is both timeless and magical as she weaves ink, paint, and collages made from vintage etchings together in a style that perfectly complements the classic feel of Jump for Joy. Readers will rejoice in this satisfying kid-meets-dog story, and will savor returning to this world again and again.

About the Author

Originally from Maryland, Karen Gray Ruelle is a children’s book author and illustrator currently based in New York. Her numerous books include The Grand Mosque of Paris, co-created with Deborah Durland Desaix, which was an ALSC Notable Book and an Orbis Pictus Award Recommended Title, as well as The Crunchy, Munchy Christmas Tree and April Fool!

Author Residence: New York, NY

Hadley Hooper is an illustrator and painter whose work has been featured in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times, where she was a weekly contributor to the Style section. She has illustrated several children’s books, including The Elephants Come Home and The Iridescence of Birds. Visit hadleyhooper.com.

Illustrator Residence:Denver, CO

Format: Hardcover

Length: 32 pages

Publisher: Astra Young Readers

Publication Date: January 23, 2024

ISBN: 9781662602023

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