Annalise's Up and Down Day

Children - Picture Book
28 Pages
Reviewed on 09/20/2015
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Author Biography

After three decades of teaching Criminal Justice and Sociology at state universities and having published articles in several scholarly works, Jenne is now pursuing her long-time desire to write fiction. Throughout her years of teaching, one of her greatest joys has been spending time with her nieces and nephew. They have been the inspiration for many stories, including her first children's book Annalise’s Up and Down Day.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite

Dr. Denise L. Jenne’s book Annalise's Up and Down Day is a pretty easy read for young children. Annalise is learning the difference between up and down. As she goes about her day, she says what is up and what is down.

I read Annalise's Up and Down Day with my four-year-old. She was able to read most of this book by herself. I like that Dr. Jenne solely focuses on the opposites up and down in this book. Another good thing is that these ups and downs all occur in a normal day. Annalise goes about her day doing everything a child usually does. She wakes up and she sits down to eat. These are just a couple examples that are in the book.

Children will also be able to see what Annalise is doing in the colorful illustrations by Julie Iannone. My daughter still gets confused between up and down so by her being able to see what is going on in the pictures was a huge help. My daughter’s favorite picture and example of down was when Annalise fell down. I thought the ending of this book was perfect. It will be good book to read at bedtime.

Annalise's Up and Down Day is a great book for a preschool aged child. I recommend preschool teachers to have this book in their classroom. The children would love to share their own ups and downs just like Annalise. I hope that Dr. Denise L. Jenne continues to write more books like this because I can see it becoming a series about opposites.


Such a fun and light-hearted book, I highly recommend this book for children. Great for kids to learn their words and opposites. I felt like I was right beside Annalise on her journey because of the descriptive and action-packed story line. The illustrations are excellent and very vibrant.

Martha Bogen-Garrett

Annalise's Up and Down Day is adorable! It will make a great gift for young children, and parents will love it too.


This book is very cute. It's a fun story and bright, eye-catching pictures.

Kerry Daley

Great book... My son is only 18 months and found it quite enjoyable... As I read and showed him the pictures he'd mimic "up" "down"


Adorable book good for any little kid to teach them differences and opposites.

Stacie @ BeachBoundBooks

This sounds like a great book for little ones. I adore the cover and bet the illustrations are just as delightful. Thanks for sharing this book on the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

Patti Tingen

This is a sweet book showing the difference between up and down as little Annalise goes through her day. Most of the words are very simple to help little ones learn to read as they also learn about up and down, however some words were more complex. The illustrations are colorful and help with explaining the up and down action. I liked how the beginning and end tied together with the sun and moon. Overall, it’s a quick, cute read!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Bonnie Ferrante

My first impression of this book was that it was awkward to read to my granddaughter. It opens like calendar with the binding at the top of the page. But once we mastered the style, we were able to follow the story line. I think this was done so that the illustrator could have a landscape format.

Annalise is preschool girl who spends her day exploring up and down. The sun is up and the moon is down. The strawberries are down, the apples are up. Some concepts were less straightforward and needed explanation, such as, "Sit down. Eat up." and "Guitar up. Getting down."

The relationship between Annalise and her parents is warm and engaging. She lives a stimulated life with a good balance of indoor and outdoor play. One thing is for certain, Annalise is a busy little girl. Her exuberance is contagious. Children can relate to her simple, happy adventures.

Annalise seems to be a tiny child on her father's lap but she appears to be huge climbing up the ladder on the slide. The book's protagonist and concept seems suited for toddlers, however 24 pages of this repetition is a bit much for a child that age.

Further on the pen and watercolor illustrations, I felt they lacked depth and were sometimes so cluttered they obscured the focus. Annalise's expressions, however, were excellent. Julie Innone graduated with an Art Education Degree and may need more time for her illustrative style to mature. I also think the split page pictures were confusing and perhaps using a traditionally bound book and having the "up" on the left and the "down" on the right would have been simpler for a child to follow. The pages with such things as, "Easel up. Paints down." in a single picture, are easier for a preschooler to understand.

All in all, this would be fun to read to your child and then follow with some up-and-down activities of his or her own.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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