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Denise L Jenne

After a successful career in academia, Denise L Jenne is now turning her attention to her lifetime desire to write fiction.  At this time, her writing focuses on children’s and YA fiction.  She is the author of Annalise’s Up and Down Day, a picture book for preschoolers about the adventures and misadventures encountered by three-year-old Annalise on a given day.

AUTHOR: Denise L Jenne

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Annalise's Up and Down Day

Annalise's Up and Down Day
ISBN-13: 978-1514657485
June 2015
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A graduate of Rutgers University, Denise L. Jenne has an undergraduate degree in Sociology and both a Masters and Doctorate in Criminal Justice.  In addition to various related jobs through the years, Dr. Jenne taught both Sociology and Criminal Justice for three decades at New Jersey state universities in the US.  She has several works published in scholarly journals in the field of corrections.  

Jenne has recently made a major career change and is now pursuing her lifelong desire to write fiction.  It’s not quite as drastic a change as one might first think, she explains, “As a sociologist, I’ve always been a people watcher.  What better foundation is there for good stories and believable characters?”

Outside of her professional life, one of her greatest joys is spending time with her nieces and nephew.  They have been the inspiration for many stories, and now she can share them with a larger audience.  Her first children’s book, Annalise’s Up and Down Day, is a five-star rated Reader’s Favorite 

She is currently working on a YA novel.

For more information or to contact the author, check out Jenne’s website and Facebook pages.  Otherwise, just stop by to show your support.


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Annalise is three years old and ready for another summer day of fun, but, as her day progresses, she discovers that there are just as many misadventures as there are adventures in store for her.  With vibrant watercolor paintings by Julie Iannone, Annalise’s Up and Down Day follows along with the toddler as she explores the meaning of "up" and "down" in her world.

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Big Al of Big Al's Books and Pals

BigAl's Books and Pals Annalise's Up and Down Day / Denise L. Jenne Reviewed by: BigAl Friday, December 11, 2015 Author: “Dr. Jenne has taught Criminal Justice at state and online universities for almost three decades, and she is a published author in the field. Outside of work, she enjoys music, reading, scrapbooking and time with friends. However, one of her greatest joys is being an aunt to her nephew and nieces -- including her great-niece Annalise Clare. This is her first work of children's fiction.” Description: “This is the story of one day in the life of three-year-old Annalise. The winsome watercolor illustrations follow her through her daily activities, adventures and misadventures on one summer day, as she explores the meaning of 'up' and 'down' in her world.” Appraisal: How do you judge a children's picture book with few words and consequently little story? The words and pictures, obviously. But when you're many decades past that point, it isn't as obvious as it would be for you kids in your thirties. The story here, is one of contrast, taking us through the ups and downs of Annalise's day. The illustrations are excellent, not only in supporting the story, but in being simple enough for a child to grasp at first glance, yet with enough details to hold a person's interest. But it doesn't matter what this old man thinks, it's what the kids think. So I took a test run, using my seven year-old granddaughter to share reading duties with me and her two year-old sister as the audience. My co-reader had no trouble with any of the words. Since it's aimed at a brand new reader, I expected that to be the case. But she still gave the book good marks. (As the middle kid, she's happy to get a starring big sister role, even if only for a few minutes.) The real acid test was the two year old. Getting her to sit still in one place for long is usually a losing proposition. Not this time. The only problem we had was her wanting to swipe the page to get to the next picture before we were ready. While this can be read on a black and white eInk reader, it is much better suited to an eReader with color capability or a tablet with an eReader app. (Or sure, paper works too.) Format/Typo Issues: None. Rating: ***** Five Stars

Allie Sumner of Allie's Opinions

Children’s Book Review for “Annalise’s Up and Down Day” by Denise L. Jenne This is a sweet book. It really is. The illustration’s are done by Julie Iannone and they are adorable. Very relate-able for my two year old son. They look very much like a kids drawings. He loved pointing to all the objects in the book. It’s all everyday sights for him and it really helped me as a parent to see how great he is doing with word association. My favorite part of the book is ” Mommy’s hand down, My hand up”. Very nostalgic. I like how it explores all of the different meanings for the words UP and DOWN. I think this is great for small kids who I am sure can get these mixed up easily. This is a sweet book that is great for toddlers. I definitely recommend it. Considering that Mason made my husband and I read this book three time’s I am giving it the full 5 stars.



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