Right Now

Jessica Olien (Author)


A beautifully lyrical and inspirational picture book about being present and loving who you are, from Jessica Olien, the author/illustrator of Adrift, The Blobfish Book, and Shark Detective.

What are you?

You're big and small and loud and quiet. You are right now. And you are perfect.

A touching ode to the importance of individuality, respect, and self-love, just right for fans of The Wonderful Things You Will Be and The OK Book.

--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

Product Details

Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Publish Date
April 17, 2018
9.0 X 0.4 X 9.1 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Jessica Olien is a writer, illustrator, and native midwesterner now living in Brooklyn. Her cartoons have been published by the New Yorker and her writing for grown-ups has been published in Slate, the Atlantic, McSweeney's, Marie Claire, and many others. She is the author and illustrator of Shark Detective!, The Blobfish Book, Adrift, Right Now, and When a Tiger Comes to Dinner. Visit her at www.jessicaolien.com.


Praise for ADRIFT: "[With a] tongue-in-cheek text...[this is] an offbeat selection for Valentine's Day...sneak this one into a primary-grade science unit."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
Praise for ADRIFT: "The simple storyline and art complement each other as readers are gently guided to comprehend the folly of judging a book by its cover."--Kirkus Reviews
Praise for THE BLOBFISH BOOK: "Delivers big laughs."--Publishers Weekly
Praise for SHARK DETECTIVE: "Delightful...the story is strangely inspirational...Many readers will demand further adventures-or imagine them for themselves."--Kirkus Reviews
Praise for SHARK DETECTIVE: "Nothing slows the determination of chip-munching Shark in this lively romp through the mean streets. He's one cool sleuth."--School Library Journal
Praise for SHARK DETECTIVE: "Shark is an endearing goofball worth rooting for."--Publishers Weekly
"Simple and reassuring...A lovely addition to social-emotional curricula and for one-on-one sharing."--School Library Journal