What Others Are Saying

About Twigs

One of “fall’s hottest new books.” — NorthJersey.com

“Alison Ashley Formento really does a great job in knitting together a heart-wrenching and emotional read that perfectly portrays the trials a young girl has to go through to figure out who she really is and where she fits in this crazy world.”
The Young Folks blog

“In a charming…small-town drama, Madeline ‘Twigs’ Henry navigates family secrets, boyfriend troubles and a friendship with a spirited older woman. The larger-than-life characters and gestures bring humor and action to the story…. Twigs is a compellingly flawed character, and [her] growth is palpable.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Twigs is a unique coming-of-age story with a vivid cast of truly unforgettable characters.”
— Kieran Scott, NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of the He’s So/She’s So Trilogy

“I think there are many teens out there who can relate to at least one or more of the life-changing events that Twigs goes through, whether it’s embarking on the scary adventure of going to college or getting used to a new significant other in their parent’s life. I found this book to be entertaining and a great summer read.” – The Real Bookshelves of Room 918


About This Tree Counts!

“Not only does this tree count, it matters!…The message branches out into a concisely written story with a child’s point of view that is enlivened with realistic and artfully composed paper-cut and digital-collage illustrations. Teachers will welcome this “going green” tale, which ends with the junior tree huggers planting more trees.” —Booklist

“Snow’s collage illustrations add texture and natural beauty to the story. The characters are dressed in outfits that showcase their individual personalities. The picture of the industrious kids working together in the grassy field under a bright blue sky epitomizes the story’s theme of cooperation and friendship.” —School Library Journal

“The result gives a very earthy, made-from-nature feel to the illustrations. Snow’s animals are easy to count and will keep young readers occupied….this will suit many audiences.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A green counting book with panache.” —Publishers Weekly


About This Tree, 1, 2, 3

“This abridged version of Formento’s This Tree Counts (Albert Whitman, 2010) simplifies the ecological lesson….the important message remains. This title functions well as a counting book and as an introduction to an oak tree’s inhabitants.” —School Library Journal


About These Bees Count!

“…the adventures of this multicultural class of kids are sure to interest readers, and Snow makes it easy to identify and count the items in the pictures. After learning all about how bees count, readers will be counting on Mr. Tate’s class to give them another environmental armchair trip.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The collage illustrations are a delight, featuring an inviting landscape of fields and flowers….The sense of texture in the pictures is palpable to the point that one is almost surprised to find that the paper is flat and smooth.” —School Library Journal

“With a light, informative narrative and pleasant digital-collage artwork, this picture book offers an engaging introduction to bees.” —Booklist (Online Review)

“Formento’s fresh, crisp digital images bring visual variety to the message about the importance of bees in food chains.” —Publishers Weekly


About These Seas Count!

Captivated readers will imagine they feel the warm sun, salty ocean spray, and cooling breezes along with the students.” —School Library Journal

“Formento once again underlines the value of the learning that takes place outside the classroom.” —Publishers Weekly

“This useful addition to classroom units on ocean life and pollution is the sequel to This Tree Counts! (2010) and These Bees Count! (2012).” —Booklist (Online Review)



Kindergarten, first, and second grade students came to the auditorium to hear a spirited and fascinating presentation from author Alison Formento, whose focus on nature and preservation fit perfectly with the goals and interests of the Johnson community.”

—Sarah Messham, Librarian at Johnson Elementary, Charlottesville, VA

As I look back on this school year, Alison Formento’s presence here at our school was one of the highlights of our literary year.

—Pat Devanney, Principal at St. Anthony School, Winsted, CT

Ms. Formento brought a wonderful interactive program to our school that had the students and teachers buzzing about it for days. The children were not only educated but entertained the entire time. They LOVED it! One of the best presentations to come to our school! A must see for every school!”

—Roberta Kleinbard, Librarian, at Wandell Elementary, Saddle River, NJ

The students all had a great time! I was so, so happy with the event! We had a tremendous turnout and Alison’s presentation and workshop were amazing!

—Brittany Corter, Teacher, Young Authors Conference, Stillwater Elementary, Stillwater, NJ

Ms. Formento gave a super presentation. Children learned about trees and conservation. I would recommend this author coming to your school or library.

—Miss V, Children’s Librarian, Monmouth County Library, NJ

Books like Alison Formento’s are perfect…hers are the kind of books teachers are asking for.

—Arlene Sahrale, Library Services Director, BCCLS – Bergen County Cooperative Library System

I was lucky enough to participate in the Summer Writing Institute in July and to hear you speak. You were wonderful and such an inspiration!

—N. Gambuti, 3rd grade teacher, T. Baldwin Demarest Elementary, Old Tappan, NJ