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New picture book penned by local author and illustrator

Published 9:22am Thursday, January 3, 2013 Updated 11:25am Thursday, January 3, 2013

With their newly published children’s picture book, “Jon and the Soggy Leaf,” in hand, Minnesota natives Jackie Jenson and Megan Hagel have created a strong character-driven early picture book for kids 0 to 10 years of age.

Published by Beaver’s Pond Press, the children’s book tells the story of one small boy’s struggle with change as he frets about fall ending too soon.

Filled with colorful artwork and whimsical rhyming couplets, Jon discovers that change is natural, necessary and can even be fun; just like the changing of the seasons.

“We are so excited to have the book wrapped up by Christmas as it has such great seasonal illustrations: especially of winter,” said Jackie Jenson, the book’s author. “It is such a great read-aloud book for parents, grandparents and teachers to read to children,” added Hagel. “Kids love the bright colors and funny rhymes.”

Complete with a distinctive artist’s touch and strong sing song voice, “Jon and The Soggy Leaf” is a perfect book for pre-readers as well as those just beginning to read and write independently.

With fluid rhyming word patterns language and vibrant illustrations, “Jon and The Soggy Leaf” quickly engages its audience to want to read more as the reader begins to anxiously anticipate what the next exciting season, funny rhyme and imaginative page will look like.

Books can be purchased at the illustrator’s and author’s websites at and, and Barnes and It is also can be found at the Beaver’s Pond Press website, and Book World in Detroit Lakes.


About the Author

Jackie Jenson is a free-lance writer and owner of Write Words, by Jackie Jenson, LLC located within the Detroit Lakes M-State Business Entrepreneurial Services Center. A native of Detroit Lakes, Jenson graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in B.A. in English-Writing. Jenson worked as a writer for DL Newspapers for nine years and has been writing children’s stories since she was eight years-old. Currently, Jenson lives in Detroit Lakes with her husband Bob, a Mesto Automation employee and three daughters: Lexie, Casey and Jessica.

Megan Hagel is a native of the New York Mills/Perham area and a graduate of Alexandria Art and Design. She has nine years of design experience working for companies such as Masterpiece Studios, Creative Memories, PxlCafe, and Peachtree Greetings. Her work has appeared in Target, Walmart, Office Max, Office Depot and Staples. Today, Hagel resides in Detroit Lakes with her husband, Joey and two children, Adelia and Brycen.

For more information about Jon and The Soggy Leaf, please contact Jackie Jenson at 234-6986 or visit the various internet sites:;;; and

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