Penumbra Press


New Releases


Browse Books
by Title
by Author
by Theme
by Series
by Genre

Order Form


Contact Info

Kids' Activities



View Print Version

Labelled with ICRA

Since 1979 logo

book cover

9 X 6 inches, 36 pages

ISBN 092080683X

More about this item:
"Science/Health" - Activities for Ages 5 to 8

The Secret Code of DNA

Written by Mary Razzell
Line drawings by J.O. (Judi) Pennanen

"HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED why pumpkins don't lay eggs? ...Why carrots don't grow on trees? ...Why dogs don't sprout leaves? ...There is a beautiful plan in the world." Find out more in The Secret Code of DNA.

Mary Razzell draws upon her knowledge as a nurse in Vancouver to share the mystery of DNA with kids. This book is the first book that Judi Pennanen ever illustrated.


J.O. (Judi) Pennanen


Do I Have To Go To Sleep? is J.O. Pennanen's tenth illustrated book for Penumbra Press. Her illustrations for children's books are often described as whimsical and lyrical, while her artwork
for adult literature is edgy and dark. Having lived in northern Ontario and New
Brunswick, she currently resides in southwestern Ontario.
Judi's art is represented in several major collections, public and private. Her subject matter very often derives from the northland itself, as in North Country Spring, from which she draws on the sights and sounds of "the landscape and its creatures, and the four seasons that create the variety and richness of the places."


Mary Razzell


Mary Razzell has a background in nursing. She lives in Vancouver. Her previous book, Snow Apples, was short-listed for the competition for best children's literature of 1984.

All contents © Penumbra Press and Northward Journal Communications Limited
1 King Ave E. PO Box 20011, Newcastle, Ontario, Canada, L1B 1M3

Contact Information