Books by Priscilla Lamont

SECRETS OF THE SEASONS by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2014

"Incorporating both a story and solid science in an engaging way, this is an accessible and welcome addition to the sometimes-confusing reasons-for-the-seasons shelf. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
Alice, who formerly discovered The Secrets of the Garden (2012), is back to explore the seasons with her friend Zack and her little brother, Pete (and, of course, the two intelligent chickens that provide expert commentary). Read full book review >
LULU AND THE CAT IN THE BAG by Hilary McKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"The story allows for increasing complexity of situation and emotion in a way that's utterly accepting of 7-year-old thought—and it's very funny. (Fiction. 7-9)"
This installment in the continuing story of Lulu, her cousin and best friend, Mellie, and her growing collection of pets delights. Read full book review >
LULU AND THE DOG FROM THE SEA by Hilary McKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Whether they live with dogs or not, readers will absorb some truths about family vacations and the true care of animal companions in the company of Lulu and Mellie, who are as utterly charming and as completely age 7 as possible. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Lulu and Mellie, 7-year-old cousins and best friends, share a summer outing with lots of doggy goodness. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Utterly winning. (Fiction. 7-9)"
A warmhearted beginning to a new chapter-book series delights from the first few sentences. Read full book review >
LITTLE BO PEEP by Priscilla Lamont
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Fails to live up to the high standards already in place for alternative-POV classics. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Illustrator Lamont's Nursery Rhyme Crimes series gets off to an uneven start. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Sure to become a standard go-to for elementary teachers and gardeners alike, this is bound to spark some backyard explorations. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
Zoehfeld's latest is a wonderfully informative and enjoyable journey through one family's backyard garden, from spring planting to fall harvest. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: May 11, 2010

Ten-year-old Keisha Carter knows a lot about alligators thanks to a report she wrote last year in school. Her knowledge gets a good workout when one shows up at the Grand River City, Mich., public pool, and her parent's company, Carter's Urban Rescue, gets the call from the pool manager. Keisha, her fashion- (and age-) conscious Grandma, her father and her rambunctious five-year-old brother, Razi, head out to save the day. Trapping the young gator is only the beginning of their adventure, since Pumpkin-Petunia, as Razi dubs her, turns out to be an escape artist. Good thing Keisha's friends are as can-do as she is. Stauffacher's first of a new series, with two more slated for this year, will please the animal lovers of the comfortable-with-chapters set. If it belabors environmental consciousness, seems self-consciously multicultural and swings toward the didactic when animal issues come up, fans of the Animal Ark series won't mind. (Though all will be glad Razi's not their younger brother, since he pushes the bratty-brother envelope often.) Lamont's spot and full-page illustrations are a nice addition. (Fiction. 7-10)Read full book review >
GOOSE AND DUCK by Jean Craighead George
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

George, renowned for blending respect for nature with compelling story craft, introduces biological basics such as imprinting and avian migration in this gentle easy reader. A boy discovers a hatching gosling: "He stared at me. / I stared at him. / And I became his mother." Goose mimics everything the boy does, and when they both happen on another hatching egg, the ensuing duckling imprints on Goose. Though some hijinks down at the police station (where Goose and Duck quickly wear out their welcome) seem a bit tacked on, George artfully incorporates simple textual patterns and humorous touches that are just right for new readers. Lamont's sweet, uncomplicated pictures nicely explicate the text. George's ending is unusually poignant for the genre, as each bird, upon observing others of its species migrating south, "knew who he was." Our narrator takes their leaving in as much stride as their arrival: "That's how it is with birds." Satisfyingly down-to-earth. (Easy reader. 5-7)Read full book review >
WHERE'S MY MOM? by Leon Rosselson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

When the little boy that stars in this pleasant, partially rhyming tale wakes from his nap, he discovers that his mother is missing. So he begins a hunt that leads him all over the house and beyond. Where can she be? Is she in the drawer? The fridge? In the box with all his toys? Out in the yard? In the shed? In the bathtub? His search, illustrated with lighthearted watercolors in pale, washy tones, is finally rewarded when he discovers her fast asleep in her very own bed. Of course, he wakes her up and asks her to do all the things that moms do so well: paint him pictures, play games with him, make him a snack, and give him a hug. Words and pictures complement each other here to create a nice story that subtly manages to defuse the common anxiety children harbor about being separated from Mom. (Picture book. 3+) Read full book review >