Search Results: "Abby Carter"


BOOK REVIEW

OLLIE'S CLASS TRIP by Stephanie Calmenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Not as strong as Ollie's first outing but still a good choice to share with classes before a field trip. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Since Ollie already knows what to expect on the first day of school (Ollie's School Day, 2012), this time he tackles another school staple: field trips. Read full book review >

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DADDY'S BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING ADVENTURE by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2015

"Sure to induce giggles and maybe even defuse some tension surrounding kids' own back-to-school shopping. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Even the best-laid plans pale in the face of nostalgia…. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DADDIES DO IT DIFFERENT by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2012

"Unfortunately, this does not salvage the tale. Better choices abound, such as Marjorie Blain Parker and R.W. Alley's When Dads Don't Grow Up (2012) and Stephen Cook's Day Out with Daddy (2006). (Picture book. 3-6)"
Readers are in for a predictable, stereotypical comparison of how this particular mother and father differ in how they interact with their winsome daughter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY HIPPIE GRANDMOTHER by Reeve Lindbergh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"For children who may have such a grandma, or know such a grandma, and for more than a few adults who may recognize themselves in the words and pictures: a sheer delight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Famed author Lindbergh, in a much lighter poetic vein than On Morning Wings (2002), limns a bouncy and exuberant rhyme wherein a girl extols her hippie grandma: "She hasn't cut her hair at all / Since nineteen sixty-nine." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEST TEACHER IN SECOND GRADE by Katharine Kenah
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"A school story that shines. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
This Level 2 reader in the I Can Read series reinvigorates the theme of travail and triumph for the new kid in class. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEVER RIDE YOUR ELEPHANT TO SCHOOL by Doug Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Both the words and art make use of every opportunity to mock teachers, but it's all in good fun. (Picture book. 4-6)"
With straight faces and high spirits, Johnson and Carter (Never Babysit the Hippopotamuses!, 1993) offer reasons for the command of the title, e.g., ``Elephants are good at math and love to give answers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOLBROOK by Bonny Becker
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

"The message that creativity should be valued and nourished is a worthy one, but given the utter lack of child appeal, it's unlikely many readers will get that message here. (Fiction. 8-10)"
An earnest message is weighed down by a predictable plot and flat characterization. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCOOTER IN THE OUTSIDE by Anne Bowen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Scooter will win over any fans of big, friendly dogs, especially when his woofs, arfs and barks are rendered by a suitably enthusiastic reader. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A bouncy golden retriever named Scooter escapes his suburban home for a solo adventure in this amusing tale full of comical canine conversations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLLIE'S SCHOOL DAY  by Stephanie Calmenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2012

"Will this be a popular and raucous first-day-of-school favorite? YES! (Picture book. 3-6)"
An interactive look at a young boy's school day teaches those new to school about routines and manners. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEST CHEF IN SECOND GRADE by Katharine Kenah
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"As Ollie seems to do his kitchen work without parental assistance, a cautionary tip or two (and maybe a recipe) might not have gone amiss here, but the episode's mouthwatering climax and resolution will guarantee smiles of contentment all around. (Easy reader. 6-7)"
An impending school visit by a celebrity chef sends budding cook Ollie into a tailspin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHACK AND BACK by Michael Crowley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Fine for reading aloud or alone, a story that's entertaining enough to carry its rather obvious message. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The crew that made friends with The New Kid on Spurwink Ave. (1992) is back with another story exploring the gap between supposition and reality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANNIE BANANIE MOVES TO BARRY AVENUE by Leah Komaiko
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Packed with funny black-and-white illustrations, this is easy to read, but not necessarily worth the effort. (Fiction. 8-11)"
The stage is set when young Libby declares herself bored senseless, fed up with her piano-playing brother, and longing for a dog. Read full book review >