Search Results: "Alice Hoogstad"


BOOK REVIEW

SAM AND THE CONSTRUCTION SITE by Tjibbe Veldkamp
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"Readers will surely enjoy a few visits to this construction site. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Fascinated by its big machines, Sam spends his days peering into a construction site. Read full book review >

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HOW MUCH DOES THE GRAY IN THE ELEPHANT WEIGH? by Elle van Lieshout
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Poor text makes skipping this zoo trip advisable. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A visit to an unusual zoo sparks the imagination of an inquisitive little brown-skinned boy out with his white grandfather. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MURPHY by Alice Provensen
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

"There is so little story that readers who do not share the author's evident enthusiasm for dog psychology may well be unimpressed; dog lovers, however, should lap this up. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Not a whole lot happens in Murphy's day beyond scavenging for food, a trip to the vet, and a flurry of late-night barking, but that's not really the point. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KLONDIKE GOLD by Alice Provensen
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"This commemoration not only opens a window on a historical era, it provides some sharp insight into, as the author puts it, the enduring 'get-rich-quick American myth.' (source list) (Fictionalized nonfiction. 8-10)"
Provensen shortens and fictionalizes the account of a participant in that turn-of-the-last-century gold rush, and readers will come away with not only an appreciation for the hardships those prospectors faced—and the massive quantities of gear and supplies required just to reach the remote Yukon, not to mention survive its rigors—but a clear feeling for the wild optimism that fueled the whole enterprise. Read full book review >

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MY FELLOW AMERICANS by Alice Provensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Back matter includes Provensen's observations and reflections on her choices for inclusion and an index of names. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
A love song to America inspired by its people, with names familiar and less known. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MURPHY IN THE CITY by Alice Provensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"For children who love their dogs, hate long car rides, and fear the new and different (until they try it), much will be comforting in this unassuming, appealing tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The multicolored paw prints that cover the endpapers signal the return of Murphy-Stop-That, a small, loud terrier who lives on a farm (A Day in the Life of Murphy, 2003). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY BLANKIE by Alice Beauvisage
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2013

"For a more successful ode to security objects, stick with Carol Thompson's Blankies (2013). (Board book. 2-3)"
A youngster, likely a boy, demonstrates all the fun he can have with his security blanket. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUNCH IN NEW YORK by Alice Provensen
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

Arriving in New York with his traditional puppets, Professore Tucci-Piccini is robbed of the suitcase containing Punch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHTBIRD by Alice Hoffman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"Enchanting. (Magical realism. 9-12)"
There's a monster in Sidwell, Massachusetts, that can only be seen at night or, as Twig reveals, if passersby are near her house. Read full book review >

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A LONG WAY FROM HOME by Alice Walsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Part refugee story, part 9/11 remembrance, this is a welcome addition to a small shelf. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Stranded for several days in Gander, Newfoundland, after American airspace was closed in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Rabia, a 14-year-old Afghan girl, and 11-year-old New Yorker Colin unexpectedly connect. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOST FOR WORDS by Alice Kuipers
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2010

"More than just a story of one girl, this is a look at a family trying to rebuild after their lives have been literally blown apart. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Unable to deal with the tragedy that killed her sister, Emily, Sophie retreats into herself, refusing to talk about her grief. Read full book review >