Search Results: "Alison Jay"


BOOK REVIEW

OUT OF THE BLUE by Alison Jay
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2014

"A beautiful if rather sprawling beach book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Jay's distinctive media and style combine to present a wordless, fantastic beach story of adventure and compassion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABC by Alison Jay
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Very, very nice. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Many of the elements that appear in Jay's whimsically mysterious paintings—the oversized fruit, the winsome blue crescent moon, the elongated figures with plump midsections and attenuated limbs—reappear in this abecedarian. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A GIFT FOR MAMA by Linda Ravin Lodding
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"Treat this lovely story as a gift worth sharing. (note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
An earnest boy walks the streets of turn-of-the-20th-century Vienna, seeking the perfect present for his mother's birthday. Read full book review >

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WELCOME TO THE ZOO by Alison Jay
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Children will delight in visiting this magical place, where the wacky animals are the well-deserved premier attraction. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This whimsical zoo is a wonder. Read full book review >

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BEE & ME by Alison Jay
by Alison Jay, illustrated by Alison Jay
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"A sweet bee idyll. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little girl befriends a lost bumblebee in this wordless picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CLOUD SPINNER by Michael Catchpool
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2012

"There are definitely lessons about taking only what you need, about care for the needs of others and about listening to what is unsaid, but they are fully inside the story and only add to the pleasure. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A boy with a singular talent catches the eye of the king, with ominous results, but it turns out well. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLIAM AND THE NIGHT TRAIN by Mij Kelly
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 21, 2001

"A truly memorable ride, this ticket to dreamland will be good for many repeated trips. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Even children who, like William, are "switched on like a light" when bedtime rolls around will drift off as the "train that goes to tomorrow" fills up with drowsy travelers: "Teachers and jugglers, sacks, cats, and packages, piglets in baskets and babies in bundles." Read full book review >

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WHAT STAR IS THIS? by Joseph Slate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The text is set in an unusual typeface, often flowing through the illustrations in white against midnight-blue skies, echoing the comet's careening path through space. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The author of the Miss Bindergarten series turns his attention to the Christmas star in this creative explanation for the stellar phenomenon that led the Wise Men and the shepherds to Bethlehem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"But traveling by poem is what I recommend.' (Poetry. 8-11)"
In catchy, clever verse, the prolific Lewis (Earth and You: A Closer View, not reviewed, etc.) plays with place names, marvels at the journeys of several explorers, goes "Island Hopping," gads about the cities of Europe, even provides mnemonics to distinguish stalagmites from stalactites, and latitude from longitude—"Lines of latitude / Have a f l a t i t u d e. / Longitudinal lines / Rise like porcupines." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I TOOK THE MOON FOR A WALK by Carolyn Curtis
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Two pages of additional material about the moon and the world at night are included. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This lyrical story follows an unnamed little boy as he befriends the full moon and walks with it on a summer night. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF KISSES WERE COLORS by Janet Lawler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"A distant and not as wittily composed cousin to Baby Hearts and Baby Flowers (2001), but the pictures repay reading and rereading. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Jay's brilliant imagination and artistry make this rather pedestrian, baby love song shine. Read full book review >