Search Results: "Amy Bates"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DOG WHO BELONGED TO NO ONE by Amy Hest
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"It's a warm, well-appointed tale; both author and illustrator show a keen eye for detail. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Hardworking girl meets scruffily cute mutt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROCK-A-BYE ROOM by Susan Meyers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Though it sometimes threatens to veer too close to saccharine, the pairing of words and text in this book instead makes it a real, if not rocking, bedtime treat. (Picture book. 2-4)"
As gentle a rocking rock-a-bye as anyone's likely to find this side of the moon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEAR IN THE AIR by Susan Meyers
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2010

"Overall, the direct plot, retro styling and satisfying end may remind adult readers of the days when picture books were a quieter pleasure—like a glass of cold lemonade in the summer. (Picture book. 2-5)"
To a "House That Jack Built" rhythm and style, a teddy bear has a great adventure when a baby drops it out of his carriage and it falls, hidden, beneath the wheels of a lemonade stand at the beach. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"A fine recipe for pleasure: Julia Child, the culinary arts, Paris and a lucky cat. Magnifique! (afterword, notes, sources, glossary and pronunciation guide, author's note) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Reich lures children into the scrumptious Parisian world of the legendary chef Julia Child with the story of her mouse-loving cat, Minette. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DONAVAN’S DOUBLE TROUBLE by Monalisa DeGross
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Libraries seeking bibliotherapy for young relatives of disabled veterans might want to add this to their collections, as should those seeking chapter books starring African-American kids. (Fiction. 7-10)"
African-American fourth grader Donavan still keeps the word jar he started in third grade, so big words are easy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY OLD PAL, OSCAR by Amy Hest
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Hest and Bates' previous joint dog project, The Dog Who Belonged to No One (2008), was a more tender and effective narrative. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Alone at the beach, a black-and-white puppy huddles under the pier until it spots a child. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I GET SO HUNGRY by Bebe Moore Campbell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Bates's beautifully composed watercolors deserve better than these misleading messages. (Picture book. 5-7)"

BOOK REVIEW

HANDS & HEARTS by Donna Jo Napoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"A memorable excursion. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This mother-daughter beach outing features an added layer: Throughout the day, they use American Sign Language to communicate. Read full book review >

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MAKING OLD STORIES NEW WITH DONNA JO NAPOLI
by Julie Danielson

Adventure, magic, love, and betrayal. That’s what the sub-title of Donna Jo Napoli’s newest book, Tales From the Arabian Nights, promises readers. In this ambitious and handsomely-designed collection, illustrated by Christina Balit, Napoli gathers a selection of these ancient stories, 45 of the original 1,001 “nights.” Her respect for the legendary tales is evident in not only her ...


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BOOK REVIEW

KETZEL, THE CAT WHO COMPOSED by Lesléa Newman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Truly, the cat's meow. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A cat strolls down a piano keyboard and saunters into musical history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ESCAPE BY NIGHT by Laurie Myers
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2011

"A genuine young hero learns the meaning of friendship, loyalty and freedom in this suspenseful Civil War vignette. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In October 1863, a 10-year-old minister's son in Augusta, Ga., finds himself at a moral crossroads after secretly befriending a wounded Union soldier. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAITING FOR THE MAGIC by Patricia MacLachlan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"An endearing testimonial to interspecies family relationships. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Pet lovers know that their nonhuman friends are magical beings imbued with preternatural wisdom, and anyone who's experienced the special bond between humans and animals firsthand is fortunate indeed. Read full book review >