Search Results: "Angela McAllister"


BOOK REVIEW

MOMMY'S LITTLE SUNFLOWERS by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"Sure to appeal to those who like their children's books saccharine. Everyone else should pass. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A tale of two young mice that go off on an adventure to first replace then plant a sunflower seed, from the pair who created Yuck! That's Not a Monster! (2010). Read full book review >

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A MOUSE SO SMALL by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A cheerful story, but others tell it better and with more emotional power. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Molly Mouse learns that while she might be small, being a good friend is what counts in the end. Read full book review >

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A PLACE FOR MIDDLE by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Iffy as this idea might be, it carries a big dose of reassurance, and there's a logic to the lunch and bridge bits that fretful human Middles might accept. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Younger readers unsatisfied with the rather evasive answer offered to a middle child in Barbara Shook Hazen's Who's Your Favorite Monster, Mama?, illustrated by Maryann Kovalski (2006), may be happier with this take on the topic, though their bookend siblings probably won't. Read full book review >

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NIGHT-NIGHT, LITTLE ONE by Angela McAllister
ANIMALS
Released: March 11, 2003

"A low-key contribution to the endless need for get-that-kid-to-sleep stories. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A bedtime story with a twist. Read full book review >

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TAKE A KISS TO SCHOOL by Angela McAllister
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2006

"A sweet take on an old theme. (Picture book. 3-6)"
McAllister's heartwarming story follows Digby's second day of school, to which the young wombat is reluctant to return, as he fears he will forget everything learned on his first day. Read full book review >

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HARRY’S BOX by Angela McAllister
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2003

"The complete package would also include Katherine Ayres's A Long Way (p. 603) and Marisabina Russo's Big Brown Box (2000). (Picture book. 4-7)"
Harry is the recipient of a big brown box, courtesy of helping his mom bring groceries home. Read full book review >

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LEON AND THE PLACE BETWEEN by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Fair insight, that, though trite and easier said than done. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Aimed at readers who enjoy such elaborately illustrated, strongly atmospheric ventures into mysterious worlds as Neil Gaiman's The Wolves in the Walls, illustrated by Dave McKean (2003), and Chris Van Allsburg's The Garden of Abdul Gasazi (1979), this episode briefly casts a young member of a stage magician's audience through a die-cut hole into that Place "between there and back again" where magicians' props and assistants go when they disappear. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BARKUS, SLY AND THE GOLDEN EGG by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2002

"McAllister's take on a time-honored theme is vibrant and fresh; quickly paced, the narrative is just right for reading aloud. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Three clever chickens outwit their abductors—and save themselves from certain death—in this pro-poultry tale. Read full book review >

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THE BATTLE OF SIR COB AND SIR FILBERT by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"An acceptable additional title on a perennially knotty theme. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The peace message reduced to essentials: each envying the other his castle, two knights do battle till there are ``only cows where their castles had been,'' then decide to settle down as friends. Read full book review >

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THE ICE PALACE by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 19, 1994

"A beautifully decorated story. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Little Anna, who lives in a hot, dry land, has a terrible fever. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIGORY THE DRAGON SLAYER by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"Ready cheeks; insert tongues. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
A happy go lucky young lutenist finds what he fancies is a dragon's tooth, and instantly gains an unwanted reputation as a mighty warrior in this none too serious mini-epic. Read full book review >