Search Results: "Ann Bonwill"


BOOK REVIEW

POCKET'S CHRISTMAS WISH by Ann Bonwill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The soft-focus illustrations are as syrupy as the self-congratulatory text. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When his curiosity is piqued by the sight of a snow angel, a little rabbit traipses through the snowy countryside in search of the meaning of Christmas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARY ANN by Betsy James
by Betsy James, illustrated by Betsy James
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A note offers sensible advice on keeping a mantis. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When her best friend moves away, Amy feels bereft: ``I wish there were hundreds and hundreds of Mary Anns,'' she tells Daddy, imagining that it wouldn't matter, then, if one moved away. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NAUGHTY TOES by Ann Bonwill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A refreshing take on the need to follow one's own heart—or feet. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Chloe knows how hard it can be to follow the beat of your own dancing drum. Read full book review >

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I DON'T WANT TO BE A PEA! by Ann Bonwill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2011

"A satisfying story of hippo-bird, bird-hippo friendship. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this sweet-but-sassy British import, Hugo the hippo and Bella the bird announce their intentions to attend the Hippo-Bird (or Bird-Hippo) Fairy-Tale Fancy Dress Party disguised as the Princess and the Pea. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I AM NOT A COPYCAT! by Ann Bonwill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2013

"A picture book that tries and fails to offer a 'unique' spin on the tried-and-true odd-couple-friendship formula. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Hugo the Hippo takes pride in being "unique," which causes tension when his friend Bella (a bird) tries to be just like him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FRAZZLE FAMILY FINDS A WAY by Ann Bonwill
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2013

"Crisis management for sure, but resolutely low key and capped by the arrival of a luscious (if, Gammell-style, decrepit) birthday cake. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A family with severe short-term memory issues discovers a coping strategy at last in this mildly farcical outing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUG AND BEAR:  A STORY OF TRUE FRIENDSHIP by Ann Bonwill
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Apt for the very young. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Little blue Bug and little brown Bear become unlikely friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANN TENNA by Marisa Acocella Marchetto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Zany with a touch of uplifting. You will be measurably hipper after reading it."
A high-spirited graphic novel skewers the Twitterati. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SALLY ANN THUNDER ANN WHIRLWIND CROCKETT by Steven Kellogg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The straight-faced recounting of these far-fetched adventures is paced perfectly for a read-aloud; readers will yearn for Kellogg (who includes a careful source note) to hatch still more eggs from his storytelling basket. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
A perennial favorite follows Kellogg's other tall tales (Mike Fink, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KEISHA ANN CAN! by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"One caveat: Readers of a certain generation may find themselves reading aloud to the rhythm of the 'Candy Man' song. (Picture book. 4-7)"
With jaunty rhymes and a spunky heroine brimming with a go-to attitude, Kirk's sprightly tale encourages readers to let their inner star shine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARY ANN IN AUTUMN by Armistead Maupin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"Agreeable entertainment until the ridiculous denouement."
Maupin continues his popular Tales of the City saga (Michael Tolliver Lives, 2007, etc.) with the return to San Francisco of Mary Ann Singleton after 20 years in the cushy Connecticut suburbs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THANKSGIVING FOR EMILY ANN by Teresa Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"While there are few books that even mention kids' complaints about the November holiday, the majority of Thanksgiving-themed books address gratitude much more meaningfully (and realistically). (Picture book. 3-5)"
A kid's perspective on Thanksgiving Day points out all the inconveniences of the holiday. Read full book review >