Search Results: "Ann Bonwill"


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 >

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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

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 >

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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

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 >

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

WHEN MERMAIDS SLEEP by Ann Bonwill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 28, 2013

"Youngsters are sure to carry these images into their dreams. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rhythmic lines will lull youngsters who are fully immersed in fairy-tale lore into a dreamy state. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE AN IPHONE by Ann Droyd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Mildly amusing, but something of a one-trick pony. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this tech-savvy parody of the contemporary classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, a hyperactive pet mouse named Applesauce goes off the deep end (literally) while mesmerized with his boy's iPhone.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A conventional but informative story accompanied by dreamlike, pastel-colored illustrations. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
On New Year's Day, a little Mayan boy is charged with the duties of playing the flute and carrying a drum on his back while leading the people of his village in a parade into town. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KINDA BLUE by Ann Grifalconi
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"An appealing vignette. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Missin' my papa," who died when she was a baby, Sissy's sitting in the yard of her family's Georgia farm, "feeling awful sorry for myself" and "Pokin' holes in the dirt for no good reason." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SMART AND SPINELESS by Ann Downer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Science facts more surprising than science fiction for teen readers. (endnotes, glossary, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
The lack of a spine, or even a brain, doesn't keep invertebrates from learning, remembering, and solving problems. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Readers will be eyewitnesses to history in this story of one fateful chapter in the Civil Rights Movement, if they can get past the design. (research notes, resource guide, bibliography, citations) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
The intersection of the 1968 Memphis garbage strike, the Poor People's Campaign and the last days of Martin Luther King Jr. is brought to vivid life in a fine work of history writing. Read full book review >