Search Results: "Antoinette Portis"


BOOK REVIEW

FROODLE by Antoinette Portis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2014

"'The neighborhood was never the same,' the narrator reports, and neither will be the charmed listeners and readers of this cheerful invitation to invention. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When Little Brown Bird decides to sing something silly, most birds in the neighborhood follow her lead, but crows can't be silly, can they? Read full book review >

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WAIT by Antoinette Portis
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 14, 2015

"Beautifully controlled pacing and an immensely satisfying rainbow resolution make this book an effective refutation of frenzied schedules. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A mother struggles to get her curious little boy to their morning train. Read full book review >

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KINDERGARTEN DIARY by Antoinette Portis
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Friendships bloom, mishaps happen but throughout, 'We are fine!' (Picture book. 4-7)"
An exuberant little girl delivers a day-by-day (and sometimes half-day-by-half-day) account of her first month in kindergarten. Read full book review >

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BEST FRINTS IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE by Antoinette Portis
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"Cosmically delightful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Occasional disagreements and the need to mend a friendship are universal challenges. Read full book review >

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NOT A BOX by Antoinette Portis
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"Appropriately bound in brown paper, this makes its profound point more directly than such like-themed tales as Marisabina Russo's Big Brown Box (2000) or Dana Kessimakis Smith's Brave Spaceboy (2005). (Picture book. 5-7)"
Dedicated "to children everywhere sitting in cardboard boxes," this elemental debut depicts a bunny with big, looping ears demonstrating to a rather thick, unseen questioner ("Are you still standing around in that box?") that what might look like an ordinary carton is actually a race car, a mountain, a burning building, a spaceship or anything else the imagination might dream up. Read full book review >

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NOW by Antoinette Portis
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"Portis perfectly captures how children experience the world, the immediacy and magic of it all; exuberant and quiet, simple and complex, and extremely satisfying. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A young girl lives in the moment, her mindfulness of the world distilled into a list of favorite things whose ephemerality she celebrates now. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS SUPER KITTY by Antoinette Portis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Readers and listeners both bold and retiring will find much to like in this charming depiction of a child with a strong sense of self and confidence in her imaginative makeovers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A lively little girl named Maggie explains a series of transformations as she goes through her day. Read full book review >

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A PENGUIN STORY by Antoinette Portis
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"The deliberately clashing endpapers, solid orange and green, extend the theme in this sweet story of yearning. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Icy Antarctica is frustratingly monochromatic for Edna the penguin, so she forsakes playing (and occasionally even lunch) to scan the horizon for something else. Read full book review >

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NOT A STICK by Antoinette Portis
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Certainly one hopes that she will someday find a new format for her creative drive, but at least this sequel has enough charm and understated pizzazz to allow its creator to work her magic one more time. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a near carbon copy of her debut (Not a Box, 2006), Portis brings to life the imaginative properties inherent in an average stick. Read full book review >

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ANTOINETTE by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A reassuring tale that celebrates the uniqueness of each dog (or person) and the creation of a purposeful life. Three cheers for the winning Antoinette, who 'could not—would not—give up!' (Picture book. 2-7)"
The beloved puppies of Gaston (2014) are back, this time with Antoinette's story of self-discovery as she reveals that every dog has a gift to share. Read full book review >

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THE RED HAT by David Teague
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"A simply told, graphically arresting tale. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Young Billy Hightower lives "atop the world's tallest building." Intent on meeting the girl he spots on a nearby high-rise's roof, he tries several stratagems before achieving his goal. Read full book review >

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PAUL & ANTOINETTE by Kerascoët
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 29, 2016

"That each little pig thoroughly subverts gender stereotypes is simply icing on one perfectly delightful cake. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two sibling pigs who couldn't be more different spend the day together. Read full book review >