Search Results: "Antoinette Portis"


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 1993

"A woman who hung out with Kahlil Gibran, promoted the career of muralist Jose Orozco, and broke the story of the Peabody Museum's stolen treasures could benefit from a more sophisticated approach."
Effusive, admiring bio of Alma Sullivan Reed, a San Franciscan who fashioned a unique career—as reporter, archaeologist, deep-sea diver, p.r. writer—in an unlikely age. Read full book review >

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GRINGOS by Charles Portis
Released: Jan. 1, 1991

Portis's latest combines the same hard-boiled goofiness and swift storytelling that make his earlier books (Masters of Atlantis, 1985, etc.), so enjoyably original. Read full book review >