Search Results: "Ariane Elsammak"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Many of the jokes work, but too often Kelly seems like a desperate comedian, pulling out joy buzzers and chattering teeth and one rubber chicken too many. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
It's hard to believe a book could contain too many chickens, but this novel may test readers' patience. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"The frequent, lengthy narrative asides, meant to be funny, will only add to readers' confusion and frustration. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this absurd adventure, insecure sixth grader Jackson falls into his Great Aunt Harriett's enormous hair. Read full book review >

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Love Them Back to LIFE by Ariane Page
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"A vibrant, eclectic sojourn into the meaning of it all, hindered by laborious writing and poor organization."
A sprawling theoretical explanation of the human condition. Read full book review >

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THE LAST LAUGH by Jose Aruego
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

A sly snake with a fondness for sneaking up on unsuspecting animals and making them jump earns both humiliation and a taste of its own medicine in this nearly wordless outing—dedicated "to bullies everywhere." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A thoughtful and enthusiastic analysis of how more and more people are inventing and creating truly remarkable products and services."
The story behind modern tinkerers, inventors, and creators of all sorts of good stuff. Read full book review >

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ANTARCTIC ANTICS by Judy Sierra
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The animated, icy doings are faithfully chronicled by Aruego and Dewey, but lest readers think this is all tongue-in-cheek, the author includes short list of further information. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
A blithe collection of poems about emperor penguins based on factual information about the species. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"A concluding song (melody by Bill Haymes) needs an accompaniment to support its syncopated rhythms and implied harmonic changes, but the lower staff has been left blank—so why print it at all? (Poetry/Picture book. 5-8)"
Animals celebrate seasonal delights—from an ice-skating January cat to November pigs feasting on pie and December's union of all the characters to carry a Christmas tree. Read full book review >

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ICE IN THE JUNGLE by Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Comforting to the littlest of ones who find themselves in a change of surroundings. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tiny polar bear must learn how to cope after moving. Read full book review >

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THAT'S NOT HOW YOU DO IT! by Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"Sweet but not cloying, purposive but not pedantic. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A confident cat knows the right way to do everything. But is there a right way? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"This can-do book by an activist seeking to rouse the public into action has a lot to say to anyone who plans on getting old."
A fierce advocate for the rights of domestic workers examines two phenomena—a booming aging population in need of long-term care and the rising tide of undocumented immigrants—and finds not two problems but one great opportunity. Read full book review >

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APRIL SHOWERS by George Shannon
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1995

Cheerful illustrations accompany a lackluster text that seems more suited to a storyteller's live performance than the page. Read full book review >

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BIRTHDAY RHYMES, SPECIAL TIMES by Bobbye S. Goldstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1993

"Index. (Poetry/Picture book. 3-7)"
The title sets the tone—32 lighthearted poems celebrate parties, presents, and being the special person of the day; also included are a few non-children who might have birthdays—a mother, a grandfather clock, the moon. Read full book review >