Search Results: "Audrey Penn"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MIRACLE JAR by Audrey Penn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2008

"A nice addition to classic retellings. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Eight-year-old Sophie and her family get ready to celebrate Hanukkah by cleaning their small cottage, preparing holiday treats and shining the menorah. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A COLOR GAME FOR CHESTER RACCOON by Audrey Penn
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Without developed visual characterization or effective demonstration of concept, it's best to kiss this one goodbye. (Board book. 1-3)"
It's a shame that an examination of colors can feel so drab. Read full book review >

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CHESTER RACCOON AND THE BIG BAD BULLY by Audrey Penn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Unfortunately, this is sure to be requested by the many adult fans of The Kissing Hand; steer them to the likes of Helen Lester's Hooway for Wodney Wat (1999) or Anthony Browne's Willy books for kid-savvy treatment. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The author of The Kissing Hand (1993) revisits her raccoon family in this sappy and didactic tale about coping with a bully. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A KISSING HAND FOR CHESTER RACCOON by Audrey Penn
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Parents of toddlers starting school or day care should seek separation-anxiety remedies elsewhere, and fans of the original shouldn't look to this version as replacement for their page-worn copies. (Board book. 2-4)"
A sweetened, condensed version of the best-selling picture book, The Kissing Hand. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHESTER RACCOON AND THE ALMOST PERFECT SLEEPOVER by Audrey Penn
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"Oddly incongruent to the Kissing Hand (1993) premise—fans of the original will likely be perplexed, though it does present a familiar childhood dilemma without shaming. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Chester Raccoon faces a new childhood anxiety in the latest addition to the Kissing Hand series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KAI TO THE RESCUE! by Audrey Penn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"An oft-told tale in fire-truck form. It's earnest, but it fizzles. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When a tiny green-and-white pumper joins the fire crew, the captain truck doubts his abilities. Read full book review >

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IS THIS BURNING AN ETERNAL FLAME?
by Mandy Wan

BOOK REPORT for Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Cover Story: (Mostly) Montell Jordan
BFF Charm: Yay and Eventually
Swoonworthy Scale:
 9
Talky Talk: She Said, She Said
Bonus Factors:
 World Building, Super Powers
Ambivalent Factor: Horses
Relationship Status: Infatuation

Cover Story: (Mostly) Montell Jordan

At first glance, this cover is a total win: the fancy flourish, the ...


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FAVORITES OF 2016 - PART THREE
by Leila Roy

Welcome to part three of the four-part, month-by-month breakdown of my favorite books of the year! (Note: by ‘favorite books of the year,’ I mean books that I read in 2016, not necessarily books that were published in 2016.)

July: Flannery, by Lisa Moore

Are you a fan of Melina Marchetta’s realistic fiction? THEN PICK THIS BOOK UP. It’s ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NOT EXACTLY A LOVE STORY by Audrey Couloumbis
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 11, 2012

"Not exactly a perfect story. But it comes pretty close. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A late-night phone call turned bad…turns good. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEXIE by Audrey Couloumbis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 24, 2011

"This tender, realistic tale might go a long way toward soothing the doubts of many children who are dealing with similarly trying situations. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Quietly and ever so gently, Couloumbis explores the topics of divorce and remarriage and how they affect the children involved. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAKE by Audrey Couloumbis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Pleasant and satisfying. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Ten-year-old Jake's holiday season gets off to an inauspicious start when his widowed mom slips on the ice in a mall parking lot before Christmas and has to be hospitalized. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2005

"Sallie's fresh and feisty voice, girls dressed as boys, an outlaw with a heart of gold, adventure and humor add up to great family entertainment. (Fiction. 9+)"
"Some days it isn't even a good idea to get out of bed," muttered Aunt Ruthie as she stepped out of the mercantile. Read full book review >