Search Results: "Barbara M. Joosse"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PITIFUL LIFE OF SIMON SCHULTZ by Barbara M. Joosse
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1991

"Jorna and her dad, a Vietnam vet, provide a welcome balance; still, plot and characters are subservient to the too-obvious lesson. (Fiction. 9-11)"
A somewhat heavy-handed exploration of the age-old problem of how a conscientious boy can learn to stand up to a domineering, overprotective mother. Read full book review >

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GRANDMA CALLS ME BEAUTIFUL by Barbara M. Joosse
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 26, 2008

The very successful picture-book team of Joosse and Lavallee have previously explored mother love in Mama, Do You Love Me? (1991) and father love in Papa, Do You Love Me? (2005). Read full book review >

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NUGGET AND DARLING by Barbara M. Joosse
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 1997

"There is little distinctive about the plot or in the way it's told, but Truesdell's artwork elevates the pages somewhat- -sprightly and very much in league with the James Stevenson school of pen and watercolor wash. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Joosse (Snow Day!, 1995, etc.) tells an old story—a new friend muscles out the old, with all the sad consequences—pleasantly enough without plowing any new ground. Read full book review >

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GHOST WINGS by Barbara M. Joosse
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"It includes a discussion guide and information on the Days of the Dead and monarch butterflies. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Joosse's (Alien Brain Fryout, 2000, etc.) sensitive tale of love, loss, and remembrance is set in a small Mexican town and intertwined with the lifecycle of monarch butterflies. Read full book review >

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ALIEN BRAIN FRYOUT by Barbara M. Joosse
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2000

"Bright with high comedy and low, this unabashed ribtickler will find plenty of reluctant readers among its many fans. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Matched to a hard-to-top title, Joosse's (Ghost Trap, 1998, etc.) fourth neighborhood mystery featuring Wild Willie, with fellow junior detectives Kyle and Lucy, centers on puzzling changes of behavior in both a local bully and a parrot. Read full book review >

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PAPA, DO YOU LOVE ME? by Barbara M. Joosse
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

"Sure to be another bestseller. (glossary) (Picture book. 3-8)"
A pendant and companion to this duo's beloved Mama, Do You Love Me? (1991). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD DOG SCHOOL by Barbara M. Joosse
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 23, 2004

"It's a little long, and Harris looks a little old to be playing pirates with his dog, but Zippy zooms past these issues with ease thanks to his zesty individuality. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Zippy is a small, tan dog of indeterminate breed but distinct character in this story with a theme of compromise and moderation. Read full book review >

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GHOST TRAP by Barbara M. Joosse
ANIMALS
Released: April 20, 1998

"Truesdell's whimsical pen-and-ink drawings depict the humorous predicaments and add to the entertainment, right down to the dissolution of the Friend War and Lucy's declaration: 'Three minds are sure better than one.' (Fiction. 7-10)"
This third hilarious Wild Willie Mystery (Wild Willie and King Kyle Detectives, 1993; The Losers Fight Back, 1994) reunites Willie with Kyle, who has moved back to the neighborhood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MORNING CHAIR by Barbara M. Joosse
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 1995

"Sewall's light, creamy gouaches—soft colors (butter yellow, plenty of baby blue) with thick black outlines- -resonate with the text, with impressionistic strokes that sometimes give way to mere sketchiness. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Bram's happy life in Holland consists of eating raw herring by the sea with Papa and snuggling in the morning chair with Mama. Read full book review >

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THE LOSERS FIGHT BACK by Barbara M. Joosse
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

"A book that succeeds on the strength of its preteen narrator's goofy, appealing, and believable voice. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Not only does Wild Willie's (Wild Willie and the King Kyle Detectives, 1993, etc.) soccer team ``really stink,'' but the big and evil Chuckie has unofficially changed its name from the Bruisers to the Losers and has falsely accused Willie of K-I-S-S-I-N-G his next-door neighbor, Lucy. Read full book review >

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WILD WILLIE AND KING KYLE DETECTIVES by Barbara M. Joosse
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 20, 1993

"Joosse catches the kids' concerns with engaging humor; her realistic dialogue and approachable, staccato style—plus Truesdell's wonderfully lively and comical b&w illustrations—are sure to appeal. (Fiction/Young reader. 7-10)"
When his best friend Kyle moves to ``stupid-Cleveland- stupid-Ohio,'' a disgusted Willie expects the girl who moves in next door to have a closet full of party dresses, a unicorn with a lavender tail, and a bike with hearts and sparkles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNOW DAY! by Barbara M. Joosse
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 1995