Search Results: "Bernadette Watts"


BOOK REVIEW

WILL YOU BE MY FRIEND? by Bernadette Watts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Listeners who enjoy old-fashioned animal stories will appreciate Watts' gentle, whimsical tone, pastoral setting and sweet conclusion, but for many, time spent poring over the pictures will be more rewarding—and enjoyable. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A small group of anthropomorphized woodland creatures have a mild adventure and make a new friend (sort of) in this low-key tale. Read full book review >

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THE SMALLEST SNOWFLAKE by Bernadette Watts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"If the concept is more than a bit twee, the geography inconsistent and the ending downright sappy, the pictures are imbued with their own quiet magic. (Picture book. 4-7)"
High above the geese, the snowflakes discuss where they will go. Read full book review >

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HARVEY HARE, POSTMAN EXTRAORDINAIRE by Bernadette Watts
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"What powers this book, though, are the unpretentious, elegant illustrations; Watts captures the moods of the seasons and provides the right measure of drama to prevent the story from becoming a treacly salute. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Harvey Hare embodies all the traits that make letter carriers such bricks: Nature can't throw anything at him to prevent the swift completion of his appointed rounds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TROUBLE AT CHRISTMAS by Russell Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Better than average of its kind. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A new twist on a proven formula: when Santa's reindeer (he has just two) take the year off without notice, his sleigh is pulled by a unique collection of animals, led by a dragon to light the way and including a lion, a donkey, an elephant, a camel, and a mouse to help Santa read the map. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THREE LITTLE PIGS by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Devoid of energy, but greeting-card pretty. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-6)"
A candy-colored version of the classic tale completely lacks teeth and claws. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The old is new again here, and this is a welcome addition to the fairy-tale shelf. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-9)"
My, what big talent she has! Read full book review >

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JORINDA AND JORINDEL by Jacob Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"The illustrations are lacy and dreamlike, with echoes of Chagall in the bright feathers and black cloak of the witch and the flower vision that inspires Jorindel. (Picture book/fairytale. 5-9)"
A romantic Grimm fairytale that's hard to find in a single edition is retold and made lovelier by Watts's pretty illustrations. Read full book review >

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BERNADETTE IN THE DOGHOUSE by Susan Glickman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A satisfying sequel leaving room for more. (Fiction. 7-9) "
When her former best friend Jasmine comes to visit during winter break, third-grader Bernadette ignores her current friends, hurting their feelings and coming close to breaking up the Lunch Bunch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Like pirate radio itself: worth tuning in to, but in the end the signal's too weak."
A journalist looks back on her adventures in the outlaw world of low-power radio during the '90s. Read full book review >

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THE WONDERFUL TOWERS OF WATTS by Patricia Zelver
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"The book is sure to engender interest in his achievement. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-10)"
How the Italian immigrant Simon Rodia spent decades building the renowned towers next to his bungalow in ``a poor neighborhood that was half town, half country, outside the city limits of Los Angeles.'' The employee of a tile company, ``Old Sam'' used broken tile and bottles, mirrors, shells, and a miscellany of found objects to surface fantastical shapes, ``a lacy web of steel, covered with a skin of concrete.'' Though her simple narrative is short on such specifics as dates, Zelver conveys the wonder and mystery of his long labors, concluded at the age of 80. Read full book review >

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BERNADETTE AND THE LUNCH BUNCH by Susan Glickman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2009

"Allard's occasional line drawings show a diverse cast of characters and add to the appeal of this substantial chapter book first published in Canada in 2008. (Fiction. 7-9)"
First her best friend moves away and then the school system excludes third graders from the science fair competition. Read full book review >