Search Results: "Blanche L. Sims"


BOOK REVIEW

JASON AND THE ALIENS DOWN THE STREET by Gery Greer
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

While chasing a dog into a neighbor's yard, Jason meets a pair of Intragalactic Troubleshooters with a spaceship in the garage. Read full book review >

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LET ME OFF THIS SPACESHIP! by Gery Greer
FICTION
Released: April 15, 1991

"The Ransom of Red Chief,'' with a couple of wise cracking kids who never lose their cool, is spoof, romp, and tall tale, all in one. (Fiction. 10+)"
Tod and Billy are captured by aliens, but brattiness saves the day. Read full book review >

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JASON AND THE LIZARD PIRATES by Gery Greer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1992

"Genuinely sweet, zany, and funny: a fine change-of-pace readaloud. (Fiction. 8-10)"
In their second adventure, Cooper Vor, Intragalactic Troubleshooter, has taken on a bigger job than 12-year-old assistant Jason and rabbit-eared housecat Lootna really want: pirates have taken over the fabulous planet Lumaloon, with its diamond moons and diamond palace. Read full book review >

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LIVING WITH MY STEPFATHER IS LIKE LIVING WITH A MOOSE by Lynea Bowdish
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"Black-and-white cartoonish illustrations match the simplicities of the plot, reinforcing the notion that these are stock types, loafing through a TV sitcom. (Fiction. 8- 11)"
Matt's new stepfather, Frank, is clumsy and uncoordinated, an embarrassment to athletic Matt, whose mother keeps pushing them into joint activities. Read full book review >

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MARVIN AND THE MEAN WORDS by Suzy Kline
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 1997

"The black-and-white illustrations add humor, but they're not enough to save the story. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Marvin Higgins, something of a bully in Kline's Mary Marony and the Snake (1992) and other stories about Mary Marony, gets a book (and proposed series) of his own. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GEORGE AND DIGGETY by Maggie Stern
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A serviceable addition to the easy-reader shelves. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
Stern and Sims (George, 1999) join forces again for another easy reader in beginning-chapter format about an average boy named George and his older siblings. Read full book review >

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COOL CAT, SCHOOL CAT by Judy Cox
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"Unlikely situations, awkward writing (including strange similes and confusing shifts from third person to first person narration), and an undefined setting add up to an unsatisfying back-to-school story. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Gus and his family have just moved to a new apartment, but Gus is not making the most of his new start. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SALLY ANN ON HER OWN by Terrance Dicks
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1992

"Marred by see-through paper. (Fiction. 5-9)"
When her family outgrows their well-loved rag doll, they donate Sally Ann to nice Mrs. Foster's day care center, where she overhears a conversation intimating that the center may have to close. Read full book review >

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SHARK IN SCHOOL by Patricia Reilly Giff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A solid book that accurately depicts many of the heartaches of the first days at a new school. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Matthew Jackson is about to attend a new school, but that's not the worst of it: He hasn't done his summer reading because he thinks he doesn't know how to read, and he only has one friend, J.P. When school begins, the horrors mount. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EDDIE, INCORPORATED by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1980

"The story reads smoothly enough, but it's unoriginal in outline, and not bright enough in its particulars to function as anything but a time filler for junior-achievement types."
With his father in the produce business, his mother selling homemade goodies, his oldest brother already assistant manager of a shoe store, and his high school brother already working toward a banking career, Eddie too wants a business: "He wanted a desk with a phone on it. . . . Read full book review >

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SHOW TIME AT THE POLK STREET SCHOOL by Patricia Reilly Giff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A solid introduction for aspiring thespians. (Plays. 6-10)"
Three simple plays based on Giff's popular Polk Street books: The Candy Corn Contest, The Secret at the Polk Street School, and Fancy Feet. Read full book review >

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THAT CRAZY EDDIE AND THE SCIENCE PROJECT OF DOOM by Judy Cox
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2005

"Fast-paced and realistic, this tale rings true for its young readers. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Third-grader Matt and his best buddy Eddie want to win the $50 gift certificate prize for first place in the science fair. Read full book review >