Search Results: "Blanche Sims"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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MARY MARONY AND THE SNAKE by Suzy Kline
ANIMALS
Released: March 25, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Mary's heart pounds when the second-grade teacher in her new school says, ``I want each one of you to stand up, say your name, and tell us one thing about yourself.'' As Mary fears, someone giggles at her stuttered statement. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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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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

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Sims's trademark black-and-white drawings amiably assist in establishing the setting. (Fiction. 6-8)"
Kelly, an eight-year-old aspiring writer, is the oldest of three children and has just moved to a new house where she shares a room with her messy sister Erin. 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 >