Search Results: "Brian P. Cleary"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 7, 1999

"Prosmitsky's funny illustrations of tubby cats link some disparate nouns and make them memorable, while a picaresque feline scene on a final two-page spread allows readers to pick out nouns on their own. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A Mink, A Fink, A Skating Rink (32 pp.; $12.92; Sept. 7; 1-57505-42-7): This book appropriately abounds with persons, animals, places, and things, while rhymes drop broad hints about using nouns: "Nouns can sometimes be quite proper like Brooklyn Bridge or Edward Hopper," but also "A pocket, button, sleeve, or cuff—A noun can simply be your stuff." Read full book review >

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A SECOND, A MINUTE, A WEEK WITH DAYS IN IT by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Not as successful as some of their grammar and other math titles, still, this may help teachers put time in perspective. (Math picture book. 5-9)"
Cleary and Gable's cool cats tackle the topic of time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BREEZIER, CHEESIER, NEWEST, AND BLUEST by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Perhaps not the best, but better than many grammar books—definitely one to check out. (grammar rules) (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Cleary and Gable, those relatively cool cats, continue their Words are CATegorical series with this entry about comparatives and superlatives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MADAM AND NUN AND 1001 by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A provocation to wordplay. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A small bounty of palindromes, all stoked and ready to go. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW LONG OR HOW WIDE? by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Save a centimeter of shelf space for this one. (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
This third in the Math is CATegorical series measures up quite nicely. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEARLY, NEARLY, INSINCERELY by Brian P. Cleary
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"Ruth Heller's stellar series on the parts of speech remains the gold standard on the subject, but more kids will connect with Cleary and Gable's cool cats. (Nonfiction. 8+)"
Continuing with their successful Words Are Categorical series, Cleary and Gable (Under, Over, by the Clover: What Is a Preposition?, 2002, etc.) use humorous cats to illuminate another part of speech in this fifth entry in the series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNDER, OVER, BY THE CLOVER by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Although not as visually appealing as Ruth Heller's similar series on the parts of speech, this work will be used by teachers in the elementary-school classroom, especially in schools where the others in the series are popular. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
Cleary (To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What Is a Verb?, 2001, etc.) details the ins and outs of prepositions in this fourth entry in his Words Are Categorical series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"It's no wonder that teachers turn to this series—it's learning disguised as entertainment. (Informational picture book. 7-11)"
The latest in the popular Words are Categorical series expands upon the previous Pitch and Throw, Grasp and Know: What Is a Synonym? (2005). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ON THE SCALE, A WEIGHTY TALE by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"For those just beginning the numbers adventure, this one tips the scale. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
In rousing rhyme, this addition to the Math is CATegorical series explores weight measurement. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THEY'RE THERE ON THEIR VACATION by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A worthy stab at untangling a perennial grammatical knot, but the audience needs to be willing to go with it. (Picture book. 7-10)"
An oddball family visits some interesting places on their vacation, teaching readers about "their," "there," and "they're" along the way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNDERNEATH MY BED by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Whether capturing fun or chronicling items that disgust, Cleary and Watson again brilliantly open the world of verse, enticing young readers to dive in. (further reading) (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
The sixth installment in the growing list of Poetry Adventures focuses on just that: lists. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF IT RAINS PANCAKES by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"Wonderfully crafted and illustrated: a delightful, effective primer for budding poets. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
An engaging lantern poem and haiku how-to for young readers. Read full book review >