Search Results: "Brian P. Cleary"


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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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PRE- AND RE-, MIS- AND DIS- by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Whether it's for vocabulary building or helping students understand how to take apart a word to discover its meaning, Cleary and Goneau have the right touch. (Informational picture book. 7-11)"
A bright, busy and colorful addition to the Words Are CATegorical series, this time about prefixes. Read full book review >

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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 >

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SOMETHING SURE SMELLS AROUND HERE by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2015

"Inviting illustrations and offbeat topics showcase limericks aplenty for amusement or poetic inspiration. (further reading) (Picture book/poetry. 6-11)"
Cleary presents 26 limericks (and, tantalizingly, half of a 27th) for kids. Read full book review >

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BOW-TIE PASTA by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Entertaining and spirited, though there's nothing subtle about this wily collection of puzzler poems. (further reading) (Picture book/poetry. 7-11)"
Master punster Cleary and illustrator Rowland again join forces (Something Sure Smells Around Here, 2015, etc.) to explore a light poetic form.Read full book review >

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ODE TO A COMMODE by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Signature silliness from Cleary and Rowland abounds in this children's celebration of concrete poetry. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
In this second Poetry Adventures outing, poet Cleary and illustrator Rowland (If It Rains Pancakes: Haiku and Lantern Poems, 2014) again team up to explore a poetic form well suited for young readers. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Playful and fun. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Billing itself as "very silly" isn't an exaggeration for this zany alphabet book as it pairs letters with corresponding offbeat combinations like Elvis with evergreens and newts with necklaces. Read full book review >

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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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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 >