Search Results: "Bruce Degen"


BOOK REVIEW

I SAID, "BED!" by Bruce Degen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2014

"A mixed bag of a book. (Early reader. 5-7)"
A book written for new readers seems more like fare for the toddler set. Read full book review >

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SNOW JOKE by Bruce Degen
by Bruce Degen, illustrated by Bruce Degen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A snow book that deserves a warm reception from new readers. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Anti-social high jinks deliver a lesson in kindness and in learning to read. Read full book review >

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MS. FRIZZLE’S ADVENTURES by Joanna Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Next stop: Ancient China. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
Not content with her rollicking science adventures in the Magic School Bus, Ms. Frizzle continues her explorations of history begun in Ancient Egypt. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS AND THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE by Joanna Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"The bus isn't even close to running out of gas yet—particularly as it's now a hybrid. (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
Flamboyant as ever, the indefatigable Ms. Frizzle shepherds her young charges on a globe-spanning tour that starts in the melting Arctic, ends back in a greener classroom and in between lays out the process and hazards of the greenhouse effect before going into eco-friendly, energy-saving technological and lifestyle changes. Read full book review >

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MS. FRIZZLE’S ADVENTURES by Joanna Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Quite a trip. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Extraordinary science teacher Ms. Frizzle is back sans school bus in a nine-by-twelve format tackling a whole new subject area: social studies. Ms. Frizzle is vacationing in Egypt and travels back to ancient times. Read full book review >

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COMMANDER TOAD IN SPACE by Bruce Degen
Released: Aug. 21, 1980

"Unbelievable and unfunny."
A feeble whimsy presented as a ha-ha space adventure. Read full book review >

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MS. FRIZZLE’S ADVENTURES by Joanna Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"The learning never stops, nor does the pace. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
Ducking beneath a parade dragon in Chinatown, Ms. Frizzle and three youngsters emerge a thousand years ago and halfway around the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOBLIN WALK by Tony Johnston
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 5, 1991

"Not important but fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Taking treats to his grandmother (``bugs and thorns and peppercorns''), a little goblin has mutually terrifying encounters with a bunny, a mouse, a butterfly, etc. Johnston makes the most of this familiar scenario in an artfully cadenced text with classic repetitions, nicely rounded in a cozy conclusion: ``Greeny'' and her grandson make cookies together. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS AND THE ELECTRIC FIELD TRIP by Joanna Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"As in the other books in the series, this one doesn't cover everything, but it will stimulate interest; plenty of information is packed into the pages, and repeat readings are mandatory. (Picture book. 7-10)"
The indomitable Ms. Frizzle is back for a lesson in electricity in this entertaining entry in the Magic School Bus series. Read full book review >

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I GOTTA DRAW by Bruce Degen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"Would that every teacher could be this cool; Ms. Frizzle would be proud. (Picture book. 5-9)"
One teacher who is willing to look outside the box for a solution changes the life of a budding young artist. Read full book review >

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SAILAWAY HOME by Bruce Degen
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Perfect for toddlers showing their first signs of independence. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The fantastic adventures of a little pig who ``leaves'' his parents in order to fight pirates, to fly on a butterfly, and to ``Sailaway, sailaway,/Over the foam./Blow with the gale away,/Bail with a pail away,/Hitch to a whale, and then/Sailaway home.'' The rhymes always follow the same short and bouncy pattern; the animals look like toys, and the adventures are always rooted in a domestic setting. Read full book review >

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NATE LIKES TO SKATE by Bruce Degen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"For a genuinely clever story about street skating, stick to the almost wordless classic Skates, by Ezra Jack Keats. For a nonpedantic beginning reader, Degen's offering works well enough. (Picture book/early reader. 4-7)"
Degen attempts the daunting task of writing a satisfying story using just 49 words and avoiding singsong rhymes. Read full book review >