Search Results: "Cari Best"


BOOK REVIEW

LAST LICKS by Cari Best
Released: March 1, 1999

"Palmisciano's bright illustrations convey the suspense of the tale as well as a view of life in a bustling cityscape. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Best (Top Banana, 1997, etc.) salutes the glory of the ubiquitous pink ball in a story of Annie, a ball-playing enthusiast. Read full book review >

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WHEN WE GO WALKING by Cari Best
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"A tempting invitation to turn any walk into an equally fruitful ramble, even if the treasures are gathered only by eye rather than by hand. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Family strolls down Rambling Road in every season turn into treasure hunts for 5-year-old Wendy. Read full book review >

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AVA AND THE REAL LUCILLE by Cari Best
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A quiet, warm story with real emotions and a real plot. As a pet, Lucille is the real deal. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ava and her little sister, Arlie, win first prize in a poetry contest at their local pet store, with an unspecified pet as the prize. But instead of a longed-for dog, the pet turns out to be a parakeet—not what Ava had in mind at all. Read full book review >

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SHRINKING VIOLET by Cari Best
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2001

"Wallflowers of all stripes will enjoy watching Violet putting Irwin in his place without raising the hostility level—a tricky, but effective, strategy. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The creators of Three Cheers For Catherine the Great (1999) deal inventively with an all-too-common situation in this tale of a shy child finding the inner stuff to withstand a bully's taunts. Read full book review >

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TOP BANANA by Cari Best
by Cari Best, illustrated by Erika Oller
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Oller's debut is a solid success: Her ink and watercolor monotypes, in a warm palette and full of throwaway humor, invest Flora and Benny—even Scarlett—with enough personality to carry a sequel. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A tongue-in-cheek tale of Flora Dora's pampered pet parrot, Benny, who is so smart he can read the newspaper (it has long lined the bottom of his cage). Read full book review >

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MY THREE BEST FRIENDS AND ME, ZULAY by Cari Best
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Blind and sighted kids alike will enjoy this cheery outing, which appropriately treats learning to use a white cane with the straightforwardness another might treat learning to ride a bike. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A glimpse at blindness, friendship and perseverance. Read full book review >

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ARE YOU GOING TO BE GOOD? by Cari Best
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2005

"Karas's drawings are full of spirit, just like Robert and Great-Gran Sadie. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A silly tale about manners gets exuberant pictures to match. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Joined here is lively language with exuberant pictures, showing, for example, the three floors of Sara's building in cutaway, or a double-page close-up filled with the food on and company around Sara's kitchen table. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Best (Last Licks, p. 297, etc.) offers a perfectly delightful celebration of a really great grandmother. Read full book review >

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A PERFECT DAY FOR DIGGING by Cari Best
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"An exuberant valentine to spring and to gardens in general. As Norman puts it: 'Hooray for dirty digging!' (Picture book. 5-8)"
The pleasures of getting down and dirty in the garden can be contagious. Read full book review >

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BEATRICE SPELLS SOME LULUS AND LEARNS TO WRITE A LETTER by Cari Best
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Beatrice, whose own name is a bit of a L-U-L-U, is totally charming, and the story and artwork are a P-E-R-F-E-C-T M-A-T-C-H. (Picture book. 5-8)"
With email making the art of letter writing almost obsolete and texting turning spelling into truncated babble, this picture book is a clever and refreshing antidote. Read full book review >

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EASY AS PIE by Cari Best
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 2010

"A sweet look at a spunky kid with great problem-solving skills—and some rules that are easily applicable to everyday life. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Enthusiastic pie lover Jacob unwinds after school with his favorite TV program, Baking with Chef Monty. Read full book review >

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GOOSE’S STORY by Cari Best
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2002

"Quietly joyful, satisfyingly optimistic. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Early one spring, a girl is delighted when a flock of Canada geese arrive in her yard, but she is stricken when she realizes one of the geese has an injured foot. Read full book review >