Search Results: "Caroline Carlson"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TERROR OF THE SOUTHLANDS by Caroline Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Bland pirate burlesque with plenty of standard-issue buckling of swash—but dead in the water with regard to story arc, in just its second volume. (map) (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Fledgling pirate captain Hilary bravely engages in nonpiratical behavior to rescue kidnapped friends and expose chicanery in high places. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT by Caroline Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2013

"Even the gargoyle comes away with a pirate hat. A polite chorus of 'Aaarrgghh's all round, please, for this rather twee outing. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A conked-out attacker lying in a pool of…beet juice is as close as this dainty piratical escapade gets to actual gore or violence. Read full book review >

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THE WORLD'S GREATEST DETECTIVE by Caroline Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"A whodunit that fails to intrigue. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Following the disappearance of his parents, 11-year-old Toby is passed from relative to relative before landing with his uncle Gabriel, a master detective. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS MORNING SAM WENT TO MARS by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Valid the strategies may be, but it would be hard to present them in a less convincing way; it's 100 percent bibliotherapy. (Picture book. 6-9, adult)"
A perfunctory story barely masks a corrective agenda for children with major or minor attention issues. Read full book review >

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MY FAMILY IS FOREVER by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"High-end bibliotherapy. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Any parent and young child involved in adoption can relate to cozy well-composed snapshots of the generic experience, especially with the perky voice of the adoptee narrating. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HENRY’S SHOW AND TELL by Nancy Carlson
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2004

"Not all kids who suffer stage fright will be able to tap into Henry's solutions, but at least they'll know that others share in their dilemma and answers, often as not unanticipated, await their deliverance. (Picture book. 3+)"
With her bright, happy artwork and easy-to-digest storyline, Carlson tackles a case of kindergarten stage fright. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT'S GOING TO BE PERFECT! by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1998

"Children will appreciate seeing the effect they've had on their parents, and the differences between what might have been, and what is. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Any parent and child can share the broad humor of this picture book with its reminiscence of a mother's starry-eyed notion of having a baby. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A VISIT TO GRANDMA'S by Nancy Carlson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

When Tina and her parents fly to Grandma's Florida home, Tina imagines that Thanksgiving will include the traditional fixings, even though Grandma's no longer on the Minnesota farm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THINK BIG! by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Though the solution is overly simple, it offers attitude, which might be enough for some. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Vinney is tired of being overlooked—literally. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOORAY FOR GRANDPARENTS’ DAY! by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2000

"Bold, cheerful colors, a menagerie of human-like animals, and a warm message make this a good read-aloud that celebrates the diversity of families. (Picture book. 3-8)"
What can a boy do when Grandparents' Day at school rolls around and he has no grandparents to invite? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY BEST FRIEND MOVED AWAY by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"An expressive tribute to the pain of farewells—and the joys of hellos bolstered and enriched by good memories—this is sure to empower not only kids who move away, but also those who stay behind. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Carlson's (Hooray for Grandparents' Day!, 2000, etc.) first-person narrator is lucky: she has a best friend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HENRY’S AMAZING IMAGINATION! by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Readers will realize along with Henry's classmates that brightening someone's day with a stretch of the imagination is a gift. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Henry's imagination has a way of shanghaiing the truth during show-and-tell. Read full book review >