Search Results: "Cat Bowman Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

JOSHUA THE GIANT FROG by Peggy Thomas
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Readers may have difficulty suspending their belief system long enough to enjoy this awkwardly shaped tale, but Smith's realistically executed watercolors depicting the giant frog and his helpful nature may just carry it off. (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)"
Red McCarthy finds a giant polliwog in the waters of the Erie Canal and tries to bring it home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TROUBLE WITH BABIES by Martha Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Though the generous font and thoughtful layout is the perfect form for new readers, the trouble here is there's just not much story. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Complete with jolly stepfather, new neighbors, gay fathers, and a new baby, Freeman takes up where The Trouble with Cats (2000) left off. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ORCAS AROUND ME by Debra Page
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Taiga's adventures combine natural history and good storytelling, and will captivate young listeners if read aloud. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
Page chronicles the real events of her family's fishing life from the perspective of her oldest son, Taiga, making him the voice of the first-person narration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CHRISTMAS SONATA by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Tapping his sources for The Cookcamp (1991) once again, Paulsen tells another evocative story about a small boy alone with his mother during WW II. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CUCKOO CHILD by Dick King-Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-11)"
King-Smith's latest is no surprise—yet another tale of an animal on a British farm, informed by keen insight into animal behavior and leavened with just enough fantasy to allow the animals to converse—but it is, predictably, delightful. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HAIRDO! by Ruth Freeman Swain
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2002

"A cut above. (hair facts, bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Moving on from Bedtime (1999), Swain and Smith turn to hair as a cultural statement. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STORY OF ZACCHAEUS by Marty Rhodes Figley
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1995

"The story has a moral, but in this version the message takes a backseat to the slapstick delivery. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Figley comically dramatizes the story of the rich, despised sinner who changes his ways after Jesus chooses to stay at his house. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LATCHKEY DOG by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 3, 1994

"A book that's slight, but fast-paced; farfetched overall, but alive with realistic, kid-pleasing antics. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The title doesn't really fit this tale of a boy and his dog, but it's a cute, marketable moniker for much ado about nothing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PETER'S TRUCKS by Sallie Wolf
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"Vroom vrooom'' set. (Picture book. 2-6)"
An ingenious format for rehearsing a favorite topic: in pleasantly cadenced, repetitive verse, newcomer Wolf describes Peter's survey of the trucks he sees in his city neighborhood and on a visit to the country. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAX MALONE, SUPERSTAR by Charlotte Herman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When Max sees the sign announcing auditions for a peanut- butter commercial, he's sure he's a shoo-in. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PARTNERS by Karen Waggoner
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1995

"Nonstereotypical characters and plausible problem-solving mark this light tale; Smith's b&w line drawings, as usual, capture each significant moment with deftly depicted facial expressions and body language. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Conflicting motives almost wreck a third grader's firm friendship with his brother in this easy-reading, easygoing family story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHADOWS by Dennis Haseley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 1991

"C-10), a sensitive, evocative story of a solitary child among adults who are new to him. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Young Jamie is staying with his father's sister while his widowed mother looks for a job in New England. Read full book review >