Search Results: "Christine Davenier"


BOOK REVIEW

LEON AND ALBERTINE by Christine Davenier
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"In this triumphant picture book, Leon is equally appealing whether he reflects utter dejection or joyous abandon. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A charming love story that makes gentle points about not losing one's true self in the pursuit of romance. Read full book review >

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IT'S RAINING, IT'S POURING by Christine Davenier
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"The original song with its three-part counterpoint is deliciously imagined on these pages. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In 1961, Peter, Paul and Mary made an extremely engaging piece combining the title ditty, a game of hide-and-seek and snatches of nursery rhymes; Davenier takes it a visual step further to make an absolutely engaging picture book. 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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NOBODY HERE BUT ME by Judith Viorst
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2008

"Viorst's text is emotionally on-target; Davenier's loose watercolor illustrations appropriately isolate the boy in small vignettes or within otherwise unoccupied interiors to add an extra touch of feeling. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Viorst, the always-spot-on voice for disgruntled kids, captures another universal childhood feeling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAMANTHA ON A ROLL by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"A memorable first skate by an irresistible imp. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Things get a bit dicey when plucky Samantha experiments with her new roller skates in one frightening, hilarious inaugural "roll" through town. Read full book review >

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MISS LINA'S BALLERINAS AND THE PRINCE by Grace Maccarone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Welcome Tony Farina to Miss Lina's, and join the applause for a lovely and lively story. (glossary) (Picture book. 3-7)"
The nine lovely little girls are back and what a joy—for there's a new student joining their ranks, and he's a boy! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DESSERT FIRST by Hallie Durand
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 2009

"Let us hope that Durand's promising debut will be the first in a series; readers would benefit from a second helping of lovable Dessert's adventures. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Dessert Schneider loves her sweets so much she even draws a maraschino cherry by her name. Read full book review >

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ME I AM! by Jack Prelutsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"Slight, but not without its charms. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
Prelutsky's poem, which originally appeared in The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983), propels French artist Davenier's cheerful watercolors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUST LIKE A BABY by Juanita Havill
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"While the narrative's pointed message specifically targets new parents, taut pacing and soothing art combine to create a vibrant read-aloud for young listeners. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Everyone in baby Ellen's extended family has big dreams for their little girl. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Many wags and woofs for the art but fewer for the wordy text and predictable ending. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Does Mr. Portly like dogs?" asks the cashier. Read full book review >

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MISS LINA'S BALLERINAS by Grace Maccarone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

"The little girls, nicely multiethnic, have personality, and young readers, budding ballerinas or not, will enjoy the details of the ballet studio and the joie de vivre of the nine young ladies. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In an infectiously rhyming text not a little reminiscent of Madeline, eight little girls ranging in name from Christina and Edwina to Marina and Nina all study ballet in Messina. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THAT MAKES ME MAD! by Steven Kroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A useful topic, worthy of exploration. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Re-introducing Nina, a grammar-school girl first on the scene in 1976, who doesn't have any trouble expressing her feelings of anger. Read full book review >