Search Results: "Christine McDonnell"


BOOK REVIEW

BALLET BUG by Christine McDonnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"There are many recent picture books about dance and ballet, but few easy novels about the ballet world, and this readable though unremarkable novel will give little balletomanes something to move on to after Rachel Isadora's picture books and before Streatfeild's Ballet Shoes. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Legions of budding ballerinas attend (or perform in) annual productions of The Nutcracker, the traditional holiday production that keeps most US ballet companies financially afloat. Read full book review >

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DOG WANTS TO PLAY by Christine McDonnell
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Subtle and sweet. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Dog has a ball but no one to play with, and all the farm animals have reasons why they cannot join him. Read full book review >

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GOYANGI MEANS CAT by Christine McDonnell
ANIMALS
Released: May 12, 2011

"A sensitive portrayal of international adoption, authentically and realistically done. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This beautifully illustrated, gentle adoption story stands out from most other treatments of the topic by honestly and reassuringly addressing the loss—of a birth family, a birth culture—inherent in adoption as well as the joy a new family experiences. Read full book review >

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THE MONSTERS' MONSTER by Patrick McDonnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Make time to share with young monsters everywhere. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Tiny Grouch, Grump and Gloom 'n' Doom (who has two heads) continually bicker about who is the most impressive monster. When the solution they come up with turns out to be different from what they expected, a surprising but welcome lesson is eventually learned. Read full book review >

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ME...JANE by Patrick McDonnell
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 5, 2011

"Backmatter includes a pithy biography, additional photographs and a letter and drawing from Jane herself—children will thrill at the connection. (Picture book/biography. 2-10)"
Little Jane Goodall and Jubilee (her toy chimpanzee) ramble outside their English country home observing everyday animal miracles and dreaming of a life in Africa, "living with, / and helping, / all animals." Read full book review >

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THE GIFT OF NOTHING by Patrick McDonnell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"It will do double duty as a conversation starter for older kids at storytime. (Picture book. 5+)"
Fresh from the comic-strip panels of Mutts, Mooch the cat doesn't know what to get his best friend Earl the dog on a certain "special day." Read full book review >

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ART by Patrick McDonnell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"Sheer delight. (Picture book. All ages)"
Art's art moves and explodes. Read full book review >

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A PERFECTLY MESSED-UP STORY by Patrick McDonnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A playful, funny and friendly treatment of anxiety and life's unpredictable messes. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Here's an existential dilemma: What if you were a character in a book, and sandwich fillings fell onto your page from above? Read full book review >

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GIDDY-UP! LET’S RIDE! by Flora McDonnell
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2001

"Get ready to find a welcoming lap and holler, 'Giddy-up!' (Picture book. 2-5)"
An elaboration of a favorite children's rhyme makes this a familiar, yet inspired treat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPARKY by Flora McDonnell
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"The volume's well-designed cover seems promising, with a smiling Sparky showing off his puppy-dog charms against a bright orange background, but the story itself lacks sparkle. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Sparky is an engaging, brown-and-black puppy experiencing his first day in his new home with a little girl named Mary. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE RED CAT WHO RAN AWAY AND LEARNED HIS ABC'S (THE HARD WAY) by Patrick McDonnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Give this book an F, yes, an F: for fun and funny. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This (mostly) wordless book opens with the titular little red cat running out of his house toward an alligator with open jaws, and a chase begins. Read full book review >

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THANK YOU AND GOOD NIGHT by Patrick McDonnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Small listeners will nestle deep under their covers feeling thankful for tender books that make bedtime a pleasure. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Clement, Jean, and Alan Alexander (a small rabbit, miniature elephant, and a pint-sized bear) enjoy a proper pajama party—complete with chicken dances, funny faces, balloon bounces, midnight snacks, stargazing, and lullabies. Read full book review >