Search Results: "Christine Russell"


BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Young fans of deadpan Brit humor will enjoy this fleecy romp, though it may take some time before they fully understand all of the cultural witticisms. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
The five rare-breed sheep of dear old Ida White's Eppingham farm are having a good cud chew one afternoon when something strange falls from the heavens and clocks Sal, an officious but well-meaning ewe, on the noggin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Fans of Brit humor will enjoy, but gird your suspension of disbelief; it's going to get a workout. (Animal fantasy. 9-12)"
Dotty Ida White's equally daffy rare-breed sheep return for more fleecy (mis)adventures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Tale of Old Man Fischer by Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2014

"A capably written, genre-bending story filled with creepy-crawlies and refreshingly curious humans."
Neighborhood lore becomes a frightening reality for a young boy who dares to trespass on the property of Old Man Fischer in this debut mystery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLIVER CAT ON PLANET B by Christine Kettner
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

"The three stories overall are not stellar, but serviceable, as are the author's bright, simple illustrations. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
Oliver is a can-do sort of cat who moves cheerfully through three short chapters in this mid-level easy reader. Read full book review >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

LILY AND THE PRESENT by Christine Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Again, Ross's color-pencil art is humorous and appealing, though much of the delicate detail will be lost in group sharing. (Picture book. 4- 8)"
Lily's new brother ``came into the world with nothing,'' and Lily would like to get something ``big and bright and beautiful'' to supplement his other, boring presents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY DAY WITH NUMBERS by Christine Powers
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"A companion volume, My Day with Animals, is in the same format. (Picture book. 1-5)"
``One child'' puts on ``two slippers'' and is greeted by ``three muffins'' at breakfast, then uses ``four crayons'' to make ``five drawings,'' and so on through a day that ends with ``nine books'' and ``ten yawns'' (labeled with Arabic numerals in their one appearance here). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LILY AND THE BEARS by Christine Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"Children may enjoy comparing this to Where the Wild Things Are. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lily, not liking to be a child, dons a bear suit each morning—with manners to match, which her parents deplore but don't try to change. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOST FOR WORDS by Natalie Russell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"While blander than many available options about writer's block, mustering voice or choosing an art form, this may also be more directly encouraging for readers who need the message, as the results seem so achievable. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An animal struggles toward self-expression, taking inspiration from his friends' creations and realizing he can choose his own art form. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PREDICTEDS by Christine Seifert
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"While it tries to address the ethical problems of social engineering, the novel's concluding twist only highlights the lack of logic in both premise and tension. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
An experimental computer program's predictions on students' future behaviors interfere with one teen's quest to date her crush. Read full book review >