Search Results: "David Soman"


BOOK REVIEW

DAVID by Mary Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Nonfiction masquerading as a novel and failing as either sort of narrative. (character list, historical note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
The author of the Stravaganaza series reveals the muse behind Michelangelo's David. Read full book review >

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THE MONSTER NEXT DOOR by David Soman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Listeners should absorb the book's elegantly executed common sense like a sponge. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An attack of peevishness is defused with a change in perspective. Read full book review >

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THREE BEARS IN A BOAT by David Soman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 2014

"Humorous and intelligent—and with watercolor seascapes so luminous that readers will want to jump in—this is a book to be treasured for years to come. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Taking a break from Ladybug Girl, Soman uses his watercolors to paint a playful tale of responsibility. Read full book review >

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LADYBUG GIRL AND HER PAPA by Jacky Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Adult readers may wonder how long Ladybug Girl can keep up the cosplay, but older toddlers will, nonetheless, be pleased to see the beloved character in cozy scenes. (Board book. 2-4)"
The polka-dot-winged and red-clad heroine of the Ladybug Girl picture-book and board-book series enjoys exploring a variety of activities with her father throughout the day. Read full book review >

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GREAT-GRANDMOTHER'S TREASURE by Ruth Hickcox
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Soman's illustrations work beautifully with the story, capturing with equal skill the great-grandmother's decades of zest, and the melancholy moments that befall the old and young alike. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A book that does a pretty good job of limning what to a child is a leap of faith not easily accomplished—picturing a great-grandmother as young, with a child's feelings, and involved in kid stuff. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LADYBUG GIRL AND THE BIG SNOW by David Soman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A fine choice for young readers on a cold winter night, especially when enjoyed with a cup of hot chocolate in front of a fire like the one Ladybug Girl, Bingo and her brother curl up in front of. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In the latest adventure in the popular Ladybug Girl series, Lulu and her basset hound, Bingo, enjoy a day of play outside in freshly fallen snow. Read full book review >

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LADYBUG GIRL'S DAY OUT WITH GRANDPA by Jacky Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"A gentle reminder to stop and smell the roses. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ladybug Girl learns the importance of slowing down on a visit to the natural history museum. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LADYBUG GIRL READY FOR SNOW by David Soman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2014

"A short, sweet tale introducing the concept of snow while celebrating the small joys of life in imaginative and joyful Ladybug Girl style. (Board book. 2-5)"
A Ladybug Girl adventure for her littlest fans, this one features a romp in the snow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID BOWIE by Paul Trynka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2011

"Bowie nerds will love it, and music nerds will admire it; regular nerds and most others will think it's about 150 pages too long."
Everything you always wanted to know about the Thin White Duke. Everything. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Marks's storytelling skills are further demonstrated by the different sizes of the pictures, their distribution, and layout—on the whole, they evocatively conjure this hearty tale, and will send readers off to the original. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A more or less self-contained excerpt from the novel, in a creative abridgement done by Dickens for one of his public readings (Anthea Bell's afterword provides notes about these performances and the texts Dickens prepared for them). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LADYBUG GIRL AND THE DRESS-UP DILEMMA by Jacky Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Readers and their parents will appreciate how Lulu works through her dilemma on her own. Not only is this an entertaining story, but it's also a good conversation starter about being true to oneself. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ladybug Girl Lulu is sure what she'll wear for Halloween until a comment from her brother makes her question her decision. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU'RE NOT MY BEST FRIEND ANYMORE by Charlotte Pomerantz
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"Conflict resolution is a common theme, but it's rare and refreshing to see children work out their differences on their own, without adult advice. (Picture book. 6-7)"
Molly and Ben live in the same two family house, wear identical shirts to school, sit together in the lunch room, and, since their birthdays are only five days apart, share a single party every year. Read full book review >