Search Results: "Diane Palmisciano"


BOOK REVIEW

GETTING USED TO HARRY by Cari Best
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Palmisciano's watercolors accent the lighter-than-air tone. (Picture book. 4-8)"

BOOK REVIEW

CAN DO, JENNY ARCHER by Ellen Conford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 2, 1991

"Sixth in a popular series. (Fiction. 9-11)"
The school is buying video equipment with the proceeds from a scrap-metal drive, and the student who collects the most cans will get to direct the first film! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KATE LARKIN, THE BONE EXPERT by Lindsey Tate
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Children are always interested in accidents and broken bones and will respond to this straightforward tale of how Kate spent her summer holiday. (glossary, related activities) (Fiction. 7-9)"
Eight-year-old Kate Larkin becomes a bone expert when she breaks her humerus, "the bone between the elbow and shoulder," as she explains. Read full book review >

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GET THE PICTURE, JENNY ARCHER? by Ellen Conford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Convoluted and dull. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Jenny Archer (Can Do, Jenny Archer, 1991, etc.) is disappointed when her grandfather's ballyhooed surprise for her turns out to be nothing but a used camera. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DOLLHOUSE MAGIC by Yona Zeldis McDonough
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"An author's note provides further background information on the Great Depression. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A simply written but touching holiday tale about cross-generational friendship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

“MY GRANDMOTHER IS A SINGING YAYA” by Karen Scourby D’Arc
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Almost as free with her savory lemon soup and mouthwatering baklava as she is with a song, Yaya joins a chorus of memorable picture story grandmas, from Tomie DePaola's Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs (1973, 1998) to Arthur Dorros's Abuela (1991). (Picture book. 6-8)"
With alternating admiration and embarrassment, young Lulu presents her "Yaya"—Greek for "Grandma"—a former opera singer given to trilling out exuberantly at every opportunity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIG SOMETHING by Patricia Reilly Giff
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"A disappointment from a noted writer in an era when outstanding early readers abound. (Early reader. 5-7)"
The Big Something doesn't end up amounting to much in this lackluster beginning reader. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SNEAKY SNOW FOX by Patricia Reilly Giff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Not likely to sneak past the early-reader set. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Giff's Fiercely and Friends early-reader series limps along with this not-so-suspenseful tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALOHA! by Diane  Kredensor
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"Nevertheless, the merits of this title will have new readers saying mahalo for a joyful, exuberant friendship story. (Early reader. 6-9)"
This engaging beginning reader uses comic-book conventions and a Hawaiian setting to invite emergent readers into the story of odd-couple friends Ollie and Moon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HURRICANE WOLF by Diane Paterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Lots of sound advice salts the story (and is summarized in fact sheets at the end of the book), which will make kids feel less helpless, if in no less awe, before the storm's brute force. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A hurricane is calling at the door. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SALADIN by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Though this will leave readers with some questions (Stanley provides no references for some of the more interesting tidbits that they may be curious about), it brings this hero to light for a young audience, who may only be familiar with this period from the Christian history. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Stanley, in her usual style (Michelangelo, 2000, etc.), gives a brief, lavishly illustrated account of this famous Muslim leader who united his people against the Christian Crusaders of the 12th century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JINGLE BELLS, HOMEWORK SMELLS by Diane DeGroat
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 31, 2000

"This latest will tickle those who have met Gilbert in Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink; Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet; and Happy Birthday to You, You Belong in a Zoo. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Everyone knows how difficult it is to get everything done at Christmastime because there are so many distractions. Read full book review >