Search Results: "Diane DeGroat"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 1998

"Decorated by a glamorous roster of friends and acquaintances (from Andy Warhol to Queen Elizabeth II), this biography is direct and unpretentious, but essentially insubstantial—much like the wrap dress. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Build a better dress and they will come: this is the theme of this celebrity autobiography by designer/jet setter Von Furstenberg. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"Her classic illustrations capture body language and facial expression to a T. A wonderful celebration of the end of a school year, ideal for preparing kindergartners. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Gilbert and his friends return to delight their fans in this look at their last day of school. Read full book review >

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LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE by Diane DeGroat
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Readers who have enjoyed Gilbert's earlier exploits will look forward to more from this remarkably human opossum. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Using the story of George Washington and the cherry tree as inspiration, school children realize that the lessons they learn about honesty extend beyond the skit they perform. Read full book review >

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LAST ONE IN IS A ROTTEN EGG! by Diane DeGroat
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"DeGroat's artwork and story have a benign, empathetic cast to them, so the moral eases into the proceedings without becoming heavy handed. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Having been the principal in ten heartening, gently didactic books from deGroat, Gilbert is a familiar face by now: He's the one who looks like Albert Einstein, had Einstein been a young opossum. Read full book review >

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BRAND-NEW PENCILS, BRAND-NEW BOOKS by Diane DeGroat
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"DeGroat's watercolors—with their easygoing charm —evolve from expectant to relaxed as the kids find what first-graders have always found: School rarely meets their dire predictions, and even kids like Lewis have their time-honored place. (Picture book. 4-7)"
DeGroat ably threads her way through some well-trod ground: the first day of school. Read full book review >

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ROSES ARE PINK, YOUR FEET REALLY STINK by Diane DeGroat
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"DeGroat pens a sympathetic look at the small hurts in life and the importance of second chances. (Picture book. 5+)"
The annual classroom exchange of valentines is the backdrop for this engaging story about retaliation. Read full book review >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"DeGroat's illustrations—handsome watercolors on two-page spreads—serve as ideal scene-setters for this thoughtful reminder that you never know who your friends are, or will be, and so everybody deserves a break—especially the class sad sack. (Picture book. 5-8)"
DeGroat brings back Gilbert, the young hedgehog/porcupine, in a story that resounds with getting one's just deserts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIANE ARBUS by Arthur Lubow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Despite limitations on research, Lubow sharply captures Arbus' restlessness, pain, and artistic vision."
Photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971) was addicted to danger, sex, and human oddities. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEVER TRUST A SISTER OVER TWELVE by Stephen Roos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Awkward treatment of a well-worked theme. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A routine, heavy-handed take on close sisters drifting apart. Read full book review >

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CHARLIE THE RANCH DOG by Ree Drummond
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"Fans of Charlie's previous picture books will like reading more about his life on the ranch, but others might concur with Rowdy as he naps on the sofa: 'Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.' (Early reader. 5-8)"
Basset hound Charlie learns to share with a visiting yellow Lab named Rowdy in this mildly entertaining early reader. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANASTASIA KRUPNIK by Lois Lowry
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 24, 1979

"It is neatly crafted and stout for its genre, but entirely without the emotional conviction of A Summer to Die."
Disappointing after A Summer to Die (1977), this episodic story takes Anastasia, ten, from her parents' unwelcome announcement that they're expecting a second child to her acceptance of the baby brother when he's born. Read full book review >