Search Results: "Eileen Spinelli"


BOOK REVIEW

NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Less useful for library collections, this would make an excellent gift. (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
The celebrated husband and wife team up to present a inspirational calendar book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COLD SNAP by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"This may not be the most exciting or enthralling winter tale, but it is perfect for sharing during readers' own cold snaps—calming, reassuring, charming. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A community caught under the pall of a weeklong cold snap comes together in this cozy, old-fashioned story that is high on both charm and appeal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRINCESS PIG by Eileen Spinelli
ANIMALS
Released: June 9, 2009

"A great addition to storytime collections. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When a freak wind deposits the Picawash County Pickle Princess's sash on Pig, she suddenly begins to wonder if she really might be a princess. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FEATHERS by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"This lively companion to the likes of Kate Kiesler's Wings on the Wind (2002) and Douglas Florian's ever-clever On the Wing (1996) finishes with sketchy endnotes that elaborate on information delivered in the verses. (Poetry. 7-10)"
McCue's clean-lined, brightly colored close-ups of smiling birds, all in natural settings framed by garlands of vines, flowers or patterned ribbons, will draw children to these 27 impish rhymes, each of which celebrates a particular kind of bird. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THREE PEBBLES AND A SONG by Eileen Spinelli
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"An indirect but eloquent reminder that art, too, is a staff of life. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Unlike the rest of his family, Moses the mouse can't focus on gathering supplies in anticipation of the coming winter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOPHIE’S MASTERPIECE by Eileen Spinelli
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Sophie may physically resemble the proud, angry protagonist of Kate Hovey's Arachne Speaks (2000), but her generosity of spirit gives her a very different character. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The creators of When Mama Comes Home Tonight (1998) weave another affecting tale, in which a gentle, eight-legged artist spends her last strength on a gift to a newborn baby. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF YOU WANT TO FIND GOLDEN by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Nice. (Picture book. 5-8)"
``...watch the morningrise melt/across rooftops/and splash against windows./There's a man on the street corner/who plays golden saxophone./Listen to the music,/dance in the sun...'' For the usual colors and more (black, white, copper, gray), Spinelli's imaginative text, sampling all the senses (the smell of green onions, the taste of cilantro), occasions Schuett's attractive full-bleed paintings, featuring the city scenes described in lush symphonies of color, each with a thematic hue. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"A lovely way to promote acceptance of introverts by themselves and others. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What do you do when no one is watching? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BIG BOY NOW by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"A nice addition to the 'growing up' books that not only deals with an obstacle to overcome, but features a main character that is slightly older than most in this genre. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Spinelli and Lloyd celebrate the self-confidence that arises from a child's achieving the milestones of growth, including the ups and downs of riding a bike sans training wheels. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Still, such light, inventive, easy-to-understand poetry is worth reading, either alone or aloud. (endnotes) (Picture book/poetry. 7-9)"
In this natural complement to Judy Sierra's Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems (1998), illus by Jose Aruego & Ariane Dewey, Spinelli offers rhymed introductions to an arctic menagerie that ranges from orcas ("What's black and white / [but not a penguin]? / What's fast and fierce / [but not a bear]?") to snow fleas, with the occasional wildflower or iceberg tucked in for good measure. Read full book review >