Search Results: "Erik Brooks"


BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"Engaging illustrations in soft gray pencil endow each dog with additional personality, from Abu the hound in Egypt to Mimi the poodle in Paris. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Newbery Medalist Byars and her two daughters join forces for their third collaborative effort using a short-story format. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RUNAWAY TORTILLA by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Anyone who's ever driven across town for the perfect taco will understand the allure of the world's most entertaining tortilla. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Perfection can be dangerous, as restaurateurs Tía Lupe and Tío José discover when one of their delicious tortillas comes to life and runs away. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO HAS THIS TAIL? by Laura Hulbert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"A great challenge for kids who have already mastered the basic pets and farm animals. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Hulbert and Brooks' second pairing (Who Has These Feet?, 2011) sets readers to identifying animals by their tails and learning how those tails help them adapt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF I WERE A WHALE by Shelley Gill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"The book's heart is in the right place, but its execution serves neither subject nor audience even adequately. (Board book. 1-3)"
Rhyming text introduces youngsters to a smattering of whales. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POLAR OPPOSITES by Erik Brooks
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"While the anthropomorphized pair has nothing in common with their real counterparts apart from location, the light story makes this a refreshing change from traditional opposite books. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Penpals Alex Polar Bear and Zina Penguin are polar opposites, living on opposite sides of the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"The conclusion's unsubtle moral is redeemed by a welcome twist on the girls' new friendship. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Mr. and Mrs. Twitchell have two darling, adorable and angelic little girls-who spend all day at each other's throats. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOO’S SURPRISE by Betsy Byars
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The successful balance between fantasy and realism creates a satisfying chapter-book selection. (Fantasy. 5-9)"
Boo's imagination continues full force in this gentle sequel to Boo's Dinosaur (2006). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO HAS THESE FEET? by Laura Hulbert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"Young animal fans will find much to enjoy and are sure to ask for multiple readings. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Who has these feet and what do they do? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOO’S DINOSAUR by Betsy Byars
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Frequent warm black-and-white illustrations extend the text and provide ample visual cues in this reassuring tale of sibling love for new readers. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Little sister Boo will not leave big brother Sammy alone so he can read. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"While the author's intentions are obvious and laudable, the end result is barely palatable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
If you're hungry for a good story, skip this saccharine and potentially confusing paean to the joys of satisfying our inner selves with love from family, friends and pets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONKEY BUSINESS by Shirley Climo
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"A playful collection that can inspire a classroom unit, a storyteller or a child interested in animal lore. (Folklore. 8-11)"
On your way home from the zoo, pick up this anthology of lively folktales, proverbs and fun facts about the world's monkeys and their relationship to people. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DID FLEMING RESCUE CHURCHILL? by James Cross Giblin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"Some adults may be taken aback by Jason's use of Fleming's first name, but all who deal with young researchers will welcome this realistic account, which contains unobtrusive yet valuable instruction from a Sibert Award-winning author. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Assigned to write a report on Sir Alexander Fleming, discoverer of penicillin, fifth-grader Jason despairs of finding enough to fill three pages until he finds an interesting anecdote on the Internet—but is it true? Read full book review >