Search Results: "Florence Parry Heide"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"White bread. Consider Jane O'Connor's Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth (2012) instead. (Mystery. 7-10)"
After a long hiatus, the Spotlight Club Mysteries return with a new posthumous entry and a paperback reprint of another. Read full book review >

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A PROMISE IS A PROMISE by Florence Parry Heide
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"There is no reason to prefer this over (to name a few examples) Dan Yaccarino's An Octopus Followed Me Home (1997), Lauren Child's I Want a Pet (1999) or Karen Kaufman Orloff's I Wanna Iguana (2004), illustrated by David Catrow. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this uninspired take on a tired premise, young George wangles permission from his parents for a pet, then brings home a series of unsuitable ones. Read full book review >

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GRIM AND GHOSTLY GOINGS-ON by Florence Parry Heide
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 17, 1992

"Still, the topic is an enduring favorite; the versifying is skillful; and Chess provides amusingly wicked, not too gruesome visualizations in her usual pungent style. (Poetry/Picture book. 5-9)"
Typical, fairly gross juvenile-style humor—rival monster mothers boasting (``Mine smells like/an old sardine.''/''Mine's the weirdest/thing you've seen''), the nasty habits of rubber bands (``They creep and ooze and slither...They crawl up on your blanket/and swarm all over you./Then they suck your blood out...''), and the like. Read full book review >

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TALES FOR THE PERFECT CHILD by Florence Parry Heide
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"While it's fun to imagine this as a manual that will pass clandestinely from child to child, the truth is that most kids know these techniques already. No harm, no foul—and no carrots. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Impeccable instructions for triumphing over grown-ups. Read full book review >

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THE BIGNESS CONTEST by Florence Parry Heide
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"It's a shame to spend so much talent on such an unfortunate premise. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Beasley, a huge hippopotamus, would like to be best at something, but with his ungainly bulk he's a loser at gymnastics and running. Read full book review >

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THE ONE AND ONLY MARIGOLD by Florence Parry Heide
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"McElmurry outdoes herself with gorgeous landscapes, and with Marigold's goofy hair and stubborn stances infuses even more humor into the already laugh-out-loud stories. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Marigold loves her ratty old purple coat more than just about anything, so she even wears it in the shower. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"Molly Leach's clever design shows the word 'up' repeatedly rising, and one sentence levitates partially off the page—naturally. (Picture book. 4-7)"
No shrinking violet (nor Treehorn), Princess Hyacinth yearns to play outside—but she'll float away! Read full book review >

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HOW TO BE A HERO by Florence Parry Heide
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Heroism with a wink. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What does it take to become a hero? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"That the three main characters were real gives the story its weight; it's an idyllic moment in history, with the architectural splendors of old Baghdad providing just the right setting. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Heide and Gilliland (Sami and the Time of the Troubles, 1992, etc.) bring to readers Baghdad of the ninth century, a time and a place that sought wisdom and encouraged learning to the point of incandescence. Read full book review >

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THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR by Florence Parry Heide
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"That's what friends are for!' (Picture book. 3-8)"
Poor Theodore Elephant is hobbled—an injured leg means he can't meet his cousin at the edge of the forest. Read full book review >

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SAMI AND THE TIME OF THE TROUBLES by Florence Parry Heide
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 20, 1992

"An outstanding book that, fortunately, is already somewhat out of date; an explanatory note would have been useful to young readers trying to put this in context. (Picture book. 6+)"
``It is a time of guns and bombs. Read full book review >