Search Results: "Francesca Simon"


BOOK REVIEW

HELLO, MOON! by Francesca Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2014

"Judging from all the childhood insomnia out there, there can never be too many bedtime stories, especially when they model a strategy as successful as this one. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Children who have their own bedrooms must face that moment each night when they feel utterly alone; the time before sleep may seem endless. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAMELS DON'T SKI by Francesca Simon
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Readers will enjoy one go-around, but this story from Simon (see review, above) is probably too one-note and simplistic for repeat readings. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Calamity, a camel with a peevish attitude about her life in a caravan, trades in her heavy packs for a colder climate and skis and soon yearns for her former life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CALLING ALL TODDLERS by Francesca Simon
Released: March 1, 1999

"An exuberant celebration. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This tribute overflows with the gleeful, impassioned zest that is part and parcel of being a toddler. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HUGO AND THE BULLY FROGS by Francesca Simon
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"A funny story, with surprises that will have toddlers giggling. (Picture book. 3-5)"
In a book that shows one kind of conflict resolution, Hugo, a shy frog with a small croak, learns to be more assertive with the help of a duck. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MONSTROUS CHILD by Francesca Simon
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 6, 2017

"Seen from below, the Twilight of the Gods is neither tragic nor noble—it's long overdue. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Mum's a giantess, Dad's a trickster god, and her brothers are fated to play major roles in ending the world; trapped in her fetid underworld, Hel (aka Goddess of the Dead) has had enough eternity, thanks, and she's about to tell you why. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THREE CHEERS FOR OSTRICH by Francesca Simon
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Fun, but not a standout. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ostrich is not the best at anything, or is he? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TOPSY-TURVIES by Francesca Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

The Topsy-Turvies are an unconventional lot, to say the least. ``Vern, stop eating with your fork,'' said Mrs. Topsy-Turvy. ``You know that's for combing your hair.'' They rise at midnight, don their pajamas, then enjoy their day—make that night—doing things upside down, in reverse, and backwards. Read full book review >

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GETTING IT
by Leila Roy

I learned years ago that it’s okay to do this. To seek out small spaces for myself, to stop and imagine myself alone. People are too much sometimes. Friends, acquaintances, enemies, strangers. It doesn’t matter; they all crowd. Even if they’re all the way across the room, they crowd. I take a moment of silence and think: I am here ...
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BACKLIST FAVES
by Leila Roy

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned here before, I love exploring backlists. Right now, for example, I’ve been working my way through all of Betty Ren Wright’s books—everyone knows The Dollhouse Murders, but she wrote DOZENS of other chapter books—and after reading Sue Macy’s Motor Girls for the Amelia Bloomer Project, I’ve been working my way through her older books as ...


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BOOK REVIEW

LEFT-HANDED DREAMS by Francesca Duranti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"You may find yourself yawning in the company of Martina Satriano, but you'll want to hear more about Lobster Amoricaine."
The protagonist and narrator of this unfortunately tepid meditative novel is Martina Satriano, an Italian-American academic whose return journey to Rome (after many years away) for her mother's funeral occasions a series of dreamlike reminiscences of her years in both countries, former loves and occupations (in Italy, she had worked as a chef to support her family), and musings about the unlived lives she might have had. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CYRIL THE MANDRILL by Francesca Greco
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 15, 2005

"No replacement for the classic, but an acceptable alternative and a small lesson in acceptance of those who are different. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Greco switches species and locale on Leo Lionni's Frederick (1967), but keeps the basic plot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE JOURNEY by Francesca Sanna
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A necessary, artful, and searing story. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-12)"
A timely, powerful picture book about refugees. Read full book review >