Search Results: "Freya Blackwood"


BOOK REVIEW

IVY LOVES TO GIVE by Freya Blackwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Right on target for young children, this offering seamlessly captures the world of a toddler and presents a nice blend of humor and warmth along with an affectionate acceptance of the learning process and a most satisfying finale. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Ivy is a particularly generous toddler who is learning where things belong. Read full book review >

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MY TWO BLANKETS by Irena Kobald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An amazingly lovely import from Australia. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A girl her auntie used to call Cartwheel must flee from a land of war to a place where they can be safe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HER MOTHER’S FACE by Roddy Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Poignant. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In Doyle's first picture book, a girl matures in the shadow of grief. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOLLY AND MAE by Danny Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Lively and lovely. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A friendship is formed, nearly lost, and re-established on a long train journey. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TREASURE BOX by Margaret Wild
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2017

"A poignant and accessible story about the importance of the survival of a people's history as well as of the people themselves. Excellent. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The enemy bombs the library, and Peter's father saves a beloved book in an iron box just before his people are forced to flee the war in his country. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAUDIE AND BEAR by Jan Ormerod
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 5, 2012

"There's fascinating aesthetic composition here, if the relationship doesn't distract. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Picture books are full of odd-couple friendships, plenty of which feature a bear; this example stands out in splendid composition and an unsettling dynamic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HALF A WORLD AWAY by Libby Gleeson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"The theme of friendship and separation is an enduring one, important to young children, and will prompt discussions of friendship, moving away and geography. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Preschoolers Amy and Louie are best friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HARRY & HOPPER by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Tasteful, affecting and never maudlin. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A young boy's journey of grief. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLANCY & MILLIE AND THE VERY FINE HOUSE by Libby Gleeson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Cozy and sweetly empathetic. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Fanciful and reassuring, this quietly charming Australian import examines universal experiences and emotions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AROUND THE WORLD IN 100 DAYS by Gary Blackwood
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"The synthesis makes for a thrilling, thoroughly road-worthy joy ride. (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
It's 1891, and young Harry Fogg's obsession with automobiles has landed him in jail. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MYSTERIOUS MESSAGES by Gary Blackwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

Writing with the same animation that infuses his other accounts of historical enigmas and events (Perplexing People, 2006, etc.), Blackwood plunges into the history of codes and ciphers, cryptograms, nomenclators and steganography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: April 15, 1993

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 8+)"
A wealth of information and hundreds of illustrations, compactly presented but marred by sloppy editing and a cluttered layout. Read full book review >