Search Results: "Gillian Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"Highly recommended. (Fiction. 8-12)"
This frothy sequel to Thora: A Half-Mermaid Tale (2005) continues the whimsical adventures of Thora, aged 10 ¾, her mermaid mum, human caretaker Mr. Walters, Cosmo the peacock and beautiful sea-unicorn Shirley. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS BUN BUN by Richard Scrimger
ADVENTURE
Released: May 7, 2002

"This is a light but involving read that nicely portrays how a child can affect her environment for it is Winifred's aplomb and fancy that keeps the situation from turning panicky. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What begins as a visit to Uncle Dave's new condominium, turns into an almost-magical adventure at the Castle Apartments. Read full book review >

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MELONHEAD AND THE WE-FIX-IT COMPANY by Katy Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"In this lively and light entertainment for middle graders, Melonhead and his friends inhabit a world without sarcasm or texting, where inventiveness and camaraderie reign supreme. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Melonhead, always brimming with good intentions, once again successfully enchants. Read full book review >

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MELONHEAD by Katy Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2009

"Melonhead learns a thing or two from his mistakes, but it may give adults pause when he sums his scientific discoveries up with, 'Umpteen wrongs equals one right.' (illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this spin-off from the Lucy Rose series, Lucy's friend Melonhead, an adventurous, clever nine-year-old, takes center stage. Read full book review >

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MELONHEAD AND THE UNDERCOVER OPERATION by Katy Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"As they learn to take responsibility for their mini-fiascoes, Melonhead and Sam deliver sniggers galore in this sweet and funky confection. (Mystery. 8-11)"
Melonhead and his buddy Sam deliver their third goofball romp when they go undercover to catch one of the FBI's Most Wanted. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MELONHEAD AND THE BIG STINK by Katy Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 8, 2010

"A breezy and humorous middle-grade tale that illuminates the value of intergenerational relationships. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Melonhead is as irrepressible as ever in his second outing (Melonhead, 2009). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TILLY'S STAYCATION by Gillian Hibbs
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2014

"There's no place like home, as Dorothy would say. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Although initially disappointed about not getting to travel the way her friends do, Tilly comes to appreciate adventures close to home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"A solid, if additional, purchase. (introduction, bibliography) (Folklore. 6-9)"
Plainly told, these nine Korean folktales include some well-known tales found in the relatively small number of other picture books and anthologies available in English. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOM FINGER by Gillian McClure
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"An erratic adventure with compelling moments. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In McClure's (Selkie, 1999, etc.) wintry and whimsical tale a girl mourns her dead cat in spite of her brother's protests. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDPA BEAR'S FANTASTIC SCARF by Gillian Heal
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 1997

"Salubrious thoughts, surely- -charmingly illustrated in watercolor—but the book is an onslaught of lessons rather than a story, and more likely to appeal to adults than to children. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Grandpa Bear's Fantastic Scarf (32 pp.; $14.95; Mar. 15, 1997; 1- 885223-41-2): A little bear learns from his wise old grandfather about the weaving of a life—his grandfather's scarf is as long and multicolored as his years in this book. Read full book review >

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THE CHRISTMAS DONKEY by Gillian McClure
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"Lovely. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The gifted illustrator of several of her father Paul Coltman's books (Witch Watch, 1989) relates a simple tale of her own, one with unusual resonance. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET SPIRAL by Gillian Neimark
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2011

"Tedious, frustrating and utterly impenetrable. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Mathematics, humor and fantasy just don't add up in this awkward, misguided effort. Read full book review >