Search Results: "Giselle Potter"


BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS MY DOLLHOUSE by Giselle Potter
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"A dollhouse for everyone. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Readers will feel right at home with this cozy tribute to imagination. Read full book review >

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CHLOË’S BIRTHDAY . . . AND ME by Giselle Potter
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"Potter's tale will be much appreciated by readers of all ages who have suffered the pangs and pleasures of sibling relationships. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this sequel to Potter's successful The Year I Didn't Go To School (2002), readers discover Giselle and her family in France, on the eve of her little sister Chloe's birthday. Read full book review >

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TELL ME WHAT TO DREAM ABOUT by Giselle Potter
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"Playful bedtime treat for wee ones. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When a little girl asks her older sister to tell her what to dream about, the big sister's creative suggestions seem to fall on deaf ears. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR I DIDN’T GO TO SCHOOL by Giselle Potter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Fans of Tomie DePaola's ongoing autobiography, or Patricia Polacco's sentiment-steeped reminiscences, will enjoy this glimpse of a decidedly unconventional childhood sojourn. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Potter (Brave Little Seamstress, p. 576, etc.) draws from family history for her first solo turn, recalling a tour of Italy that her puppeteering family undertook when she was seven. Read full book review >

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WANT TO BE IN A BAND? by Suzzy Roche
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Fans of the Roches will appreciate in-jokes, like the mention of strawberry-apricot pie, but ultimately, this chronicle of perfecting skills and performing for ever larger audiences is too narrowly focused to provide encouragement, entertainment or inspiration. (Picture book. 6-8)"
While many children may answer the titular question in the affirmative, it seems likely that only (some) adults will appreciate the behind-the-scenes glimpse of one group's genesis offered by quirky songstress Roche. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"One part fiction, one part history lesson, this likable story is an amusing introduction to one slice of early American life. (author's note, recipe) (Picture book. 4-8)"
The true history of Amelia Simmons, the author of America's first cookbook, has been lost. Enter this whimsical, fictionalized account of what could've been, delectable cakes included! Read full book review >

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BEATRICE SPELLS SOME LULUS AND LEARNS TO WRITE A LETTER by Cari Best
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Beatrice, whose own name is a bit of a L-U-L-U, is totally charming, and the story and artwork are a P-E-R-F-E-C-T M-A-T-C-H. (Picture book. 5-8)"
With email making the art of letter writing almost obsolete and texting turning spelling into truncated babble, this picture book is a clever and refreshing antidote. Read full book review >

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MOO, MOO, BROWN COW!  HAVE YOU ANY MILK? by Phillis Gershator
ANIMALS
Released: July 28, 2011

"Farmyard industry becomes a bedtime soporific. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Through creative tweaking, a familiar nursery rhyme, "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep," returns as a cadenced lesson in farmyard enterprise as well as a comforting bedtime lullaby. Read full book review >

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SUGAR WOULD NOT EAT IT by Emily Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: May 12, 2009

"Kids who are lectured at about what to eat will identify with stalwart Sugar, who knows what she likes. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A boy and a kitten engage in a battle of wills over feline food preferences. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLEST GRAPE STOMPER by Alan Madison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"Kids will enjoy both Sixto's triumph and the overall goofiness of this small tall tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fey piece of whimsy takes a lighthearted look at child labor. Read full book review >

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WHEN CATHERINE THE GREAT AND I WERE EIGHT! by Cari Best
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2003

"The theme of intergenerational love is strong here, as Grandma teaches Sara to float on her back 'like a flower' in the aqua ocean. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A slice of urban life is cheerfully portrayed in this colorfully illustrated, first-person account of an ill-fated day trip to the beach. Read full book review >

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CECIL THE PET GLACIER by Matthea Harvey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Fans of Jenny Slate's Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2011) will find a kindred spirit in the stalwart glacier that eats pebbles and wears a tiara. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The oft-told tale of a child who yearns for a pet and a creature that craves a human gets a new twist when the latter is a baby glacier. Read full book review >