Search Results: "Giselle Potter"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

WYNKEN, BLYNKEN, AND NOD by Eugene W. Field
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2008

"The hand-lettered text and mixed-media illustrations rendered in nighttime blues and greens lend an imaginative, dream-like quality to the ethereal text. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Field's 19th-century poem, originally entitled "Dutch Lullaby," serves as the vehicle for this visual exegesis of the celestial text. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Barnum tends to outshine all of his contemporaries and successors, but here's at least a suggestion that his story wasn't the only one. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Though so sketchy that his death (and the fact that the title is borrowed from his autobiography) isn't even mentioned, this profile of the indefatigable and once-renowned circus impresario captures the fascination with spectacle that drove him, alone and in partnership with P.T. Barnum, to organize a number of circuses, sideshows and other popular attractions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"There can never be too many Cinderellas—well, maybe there can, but definitely make room for this one. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)"
In Greece, it is said that a girl is an orphan when she loses her mother, and that is the only word that names the protagonist in this Cinderella tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Acknowledging Mary's long, worldwide career as an elegant, accomplished performer 'in beautiful shoes,' this sweet tribute neatly fills a niche in the panoply of titles about jazz greats. (afterword) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Macdonald teams with her sister for this celebration of Williams's talent as a jazz pianist. Read full book review >