Search Results: "Guy Francis"


BOOK REVIEW

DANCE BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON by Joanne Ryder
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Overall, the conceit is clever even though it stumbles a bit. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The invitation reads, "Can't you come out tonight and dance by the light of the moon?" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONKEY SEE, MONKEY ZOO by Erin Soderberg
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Black-and-white drawings not seen. (Animal fantasy. 8-10)"
Roll out the barrel of monkeys—no, wait, make that one spunky monkey named Willa, short for Princess Willoughby Wallaby Fluff (she wears a tiara), who has a one-day adventure, à la Bill and Ted's Excellent one, monkey style. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SANTA’S KWANZAA by Garen Eileen Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Though the rhyming text fails to soar like Santa's sleigh and the ornate font is difficult to read, the bright, peppy illustrations, oversized format, and cheerful, well-meaning concept may help this title fit in somewhere. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A sing-songy rhyming text intertwines the features of the Kwanzaa holiday with secular aspects of Christmas and the Santa Claus story to create a new holiday interpretation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLARK THE SHARK by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"Most especially, enthusiastic kids will appreciate the message that there is a time and a place for everything—they needn't stay cool 'round the clock. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Clark's enthusiasm for school, while admirable, is a little too much for his classmates. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MRS. MCBLOOM, CLEAN UP YOUR CLASSROOM! by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A happy tale of community cooperation as well as a celebration of a career well spent. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A retiring teacher has a final assignment for her final class: Find a creative way to clean out 50 years of displays, decorations, supplies, science and crafts projects, books, lost lunches and like clutter to make way for her successor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MASON DIXON:  BASKETBALL DISASTERS by Claudia Mills
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 12, 2012

"Altogether, this is an amusing if undemanding account of the typical fourth-grade problems the athletically ungifted face as they make their way through school. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Fourth grader Mason Dixon, in his third series outing, earnestly stumbles from one potential disaster to another, many involving his total basketball ineptitude. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLARK THE SHARK LOVES CHRISTMAS by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An amusing holiday outing for Clark the Shark fans. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hale and Francis continue their popular series about the boisterous shark named Clark with a story about a Secret Santa gift exchange in his classroom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VIEW AT THE ZOO by Kathleen Long Bostrom
ANIMALS
Released: April 5, 2011

"Like the zoo, this happy romp will be often revisited. (Picture book. 2-8)"
The mustachioed zookeeper is just one of the beasts in this gorgeous trip to the zoo. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE UNUSUAL MIND OF VINCENT SHADOW by Tim Kehoe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Easily skippable. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old Vincent Shadow used to invent toys with his artist mother in a secret lab they built in his bedroom closet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHELLY by Margie Palatini
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

Afflicted with three bossy big sisters, Shelly stays inside his shell—literally so in Francis's lighthearted illustrations, which feature a family of ducklings in human dress and surroundings—until they give up badgering him to do the sorts of things that they like to do. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARY HAD A LITTLE HAM by Margie Palatini
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"It is the evident good humor of both text and illustrations that will get young readers through a story that depends on a trope largely unfamiliar to both of them—that, and Stanley's endearing, dogged determination to make it pig. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Mary had a little lamb, you say? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TRAITOR by Guy Walters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2005

"Lack of imagination dooms a potentially fascinating subject, in a disappointing first from British journalist Walters."
Debut thriller, mining the history of the British Free Corps, a regiment of English soldiers that fought for Hitler, stars a British secret agent who turns traitor to save his wife. Read full book review >