Search Results: "Heather Maione"


BOOK REVIEW

RUSSELL’S SECRET by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"It is simple experience that slips the message to Russell, and it becomes his decision to go to school. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Hurwitz takes a standard theme—"I don't want to go to school"—and develops it in an intriguing and merry fashion: It's not so much that the boy becomes bored, but how he does. Read full book review >

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SUBWAY SONATA by Patricia Lakin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"1215, etc.) puts a high gloss on the artistic process, but she certainly gets right the role of attentiveness and a freed imagination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An encouraging, if somewhat wooden, look at the creative process as experienced by four people drawing their inspiration from a ride on the same subway train. Read full book review >

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HOW OLIVER OLSON CHANGED THE WORLD by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 2009

"Oliver may not change the world by the end of his diorama project, but he will certainly provide a fast-paced, entertaining read to the chapter-book audience. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Third grader Oliver Olson has a problem that may make many young readers envious: His parents have a compulsion to be deeply involved in his homework, to the extent that when he's assigned a diorama on the solar system, Dad and Mom are planning to do all the work. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS BESS GETS DRESSED by Margery Cuyler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"A good choice for budding princesses both starry-eyed and sassy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A stylish young princess, weary of dressing à la mode, yearns for her favorite outfit. Read full book review >

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REMEMBERING MRS. ROSSI by Amy Hest
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"A tender treatment of loss and recovery. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Eight-year-old Annie is devastated by the sudden death of her mother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CATS IN THE DOLL SHOP by Yona Zeldis McDonough
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 10, 2011

"A quiet treasure. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In this companion book to The Doll Shop Downstairs (2009), Anna learns the joys and challenges of adding a same-age cousin to her family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"Maione inks plenty of lighthearted illustrations, mostly neighborhood scenes, for this engaging series opener. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Clear some shelf space: Young Cam Jansen has a new contemporary. Read full book review >

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THE DOLL SHOP DOWNSTAIRS by Yona Zeldis McDonough
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2009

"A fascinating author's note lets readers in on a little secret—the birth of the Madame Alexander dolls was the inspiration for this story. (Historical fiction. 7-12)"
Mix one part Rumer Godden's The Story of Holly and Ivy and many parts Sydney Taylor's All-of-a-Kind Family and you create a standout family-and-doll story. Read full book review >

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A PIG CALLED HEATHER by Harry Oulton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"Stocked with flashes of wit, unlikely twists and narrow escapes from capture, this amiable ramble slides smoothly into the literary sty occupied by Wilbur, Babe, Mercy Watson and like talented porkers. (Animal fantasy. 8-10)"
When her "[b]est two-legged friend" moves away to London from a farm in Scotland, Heather follows—earning national celebrity on the way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 18, 1972

"Each offers a sharp if fleeting glimpse of a different culture, but it is the reality of the settings and not the unremarkable plots that must sustain Ms. Sutcliff's considerable reputation."
Three of Rosemary Sutcliff's carefully crafted recreations of ancient times, generally less compelling than her full-length works though they exemplify the same seemingly effortless blend of story and setting. Read full book review >

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SLY THE SLEUTH AND THE SPORTS MYSTERIES by Donna Jo Napoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"In this trio of trifles there is not a nail-biting moment to be found, but Sly and her friends do deliver a pleasant read and some clues to the mysteries of friendship. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Sly runs a detective agency called "Sleuth for Hire," but she only takes cases that her cat, Taxi, would care about. Read full book review >