Search Results: "Holly Keller"


BOOK REVIEW

HOLLY by Ruth Brown
by Ruth Brown, illustrated by Ruth Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"As a paean to a cat, it is sweet; as a Christmas gift for a cat lover, it is lovely; as a child's book, it misses the mark. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This slight holiday offering presents Holly, a kitten adopted at Christmastime (hence her name), and follows her as she overcomes an initial shyness and establishes herself firmly in the family's affections. Read full book review >

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HOLLY by Albert French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"An inconsequential, though honest, tale of love and life in race-conscious America."
Illicit love of the most explosive kind for a small town in 1940s North Carolina is the theme of French's second novel— following his acclaimed debut, Billy (1993)—but this would-be sizzler fizzles, defused by pointless heaps of girl talk and basic teen turbulence. Read full book review >

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HOLLY by Jeff Outlaw
Released: July 16, 2014

"An amusing, somewhat peculiar story about secret government agencies, conspiracies and the bond of friendship formed in a crisis."
In Outlaw's illustrated YA/conspiracy novel, a cash-strapped college student befriends a young woman claiming to be a top-secret government spy on the run from the law. Read full book review >

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HELP! by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Touches like the rosy blush on Mouse's face when he realizes that Snake has rescued him give the somewhat stylized figures the necessary spark of life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A predictable story with a clear moral lesson. Read full book review >

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GERALDINE FIRST by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Keller (Rosata, 1995, etc.) conveys through her cheerful illustrations not only the many moods of her young heroine, but also a subplot involving Mama and Papa's own reactions to the bickering siblings. (Picture book. 4+)"
Geraldine is back and this time her little brother, Willie, trails after her, saying everything she says and doing everything she does. ``Stop copying me, Willie,'' snaps Geraldine. Read full book review >

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BRAVE HORACE by Holly Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"He's not original—the rascal who summons the courage to do the right thing—but he is charming. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Keller (Merry Christmas, Geraldine, 1997, etc.) brings the young leopard, Horace, back to the page, this time as the invitee to a monster-movie party. Read full book review >

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THE NEW BOY by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 19, 1991

"Schwartz's Camper of the Week (below) provides a subtler, more perceptive treatment of similar themes. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Relations with his fellow kindergartners go from bad to worse after mouse Milton's unfortunate opening gambit: he sticks out his tongue. Read full book review >

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SOPHIE’S WINDOW by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Simple and understated in both visuals and narrative, yet the blended message of trying one's wings and being disparate friends regardless of size and genus will ring with young listeners. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Caruso is a young bird who's afraid to fly, thinking only of the mishaps that could occur. Read full book review >

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MERRY CHRISTMAS, GERALDINE by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"In guileless illustrations and text, Keller (Geraldine First, 1996, etc.) accurately targets toddlers' tastes, but among holiday tales, this one is more heart than plot, and may be overshadowed by flashier Santas, Grinches, and reindeers with red noses. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A shaggy-dog tale about the journey of the biggest Christmas tree on the lot to Geraldine's home. Read full book review >

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ROSATA by Holly Keller
by Holly Keller, illustrated by Holly Keller
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Wistful, evocativeand perhaps best for sharing. (Picture book. 4+)"
Camilla comes into the possession of an old hat bedecked with a small bird made of real feathers. Read full book review >

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PEARL’S NEW SKATES by Holly Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Keller's tale is a wonderful antidote to discouragement and is bound to bolster any new athlete's faltering self-esteem. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Keller's tale of Pearl's struggles to master the slippery sport of ice skating has at its core a powerful message about perseverance. Read full book review >

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FARFALLINA & MARCEL by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"This heartwarming, colorfully illustrated story underscores beautifully the power of true friendship without glossing over the reality that change is inevitable as friends grow and mature. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Farfallina the caterpillar and Marcel the gosling become fast friends when they meet during a rainshower, taking an immediate liking to one another. Read full book review >