Search Results: "Isabelle Malenfant"


BOOK REVIEW

MAGGIE'S CHOPSTICKS by Alan Woo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Youngsters learning to cope with eating utensils of any sort will appreciate Maggie's efforts and urge her on to success. (Picture book.3-5)"
Learning to use something new is never easy. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"Sensitive and reassuring. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Morris definitely marches to the beat of a different drummer. Read full book review >

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HURRY UP, HENRY by Jennifer Lanthier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"This empathetic tale ends with a question all would do well to contemplate: 'Can we do this again tomorrow?' (Picture book. 4-7)"
Today's hectic way of life might overwhelm children who need a slower pace. Read full book review >

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PINNY IN SUMMER by Joanne Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"Whether used as a read-aloud or a bridge between early readers and chapter books, a serene treat. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An agreeable young girl named Pinny enjoys her version of a perfect day near the sea. Read full book review >

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PABLO FINDS A TREASURE by Andrée Poulin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Poverty is difficult to grasp if one is not living it; this story may help nurture empathetic future generations. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A young boy must salvage recyclable material from a mountain of trash in order to earn money for his family. Read full book review >

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COLETTE'S LOST PET by Isabelle Arsenault
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"Arsenault's story has the feel of a campfire song, increasingly fun and outrageous until the joyful end and its promise of new friendships. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Colette's family moves to Montreal's Mile End, and her mother tells her, "For the last time, NO PET," before shooing her outside to explore the neighborhood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLUME by Isabelle Simler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2017

"Lovely, if a bit frustrating. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The double meaning of the title of this French import will likely be lost on young readers who do not know that "plume" means "feather," since "Plume" is the name of the black cat who stalks mysteriously through the pages, clearly with evil designs on the birds portrayed. Read full book review >

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THE BLUE HOUR by Isabelle Simler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2017

"Lovely, if poorly hung together. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A visual rhapsody in blue. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A well-paced memoir steeped in strife, struggle, sorrow, and, eventually, freedom."
The poignant life story of a woman who escaped a restrictive past to embrace an independent future. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUSE IN THE WOODS by Isabelle Holland
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"Still, her concerns are shared by many youngsters, the situation is inherently dramatic, and Holland writes with skill enough that the reader really does care what happens. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Uneven but engrossing tale about Bridget, 14, who— suspecting that her father wishes he had never adopted her— suddenly finds her birth parents' old house. Read full book review >

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ZAMZOU by Isabelle  Langevin
by Isabelle Langevin, illustrated by Isabelle Langevin, developed by Cocomongo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 21, 2011

"Still, for those with dramatic reading skills, it might be worth the trip. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
This amusing buddy app-venture proves that sometimes the road to paradise is paved with trouble. Read full book review >