Search Results: "James Kaczman"


BOOK REVIEW

LUCKY MONKEY, UNLUCKY MONKEY by James Kaczman
ANIMALS
Released: March 21, 2008

"The message that if today is unlucky, tomorrow could be lucky carries a certain satisfying verisimilitude, but beware, the contrary may not seem as pleasantly acceptable. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this exploration into the nature of luck, Ed and Ted seem alike in most ways, but one is lucky, the other unlucky. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BIRD AND HIS WORM by James Kaczman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2002

"Kaczman's sly, good humor, exuberant, original illustrations, and positive message make this a must read. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A bird learns a lesson in friendship and conquers his fears—sort of—in Kaczman's quirky work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN A LINE BENDS...A SHAPE BEGINS by Rhonda Gowler Greene
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Still, an instructional intent hangs heavy over this, and the examples are not always on target; a better book on the topic is Dayle Ann Dodds's The Shape of Things (1994). (Picture book. 4-6)"
Cataloging several examples for each of ten regular shapes, Greene develops in an ever-changing rhyme scheme the premise that all shapes are made from bent lines. Read full book review >

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SOME THOUGHTS ON LOVE
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

So many people make New Year’s Resolutions to start the year, but for the second January in a row, I’ll be contemplating memories and saying good-byes.

My husband lost his father this week.

There’s a lot of emotion to visit, of course, though he suffered from memory issues and so, in many ways, his family has said their ...


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SPRINGING INTO MUST-READ CONTEMPORARY & SUSPENSE
by Bobbi Dumas

April is here, though you wouldn’t know it from my window view - snow is falling! (sigh) Thankfully it’s not sticking, and according to the forecast, it will be seventy degrees by the weekend. Mother Nature seems to be slightly confused in the Midwest this spring, and the national news can make my heart feel cold, but I’m glad we can ...


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PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES
by Julie Danielson

Well, maybe not exactly planes, trains, and automobiles. But you know those children who get really fired up reading books about things that go vroom? There’s a reason you can throw a rock and hit a children’s book about transportation: they are loved by many a child. Today, I’ve got three new ones worth your time, one an arrival from ...


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BOOK REVIEW

WORK, DOGS, WORK by James Horvath
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Big trucks, jovial dogs and snappy rhyming text serve again as the building blocks of another successful entry in this solidly built series. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A crew comprising cheerful, cartoon-style canines and one cleverly camouflaged cat continues their construction careers in this third entry in an engaging series, following Dig, Dogs, Dig and Build, Dogs, Build (both 2013). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES OF JOHNNY MUTTON by James Proimos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Fifteen graphic stories collected in one tight package for a new generation of fans. (Graphic collection. 6-10)"
Johnny Mutton, he's so him! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NURSE CLEMENTINE by Simon James
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Pleasant pictures for pretend-play fanatics; a sweet story for siblings. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Clementine receives a first-aid kit (complete with otoscope, tongue depressor and reflex hammer!) as a birthday present and assumes a new identity: Nurse Clementine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIRD & SQUIRREL ON THE RUN by James Burks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"They say a picture is worth a thousand words; here's one story that would be better with no words at all. (Graphic adventure. 6-10)"
Burks manages to turn The Odd Couple into an adventure story. Read full book review >