Search Results: "James Watts"


BOOK REVIEW

ZACK'S ALLIGATOR AND THE FIRST SNOW by Shirley Mozelle
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Fans will be looking for Zack's parting words to Bridget to come true: 'We'll have more fun soon.' (Early reader. 4-8)"
Zack and his alligator, Bridget, have a wintry adventure in this early reader. Read full book review >

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'WHO ARE YOU?' by John Schindel
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"A nicely perceptive tale with humorous dialogue and warmly appealing illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Despite his creative attempts to prove otherwise, Brown Bear's parents assure him that he is too small and too young to come to their grown-up party; they put him to bed. Read full book review >

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HOW RAVEN BROUGHT LIGHT TO PEOPLE by Ann Dixon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"The chief accepts his loss so benignly that readers may wonder why Raven didn't just ask, instead of going to all that trouble. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-9)"
Hearing that a great chief holds the sun, moon, and stars captive, Raven determines to release them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Storytellers will value this resource and readers will savor the variety of clever tales. (Folktales. 8-12)"
Curry (The Egyptian Box, 2002, etc.) has once again produced a stellar collection of Native American tales. Read full book review >

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THE WONDERFUL SKY BOAT by Jane Louise Curry
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 2001

"Curry's voice is rhythmic and humorous, making these stories perfect to tell aloud, and readers will find this collection useful for its specificity. (Folklore. 8+)"
Tales from various Southeastern tribes are nicely retold in this collection of 28 stories of creation, caution, how, and why. Read full book review >

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DRAT THESE BRATS! by X. J. Kennedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 29, 1993

"Again, Watts' little b&w drawings catch the gleeful mayhem. (Poetry. 8-11)"
They're back—Lil and papa's dental drill, Brent in the cement, Trish with a jellyfish—along with 40 other little terrors, in a third collection of comic verse featuring kids we hope never to meet. Read full book review >

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WILL YOU BE MY FRIEND? by Bernadette Watts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Listeners who enjoy old-fashioned animal stories will appreciate Watts' gentle, whimsical tone, pastoral setting and sweet conclusion, but for many, time spent poring over the pictures will be more rewarding—and enjoyable. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A small group of anthropomorphized woodland creatures have a mild adventure and make a new friend (sort of) in this low-key tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"If shared one on one as a jumping-off point for discussion, some Asperger children may find this effort amusing, but it's a poor choice otherwise. (foreword) (Picture book. 5-7)"
In this Australian import, Kevin, a grade schooler with Asperger Syndrome takes the world too literally, a problem depicted in brief language and simple illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SMALLEST SNOWFLAKE by Bernadette Watts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"If the concept is more than a bit twee, the geography inconsistent and the ending downright sappy, the pictures are imbued with their own quiet magic. (Picture book. 4-7)"
High above the geese, the snowflakes discuss where they will go. Read full book review >

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STONECUTTER by Leander Watts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2002

"In the end, there's lots of atmosphere, but little story here. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A young journeyman stonecutter becomes entangled in a web of emotions he cannot begin to navigate when he accepts a job from a mysterious man in this rather pointless gothic meditation set in 1835. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CONS by Timothy Watts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 10, 1993

"Despite the heavy influences, it's clear that Watts has talent to spare—and if he can find his own writing road, he could drive right into the winner's circle."
Smooth-running, finely tuned first crime novel—by a professional car mechanic. Read full book review >

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KIZZY ANN STAMPS by Jeri Watts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"The vivid historical setting of this short and satisfying read will leave readers feeling they have experienced life in Kizzy Ann's world. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
With the abundance of stories about a boy and his dog, it's refreshing to see a tale of a girl and her dog. Read full book review >