Search Results: "Jeanne Willis"


BOOK REVIEW

WILLIS by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 18, 1974

"Again the buoyant blimpiness of Marshall's open-hearted creatures is paralleled in the disarmingly goofy delivery of his message."
All that unhappy Willis, a sort of potbellied crocagator, needs to cheer him up is a pair of sunglasses so that he can open his eyes and take in the fun on the beautiful beach, but though his new friends Bird, Snake, and Lobster are eager to help, they can only come up with ten cents toward the 29¢ glasses. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 22, 2007

"An inviting, heartfelt look at a behind-the-scenes jazz guru."
The biography of a little-known jazz mover and shaker who, in his own quiet way, moved and shook the entire jazz world. Read full book review >

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NAKED WITHOUT A HAT by Jeanne Willis
FICTION
Released: May 11, 2004

"With strong secondary characters and an original final twist, this British story, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread prize, moves slowly at times but ultimately rewards the reader in full measure. (Fiction. YA)"
Will Avery, who's slow, deliberate, and unusually kind to both people and animals, narrates his love story in an unsophisticated voice. Read full book review >

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THE TRUTH OR SOMETHING by Jeanne Willis
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"The narrative voice is a challenge and the subject matter is grim, but patient, older readers will find a good story and some measure of truth. (Fiction. YA)"
"I don't know me either. Not any more." Read full book review >

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THE COW TRIPPED OVER THE MOON by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"Children just graduating from nursery rhymes will find this a hoot. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hey-diddle-diddle! Nursery-rhyme EMTs rescue stranded characters from "Mother Goose." In verse! Read full book review >

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BOA'S BAD BIRTHDAY by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Festive fare that ultimately misses the mark. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On the cover of this picture book, an impossibly cute, sad-looking boa lolls from a tree branch, birthday hat on his head. What could possibly be the matter? Read full book review >

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THAT'S NOT FUNNY! by Jeanne Willis
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Sure to trigger young listeners' laughter as well. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Hyena gets a taste of his own mischievous medicine. Read full book review >

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GORILLA! GORILLA! by Jeanne Willis
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"Illustrations are ideal for group readings. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This colorful work, rendered in pastels, is another collaboration between the team that made readers laugh at Tadpole's Promise (2005). Read full book review >

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DON’T LET GO! by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"Wholesome fare for both parent and child. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Achieving the skill of riding a two-wheeled bike is the first step on the path to independence. Read full book review >

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SLOTH'S SHOES by Jeanne Willis
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Readers are bound to enjoy the amusing, offbeat party preparations. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's Sloth's fifth birthday, and all the animals pitch in to plan the party of the year. Read full book review >

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EARTH MOBILES, AS EXPLAINED BY PROFESSOR XARGLE by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Not as amusing as its predecessors, but still good fun. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Moving right along, the fuzzy, green three-eyed alien who explained human babies so hilariously in Earthlets (1989), as well as our cats and dogs in later efforts, takes up the subject of terrestrial transportation before his class dons their disguises for a field trip to sample the marvels he has described. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST SLODGE by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"From the primordial ooze to the red fruit, the illustrations serve to reinforce the Adam and Eve metaphor, and the whole thing may leave readers rooting for the serpentlike Snawk. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The prolific Willis' offbeat fable of cooperation and sharing features a solitary green, bipedal, two-armed, sluglike being called a Slodge. Read full book review >