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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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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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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TROLL STINKS by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"Let's be honest. The goats are the stinkers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two kids—as in young goats—prove just why that creature has a tough reputation. Read full book review >

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SUPERCAT VS. THE FRY THIEF by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"Gentle, occasionally funny furry adventures for those just ready for chapter books. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Have no fear, Supercat is here! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COTTONBALL COLIN by Jeanne Willis
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Young children daunted by how dangerous to mice and other small creatures Colin's world turns out to be may be happier with the sibling support in Martin Waddell's Tiny's Big Adventure (2004), illustrated by John Lawrence. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In a tale pointedly addressed to overprotective adults, a mother mouse finally lets her littlest one go. 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 >