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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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FLY, CHICK, FLY! by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"This gentle read-aloud looks forward to the time when the child will have a young one of her own. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The third of three owl chicks hesitates to fly, requiring much encouragement from its parents. Read full book review >

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MOMMY, DO YOU LOVE ME? by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"The themes of love and forgiveness aided by the lovely illustrations help this addition rise to the top of the genre. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Yet another entry in the how-much-do-you-love-me genre with a helpful addition toward the end. Read full book review >

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I HATE SCHOOL by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"Willis will have readers or listeners rolling in the aisles—and what a refreshing twist on all of those blandly reassuring 'First Day of School' stories. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Never have the horrors of school been more forcefully, or adroitly, expressed. Read full book review >

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SLUG NEEDS A HUG! by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Sluggy may not have limbs for hugs, but the book feels like a big, generous embrace. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A mopey mollusk seeks approval from his mom, but can't get the hugs he desperately wants, in a bittersweet, slimy story. Read full book review >

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HIPPOSPOTAMUS by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Eeeew. But in a good way. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A mysterious pink spot on Hippo's bum provides the MacGuffin for a lottamus of silly wordplay capped by a deliciously gross denouement. Read full book review >

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OLD DOG by Jeanne Willis
by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Great message about mutual respect, crisply told. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Does Grandpa need new tricks to get the attention of canine whippersnappers? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLABBY CAT AND SLOBBY DOG by Jeanne Willis
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Skip this sermon and enjoy a nice walk outside instead. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Eating right and exercising is undoubtedly an excellent prescription for good health. Read full book review >