Search Results: "Jeanne Willis"


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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >