Search Results: "Jen Barton"


BOOK REVIEW

FIONA THORN AND THE CARAPACEM SPELL by Jen Barton
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Young fantasy fans will likely enjoy this richly imagined tale and will eagerly await its next installment."
Barton's explosive middle-grade fantasy debut tells about an orphan's quest to save her magical best friend. Read full book review >

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I'M TRYING TO LOVE SPIDERS by Bethany Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"Both arachnophobes and arachnophiles will find useful debate fodder squashed within these pages. (Picture book. 3-12)"
What if "trying" not to hate spiders doesn't quite cut it? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY CAR by Byron Barton
by Byron Barton, illustrated by Byron Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"With a dazzling kaleidoscope of energetic hues illuminating the pages, small children will be entranced by this appealing tale. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Fledgling car-enthusiasts can learn all about the wonderful world of automobiles as Sam proudly touts the merits of his zippy red car. Read full book review >

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LOOK OUT FOR BUGS by Jen Prokopowicz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2015

"For appreciation rather than information, this is an interesting addition to the environmental shelf. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Photographs of a series of cut-paper dioramas form this seek-and-find puzzle book starring hidden creatures in the natural world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS MONSTER CANNOT WAIT! by Bethany Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2013

"For youngsters working on self-control (a school-readiness skill), Stewart does…eventually…learn that good things come to those who wait. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Stewart, from This Monster Needs a Haircut (2012), is going camping for the first time, and he (literally) cannot wait. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS MONSTER NEEDS A HAIRCUT by Bethany Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2012

"Neither terrible nor terribly interesting; Elivia Savadier's No Haircut Today! (2005) is a more distilled treatment of the same subject. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Visually energetic but unsophisticated, with pedestrian text, this may be selected more by parents hoping the humor will coax their kids into a haircut than by the kids themselves. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WEE LITTLE WOMAN by Byron Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1995

The echoes of other versions of this tale gain all the invigorating impact of an original in Barton's capable hands. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SLEEPY SONGBIRD by Suzanne Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"This sleepy narrative doesn't ever really wake up. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A small bird named Little Peep wants to join the other birds singing at sunrise, but he discovers that he isn't an early riser. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY HOUSE by Byron Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"The targeted diaperati will likely be similarly enervated by this bland open house. (Picture book. 1-3)"
A ginger cat introduces young viewers to his personal house and world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GIVE BEES A CHANCE by Bethany Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Even the most bee-phobic readers will have a hard time resisting this swarm of humor and fact. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Following much the same format as in I'm Trying to Love Spiders (2015), Barton makes a strong case for the value of bees. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DINOSAURS, DINOSAURS by Byron Barton
Released: March 10, 1989

"Scientific names and their pronunciations are given on the endpapers."
Using an extremely simple text, the author of several informational books for the very young—on such subjects as wheels, airports, and boats—takes on the animal world with a look at a favorite topic: "A long time ago. . .There were dinosaurs with horns and dinosaurs with spikes." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS COOKBOOK by Barton Seaver
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Hands-on kids will find much to appreciate in this compendium of fun and food with an Earth-friendly focus. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
A month-by-month guide to seasonal cooking, green craft projects and enjoyable challenges that has something to offer even the most environmentally conscious kids. Read full book review >