Search Results: "Jennifer Plecas"


BOOK REVIEW

BAH! SAID THE BABY by Jennifer Plecas
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"A nifty romp that doubles as a guessing game (with some phonics tied in), this has appeal for large read-aloud crowds as well as siblings who seek a lighter new-baby tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A baby's first word sends mother, brother and sister rushing around to figure out what it means. Read full book review >

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OLIVE'S PERFECT WORLD by Jennifer  Plecas
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2013

"Bibliotherapy with its heart in the right place, though a little underdone. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Olive and Emily, Emily and Olive; they will be best friends forever. Period. The End. Or is it? Read full book review >

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I, FLY by Bridget Heos
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"A breezy bucketful of buggy braggadocio, with tasty nuggets of well-digested natural history stirred in. (glossary, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Why study boring old butterflies in school when there's a far buzzier insect on tap? A charismatic housefly eloquently states his kind's case. Read full book review >

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PLEASE IS A GOOD WORD TO SAY by Barbara Joosse
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"Good words of wisdom for the right kind of manners. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Chatty and knowledgeable about today's etiquette, a little girl named Harriet with red "curly burly" locks demonstrates good words and phrases for all kinds of situations. Read full book review >

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AGAPANTHUS HUM AND THE EYEGLASSES by Joy Cowley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"This story is just like Agapanthus, full of beans, song, and heart; she's so disarming in both text and Plecas's comic illustrations that readers will hope for an encore. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Agapanthus Hum is always in motion, a packet of energy who also happens to wear glasses, which cause her no end of trouble. Read full book review >

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THE OUTSIDE DOG by Charlotte Pomerantz
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

"Pancho's insinuation into this affectionate family of two is charming. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Her grandpa is adamant—Marisol may not have a dog, even though there are numerous strays on their Puerto Rican hillside; dogs have ``fleas and ticks and who knows what.'' Marisol doesn't complain, but bit by ingenuous bit she negotiates. Read full book review >

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THE BASKET BALL by Esmé Raji Codell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Any girl who has ever been rejected from a boys' game will identify with this story, but with the growing popularity and availability of girls' sports, one hopes she won't have to go to the lengths Lulu did to find a league of her own. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Girl power on the b-ball court. Read full book review >

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I FOUND MOUSE by Pamela D. Greenwood
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

"An excellent early chapter book. (Fiction/Young Reader. 5-9)"
Mom is off to study Native American art for three weeks, and Justin, 10, is backpacking with Grandad, leaving Dad and younger sister Tessie, the narrator, to cope on their own. Read full book review >

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SNOW DAY! by Barbara M. Joosse
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 1995

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PRETEND by Jennifer  Plecas
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"Darling and genuine. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A sweet, imaginative father-son adventure. Read full book review >

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EMMA'S MAGIC WINTER by Jean Little
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 1998

"Shyness, friendship, and little brothers are all encountered and adroitly dealt with, as the girls move from winter 'into a magic spring.' (Fiction. 5-8)"
Several complicated issues for children are nicely resolved in Little's book, her first for the I Can Read series. Read full book review >

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BABY DANCED THE POLKA by Karen Beaumont
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 2004

"Don't even try to sit still with this one. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The toddler and nursery-school sets will delightedly clap and cavort in step with this wide-awake baby, who boogies with a succession of toy animals rather than settle down to sleep. Read full book review >