Search Results: "Jennifer A. Bell"


BOOK REVIEW

WHEN A DAD SAYS "I LOVE YOU" by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"This would be equally successful sharing one on one or with a group and may also be an engaging conversation starter about how actions often speak louder than words. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Wood produces a cozy, gently humorous title that features a multitude of cuddly father-and-child animal pairs showcasing the innumerable ways a dad can show his love. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STELLA BATTS NEEDS A NEW NAME by Courtney Sheinmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 2012

"A pleasant, good-humored early chapter book with the effervescence—and substance—of a soft drink. (Fiction. 5-9)"
In the first of a new series, third-grader Stella realizes she really needs a new name, since the class bully has started calling her "Smella," following an unfortunate (and stinky) accident on a field trip. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN A GRANDPA SAYS "I LOVE YOU" by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"It's hard not to love this one—just like an indulgent grandpa. (Picture book. 3-7)"
"When a Grandpa says ‘I love you,' / he doesn't always say it / in the regular way. / That would be just a little too…regular." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAFE IN A STORM by Stephen R. Swinburne
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2016

"From young preschoolers afraid of thunderstorms to school-aged children learning to deal with worrying aspects of the larger world, this encouraging story offers a hopeful view of the protective power of caring adults. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A soothing story follows adult animals as they protect their young and offer words of comfort during stormy times. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY PEN PAL, SANTA by Melissa Stanton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"The letter format has become popular as a textual structure in picture books, but this collection of missives misses the mark. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl named Ava corresponds with Santa by mail for an entire year; their monthly letters make up the text of this mildly amusing holiday story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE WING LEARNS TO FLY by Calista Brill
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2016

"Brill's tale tips the didactic scale, but the importance of rules needs to reach dragon-loving kids as well. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A tiny dragon wants to fly—and picks up important life lessons as well. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCAREDY CAT by Courtney Sheinmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"As in her other, now-numerous outings, Stella is a likable child; it's pleasant to spend some time with her. (Fiction. 5-9)"
Stella Batts, somewhat intrepid third-grader, is back for another adventure, and this time she's worried about bad luck—and ghosts.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISS YOU LIKE CRAZY by Pamela Hall
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"Hassled parents will appreciate having yet another resource to combat this common childhood worry. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little squirrel imagines hiding in his mom's briefcase and sneaking off to work with her. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIRD GRADE ANGELS by Jerry Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Young readers will recognize Suds as one of their own and will gladly follow him to fourth grade. Sweet and funny. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Suds Morton is not yet a "Fourth Grade Rat." In this prequel to Spinelli's 1991 standby, he is a year younger and, according to his school's traditional chant, he aspires to the sobriquet of "Third Grade Angel." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOE SHOE MOUSE by Jan Carr
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"A honey-coated story of interspecies friendship. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little mouse finds friendship at the ballet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PARDON ME by Courtney Sheinmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Not much happens to Stella, but she's fun to spend some time with, and now that she's successfully authored her own whole series, that'll be possible. (Fiction. 5-9) "
Back for her third outing, Stella reports, "If you write at least three books that are all connected then you have a series." Read full book review >