Search Results: "Jennifer Morris"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LEMONADE HURRICANE by Licia Morelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A child-friendly introduction to the practice of meditation and the benefits of mindfulness. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Emma teaches Henry by example how to meditate and be mindful, especially after he has quenched his thirst and subsequently wound himself up with sugary lemonade. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COME, LLAMAS by Jennifer Morris
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"Earnest but unengaging. (Fiction 9-12)"
Good intentions and informative details can't overcome flat characterization and a clunky, predictable plot in this middle-grade story set on an Alaskan llama ranch. J.T. Kinnaman, the nine-year-old narrator tells readers how much he loves his 86-year-old grandfather, how eager he is to raise his own llama (and thus feel like a full partner in the family business), and how hard he works to improve his skills and become the pitcher of his baseball team. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT'S HALLOWEEN NIGHT! by Jennifer O'Connell
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Get ready for enthusiastic participation, and do not forget to find the small spider placed on each spread. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Looking for a simple title about Halloween for the youngest readers? Rhyming text sets up an interactive guessing game that may just be the treat to share with the toddler and early-preschool set. Read full book review >

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WHEN HISTORY IS BURIED ALONGSIDE THE BODIES
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

Cover Story: Big Face Split Screen
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 1
Talky Talk: She Said, He Said
Bonus Factors: Awesome Grownups
Relationship Status: So This Is Love

Cover Story: Big Face Split Screen

As a rule, I generally don’t like Big Face covers, and as with all rules, there are exceptions ...


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FINDING BASQUIAT'S HUMANITY WITH JAVAKA STEPTOE
by Julie Danielson

The year 2016 has been a long and arduous one for many, so somehow it seems like an eternity ago to recall Spring, when I rounded up here at Kirkus some of Fall 2016’s best picture books, ones that I thought would make a splash when their time came. One of them was Radiant Child, Javaka Steptoe’s biography of the ...


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NONFICTION SPOTLIGHT
by Leila Roy

I’ve always been a fiction reader. While I’ve certainly read some nonfiction—mostly personal essays and memoirs, because of the narrative—when it comes to longform work, I’ve always been more drawn to fiction.

Serving on the Amelia Bloomer Project committee—helping to put together a list of the year’s best feminist books for readers 0-18—has forced me to broaden my reading horizons ...


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BOOK REVIEW

MOST PEOPLE by Michael Leannah
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Despite its textual platitudes, the visual stories here are well worth telling. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Most people are very good people." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ICE BEAR by Jackie Morris
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2011

"Visually stunning, the tale succeeds best as a fanciful, wistful cuddle-up bedtime story. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a mythical time, animals and humans live harmoniously. Read full book review >

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THE BAREFOOT BOOK OF CLASSIC POEMS by Jackie Morris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"An ideal collection to give or to share. (indexes) (Poetry. 10-12, adult)"
Stately figures and scenes in luminous colors provide rich backdrops for 74 English poems selected as much for their sonorous language as for their familiarity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE CHEETAH, ONE CHERRY by Jackie Morris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"The aesthetic pleasures are very strong, but one-on-one adult guidance will be necessary to help young mathematicians make sense of these complex images. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Exquisite watercolor-and-gold-leaf paintings of animals and objects that look as if they tumbled out of medieval illuminated manuscripts distinguish this counting book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SNOW LEOPARD by Jackie Morris
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2007

"It may all seem overdone to adults, but younger animal lovers and dreamy sorts will linger over both the art and the story. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Highlighted by close-ups of a magnificent snow leopard rendered in subtly blended watercolors, this mystical original tale will transport readers to its remote, otherworldly setting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TELL ME A DRAGON by Jackie Morris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Together with the brief verses, the images will appeal to all who love to make believe. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A beguiling invitation to the diverse, fantastical realms of dragons. Read full book review >