Search Results: "Jenny Mattheson"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MOUSE, THE CAT, AND GRANDMOTHER’S HAT by Nancy Willard
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"Rib-tickling reading, at party time, or any time. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Drawing rhythm from "The House That Jack Built," and part of the plot from Gingerbread Boy, Willard (The Moon & Riddles Diner and the Sunnyside Café, 2001, etc.) sends a surprise birthday party hilariously awry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOOTH ON THE LOOSE by Susan Middleton Elya
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2008

"A glossary ensures further comprehension, even though the bilingual poemas will provide no problemas. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Waiting for her very wiggly tooth to come out so she may use the tooth-fairy money to purchase a birthday present for Papá, a little Latino girl is encouraged by her family to facilitate its extraction with bites of an apple or corn cob and string tied to a doorknob—to no avail. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NO BOWS! by Shirley Smith Duke
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Go on and guess. (Picture book. 2-5)"
She's freethinking and opinionated and about five years old. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MRS. O’LEARY’S COW by Mary Ann Hoberman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

In this adaptation of Brian Wilson's song (originally about the supposed origins of the "Great Chicago Fire"), the excitement begins when the cow kicks over the lantern. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE OLD BLUE PICKUP TRUCK by Candice F. Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2009

This quaint, sweet offering presents the simple story of a father and daughter running errands together in their blue pickup truck. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN GROWING UP WITH WAR by Jenny Matthews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An effective appeal to child readers as the ones who can stop the continuum of violence. (map, further information, websites, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Through honest photographs and prose Matthews captures what it is like to be a child of war, as well as a photojournalist working in such ravaged countries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Children will have fun reciting the poems and sharing in reading the notes, jokes and two-line poems that decorate the margins. (Poetry. 6-8)"
This celebration of almost every event in a child's life is arranged by the four seasons. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUNCH BOX MAIL by Jenny Whitehead
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

Familiar childhood experiences are described in these lighthearted verses, whose subjects range from the first day of school to the 179th and from beginning kindergarten to having a bad hair day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOSES by Jenny Perepeczko
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A 'true story' with an extensive text and extra helping of imagination. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A rescued baby elephant raised in Malawi turns out to be much like a human baby, exploring his world, needing cuddles and comfort, learning to use his body parts and making friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAMP UTOPIA by Jenny Ruden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014

"Anarchic slapstick laced with timely truths make this wry, occasionally raunchy debut a standout. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
After her last-ditch effort to avoid fat camp (by going on a fad diet that promises weight loss with each act of forgiveness) fails spectacularly, Bee—angry, assertive, irreverent—faces eight weeks' forced exile among the weight-obsessed, far from TJ. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STONES OF RAVENGLASS by Jenny Nimmo
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"A weakly plotted, overpopulated and only fitfully suspenseful follow-up. (author interview) (Fantasy. 10-12)"
A prequel spun off from the Charlie Bone series slogs through a second episode hobbled by an unwieldy cast, a Eurocentric attitude, and convenient magic that overcomes all obstacles without much ado. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIARY OF A PARENT TRAINER by Jenny Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2012

"Alternately funny and heartbreakingly poignant—a memorable tale. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Thirteen-year-old Katie is certain she has the grown-ups in her life figured out. Read full book review >