Search Results: "Jesse Goossens"


BOOK REVIEW

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE by Jesse Goossens
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A slowly paced, heartfelt coming-of-age tale that effectively, albeit placidly explores life—and death—in small-town America. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
Anna, from the Netherlands, is sent to spend her summer vacation in rural Pennsylvania when her parents refuse to let her join her friends for a wild week at a Spanish beach. Read full book review >

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PLASTIC SOUP by Jesse Goossens
Released: May 1, 2011

"Given that better efforts for American readers are available, this is an appropriate choice only for the most dedicated of environmentalists. (Nonfiction. 12 & up) "
An important environmental issue, plastic trash in the ocean, receives thorough—but often confusing—coverage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAM IS NEVER SCARED by Thierry Robberecht
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2006

"Robberecht's text is the perfect springboard for conversations with young children about fear, bravery, teasing and peer pressure. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Sam isn't afraid of anything, except letting his friends know that he's sometimes scared. Read full book review >

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SAM’S NEW FRIEND by Thierry Robberecht
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 21, 2008

"Could adults ask for more in a character? (Picture book. 3-6)"
Sam the wolf is back for his third outing, this time learning lessons about friendship and peer pressure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BACK INTO MOMMY’S TUMMY by Thierry Robberecht
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Engagingly silly yet compassionate, this is a perfect tale to present to soon-to-be or fledging siblings. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A five-year-old girl presents her mother with an unusual birthday request in this insightful tale from Robberecht. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OWL HOWL by Paul Friester
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2011

"It may not be especially new, but it is awfully sweet. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A baby owl in distress brings out the best in all the forest animals. Read full book review >

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ANGRY DRAGON by Thierry Robberecht
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2004

"Evocative but uneven. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This Belgian import may help some children articulate their anger but isn't likely to inspire requests for repeat readings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OWL HOWL AND THE BLU-BLU by Paul Friester
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"One wonders how much longer the forest animals will respond sympathetically to Little Owl's howls. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In her third outing (Owl Howl, 2011, etc.), Little Owl once again howls, this time in a toddler-esque fit over an escaped Blu-Blu.Read full book review >

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SAM TELLS STORIES by Thierry Robberecht
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 20, 2007

"With its pat ending and lack of consequences, this is perfect for the youngest children as a gentle introduction to storytelling and its downfalls. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Sam's second outing after Sam is Never Scared (2006) addresses kids' proclivity for telling stories. Read full book review >

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SARAH’S LITTLE GHOSTS by Thierry Robberecht
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2007

"A lesson made humorous and accessible. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Robberecht's clever tale illuminates the consequences of telling a lie. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIRATE JOHN-WOLF by Nathalie Quintart
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"Lukewarm pirating in a field of hearty buccaneers makes this book cannon fodder, nothing more. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A pup's search for bravery takes him—unwillingly—to the high seas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1999

"A standout comment on the eternal and contemporary implications of family emerges from this enjoyable story that is far too good not to be true."
A gay father's memoir, stranger and more powerful reading than the author's fictional work. Read full book review >