Search Results: "Jessica Alexander"


BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS THE EARTH by Diane Z. Shore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Fantasy in history and prescription, missing its intended audience and everybody else. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A beautiful natural world, spoiled by modern industrialization, can be restored through "green" activities. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"With honking, screeching cars surrounding him, Filbert gets an object lesson in safety made palatable by Weidner's soft-toned pen, ink and watercolor art that often emphasizes Filbert's tiny size in the great big world. (Picture book. 3-7)"
If there is one thing every squirrel ought to have etched into its DNA by now, it's the wisdom of looking both ways. Read full book review >

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THIS IS THE DREAM by Diane Z. Shore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

A soaring tribute to the accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement in earnest, if sometimes clumsy, verse and mixed-media collage. Read full book review >

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NAPTIME WITH THEO AND BEAU by Jessica Shyba
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Though the book is likely to be a flash in the marketing pan, it's an attractive one. (Picture book. 1-7)"
Beau is a towheaded toddler who naps every day with his puppy, an attractive German shepherd-Shar-Pei mix. Read full book review >

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WEIRD AND WILD ANIMAL FACTS by Jessica Loy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"An entertaining beginning photo essay that appeals to children's insatiable curiosity about the natural world. (introduction, fun facts, resources) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Fourteen (mostly) common animals are investigated to showcase their unusual talents. Read full book review >

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THE STRONGEST BOY IN THE WORLD by Jessica Souhami
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Modern boys who dream of athletic prowess should find this appealing. (author's note) (Picture book/folk tale. 4-7)"
In this retelling of a Japanese tale, a scrawny country boy named Kaito heads to Kyoto to enter a wrestling tournament. Read full book review >

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LITTLE NEIGHBORS ON SUNNYSIDE STREET by Jessica Spanyol
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2007

"With a tribute to the pleasures of reading folded in, and a closing set of cozy snuggles into bed, this crowd-pleasing read-aloud makes an irresistible invitation for younger readers to ruminate over how we are all the same in some ways, different in others. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Young animals in four houses play differently but display the same joy in this captivating romp. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE, LITTLE HOUSE by Jessica Souhami
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Souhami's rendition doesn't lend itself to audience participation as well as McGovern's does, but figures in the illustrations are more expressively posed, and the cultural context is a little more generic. (brief, non-specific source note) (Picture book/folktale. 5-7)"
In this recast version of an Eastern European tale best known from Ann McGovern's Too Much Noise (1967), Joseph goes to wise Aunty Bella to complain that his house is too small, and she bids him bring all of his livestock inside. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAIRY TALES FOR MR. BARKER by Jessica Ahlberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"A fairy-tale mashup light as a feather and pretty as a sunny morning. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The scion of Janet and Allan Ahlberg continues the family tradition with another novelty fractured fairy tale—actually, make that tales. Read full book review >

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OLD TRACKS, NEW TRICKS by Jessica Petersen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"A jaunty rhyme and inventive toys-come-to-life spin on challenging the status quo, with especial appeal to fans of all things Thomas. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Three sections of wooden train tracks inspire new ideas and fun. Read full book review >

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ORIGINAL RECIPE by Jessica Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Despite bumps, a promising-enough start. (Fiction. 7-9)"
The first in a series about craft-loving Finley Flowers and her best friend, Henry. Read full book review >

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SMALL SISTER by Jessica Meserve
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 21, 2007

"Meserve's digital-media illustrations create the child-like vibrancy and immediacy necessary to bring to life this poignant tale of finding one's strengths and establishing relationships based on empathy and understanding. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Meserve's debut as both author and illustrator will resonate with older and younger siblings alike. Read full book review >