Search Results: "Jessica Brockmole"


BOOK REVIEW

LETTERS FROM SKYE by Jessica Brockmole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2013

"By turns lyrical and flirtatious, Brockmole's debut charms with its wistful evocation of a time when handwritten, eagerly awaited letters could bespell besotted lovers."
In 1912, a chance letter from a young student to a reclusive poet sparks a trans-Atlantic romance spanning two wars. 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 >

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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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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 STICKY DOLL TRAP by Jessica Souhami
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2011

"A visually enchanting and aurally engaging retelling of an old, old tale. (author's note) (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
Br'er Rabbit's ancestor, the West African rascal Hare, lives in this vividly delineated retelling. Read full book review >

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CAN ANYBODY HEAR ME? by Jessica Meserve
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2008

"Shout yee-haw for cowboy Jack, who finally finds his voice. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In Jack's boisterous family, ranch life is one noisy stampede with the boy trampled in the shuffle. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Children who find Tomie dePaola's well-known rendition, Fin M'Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill (1981) a wee bit restrained will have no such complaint here. (source note) (Picture book/folktale. 6-9)"
Souhami (No Dinner, 2000, etc.) dresses up this classic triumph of brains over brawn with bright, blocky scenes featuring broadly gesturing figures, torn paper edges and blazing purple highlights. Read full book review >

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CARLO AND THE REALLY NICE LIBRARIAN by Jessica Spanyol
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A wee introduction to libraries for wee folk. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Carlo's library—readers will remember Carlo Likes Reading (2001)—looks like an exceptionally cozy house: toys, posters, mobiles, and flowers all about, along with books and computers. Read full book review >