Search Results: "Jessica Phillips"


BOOK REVIEW

WHEN MAMA GOES TO WORK by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2014

"Spare in both text and art, earnest in heart, limited in scope. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Various mothers and children have parallel experiences throughout their days. Read full book review >

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GIN PHILLIPS
by Megan Labrise

Gin Phillips had no intention of writing summer’s most scintillating literary thriller.

“I wanted to write a book about motherhood,” Phillips says of Fierce Kingdom, the story of a mother and four-year-old son trapped in their local zoo by an active shooter event.

“I was aware it was a faster plot than I normally focus on,” she says ...


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BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

SHARK DETECTIVE! by Jessica Olien
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Many readers will demand further adventures—or imagine them for themselves. The last page will get them started. Spoiler alert: the cat's name is Watson. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The moral of this story is: dreams can come true. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDMA by Jessica Shepherd
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2014

"Though it lacks the artistry of Mem Fox and Julie Viva's Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge (1989), it has a useful charm. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A little boy adjusts to changes as his beloved grandmother ages and becomes infirm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOXY! by Jessica Souhami
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"A clear and humorous trickster tale for the youngest readers—a treat. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)"
An excellent spin on a familiar trickster story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY IN THE OAK by Jessica Albarn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Will tempt fans of the Spiderwick series and all things Faerie. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Physically slender but long on mystical atmosphere, Albarn's debut features a mix of feathery line portraits and translucent leaves of pale, reworked photos of butterfly-wing and other natural patterns. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIGLET'S PICNIC by Jessica Souhami
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"While the incorporation of synonyms may appeal to adults, for those who are teaching their children not to say 'yuck' to other people's food choices, this may be one to miss—a small quibble. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When Piglet invites nine of her friends to a picnic, young readers are also invited to "unpack" their picnic baskets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CARLO LIKES READING by Jessica Spanyol
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Though Spanyol mislabels a flying insect 'daddy longlegs,' and an extra, unlabeled spread seems to have been tacked on just to fill out the page count—or to show how well-rounded he is—this debut is bright, well-conceived, and infectiously enthusiastic. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In Carlo the giraffe's world, everything has a label, so reading is a constant, continuing activity. Read full book review >