Search Results: "Jessica Soffer"


BOOK REVIEW

TOMORROW THERE WILL BE APRICOTS by Jessica Soffer
Released: April 16, 2013

"Well-written and atmospheric, but overdetermined and relentlessly grim."
An unhappy teen and a shellshocked widow make a vital connection, though not the one they initially think, in Soffer's somber debut. Read full book review >

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DUCK'S VACATION by Gilad Soffer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 2015

"While propelling energy lags, large storytime crowds may be able to infuse it with their own. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Duck's vacation is interrupted by readers; would they please just stop turning the pages? 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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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 >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"Nevertheless, the appealing format will get kids excited about camping and the hands-on approach will foster an appreciation for the outdoors. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
An enticing introduction to camping is attractively designed, practical, and child-friendly with its second-person voice that speaks directly to the reader. Read full book review >

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CARLO LIKES COLORS by Jessica Spanyol
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"A great book for color recognition, though you might have to make up your own ending. (Picture book. 2-5)"
After reading and counting, Carlo the cartoon giraffe explores yet another topic with preschoolers. Read full book review >

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CLIVE AND HIS BABIES by Jessica Spanyol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"In a world where toy aisles and sometimes book racks are explicitly and implicitly gendered, Clive's love of baby dolls, frilly hats, glitter, and bags of all sorts is a breath of fresh air. (Board book. 18 mos.-4)"
Meet Clive, a white toddler who loves to play with his toys, his accessories, and his friends. Read full book review >

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APPLE DAYS by Allison Sarnoff Soffer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"This is a simple story and on the face of it a slight one, but underneath, it's an extremely moving tale. (Picture book. 2-7)"
This book will make readers hungry for applesauce. Read full book review >

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THE LAST GOOD DAY OF THE YEAR by Jessica Warman
Released: May 12, 2015

"Hauntingly written but leaves readers wondering, what now? (Mystery. 14 & up)"
Ten years after the widely publicized kidnapping of Sam's baby sister, Turtle, Sam and her family return to live in the home where the abduction took place. Read full book review >