Search Results: "Jill Barton"


BOOK REVIEW

PUSS JEKYLL CAT HYDE by Joyce Dunbar
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"Whether or not young listeners are familiar with the origin of her names, the evocation of the two sides of a familiar and beloved pet will resonate. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This slim British import, which combines beautiful artwork and brief, poetic text, seems more likely to appeal to adult cat lovers than to young listeners, but the dichotomy at its heart may be intriguing to some children, and the lush language pleases the ear and offers plenty to discuss. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RING WENT ZING! by Sean Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2010

"A ring-a-ding winner. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When a frog and chicken fall in love, the frog proposes but drops the ring. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWO LITTLE MONKEYS by Mem Fox
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Look for little humans to add this to their play repertoire. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Irresistible rhythm, adorable monkeys and pitch-perfect rhyme make this a must-have for the preschool set. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT BABY WANTS by Phyllis Root
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The comic scenes of escalating pandemonium feature Baby in full bellow and animals swarming through the house. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mama is tired and wants to go to bed, but Baby won't sleep. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RATTLETRAP CAR by Phyllis Root
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"No reality check is needed here, just high spirits and a rollicking good time. (Picture book. 5-7)"
It takes everything they've got to get this family to the lake in their falling-apart car. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HAPPY HEDGEHOG BAND by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"For an intriguing contrast, pair this light-hearted merriment with Marie Hall Ets's pensive In the Forest (1944). (Picture book. 3-8)"
Harry Hedgehog makes himself a drum; Helen likes the sound and makes another, as do two more hedgehogs—each drum with its own distinctive sound (``Ratta-tat-tat''; ``BOOM''). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLEVER LOLLIPOP by Dick King-Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Another fine choice for chapter-book readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Princess Penelope and her pig Lollipop are learning to read. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE MO by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Rainbow scarf around her neck, Little Mo (a polar bear) steps hopefully onto the ice, only to bump down hard. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT’S QUACKING TIME! by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"The biological details may differ, but the situation and outcome will be perfectly meaningful to ducklings of the unfeathered sort, and the warm, low-key tone will provide a generous measure of comfort. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Waddell adds an unusual twist to a familiar tale: "What's that thing?" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAKE THE TEAM, BABY DUCK! by Amy Hest
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Young readers will recognize Baby Duck's fears and be inspired by her bravery to take the plunge with her in her latest outing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Dipping her toes into the pool, Baby Duck longs to make the swim team, but she needs some encouragement before she is ready to jump in. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE MOUSE AND THE BIG CUPCAKE by Thomas Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Paired with Don and Audrey Wood's classic The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear, this is a great lesson in sharing. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little mouse with a big problem finds the answer in generosity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PIG IN THE POND by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A perfect hot- weather book, sure to create demands for a swim. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Watching the ducks and geese in farmer Neligan's pond, the pig ``didn't go in, because pigs don't swim.'' Finally, though, the hot day overwhelms her and in she splashes, cavorting with such glee that the others are driven out. Read full book review >