Search Results: "Jill Davis"


BOOK REVIEW

GIRLS’ POKER NIGHT by Jill Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2002

"Some laughs, but very much the same old."
Five-time Emmy-nominated screenwriter (Late Night with David Letterman, etc.) debuts with a lackluster Sex and the City clone. Read full book review >

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MY BUSY DAY by Jill Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"This warm, happy tale is just right to start or end a little one's day. (Picture book. 3-6)"
From dawn to dusk, a young child describes her eventful day. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST RULE OF LITTLE BROTHERS by Jill Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"There is a genuine sense that soon enough the younger brother will be a mate, and a comment as brazen as 'always be nice to your little brother' doesn't ring fatuous. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Yes, Davis admits, younger brothers are irksome little mimics of older brothers, who have yet to learn that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: June 8, 2010

"The nifty four-page backmatter features more bulleted facts about each animal, as well as an additional picture of each, but there is nothing to point kids to further resources. (Picture book. 3-9)"
A behind-the-scenes look at the photographer's craft, and more. Read full book review >

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ON A MAGICAL DO-NOTHING DAY by Beatrice Alemagna
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An effective argument for unplugged exploration, submitted through startlingly beautiful words and pictures. (Picture book. 6-12)"
Depressed by another rainy weekend in the country cabin, a shaggy-haired, bespectacled, white child wallows on the sofa, numbing malaise with a hand-held video game. Read full book review >

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ASK AGAIN LATER by Jill A. Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Well-drawn characters with emotional integrity surmount the familiar plotting."
From the author of Girls' Poker Night (2001), another light comedy with a dash of neurosis. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2008

"Price's story is intriguing, but ultimately fails to shed light on a little-understood subject."
Think having near-perfect recall would be a huge asset? The first person ever diagnosed with hyperthymestic syndrome begs to differ. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STANZA by Jill Esbaum
by Jill Esbaum, illustrated by Jack E. Davis
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"Young writers and poets may well enjoy watching Stanza's creative process, however, and might even be inspired to write poems of their own. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What's a dog to do when his talent is decidedly un-canine, especially when his brothers, Dirge and Fresco, are bullies of the highest degree? Read full book review >

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MERRY CHRISTMAS, PRINCESS DINOSAUR! by Jill Kastner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Long live the princessaurus. (Picture book. 2-6)"

BOOK REVIEW

SNAKE HUNT by Jill Kastner
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"A deftly comic tale, with the girl and her granddad sharing their apprehension and relief. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Granddad's yarns of bear chasing and rattlesnake wrassling come back to haunt him when Grandma shoos him and Jesse out of the house, archly suggesting that they hunt up a snake for dinner. Read full book review >

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MELTDOWN! by Jill Murphy
by Jill Murphy, illustrated by Jill Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A slice-of-life toddler story that squarely maintains focus on the toddler. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A parent-child power struggle at the grocery story provokes the titular meltdown. Read full book review >

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THE ABCS OF CHRISTMAS by Jill Howarth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A sweet but standard-issue Christmas read. (Board book. 1-3)"
Little ones are taught their ABCs with Christmas iconography. Read full book review >