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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: ANDREA DAVIS PINKNEY
by Poornima Apte

Long before “We Need Diverse Books” gained momentum as a movement towards inclusivity in children’s literature, writer and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats made history. Peter, the star of his groundbreaking picture book, The Snowy Day, was black.

Children’s book author Andrea Davis Pinkney reminds us what a big deal this was in 1962 when the book was first published. The ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE WORST WITCH TO THE RESCUE by Jill Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Heartwarming magic with just the right touch of talking toads and tortoises. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
How can anyone resist a talking tortoise and a good-hearted young witch? Read full book review >

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MAMA HEN'S BIG DAY by Jill Latter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"The low word count and brisk pace make this tale suitable for younger readers, though its adherence to visual logic is a little iffy. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Spunky Mama Hen searches high and low for the very best location for her egg. Read full book review >

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MARIO MAKES A MOVE by Jill McElmurry
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"A charming story of friendship, dance moves, artistic fervor and squirrels. (And squirrel facts!) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mario is a squirrel who loves his dance moves, from the "Bowling Ball" to "Twirly Ballet Arms," and his relatives assure him he is amazing. Read full book review >