Search Results: "Jill McElmurry"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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WHEN OTIS COURTED MAMA by Kathi Appelt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"This excellent take on modern, blended families melds a believable, resonant story arc and winsome, child-appealing illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Coyote pup Cardell is perfectly happy with his parents. He lives in a cozy adobe cottage with his artist mom and visits his dad across the desert, sharing him with his stepmother and stepbrother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE BLUE TRUCK'S CHRISTMAS by Alice Schertle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Little Blue's fans will enjoy the animal sounds and counting opportunities, but it's the sparkling lights on the truck's own tree that will put a twinkle in a toddler's eyes. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The sturdy Little Blue Truck is back for his third adventure, this time delivering Christmas trees to his band of animal pals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHARING THE BREAD by Pat Zietlow Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"It may be a romantic view, but it is nevertheless a very appealing one. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A gentle rhyme scheme and a palette that brings to mind folk art shape a nostalgic and rather sentimental view of the holiday. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAD ABOUT PLAID by Jill McElmurry
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2000

"The artwork is jazzy and two-dimensional, with, of course, the emphasis on color, as a book about plaid really ought to do. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Newcomer McElmurry offers a madcap romp with a plaid that spreads like the flu. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I’M NOT A BABY by Jill McElmurry
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2006

"Incongruous pairings in the comic gouache illustrations (a wood-fired stove, candlestick-style telephone and gas-lit chandelier cohabit with a laptop computer, electric light bulb and crimson high-top sneakers) remind us that this is nothing new. (Picture book. 4-7)"

BOOK REVIEW

MESS PETS by Jill McElmurry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Both kids and parents on opposite sides of the clean-your-room divide will enjoy the busy details of Mess World. (Picture book. 4-8)"
McElmurry (The Kettles Get New Clothes, p. 952, etc.) explores the fertile territory of the messes to be found in juvenile bedrooms, as well as the psychologically messy province of competitive siblings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE BLUE TRUCK by Alice Schertle
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"This crisp rendition of a familiar scenario is sure to become a storytime favorite. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Plucky animals rescue stuck truck. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE BLUE TRUCK LEADS THE WAY by Alice Schertle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Still, the let's-all-get-in-line message may well pall with youngsters, if not their teachers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Little Blue is back, here the innocent instigator of a tremendous traffic jam (Little Blue Truck, 2008). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUR NEST by Reeve Lindbergh
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Bedtime reads lie thick upon the ground, but for its comforting message, flowing text, warm sentiment, and jewel-like art, this comes close to such standards as Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon or Kate Banks's And If the Moon Could Talk (1998). (Picture book. 5-8)"
Luminous undertones in McElmurry's neatly brushed landscapes and cozy close-ups reflect and enhance the lyricism of Lindbergh's rhyme. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUND FROM THE POUND by Jessica Swaim
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Dog lovers will enjoy the antics of this happy bunch. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A single woman named Mary is lonely in her well-kept stone house, so she adopts a basset hound from the local pound with the assistance of Sam, the resident dog trainer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO STOLE MONA LISA? by Ruthie Knapp
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A gem. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
This inventive book's $20,000 Pyramid category would be "What Mona Lisa Might Say." Read full book review >