Search Results: "Jill Smolinski"


BOOK REVIEW

OBJECTS OF MY AFFECTION by Jill Smolinski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2012

"A charmingly breezy tone marks this warm appraisal of our addiction to stuff."
If things are not people, then why do they seem to matter so much? A hoarder and organizational expert clash in this light, amusing novel from Smolinski (The Next Thing on my List, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE NEXT THING ON MY LIST by Jill Smolinski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2007

"Sweet, though not particularly memorable."
Smolinski's follow-up to Flip-Flopped (2002) offers a surprisingly un-morbid account of an underachieving young woman who decides to live out another's unrealized dreams after a tragic car accident. Read full book review >

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GORDON IN CHARGE by Jill Newton
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Special less for the themes of bullying and posturing than for the super-expressive, always-in-motion illustrations. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Newton illustrates her two Gordons, goat and goose, with passionate feeling and motion as they vie for authority over the barnyard. 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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MERRY CHRISTMAS, PRINCESS DINOSAUR! by Jill Kastner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

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

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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 >

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WEATHER by Jill McDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"While McDonald's art is delightful and the Hello, World! series appears to be promising, she should stick to topics that are close to home. (Board book. 2-4)"
Two youngsters learn about weather and the clothing it requires in this simple introduction that launches the Hello, World! series. Read full book review >

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CRASH BANG DONKEY! by Jill Newton
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"Newton captures the boisterous fun without tipping over the edge into wildness—just right for a young audience. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This book, told with a sure storyteller's voice, will be a crowd pleaser. Read full book review >

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MR. LARGE IN CHARGE by Jill Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"The story's telling and its pictures are funny, even if the premise isn't particularly new. (Picture book. 4-7)"
We have heard this particular song before—Mom needs a day in bed and Dad cheerfully takes over, with disastrous results. Read full book review >

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BORED! BORED! BORED! by Jill Newton
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Newton's dry humor will appeal to parents and teachers eager to teach a lesson and squelch a familiar lament; young readers will soak it up like a sponge. (Picture book. 2-6)"
British author/illustrator Newton (Where Are My Chicks, 2002, etc.) makes a splash in this tale about fitting in without fitting the mold. Read full book review >