Search Results: "Jim Coplestone"


BOOK REVIEW

NOAH’S BED by Lis Coplestone
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"As a riff on the Noah's Ark story, this succeeds swimmingly. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Among the raft of Noah's Ark retellings flooding the Bible story shelves, this interpretation stands out by focusing on a smaller part of the tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEVEN FOR A SECRET by Laurence Anholt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"Attractive illustrations and the secret may appeal to kids, but not enough to overcome the contrivances. (Picture book. 5-8)"
What begins as a pleasant exchange of letters between young Ruby, who lives in the city, and her grandfather, who lives in the country, quickly becomes a maudlin tale overshadowed by social ills. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A WALK IN THE WILD WOODS by Lis Jones
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Jones's book begins as a traditional 'message' story but delights with a fantasy twist and a subtler bit of wisdom. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A toy rabbit has an unexpected forest adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS ABOARD! by Andrew Fusek Peters
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Lots of fun, and a storytime must. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Prolific author Peters teams up with Coplestone for this toddler-friendly frolic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NO-NO BIRD by Andrew Fusek Peters
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"While it hardly replaces Pierre, knowing youngsters who have hurled the N-word parentward once too often may get a chuckle. (Picture book. 3-6)"
"Have you not heard? / I'm the famous No-No Bird," twitters the eponymous avian haughtily to several would-be forest friends who invite him to play with them in this slim English import. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOONLIGHT & SHADOW by Elisabeth Jones
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Still, the story is ultimately satisfying and the lesson learned will always strike a chord in those trying to overcome their fears. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young horse, Moonlight, is introduced to his shadow in this take on the familiar theme of facing one's fear. Read full book review >

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JIM SHEPARD
by Vincent Scarpa

“I’m trying to put less food on my kids’ tables,” Jim Shepard jokes. This, in reference to the years he spent researching the Minoan eruption of Thera—a catastrophic volcanic event in mid-second millennium B.C.E.—with the intent to write something fairly substantial about it and ending up instead with “Cretan Love Song,” a story that, at ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE MARKET BOWL by Jim Averbeck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Although the text lacks the heft of traditional folklore, the author/illustrator draws on his Peace Corps background to cook up a cautionary, but tasty look at life in Cameroon. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Yoyo's mother says that no fair price for bitterleaf stew can be refused; to do so risks angering Brother Coin, the Great Spirit of the Market. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOBBLE IT UP! by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A CD with Arnosky playing the guitar and singing his song is part of the package. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
"You'd gobble them up and they'd taste good" is the repeated line in this jaunty song about animal feeding that invites young children into the natural world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SLOW DOWN FOR MANATEES by Jim Arnosky
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Though fiction, the story was inspired by an actual event, and the author's customary attention to environmental detail makes it an excellent companion to his All About Manatees (2007) and A Manatee Morning (2000). (Picture book. 4-7)"
A pregnant Florida manatee, accidentally injured by a passing motorboat, is rescued and rehabilitated in a tank on land, where she gives birth before both are released back into their canal home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UP by Jim LaMarche
by Jim LaMarche, illustrated by Jim LaMarche
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"LaMarche's lovely warm illustrations, in acrylic washes and colored pencil, match his gentle fantasy. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A boy discovers that he has telekinetic powers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILD AND SWAMPY by Jim Arnosky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2000

"A first look at an unusual habitat and some of its inhabitants. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
"Every mammal sighting in a swamp is a surprise," notes Arnosky as he takes the reader and viewer exploring. Read full book review >