Search Results: "Jim LaMarche"


BOOK REVIEW

POND by Jim LaMarche
Kirkus Star
by Jim LaMarche, illustrated by Jim LaMarche
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A loving portrayal of a never-forgotten connection with the natural world. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Matt, his sister, Katie, and his best friend, Pablo, revive a pond in the woods and enjoy it throughout the seasons. Read full book review >

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LOST AND FOUND by Jim LaMarche
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Each of the three main characters and the three dogs has a distinct personality, and children who love dogs (especially those who long for a canine companion) will find this a touching triad. (Picture book. 4-7)"
LaMarche offers three short stories about children and their dogs in this visually appealing, large-format tribute to the powerful connection between kids and canines. Read full book review >

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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 >

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THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER by Jim LaMarche
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Set in an old style, very well-kept town with cobbled streets, but bicycles and electricity too, this timeless tale will leave readers suffused with the pleasure of seeing gifts received and appreciated. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
LaMarche creates a set of honey-toned illustrations that make the familiar Grimm tale less an odd encounter with the supernatural than a warm-hearted exchange of gifts. Read full book review >

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THE RAFT by Jim LaMarche
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 2000

"It's an eyefilling, and soulfilling, idyll. (Picture book. 911)"
LaMarche (Little Oh, 1997) builds on childhood memories for this magical tale of artistic awakening. Read full book review >

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THE WALLOPING WINDOW-BLIND by Charles E. Carryl
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"An energetic alternative to Ted Rand's edition (1992). (Picture book. 5-8)"
LaMarche (illustrator of Melmed's Rainbabies, 1992) resets a familiar nonsense rhyme as the oceangoing adventures of a gang of cheery children. Read full book review >

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IVY TAKES CARE by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"Disappointingly bland fare, this might please enthusiastic animal lovers or parents who prefer squeaky-clean stories but will leave most other readers wishing for more. (Historical fiction. 8-10)"
Seemingly plucked from a middle-of-last-century bookshelf, this wholesome tale of a spunky fifth-grade girl's experiences in rural Nevada has a paint-by-numbers feel that keeps it from living up to the author's illustrious reputation. Read full book review >

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WINTER IS COMING by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"This gentle, lyrical celebration of the natural world will reward similarly observant readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Armed with a sketchbook and patience, a young girl watches animals from a platform in a tree. Read full book review >

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GRANDMOTHER'S PIGEON by Louise Erdrich
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1996

"A lyrical, if somewhat obscure, tale. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In her first picture book, a much-praised novelist tips the delicate balance between the fanciful and more realistic aspects of storytelling until the tale almost disintegrates into whimsy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 26, 2012

"A ride alongside a master flier with a cool head and sly sense of humor who, even facing death, refused to be grounded by circumstance."
Facing a terminal illness, an aviator reflects on his time above and below the clouds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEA OF SLEEP by Warren Hanson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Perhaps a tad overwritten at times but peacefully lulling—adult readers may find themselves drifting off with their little ones. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A mother and baby otter make their way to the water for a relaxing bedtime swim as they observe the magic of the night sea. Read full book review >