Search Results: "JoAnn Adinolfi"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BIRTHDAY LETTERS by Charlotte Pomerantz
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 2000

"Adinolfi's artwork, though hip and darting and with an eye for any humor that can be wrung from the text, ultimately can't keep the dreary story afloat. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Despite some funny touches, Pomerantz's story of the tedious bickering between two kids gets hoist on its own petard. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY TEACHER'S SECRET LIFE by Stephen Krensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Adinolfi's eccentric, color-drenched artwork makes the after-hours classrooms look somewhat eerie, but mostly snug. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A boy figures he's got the scoop on his teacher's life once the last bell rings: Mrs. Quirk tidies the halls with the rest of the teachers, works out with the gym teacher, sups on leftovers from the cafeteria, listens to a story, and, along with her colleagues, unfurls an air mattress from her desk drawer at bedtime. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIPPOPOTAMUS STEW by Joan Horton
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"Adinolfi's mixed-media illustrations are bright and energetic, making this, if not a first choice, a good enough ingredient to fill out thin poetry collections. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Quickly, tell me, what would you do / If a hippo were stomping around in your stew." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE TREE by Muon Van
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 19, 2015

"Full of gentle rhythm and repetition, this deceptively simple, layered poetic tale will charm its way into readers' hearts and begs to be read over and over again. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Using a tree and her seed as metaphor, Van draws on her immigrant background to demonstrate parental love for a child, even if it means letting go. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKATEBOARD MOM by Barbara Odanaka
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Adinolfi's art, on the other hand, is steadily fun—offbeat in the right ways—with the characters looking like they've been ironed onto the page, somehow frozen in motion. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Odanaka's tale has a good measure of whimsy—a mom hijacks her son's skateboard, which he has just received as a birthday present, and sets about strutting her stuff, revealing a hidden skateboarding past—but the poetry can be disappointing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRED’S BED by Marilyn Singer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Just right. (Harper Growing Tree series) (Picture book. 2-4)"
A simple, satisfying, reassuring tale of little Fred's transition from crib to "big boy's bed." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PERFECT THANKSGIVING by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"The jovial celebration of a national feast day highlights the common thread of loving kinship present in both households. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Spinelli depicts divergent and contrasting family lifestyles in this holiday dual scenario. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALFIE THE APOSTROPHE by Moira Rose Donohue
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Donohue earns high marks for this lively debut—pair it with Robin Pulver's Punctuation Takes a Vacation (2003, illustrated by Lynn Rowe Reed). (Picture book. 6-8)"
The lowly Apostrophe discovers that a little magic goes a long way in the Punctuation Talent Show. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE EGYPTIAN POLAR BEAR by JoAnn  Adinolfi
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The story will grow on you, as will the stylized, altered-state illustrations, richly colored confections as loopy as the story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Egyptologists (in all honesty) have found hieroglyphics recording plans for a polar bear's burial vault. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIG ADVENTURES OF MR. SMALL by JoAnn Adinolfi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The sheer looniness of the premise combines with potty humor for a fairly specialized audience; readers looking for a traditional friendship book may find themselves averting their eyes. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Can eyeballs be characters if they don't have a face to sit in? If you add stick arms and legs, they can. When they link up with a "teeny tiny hamster" who's in search of a big adventure, the result is a goofy plot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS BOOK IS HAUNTED by Joanne Rocklin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The text is also pitch-perfect for beginning readers, with just enough challenge to the words and a narrative momentum that pulls readers right along. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
A good collection of poems and quick tales that packs a little Halloween chill. Read full book review >