Search Results: "Joan Brush"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"The result of this Grammy-nominated harpist's effort to simplify a complex scientific subject is a medley of environmental tweets. (Informational picture book. 7-9) "
Pollution, energy use, and simply throwing things away have created a worldwide mess that kids can help clean up with an eight-step action plan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE CAT AND THE GREEDY OLD WOMAN by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"There's always room on the shelf for a smart, humorous swipe at one of the grand old vices. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A hungry kitten meows for food and would like a small taste of the special meal the greedy old woman is preparing. Read full book review >

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INSIDE-OUT GRANDMA by Joan Rothenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A book as welcome as a platter of freshly fried latkes—happily, a recipe is included. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fresh, wry Hanukkah story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"A beautiful addition to larger bird or Pacific Coast collections. (sources, websites) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
A marbled murrelet chick's early life is surprising. Read full book review >

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MILES AWAY FROM HOME by Joan Cottle
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Comical watercolors follow the story, the best being Miles doing the limbo, arms splayed and head thrown back, at a beach party thrown in his honor after his resurrection. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It happens often enough: Your best intentions are misinterpreted, or go awry, and you get nothing but grief for your trouble, nothing but trouble for your acts of kindness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COYOTE SCHOOL NEWS by Joan Sandin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"161;Muy Hermosa!' (glossary of Spanish words with pronunciations, maps, author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
There's a delightful authenticity to this fictional account of the events of 1938 in a one-room school in the ranch country of southern Arizona. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRST DAY by Joan Rankin
by Joan Rankin, illustrated by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Irresistible. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The first day of school is always a difficult transition for both parent and child and Haybillybun and his mother are no exception. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCAREDY CAT by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

``I don't like GIANTS,'' reports a small quivering kitten, but Mama Meow reassures her child that this particular giant is their kindly owner, Auntie B. The narrator also dislikes crocodiles (``Auntie B.'s shoes'') and the dark forest that is really the four hairy legs of Auntie B.'s dog, Scratchpooch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AT HOME IN A NEW LAND by Joan Sandin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"For young history students and children wishing to learn more about Swedish immigration. (author note, glossary) (Fiction. 4-8)"
Sandin presents her third slice of Swedish-American history in the venerable I Can Read series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WOW! IT'S GREAT BEING A DUCK by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The various font sizes are so aggressively manipulated that they mitigate any potential momentum. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A cumulative tale from Rankin (Scaredy Cat, 1996, etc.), as much about the choice of typeface as it is a story, falls short despite its elegant, finely detailed artwork. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TELL ME by Joan Bauer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"An intriguing story idea is marred by a surfeit of telling. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A 12-year-old girl sees something suspicious and determinedly pursues it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELLEN’S BOOK OF LIFE by Joan Givner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The several threads of the story weave together without fanfare but with a calm assurance that creates a sturdy sense of character and believability. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Ellen Fremedon's family—Ellen most of all—is desperately stressed by her mother's illness, and a trip across the country to visit with friends provides only the briefest of reprieves before her mother's death sends everyone into the dislocation and alienation of grief. Read full book review >