Search Results: "Johanna Hurwitz"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"The anthology's large font and short-story format may appeal to struggling middle-school readers as well as elementary-school kids, although the rather juvenile cover art (that nonetheless captures the 'fooled you' concept) might fool them into thinking it's only appropriate for a much younger audience. (Short stories. 8- 14)"
After collecting stories all based on birthdays from well-known children's authors for a previous anthology, Birthday Surprises (1995), this time Hurwitz has asked a group of ten writers to create stories that include the line, "I fooled you," a concept that, she reminds readers, is a common feature of most folk and fairy tales. Read full book review >

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DEAR EMMA by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Good enough, but it could have been better. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The epistolary format works against this sequel to Faraway Summer (2001). Read full book review >

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ELISA MICHAELS, BIGGER & BETTER by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Familiar situations and characters, frequent pencil illustrations, and generous font and white space make this a perfect transitional book for new readers who will look forward to following Elisa and her warm family and friends in the future. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Elisa, almost eight, is the star of the newest Riverside Kids series. Read full book review >

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SCHOOL'S OUT by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 1991

"Totally satisfying. (Fiction. 7-11)"
After three books recounting his checkered third-grade career, likable Lucas Cott has a busy summer. Read full book review >

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A WORD TO THE WISE by Johanna Hurwitz
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1994

"For such a handsome production, the result is oddly flat. (Folklore/Picture book. 4+)"
Following a short preface discussing their many honorable origins, a score of the best-known proverbs, illustrated in Rayevsky's usual pungently satirical style. Read full book review >

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OZZIE ON HIS OWN by Johanna Hurwitz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1995

"The details of everyday life glow with the warmth of good hearts and close families. (Fiction. 7+)"
In this sequel to Roz and Ozzie (1992), Ozzie, eight, is spending the summer alone. Read full book review >

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MIGHTY MONTY by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Readers of Mostly Monty (2007) will appreciate the boy's growing self-confidence (and, in particular, his father's encouragement as he tries new things), but this title stands on its own. (Fiction. 5-8)"
In an interconnected set of short stories, first-grader Monty Morris acquires a huge collection of old magazines, takes part in a class play, makes an outdoor birthday party special, begins karate lessons and successfully performs in an exhibition. Read full book review >

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EVER-CLEVER ELISA by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"This story is full of good intentions, but lacks energy. (b&w illustrations) (Fiction. 5-8)"
There are few surprises in this outing from Hurwitz (Make Room for Elisa, 1993, etc.), who lays on the lessons with heavy hand and subdues any potential excitement with deadening passive-voice narration: ``Books were given out to the students, and the routine was explained.'' In six short chapters, Elisa attends her first day of first grade, follows her father into a voting booth, counts down to her birthday, celebrates Mother's Day in the wee hours of the morning, swallows a tooth, and enters a raffle. Read full book review >

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FARAWAY SUMMER by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Pastoral woodcuts garnish each chapter with old-fashioned country still lifes. (Fiction. 8-10)"
In the summer of 1910, when cars begin to replace horses, and librarians still check for clean hands, New Yorker Dossi finds herself bound for a small town in Vermont, courtesy of the Fresh Air Fund, the charity for poor city children. Read full book review >

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PEE-WEE’S TALE by Johanna Hurwitz
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A caveat: this tale of freedom gained may leave readers longing to emancipate their own caged darlings. (Fiction. 7-9)"
A precocious guinea pig finds himself adrift in Central Park in a tale of high adventure. Read full book review >

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OH NO, NOAH! by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"The generous font, comfortable size, and familiar story make this a fine addition to a growing list of good choices for new readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Hurwitz's (Russell's Secret, 2001, etc.) latest warm slice of family life explores another milestone: moving to a new neighborhood. Read full book review >

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'E' IS FOR ELISA by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 1991

"Fans are sure to enjoy this latest entry in a popular series. (Fiction. 4-10)"
These six easily read chapters about the four-year-old sister of Russell, one of Hurwitz's favorite characters, are appropriate for precocious readers and listeners as well as for Russell's third-grade contemporaries. Read full book review >