Search Results: "Joy Allen"


BOOK REVIEW

PRINCESS PARTY by Joy Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"A relatively harmless if unnecessary purchase. (Picture books. 4-8)"
A sugar-shock of pink coats this perfectly nice if less-than-extraordinary addition to the princess shelf. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS PALOOZA by Joy Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"Not even the glitter on the cover or the hot-pink cut-out Princess Palooza crown inside can save this one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A scant, slapdash tale of princess play told in lumbering rhyme. Read full book review >

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A SUITCASE SURPRISE FOR MOMMY by Cat Cora
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"The appeal of this well-intentioned effort is limited to those experiencing a similar situation; others will find little to entertain young readers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Iron Chef and debut children's author Cora obviously understands the challenges of the working mom. Read full book review >

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I AM THE TURKEY by Michele Sobel Spirn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Anyone who has ever been involved in a school play will appreciate this well-told story illustrating that the show that must go on. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
A compelling illustration of a nervous child in a turkey costume draws the reader into this mid-level early reader from the I Can Read series. Read full book review >

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BEING FRIENDS by Karen Beaumont
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"A delight to look at and a treat to read: a gem for best friends of any age to share. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This happy tale of two friends focuses on the differences between a pair of best buddies and why they don't matter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABIGAIL IRIS by Lisa Glatt
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"In the philosophical Abigail Iris, Glatt and Greenberg give readers a role model for adaptation and compromise. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Abigail Iris is just as happy-go-lucky as she was in the series opener, Abigail Iris: The One and Only (2009). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"Whiny rants and antediluvian attitudes are not what good, shared read-alouds are made of. (Picture book/poetry. 7-9)"
With uncommon superficiality, Greenberg develops the familiar "What are little girls/little boys made of?" rhyme into a back-and-forth between the sexes. Read full book review >

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EXPLODING GRAVY by X. J. Kennedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Large collections of light, entertaining poetry of this sort have a built-in audience; recommended for most poetry collections in school and public libraries. (Poetry. 6-10)"
For those children who have memorized all of Shel Silverstein's poems (and for those adults who have heard enough of them), here's a substantial collection of humorous poetry in Silversteinian style, complete with black-and-white line drawings on the half Shel (similar to his style, but not as successful). Read full book review >

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ABIGAIL IRIS by Lisa Glatt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"With Allen's periodic homespun sketches and a breezy first-person text, this sweet slip of a story is recommended for those girls feeling the squeeze of a crowded and blended family. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Third grader Abigail Iris is a happy-go-lucky girl. Read full book review >

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THE SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY BOOKS EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT IN APRIL
by John DeNardo

April is bringing a whole new enticing batch of science fiction and fantasy books that will stretch your imagination. Here's a selection of the ones that will be generating the most buzz. You'll find fallen angels, Death's assistant, human refugees in space, a revolution against the One Percent, matriarchal lunar colonies, giant robots, genetic thrills, biotech-weird, and ...


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BOOK REVIEW

FINDING PARIS by Joy Preble
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 21, 2015

"Fast-paced with intriguing teen characters, a budding relationship and a bit of mystery—curiosity will keep those pages turning. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Paranormal author Preble (The A-Word, 2014, etc.) crosses over to straight teen fiction with this drama wrapped in a mystery. Read full book review >