Search Results: "Judith Hierstein"


BOOK REVIEW

THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION FROM A TO Z by Laura Crawford
ABC BOOKS
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Not the first word on the subject by any means, nor the last, but this once-over merits a spot in the middle somewhere—as a quick topical review, maybe. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Simultaneously presenting Revolutionary War people and events in both alphabetical and—roughly—chronological order, Crawford pulls off a neat trick that compensates, at least in part, for the artificiality of it all. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NATHAN’S HANUKKAH BARGAIN by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Too bad. (Picture book. 5-8)"
With five dollars in quarters in his pocket, Nathan and his grandfather begin a quest to buy a traditional menorah, one with cups to hold oil rather than candles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I HAVE A FRIEND by Judith Inglese
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2014

"Aims high but misses. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Staid pictures make a poor match for a child's free-flying introduction to an imaginary friend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAR ANNIE by Judith Caseley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 1991

"The subtext here- -the value of written communication—is disarmingly wrapped in the warmly depicted relationship between generations, nicely extended in the cheerful illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In describing a correspondence between a child and her grandfather, Caseley deftly outlines the girl's growth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JORAH'S JOURNAL by Judith Caseley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1997

"The resolution comes too easily, cramming all of Jorah's adjustment period into just a few days, but her predicament will still ring true for emerging readers. (Fiction. 7+)"
Caseley (Witch Mama, 1996, etc.) presents a hurried-up, condensed look at the first days of a third-grader in her new home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHLOE IN THE KNOW by Judith Caseley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 1993

"A class trip to N.Y.C.'s Chinatown, knowledge that her own mother once unwittingly hurt her grandmother's feelings, worry over a crossing-guard's absence—these morsels make up Chloe's world; her triumphs should bring a smile. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Independent-minded Chloe, eldest child of three in the Kane family (Hurricane Harry, 1991, etc.), accompanies her mother through amniocentesis, sticks up for little brother Harry when he's unjustly accused of lying, and admits she's plagiarized a poem for her grandmother's birthday. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WITCH MAMA by Judith Caseley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The book becomes more of a primer on celebrating Halloween than a story about the Witch Mama. (Picture book. 4+)"
Jenna was born on Halloween; her mother was dressed up as a witch when she went into labor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLIVER by Judith Rossell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Next time your child asks to shove a banana down the drain, go for it. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Young Oliver goes down the drain, literally… maybe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SISTERS by Judith Caseley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"A terrific combination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Unlike many other adoption tales where a new sibling arrives from overseas, Kika is not a baby when she arrives but similar in age and size to Melissa, who eagerly anticipates Kika's arrival. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIELD DAY FRIDAY by Judith Caseley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Despite his setback, Mickey learns a vital lesson about winning, losing, and the true value of friends. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Caseley (Mickey's Class Play, not reviewed, etc.) continues the (mis)adventures of Mickey, in a poignant tale about winning and losing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE NIGHT IN THE ZOO by Judith Kerr
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"A fun-filled selection, great for home and for the classroom. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Bright, cheerful rhymes and soft, witty illustrations tell the story of a most curious night at the zoo while presenting the numbers one to ten in this smart and silly counting book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOODBYE MOG by Judith Kerr
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2003

"Kerr's understated humor and cheery, cartoon-like illustrations make the mood more sweet than sentimental or frightening. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Readers who remember Mog from Kerr's long popular and recently reissued Mog the Forgetful Cat will be both happy and sad to see this final episode in the long series by the British author/illustrator. Read full book review >