Search Results: "Judith Kelly"


BOOK REVIEW

ROCK ME GENTLY by Judith Kelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Further evidence that harrowing experiences do not necessarily make great art."
A hotly disputed, would-be-tear-jerking memoir, updated with a mea culpa. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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IT’S A BUTTERFLY’S LIFE by Irene Kelly
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"A book that proves science nonfiction can be accurate, factual and completely engrossing, this is a must for libraries and any curious nature lovers. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-10)"
Almost any five-year-old can tell you the basics of a butterfly's life. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: June 15, 2005

"The unorthodox format is well suited to spark interest in other imaginative journeys and to reading and writing about other parts of the world both in and out of the classroom. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Owney, a scruffy little stray mutt, wanders into the Albany post office in 1889, wins the hearts of the postal workers and becomes their mascot, riding the mail wagon to and from the train station. Read full book review >