Search Results: "Judith Pattinson"


BOOK REVIEW

EREBOS by Ursula Poznanski
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 1, 2012

"The mystery is unraveled thanks to a too-obvious clue, but the scary climax, a romantic subplot and plenty of thoroughly credible gaming add proper spark to a pageturner with amps aplenty. (Science fiction/thriller. 12-15)"
A computer game with a hidden agenda entraps teen users into doing its bidding in this prizewinning import. 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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE OTHER GOOSE by Judith Kerr
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2002

"New readers will be able to 'read' the pictures, without ever knowing a word. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Kerr, author of the beloved Mog books, uses soft, colored pencils and a Mother Goose-meets-The Ugly Duckling story to weave an uneven tale about a lonely goose in search of a mate. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAMA, COMING AND GOING by Judith Caseley
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

With a new baby, Mama often doesn't know whether she's coming or going: She forgets to defrost the chicken, lets the tub overflow, and complains that she feels ``like a chicken running around without a head.'' Fortunately, Jenna (who's just learning to read) accepts all this with a good humor to match Mama's own; she splashes happily in the water on the bathroom floor, amuses the baby while Mama finds someone to open the car where he's locked in, and philosophically makes the best of several mishaps en route to a birthday party that, after all, will be next week. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THEA'S TREE by Judith Clay
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"With its droll paintings and fablelike story, the book will appeal to those whose tree-hugging instincts and good wishes for the Earth's future are intact. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Although Thea has grown up in an ugly brick city without trees, flowers or plants (is it in Europe or North America?), her parents remember trees with fondness. Read full book review >