Search Results: "Karen Lee Schmidt"


BOOK REVIEW

HOPTOAD by Jane Yolen
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

"The youngest listeners will need the pun at the heart of the story explained to them, but everyone will root for this warty, new hero. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A turtle, toad, and a lizard take off across a wide desert road. Read full book review >

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MAX AND JAX IN SECOND GRADE by Jerdine Nolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"2000, etc.) watercolor art, though accomplished, may be a shade puerile for early readers, but Nolen's twins have plenty to offer, such as an example of harmony in the household, and the real gift: generosity. (Easy reader. 6-9)"
Max and Jax are an amiable pair of second graders—incredibly amiable, considering that they are twin alligators. Read full book review >

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MY SISTER THE SAUSAGE ROLL by Barbara Ware Holmes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"The plot is transparent, and the story is clipped and rushed, but Holmes shoehorns in plenty of humor, believable characterizations, and a satisfying conclusion. (full-color illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-10)"
An offering in the Chapters series from Holmes (Letters to Julia, p. 381) takes another look at the well-worn subject of baby siblings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CARL’S NOSE by Karen Lee Schmidt
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Many of the watercolor-and-gouache paintings are dark and subdued to convey the depressive nature of Grimsville, but Carl remains an appealingly earnest character, who might use his advanced olfactory skills to find more cases to solve in further installments. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Carl is a cheerful chocolate lab in a red plaid shirt who serves as the town weatherman because of his highly developed sense of smell. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HANNAH THE HIPPO'S NO MUD DAY by Iris Hiskey
ANIMALS
Released: May 23, 1991

"(Picture book. 4-8)"
Like anxious parent Tabitha Twitchett, Hannah's mother hopes (vainly) that Hannah will keep her finery spotless till company arrives; unlike Tom Kitten, Hannah contrives to get clean again before she's caught—and then has the joy of having amusingly overdressed Aunt Lily ask to join her in ``a nice cool roll in the mud!'' Hiskey's longish text, suitable for young readers as well as preschoolers, is predictable but smoothly told; Schmidt's engaging illustrations, in a popular style, sport comically subtle facial expressions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT DO YOU LOVE? by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"The gentle rhythm of the text, as it moves from daytime to evening activities, make this an ideal choice for bedtime, softly sending sleepy readers off to dream land. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A pair of anthropomorphic pooches frolic through their day enumerating their favorite things. Read full book review >

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A NICKEL BUYS A RHYME by Alan Benjamin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 16, 1993

"An inviting book to share. (Poetry/Picture book. 3-8)"
"Rhyme Time": "Grouches grumble./Gymnasts tumble./Cookies crumble./Bees bumble./...Do you have any/ rhymes for umble?" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TWELVE DAYS OF SUMMER by Elizabeth Lee O'Donnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 22, 1991

"The sprightly text is nicely matched by the cheerful illustrations, showing a sturdy, busy child plus animals with an unusual amount of verve. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A clever variant of "The Twelve Days of Christmas": a little girl sees, on successive days at the beach, a grand accumulation of animals including "Four pipers running,/Three jellyfish,/Two pelicans,/And a little purple sea anemone." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GIRLS IN PERIL by Karen Lee Boren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2006

"A well-written work that tries too hard."
Five neighborhood girlfriends teeter on the precipice of pubescence one fateful summer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EDGAR ALLAN POE AND THE LONDON MONSTER by Karen Lee Street
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A bit like the newly imagined Sherlock Holmes movies: a dose of drama, a dash of darkness, and a little bit of humor ultimately liven up the journey."
1840: Edgar Allan Poe and Auguste Dupin race to uncover the truth about a violent scandal involving Poe's actor grandparents and a notorious London criminal in Street's debut novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEAVER BOYS by Bonnie Pryor
ANIMALS
Released: March 12, 1992

"A useful contribution for this level. (Picture book/Young reader. 4-8)"
A very easy chapter book about two young beavers with a pleasing blend of human traits (they miss their old friends as they get settled in a new home) with activities suggested by their species (little Woody longs to gnaw down trees). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARE YOU FLYING, CHARLIE DUNCAN? by Elizabeth Lee O'Donnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1993

"Entertaining and light. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Tongue-tied Charlie's a loner who doesn't realize that most of the guys on his soccer team like him—it's only bullying team captain Sam who tells lies to get him out of the way. Read full book review >