Search Results: "Kate Banks"


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DILLON DILLON by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2002

"Extraordinary. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Established as a skillful writer of deceptively simple picture books about childhood curiosity and playfulness, Banks's first novel is intriguingly complex, enigmatic, and brilliant. Read full book review >

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BOY'S BEST FRIEND by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 14, 2015

"Well-rounded characters and an interesting concept make this a solid read. (Fiction. 10-14)"
George's beloved dog, Bart, seems to always know when the Cape Cod grade schooler will be returning home and waits eagerly for his arrival. Read full book review >

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THE MAGICIAN'S APPRENTICE by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"A moving, thoughtful apprentice tale. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Sixteen-year-old Baz's coming-of-age journey exceeds all his expectations. Read full book review >

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THE ERASERHEADS by Kate Banks
ADVENTURE
Released: April 27, 2010

"A bit gimmicky but nonetheless engrossing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Banks imbues three pencil erasers—a pig, a crocodile and an owl—with earnest personalities and important jobs to do for an artistic boy, who is never named. Read full book review >

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HOWIE BOWLES AND UNCLE SAM by Kate Banks
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2000

"There are plenty of math jokes, both subtle and unrepentantly corny, included in the text and illustrations to keep readers laughing while they learn, along with Howie, the monumental importance of minding your numbers. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Banks's erstwhile hero Howie returns, and this time he's in hot water with Uncle Sam and the IRS. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT BLUE HOUSE by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2005

"Hallensleben's saturated Van Gogh-like colors visualize this quiet reverie and testament to the joyful recurrence of life and the rhythm of the seasons. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With their signature simplicity and gentle insight, this accomplished picture-book team lyrically presents the life cycle of a house in nature. Read full book review >

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MAMA’S COMING HOME by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2003

"Still, children with stay-at-home fathers will see a reflection of their own family patterns and rhythms here, and to many readers the idea that parental roles are not fixed may come as a revelation. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The author of Night Worker (2000, illustrated by Georg Hallensleben) delineates another unconventional, if not necessarily uncommon, domestic arrangement. Read full book review >

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A GIFT FROM THE SEA by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 6, 2001

"Share this with a child at bed or rest time, but other rocks make less arbitrary, and more clearly articulated, journeys in such books as Meredith Hooper's Pebble in My Pocket (1996). (Picture book. 5-7)"
The luster dims a bit for the author and illustrator of Night Workers (2000) and their other wonderfully soothing picture books, as they go more for poetry than science in trying to give younger children a sense of our planet's antiquity. Read full book review >

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BABOON by Kate Banks
ANIMALS
Released: April 14, 1997

"First-rate lap and bedtime reading. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Another intimate tàte-Ö-tàte between mother and child from the creators of Spider, Spider (1996); here a baboon takes her baby on a walk through the bush, providing gentle commentary on his pronouncements. Read full book review >

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MAX'S MATH by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"Inventive. Bold. MAXimum fun! (Picture book. 3-8)"
Max is back in the fourth in his eponymous series of concept books. Read full book review >

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PLEASE, PAPA by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"A lesson in manners for children with sophisticated visual palates. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Practicing politeness gets Alice almost everything she wants for her imaginary barnyard. Too bad the horse makes a request of his own. Read full book review >

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THE BEAR IN THE BOOK by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"A tribute to the power of books to connect and the love that parents everywhere show when they share books with children at the end of the day, this picture book is simply spectacular. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Banks and Hallensleben are together again (What's Coming for Christmas? 2009, etc.) with a heartwarming tale that compares one bear's hibernation to one little boy's bedtime-reading rituals. Read full book review >