Search Results: "Kate Coombs"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TOOTH FAIRY WARS by Kate Coombs
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2014

"Go, Nathan! Stick it to the Man...er, Fairy. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A lad's determination to keep his baby teeth sets him against not only the tooth fairy, but the whole Fay bureaucracy behind her. Read full book review >

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THE RUNAWAY DRAGON by Kate Coombs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 7, 2009

"This sequel is more scattered and less consistently riveting than its precursor, but admirers of the brave, noble Meg and her colorful entourage won't want to miss it. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
In this funny, lighthearted follow-up to The Runaway Princess (2006), it's the dragon's turn to spread his wings and fly the coop. Read full book review >

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THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS by Kate Coombs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2006

"The language is witty and tart and funny, the pace is quick and, in the end, Meg gets to study not only administration and diplomacy, but magic and swordplay. (Fiction. 9-14)"
A delicious princess romp down the well-worn path first paved by The Practical Princess and followed by spunky royal girls ever since. Read full book review >

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HANS MY HEDGEHOG by Kate Coombs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"Prickly, a bit funny and a bit dark: classic Grimm, modernized. (author's note) (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-10)"
Hans, half hedgehog and half human, lives as a hermit, deep in a forest with a rooster steed and an entourage of pigs, happily playing his fiddle, until two kings make promises that send him looking for his just reward: a princess. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Share this admirable appreciation with a wide audience. (Picture book/poetry. 4-10) "
Twenty-three poems and evocative watercolor paintings pay tribute to the wonders of the ocean world. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET KEEPER by Kate Coombs
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"Solomon's lovely watercolors, framed with jewel-toned borders, varied in size, shape and placement on heavy creamy paper, add fascinating details and emotional depth to this gentle jewel of a tale that will prompt discussion on the sharing of secrets, good and bad. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Daily the people of the village come through the woods to Kalli's house to tell their guilty secrets, which she hides away in the hundreds of wooden drawers that line the walls of her cottage, like apothecary cases or library catalog cabinets. Read full book review >

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DORRIE AND THE HAUNTED SCHOOLHOUSE by Patricia Coombs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"With lively, humorous illustrations in full color and an easily read text, a welcome addition to a popular series. (Fiction/Young reader. 5-8)"
On their first day of school, little witch Dorrie and her friends find Professor Zucchini mysteriously absent. Read full book review >

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IT’S BEDTIME, CUCUY/¡A LA CAMA, CUCUY! by Claudia Galindo
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 31, 2008

"When bedtime becomes a hideous affair, the outrageously grotesque behavior of one may spark a bit of realistic appreciation for many. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Another bedtime battle is won in this bilingual text featuring the Latin-American bogeyman and his mother, both rendered here as decidedly cute and unfrightening elfin creatures with blue skin and spiky blue hair. Read full book review >

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DO YOU KNOW THE CUCUY?/¿CONCOCES AL CUCUY? by Claudia Galindo
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2008

"Readers who enjoy the thrill of a harrowing tale will be disappointed to find such a sugary-sweet Cucuy in this bilingual story. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In an attempt to allay children's fears of the Cucuy, Galindo gives the bogeyman of Latin American lore a makeover. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PRINCESS AND THE PONY by Kate Beaton
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 2015

"Instead of breaking bones, this warrior princess breaks the mold—and Beaton is in a class of her own. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A half-pint warrior princess wants a battle-ready horse for her birthday but instead receives a little farting pony—who brilliantly defies all expectation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOG AND CAT SHAKE A LEG by Kate Spohn
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Beginning readers, who love stories about characters they already know, will hope that Cat and Dog return soon. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Spohn (Night Goes By, p. 476, etc.) introduces Dog and Cat in the four brief episodes that comprise this amiable entry in the Easy-to-Read series. ``Friends'' puts the two pals plus Goose and Mouse at a dance where they have a rollicking good time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AUNT ISABEL TELLS A GOOD ONE by Kate Duke
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"All in all: an entertaining production, with a light touch that saves it from preachiness; the playful introduction to the elements of fiction is especially intriguing, and should be invaluable to creative-writing programs for young children. (Picture book. 4-8)"
There's a lot going on here: a story within a story—Aunt Isabel, a bohemian-looking mouse, pauses in her artistic endeavors (her drawings and paintings are informally hung around her snug home) to tell little Penelope a spur-of-the-moment story explicitly designed to demonstrate the construction of a plot. Read full book review >