Search Results: "Kyrsten Brooker"


BOOK REVIEW

WHEN WE GO WALKING by Cari Best
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"A tempting invitation to turn any walk into an equally fruitful ramble, even if the treasures are gathered only by eye rather than by hand. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Family strolls down Rambling Road in every season turn into treasure hunts for 5-year-old Wendy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CITY ANGEL by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Hard to tell, but Brooker's pictures are wonderful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
City Angel, an urban, updated patron saint, hovers above the city skyline, intervening to make good things happen: petting the baker's kitchen cat, planting seeds in a vacant lot, soothing a cranky child, assisting a firefighter and a homeless man, helping the player make the basket in the corner game, and having some fun herself, cruising on a skateboard. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHIK CHAK SHABBAT by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A warm, cozy and loving depiction of shared culinary traditions around an inviting table. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Neighbors join together to celebrate a holiday. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMEDAY WHEN MY CAT CAN TALK by Caroline Lazo
ADVENTURE
Released: April 22, 2008

"The what-if title and appealing cover are sure to entice kids into imagining their own pets' forays. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Collage and oil paint whimsically animate this clever concoction of story-in-rhyme, geography, a young girl's fantasy and a traveling cat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUNAWAY DREIDEL! by Lesléa Newman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A lively Chanukah romp that can be enjoyed by every denomination. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Readers certainly don't need to be familiar with the poem "The Night Before Christmas" or with the alternative lyrics to "On Top of Old Smokey" (about the runaway meatball) to appreciate the humor of this Chanukah offering, but it wouldn't hurt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOTHING EVER HAPPENS ON 90TH STREET by Roni Schotter
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"Schotter's story and Brooker's collages perfectly capture the cluttered eclecticism of New York City street life, so readers will forgive the author if the story lacks focus: The writing tips (which children will like) are lost in the blizzard of activity. (Picture book. 5-10)"
From Schotter (A Fruit and Vegetable Man, 1993, etc.), the story of a would-be writer and her blank page, and the life going on all around her. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HONEYBEE MAN by Lela Nargi
ANIMALS
Released: March 8, 2011

"Eccentric and unusual with an appealing, gentle charm. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Tell it to the bees. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MATH ATTACK! by Joan Horton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2009

"With its tiresome repetition and lack of utility as a lesson springboard in classrooms, this is one attack to avoid. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In a departure from her collections of children's poetry (Halloween Hoots and Howls, illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi, 1999, etc.), Horton's latest, while it still rhymes, tells the story of a young girl suffering from a math attack. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NIGHT IS SINGING by Jacqueline Davies
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2006

"Gratifying and readable night after night. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Ready for bed with her favorite bunny tucked under her arm, a little girl climbs the stairs to her room while the sounds of the night begin to sing their lullabies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PRINCE WON’T GO TO BED! by Dayle Ann Dodds
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 13, 2007

"A brilliant gift for all parents who can find the humor in hindsight. (Picture book. 3-7)"
"The castle was in trouble. / Nanny scratched her head. / ‘The King and Queen are at the ball, / and the Prince won't go to bed!' " And so begins the comedic saga of attempting to get the Prince to sleep. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A natural for reading aloud, this ballad makes a grin-inducing follow-up to any version of 'The Princess and the Pea.' (Picture book. 7-10)"
The nabob of nonsense verse brings readers to the town of Trouble, situated between Good-Grief! and Who's-to-Blame? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HENRY’S AMAZING MACHINE by Dayle Ann Dodds
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2004

"If there's a point, it's probably that not everything has to have one. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Henry is a born inventor—literally. Read full book review >