Search Results: "Laura Hughes"


BOOK REVIEW

WE'RE GOING ON AN EGG HUNT by Laura Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Intriguing illustrations, classic story structure, and irresistible rabbits add up to a winning Easter-themed treat. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Four rabbits hunt for Easter eggs in this variation on the familiar children's call-and-response game about going on a bear or lion hunt. Read full book review >

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TERRIBLE TIM by Katie Haworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"The mess is good fun, but the story is a bit bland next to the more emotionally intense likes of No, David! and Dinosaur vs. Bedtime. (Picture book. 3-6)"
No need to set off in search of Wild Things when little Tim's in the vicinity. Read full book review >

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ON THE FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN by Tish Rabe
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 2016

"While this is a fairly bland treatment compared to Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis' The Twelve Days of Kindergarten (2003), it basically gets the job done. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Rabe follows a young girl through her first 12 days of kindergarten in this book based on the familiar Christmas carol. Read full book review >

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GOOD NIGHT TIGER by Timothy Knapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Say goodnight. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A cacophony of noises keeps young Emma awake. Where are they coming from? Read full book review >

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DADDY'S SANDWICH by Pip Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"This book may spark inspiration—dads best hide their treasures. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A young girl makes Daddy a sandwich with all his favorite ingredients…. Read full book review >

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RIVER ROSE AND THE MAGICAL LULLABY by Kelly Clarkson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Clarkson's fans may like this, but Kenny Loggins' Footloose, illustrated by Tim Bowers (2016), is a superior zoo adventure/song combo. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Little River Rose has a magical adventure in Clarkson's debut as a picture-book author. Read full book review >

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THE EIGHTH MENORAH by Lauren L. Wohl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2013

"Sam and his Grammy are a simpatico pair, one readers of all ages will be able to relate to. (Picture book. 5-7)"
This evenly paced story explores a common dilemma in Jewish families—that of multiple menorahs—and gives a little boy the opportunity to do some independent problem-solving. Read full book review >

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LAURA MCNEAL
by Poornima Apte

It was in 2002 when Laura McNeal was writing a magazine article about the evolution of home economics classes, that she walked up a stone staircase to a peculiar cottage called the Practice House in Fallbrook, California. “It had been built during the Depression because parents and teachers feared—incredibly—that high school girls weren’t learning the Home Arts,” McNeal recalls ...


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BOOK REVIEW

DAISY SAVES THE DAY by Shirley  Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"An impressive and delightful combination of visual and verbal storytelling evokes empathy and identification with the young heroine. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A girl's time "in service" in a London house offers young readers a glimpse of life below-stairs in 1911. Read full book review >

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BOBBO GOES TO SCHOOL by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2013

"Another satisfying domestic drama from veteran author Hughes, this will please old fans and make new ones. (Picture book. 3 to 6)"
The plot is a familiar one: A young child and her favorite stuffed friend are separated and then joyously reunited. Read full book review >

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ANNIE ROSE IS MY LITTLE SISTER by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Conveying a warm feeling of domestic harmony, and modeling an ideal but not unrealistic closeness, this will please fans of Frieda Wishinsky's Oonga Boonga (reissued 1998, with illus by Carol Thompson), Marc Brown's tales of Arthur and D.W., and the like. (Picture book. 5-7)"
With a mixture of pride, affection, and just an occasional saving flash of irritation, Alfie rattles on about his relationship with his adorable, adoring, younger sibling. Read full book review >

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HIDING by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Charming and enriching. (Picture book. 2-6)"
As she did in Bouncing and Giving (both 1993), Hughes explores and extends what initially looks like a simple concept: At first, a child plays peekaboo with a toddler who's gazing raptly at the cushion from behind which she declares ``You can't see me''; then they play hide-and-seek, in which the place of concealment is a secret. Read full book review >