Search Results: "Laura Leuck"


BOOK REVIEW

FOR JUST ONE DAY by Laura Leuck
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

A group of kids painting pictures in what seems to be a school setting launches a series of playful day-dreams as they imagine what creature they might like to be "for just one day." Read full book review >

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MY CREATURE TEACHER by Laura Leuck
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"Quite a contrast to Edith Pattou's Mrs. Spitzer's Garden, illustrated by Tricia Tusa (2001), but the message is the same. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Who better to deal with a class of little monsters than a toothy, green-skinned teacher with a lizard's tail and witchy powers? Read full book review >

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SANTA CLAWS by Laura Leuck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A tasty Christmas treat for kids who like their humor gross and their satires snappy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Monster Town is the setting for this mischievously macabre Christmas story, which will appeal to fans of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. Read full book review >

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ONE WITCH by Laura Leuck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"The monster-ridden cast and ghoulish goulash will elicit choruses of delighted 'Eeeewwwwws!' (Picture book. 6-8)"
In jaunty rhyme, one witch gathers up a fish tail from two cats, a blackbird's claw from three scarecrows, and similarly appetizing ingredients from similarly iconic ookie-spookies, up to the spider's soup donated by ten werewolves. Read full book review >

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JEEPERS CREEPERS by Laura Leuck
ABC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

Twenty-six monsters, alphabetically arranged, enjoy a day at school in this cheerful offering. Read full book review >

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I LOVE MY PIRATE PAPA by Laura Leuck
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"In the short run, however, this should definitely please book-thirsty young treasure seekers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Picture-book pirates are in plentiful supply, but it's still likely that plenty of landlubbers will enjoy listening to this loving description of a buccaneer dad. 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

GOOSE by Laura Wall
by Laura Wall, illustrated by Laura Wall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Simple, elegant design produces a title with high appeal for the preschool set. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Young Sophie is portrayed with yellow hair and a red dress and smiles out at readers as the story begins. Soon she makes the acquaintance of a most amiable goose. Read full book review >

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BUILDING MANHATTAN by Laura Vila
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"This historical approach sets her engaging debut apart from others of its ilk and will give young visitors and residents both some insight into how the city has changed over the centuries. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
In a sequence of paintings that are colloquies of color, Vila traces the development of Manhattan from uninhabited island to teeming metropolis. Read full book review >

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SANTA’S NEW SUIT by Laura Rader
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2000

"Ho, ho, ho. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Looking over his battered—not to mention monotonous—wardrobe a week before Christmas, Santa decides that it's time for a change. Mrs. Claus is worried, and rightly so, for after trying on everything from a tux at "Nip and Tux" to an alligator suit from "Costumania," Santa returns from "The Snappy Dude" clad in hideous purple tattersall with matching hat. Read full book review >

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THE HANDMADE ALPHABET by Laura Rankin
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"An excellent introduction. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 2+)"
Exquisitely detailed, realistically portrayed hands of different ages, sexes, and colors demonstrate the positions for the manual alphabet used in American Sign; an object with the appropriate initial appears with each—the pointing finger for ``I'' reaches toward a dripping icicle; ``T'' sports three thimbles and a fistful of thread; ``X'' appears on an X-ray. Read full book review >

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GOOSE GOES TO THE ZOO by Laura Wall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Wall's cheery, flat, brightly colored illustrations are neatly suited to this naïve rendering of the age-old dilemma of friendship: how to enjoy others' company in spite of different tastes and habits. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Human Sophie and goose Goose are best friends; they do everything together, but needless to say, in some respects they are not compatible. Read full book review >