Search Results: "Laura Rader"


BOOK REVIEW

WHO’LL PULL SANTA’S SLEIGH TONIGHT? by Laura Rader
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A recipe for 'Santa's Special Hot Cocoa' is included on the final page, and candy-cane-striped endpapers add a peppy touch. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The reindeer are all sick a-bed with terrible colds, and Santa and his elves are desperate for alternative transportation for Christmas Eve. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LAURA by Larry Watson
Released: June 1, 2000

"A finely wrought, if emotionally cool, tale of enduring passion."
The story of a man's long obsession with a beautiful woman poet, the latest from award-winning novelist Watson (White Crosses, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LAURA by Hilary Norman
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

"Shallow escapism for the romance-starved. (First serial to Good Housekeeping; Literary Guild selection)"
A Cinderella story of a woman educated in the school of hard knocks, by pulp veteran Norman (Spellbound, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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TEA FOR ME, TEA FOR YOU by Laura Rader
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

"At the end, Swinings' sign says, 'CLOSED for a Private Party' and all are clearly having a good time. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Pigs at tea are the subject of a rollicking, rhyming, counting read-aloud. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN SANTA LOST HIS HO! HO! HO!  by Laura Rader
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Though the premise is presented as lighthearted humor, the notion that someone might be so stressed and exhausted that he is unable to laugh also provides a subtle lesson. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this comic tale, Santa Claus has a bit of a breakdown when he finds he has lost the special laughter that sets the tone for Christmas at the North Pole. Mrs. Claus and the elves do their best to cheer him up, to no avail, and the news travels around the world that Santa has lost his "Ho! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TWEENY-TINY WOMAN by Harriet Ziefert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"For readers able and willing, try Paul Galdone's charmingly scary edition (1984). (Picture book/folklore. 5-7)"
This retelling of an old English ghost story is designated Level 2 in this publisher's Easy-to-Read series (the books at this level have so few words that they look more like small picture books than easy readers). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DINOS ON THE GO! by Karma Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Drive on by unless desperate for another dinosaur fix. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Dinosaurs driving racecars, dinosaurs riding bicycles—even a whole Tyrannosaurus Rex family tucked into the sleeper car of a passenger train. Read full book review >

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I CAN’T TALK YET, BUT WHEN I DO... by Julie Markes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Then again, this story is an exercise in the kind of reflection that often goes begging, one that points out the thankful instead of the hurtful. (Picture book. 3-5)"
An exclamation of affection for an older sister from a baby who can't talk just yet, so readers will have to take the author's modestly overcooked word for it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DANCING CLASS by H.M. Ehrlich
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"This charming title will leap off the shelves and straight into the hands of all those little girls (and their moms and grandmas) with dreams of dance recitals and pretty pink tutus. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Stage mommies can offer a bit of bibliotherapy to budding baby ballerinas with this delightful introduction to ballet class, the second collaboration between Ehrlich and Rader (Dr. Duck, 2000). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DINOS IN THE SNOW by Karma Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Dinosaur fans will sit through one reading, but that might be it. (Picture book. 4-7)"
What happens when dinosaurs decide to spend the day in the snow? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FINDING LAURA by Kay Hooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Despite the adult sex and good surprise ending: a treacly adolescent affair, just a few steps beyond paper dolls and Barbie."
Hooper's latest paranormal romance (After Caroline, 1996, etc.) tackles reincarnation in a modern southern gothic mode, with lots of coupling in the gazebo. Read full book review >