Search Results: "Laura Roecker"


BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS W.A.R. by Lisa  Roecker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 2, 2013

"The disappointingly predictable plot and characters fail to deliver on the novel's promising opening scene. (Mystery. 14-17)"
Believing that the wealthy Gregory family is involved in their friend Willa's death, a group of one-dimensional teen socialites engage in bumbling efforts to achieve vigilante justice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LIAR SOCIETY by Lisa  Roecker
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"Young mystery lovers may enjoy it just as much. (Mystery. 12-16)"
Secret societies dominate a posh co-educational private school in this suspenseful, possibly supernatural mystery. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

GOOSE GOES TO SCHOOL by Laura Wall
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2015

"What adventures will Sophie and Goose have next? (Picture book. 3-7)"
Sophie and her friend Goose are again parted, this time for Sophie's first day of school, but just as in their first outing, Goose (2015), they aren't separated for long.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWAN HARBOR by Laura Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"This is a gorgeous selection that children will treasure long after they have grown up. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The flora and fauna of the four seasons of the coast of Maine come to life in Rankin's (The Wriggly, Wriggly Baby, 2002, etc.) magnificent artwork. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS by Laura Ljungkvist
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"The effect is somewhat static, although the bright colors and bold, clean design do work well with the spare yet complete text. (Picture book/fairytale. 4-8)"
An old favorite is given a refreshing new look with bold, colorful, graphic art in gouache on watercolor paper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >