Search Results: "Laura Wynkoop"


BOOK REVIEW

AN EYEBALL IN MY GARDEN by Jennifer Cole Judd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"While there are chills and chuckles both among these verses, they are mild ones—an additional purchase. (Poetry. 8-12)"
The emphasis is more on funny than scary in this slim collection, though a few individual poems may give pause. 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 >

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 >

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2016 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR FANS (PART 1)
by John DeNardo

The holidays are approaching, which means it's time for family & friends, egg nog, and the annual panic of deciding what gifts to buy. But fear not! I'm here to offer up a tempting selection of gift ideas for the science fiction, fantasy, and horror fans on your gift list. 

For fans who are avid fiction readers ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SEARCH AND SPOT by Laura Ljungkvist
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"With only the barest suggestion of a narrative—exploring implied settings from morning to night—and no compelling character to relate to, it is likely that this book will compel children who are not serious puzzle aficionados to search for something else. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Creator of the Follow the Line series, Ljungkvist here trains her digital tool kit on the seek-and-find format. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUTHIE AND THE (NOT SO) VERY BUSY DAY by Laura Rankin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 2014

"Readers of all ages will easily identify with Ruthie's trying day. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A child's big plans for a perfect Saturday are altered by a combination of unforeseeable occurrences. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOLLOW THE LINE AROUND THE WORLD by Laura Ljungkvist
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Like its predecessors, this offers at once a challenging exercise for budding artists and a satisfying journey for armchair travelers. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a natural follow-up to Follow the Line (2006) and Follow the Line Through the House (2007), Ljungkvist runs a new continuous black line from the front cover through each continent, back to New York City, into space for a gander at the universe, then onto the rear cover to spell out a cheery "Hej då" ("bye-bye" in Swedish). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOLLOW THE LINE THROUGH THE HOUSE by Laura Ljungkvist
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"Similar in appeal but much simpler in style than Walter Wick's I Spy series and its ilk, this doesn't exactly signal a creative leap for the artist, but it does make an enjoyable way to increase attention span and visual literacy. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Having led young viewers from sea to city and from night to day in Follow the Line (2006), Ljungkvist takes them on a house tour in this like-patterned follow-up—again starting an unbroken black line on the front cover that ends on the back and in between runs through each room while geometrically outlining furniture or small objects. Read full book review >