Search Results: "Laurel Dee Gugler"


BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE WYNNE'S GIGGLY THING by Laurel Dee Gugler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The resolution is labored; Willms's stylized illustrations are a lot more fun in the pregiggly scenes—idiosyncratic domestic settings accessorized with sleek fat cats—before matched sets of toothy grins take over the place. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Little Wynne lives with three adults. Read full book review >

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THERE’S A BILLY GOAT IN THE GARDEN by Laurel Dee Gugler
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"This rhythm-filled tale is a perfect choice for those libraries serving the youngest of readers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Using a premise similar to the plot in Jan Brett's Berlioz the Bear (1991), this much simpler tale uses rhyme and repetition to delight young readers who will revel in the predictable result of the bee's entrance into the story. Read full book review >

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WHEN YOU WERE JUST A HEARTBEAT by Laurel  Molk
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"An unusual counterpart to the more concrete reportage in the likes of Kes Gray's Baby On Board, illustrated by Sarah Nayler (p. 222). (Picture book. 4-8)"
This simple, abstract pregnancy tracker pairs deftly brushed watercolors of small birds and other growing things to a brief text phrased so that it could be read by a sibling or either parent. Read full book review >

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EENY, MEENY, MINEY, MO, AND FLO! by Laurel  Molk
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"Brisk and bouncy, this clever adaptation combines animals, action, humor, and typical sibling dynamics to create a lively and engaging escapade. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A familiar rhyme is the starting point for this tale of four bossy brothers and their tag-along little sister. Read full book review >

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GOOD JOB, OLIVER! by Laurel  Molk
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Her inventive use of the page makes the book practically boundless—bunnies on pogo sticks bounce out the top, gophers burrow out the bottom, and a springtime palette blooms in every corner. (Picture book. 4-7)"
PLB 0-517-70976-7 Oliver, a rabbit, wants to compete in the big leagues in the annual strawberry-growing contest. Read full book review >

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SEVEN STORIES UP by Laurel Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 28, 2013

"Overall, there are some pleasures, but this is time travel lite. (author's note) (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A 12-year-old in 1987 time travels a half-century into the past and meets her own grandmother at the same age. Read full book review >

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Waterwight by Laurel McHargue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 29, 2016

"Striking dreamscapes make this tale about a heroine who can fly a fine first outing in a planned series."
In this YA adventure, a girl orphaned by global cataclysm searches for a new home, encountering talking animals and discovering she possesses special powers. Read full book review >

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SAY YOU ARE MY SISTER by Laurel Brady
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2000

"The suspense of the intrepid sisters' struggle to survive could keep readers hooked, if they can overlook the melodrama. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Deep family love, secrets, and racial tension highlight this often suspenseful and touching, sometimes wordy drama set in Georgia during WWII, as two orphaned sisters and a baby try to survive. Read full book review >

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GROWING WINGS by Laurel Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"The plot and characterizations are not skillfully crafted enough to allow a suspension of disbelief, and the book veers towards pomposity, seemingly raising weighty, philosophical themes, but never really taking flight. (Fiction. 10-14)"
While 11 is a time in a girl's life when her body is undergoing changes, Linnet's physical changes are highly unusual—she is growing wings. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Though no doubt quite sincere, this reads more like historical romance than a voyage of self-discovery."
Turgid past-life regression story in which the author claims to find herself through exploring her former existence as King Arthur's queen and would-be successor in fifth century Britain. Read full book review >