Search Results: "Laurie Keller"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The states appear in a final gallery, with a few statistics to square off the whole funny enterprise. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Imagine the states, Kansas, California, Ohio, and all the rest, as people with toothy grins, ping-pong balls for eyes, pipe cleaner limbs, and full-blown personalities. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIRDY'S SMILE BOOK by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Whether they will embrace the presentation and Birdy's exhaustive salute remains open to question. (Picture book. 6-8)"
To Birdy and her dog French Fry, smiles are a necessity and come in many forms. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DO UNTO OTTERS by Laurie Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"This lively book is anything but. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
When a dubious rabbit discovers his new neighbors, a family of otters, a helpful owl prompts him to think about ways to ensure they'll all get along. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"A tasty chaser for Toby Speed's Brave Potatoes (2000) or any version of the Gingerbread Man. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Keller (Toys!, 2000, etc.) gives "pet food" a new meaning in this savory outing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OPEN WIDE by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"Every waiting room (and library) needs a copy. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Painless dentistry is lightened with a dose of laughing gas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LAURIE TELLS by Linda Lowery
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 1994

"Thoughtful and carefully wrought, a valuable aid to coping and understanding. (Fiction. 8-12)"
``It's hard to believe/how happy I used to be....I have places on my body/I don't want anyone to touch./They're mine, only for me,/and it makes me sick/to think he touched me there.'' A sexually abused 11-year-old shares her emotions, remembering how she trusted and loved Dad when she was little, her horror when he first molested her two years ago, her one tentative attempt to tell Mom, who refused to believe her. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOWLING ALLEY BANDIT by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2013

"Like triumphant Mr. Bing, Keller walks off with a 'Stiffy Stu McShiny' award for this yummy chapter-book series opener. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
A bowling tournament gives the rolling raconteur introduced in the 2003 picture book Arnie the Doughnut fresh scope for wisecracks and wild misadventures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WE ARE GROWING! by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Amusing, yes. Useful for reading practice, yes, but not necessarily guaranteed to make new readers the 'read-i-est.' (Early reader. 6-8)"
Elephant and Piggie make an appearance to introduce the first in their new series, an egalitarian introduction to superlatives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA TALENT SHOW by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Closing with a bit of traditional stagecraft by having shy Georgia visualize fellow states in their underwear to get over a case of stage fright, this exuberant geographical jamboree will definitely leave readers in a state. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Ten years after their memorable debut the states once again pop open their wide eyes, leap up on pipestem limbs and strut their stuff—this time on stage in a display of talent that ranges from the heartthrob singing of New York and New Mexico as "New States On The Block" to Michigan using its Upper Peninsula in a ventriloquist act and Wyoming linking with Tennessee to impersonate Oklahoma. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDPA GAZILLION’S NUMBER YARD by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Only for the top ten number crunchers. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Warning: Anyone dizzied by numbers will reel with vertigo in this rhyming tale of Grandpa Gazillion and his yard rat, Hildegarde, as they demonstrate that numbers ONE through TWENTY have other uses than just counting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HELEN KELLER by Dorothy Herrmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 12, 1998

"Keller's life, exceptional as it was, is no match for that of Herrmann's earlier subject, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. (64 photos) (Author tour)"
This biography ably chronicles the long, remarkable life of the deaf/blind prodigy, mystic, and socialist Keller and her longtime teacher and helpmeet, Anne Sullivan, who taught her to communicate with the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HELEN KELLER by Elizabeth MacLeod
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The lack of notes, bibliography or online resources further mar this book. (Biography. 6-8)"
Helen Keller's inspiring story has a way of making it into most elementary-school curricula. Read full book review >