Search Results: "Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton"


BOOK REVIEW

PIRATES DON'T SAY PLEASE! by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"At least he was let out of his room. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In an obvious and clumsy remake of Where the Wild Things Are, a rude young "pirate" is consigned to his room until he learns better manners. Read full book review >

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CATTLE KINGDOM by Christopher Knowlton
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"Though without the encompassing narrative fire of a Stegner or McMurtry, a pleasing contribution to the history of the post-Civil War frontier."
History of the boom-and-bust cycles of the cattle industry in the wildest days of the Wild West. Read full book review >

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DEAD OF SPRING  by Sherry  Knowlton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2017

"Using current and recent news stories about fracking and Three Mile Island to make a case for her own causes, Knowlton hangs it all on a middling mystery/thriller/romance with a complex heroine."
A lawyer who yearns for the quiet life proves a magnet for murder. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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

CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"The instructional approach provides an alternative to Lois Ehlert's more abstract Color Zoo (1989), and makes this an ideal high-energy lead in to such elementary manuals as Dawn Sirett's My First Paint Book (1994). (Picture book. 6-8)"
"Purple is a funny word. / rhymes with nothing. / sounds absurd! / Purple grapes / make purple gum. / my friend Violet gave me some!" Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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VILLAIN KEEPER by Laurie McKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A promising new series gets off to a shaky start; here's hoping subsequent volumes smooth out the ride. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Determined to gain both his father's approval and the title of Elite Paladin, 12-year-old Prince Caden embarks on a quest to slay a dragon—and ends up in a different and very strange universe. Read full book review >

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JUST MYRTO by Laurie Gray
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2014

"This rather odd tale should appeal to thinkers and fans of ancient historical fiction. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
An unusual, quiet historical novel chronicles what the life of Socrates' second wife may have been like. Read full book review >

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MAYBE I WILL by Laurie Gray
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 15, 2013

"A careful treatment of a difficult topic. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Before the sexual assault, Sandy was an upbeat, Shakespeare-loving teen with two close friends and ambitions of pursuing theater at Juilliard. Read full book review >

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SELKIE GIRL by Laurie Brooks
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"But Brooks, a playwright making her novelistic debut, ultimately pulls off this retelling of the selkie myth with compelling, compassionate characters and creatively detailed descriptions of the terrain above and below the surface of the sea. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Life on Shapinsay Island in the Orkneys is tough for Elin Jean. Read full book review >