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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MAPLE SYRUP FROM THE SUGARHOUSE by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Readers with maples get ready: kids are sure to want to try their hands at boiling their own syrup. (Picture book. 3-9)"
A group of family and friends performs the chores in the sugar bush that lead to fresh maple syrup. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONSTER CAKE by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Though well-meaning, Knowlton's tale is a beastly explanation of equivalency. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mariah has only an hour to make a cake for the monsters' arrival; will Brendan's advice about equivalent measurements help her or slow her down? 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 >

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

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 >

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

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 >

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

CAN YOU SAY CATASTROPHE? by Laurie Friedman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"By tale's end, it is evident that this humorous, spirited teen is poised to triumph over the challenges of adolescence. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Irked by her parents, annoyed by her younger siblings and bewildered by the recent behavior of Billy, one of her best friends, April's teen years are off to an inauspicious start. Read full book review >