Search Results: "Laurie Sheck"


BOOK REVIEW

A MONSTER’S NOTES by Laurie Sheck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2009

"Utterly astonishing and not to be missed."
Celebrated NYC poet Sheck richly reimagines the oft-retold Frankenstein in her defiantly original debut novel, which posits that the fabricated human was Mary Shelley's chance acquaintance, not her creation, and has lived on into the present day. Read full book review >

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ISLAND OF THE MAD by Laurie Sheck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A brash but overly tangled poetry-prose hybrid."
A poetic meditation on Russian literature, bubonic plague, Venice, and the multiverse. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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

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 >

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

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 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 >