Search Results: "Leonie Shearing"


BOOK REVIEW

SQUABBLE AND SQUAWK by Claire Freedman
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 2006

"Shearing's light and lighthearted watercolors fit nicely with the simple story about friendship. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When best friends Piglet and Yellow Hen get into a big argument, the other animals intercede. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NOISY FARM by Marni McGee
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"This is a warm-hearted story that hints at the importance of symbiosis—and has a jolly good time doing it. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When the sun first sheds its light on the farm, the quiet patch of land is bestirred by the exuberant "Cock-a-doodle-doo" of the resident rooster. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOOK SEE, LOOK AT ME! by Leonie Norrington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Diane Adams and illustrated by Nancy Hayashi (2009), for a triple celebration of toddlers' and preschoolers' increasing independence. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A joyful celebration of a toddler's new capabilities. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"The story is mostly well told, with atmospheric watercolors from Marks, but the phrasing of the last sentence clanks horribly and nearly ruins the happy ending: 'love is perfect only when it will give up even the thing which it loves, for that thing's sake.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mark's watercolors add a misty flavor of magic to Picard's tender telling of her own fairy tale, in which a hero's true love for his bride is put to the ultimate test. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THREE BAGS FULL by Leonie Swann
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 2007

"All these problems are handsomely solved at the unsurprising cost of making the human characters less interesting than the sheep. But the sustained tone of straight-faced wonderment is magical."
Just when you thought you'd seen a detective in every guise imaginable, here comes one in sheep's clothing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DING DONG! GORILLA! by Michelle Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Read it with a little fibber and just laugh and enjoy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The mayhem begins with a pizza delivery, but blame it all on the gorilla. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TIME FOR BED, ISOBEL by David Bedford
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Additional stock for the plethora of books about bedtime. (Picture book. 2-4)"
This Australian import reworks the overused theme of toddler bedtime resistance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SUPER HUNGRY DINOSAUR by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Super good. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In this sure candidate for many, many repeat read-alouds, young Hal puts up a stout defense when a Super Hungry Dinosaur crashes into his backyard and bellows that he's going to eat him, his father, his mother and his dog Billy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Last Wizard of Eneri Clare by April Leonie Lindevald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2016

"A fabulous debut that proves epic fantasy doesn't need excessive violence to succeed."
In this fantasy debut, a hermit who abandoned his wizard training takes up magic again to save not only a kingdom, but also the future. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CATHERINE DE MEDICI by Leonie Frieda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 21, 2005

"Persuasive rehabilitation of Catherine, not as a nice woman, but as a shrewd leader who did what she had to."
Scholarly but lively biography of the Italian-born queen who ruled France as regent during 30 years of bitter religious warfare. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 2, 2013

"Richly researched and deeply complex—at times sufficient to bemuse as much as inform."
A biographer delivers the scholarly yet very human story of some talented women who held surprising sway in the incredible clutter of city-states that composed Renaissance Italy. Read full book review >