Search Results: "Leslie Helakoski"


BOOK REVIEW

LESLIE by Omar Tyree
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 2002

"Implausibly melodramatic portrait of a killer whose actions evoke horror rather than sympathy."
Tyree (Just Say No!, 2001, etc.), whose grim tales of life in the 'hood usually offer moments of grace or wisdom, tells a horrifying and essentially nasty story of a woman who murders those who get in her way. Read full book review >

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BIG PIGS by Leslie Helakoski
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Gleeful—and opaque. (Picture book. 3-6)"
These three little porkers behave like...well, you know, until their mama teaches them a surprising lesson. Read full book review >

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DOGGONE FEET! by Leslie Helakoski
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Alas, that perky pup can't quite save the limping story, doggone it. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A smiling, spotted dog relates to her owners only through their legs and feet in this visually appealing but rather confusing story about a dog's place in the world. Read full book review >

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FAIR COW by Leslie Helakoski
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"A good addition to collections in need of some new barnyard or self-esteem titles. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Effie the cow's not dissatisfied with her farm, the grazing or giving milk, but she's always dreamed of being a blue-ribbon, award-winning, state-fair cow. Read full book review >

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BIG CHICKENS by Leslie Helakoski
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"8216;Me four' '—brings this tribute to chicken power to a rousing close. (Picture book. 6-8)"
With wordplay reminiscent of Margie Palatini at her best, Helakoski takes four timorous chickens into, then out of, the literal and figurative woods. Read full book review >

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BIG CHICKENS FLY THE COOP by Leslie Helakoski
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Pairing Margie Palatini-like wordplay to comical cartoon illustrations of plump, bug-eyed fowl egging each other on, this crowd-pleaser begs to be read aloud and will certainly set off gales of giggles. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The feathered flibbertigibbets introduced in Big Chickens (2006) waddle out of the henhouse once again—this time with a hankering to find the farmhouse. Read full book review >

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WOOLBUR by Leslie Helakoski
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Hopefully she'll turn out a whole flock as fun as this. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Woolbur is a free-spirited lamb; he'd rather run with the dogs than stand with the flock. Read full book review >

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PLAN Z BY LESLIE KOVE by Betsy Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2001

"A standard tale that features a particularly irritating adolescent narrator. The Curse of Holden Caulfield strikes again."
A trip back in time to the 1970s and all, supposedly, that was groovy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRETS SHE CARRIED by Barbara Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Davis' writing is heartfelt and effective, but she adds too many superfluous characters and 'secrets' to the plot."
An old tobacco plantation buries past secrets and unearths opportunities for new beginnings in Davis' romantic generation-spanning debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VOICES by Janice Law
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2003

"More thoughtful than its mystery trappings suggest."
Law (The Lost Diaries of Iris Weed, 2002, etc.) crafts a rather melancholy tale featuring a reporter who learns the truth about her childhood kidnapping. Read full book review >

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BOO! by Leslie Patricelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2015

"A warm and cuddly celebration of the creepiest holiday. (Board book. 1-3)"
Patricelli's tiny tot celebrates Halloween. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF ROCKS COULD SING by Leslie McGuirk
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 24, 2011

"Begs to be pored over again and again. (Alphabet book. 3-10)"
With sharp eyes, endless patience and vivid imagination, McGuirk seeks and finds rocks in the shapes of alphabet letters and items representing those letters. Read full book review >