Search Results: "Leslie Helakoski"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

PRINCESS WANNABE by Leslie Lammle
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"Despite the can't-miss lesson, it's nice that storytime is such a big deal, even in the castle, and children will enjoy seeing all the familiar characters gathered here. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A frothy bit of storytelling and soft, squiggly art full of easily recognized folk from other tales. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALBERT'S PLAY by Leslie Tryon
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 1992

"Any school would be fortunate to have the unflappable Albert—and every child should have a chance to meet him. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The second book from this talented author-illustrator is as delightfully fresh and innovative as Albert's Alphabet (1991). Read full book review >

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ALBERT'S FIELD TRIP by Leslie Tryon
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"The book makes a fine introduction to apple farms—or to class trips—but best is following the entrancing animal individuals through the colorful, beautifully designed illustrations. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Albert's third is not quite the imaginative extravaganza of his first two (Albert's Alphabet, 1991, ALA Notable, and ...Play, 1992); it's a fairly straightforward trip to an apple farm, with the amiable duck driving the school bus. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THINGS YOU KISS GOODBYE by Leslie Connor
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 24, 2014

"Romance fans who happen upon this will find an absorbing portrait of abuse and recovery. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A shy, overprotected girl is the focus of this character study of a victim of physical abuse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TROUBLE WITH RULES by Leslie Bulion
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"Readers will empathize with Nadie's thought-provoking predicaments and her personal responses as she struggles through the transition from lower to upper elementary school. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Now that she is in fourth grade, Nadie must follow the "boys and girls cannot be friends" rule and publicly ignore her best friend, neighbor and class newspaper co-editor Nick. Read full book review >