Search Results: "Lisa Desimini"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT BIG GREEN by Peggy Gifford
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Two fertile imaginations grow a grand salute. (Picture book. 3-8)"
An abundantly illustrated puzzle poem provides a spectacular celebration of green in the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FLEATASTICS by Lisa Desimini
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Kids enjoying the intricate visuals won't worry that the story doesn't make much sense. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It's "the greatest show on dogs!" Read full book review >

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TRICK-OR-TREAT, SMELL MY FEET! by Lisa  Desimini
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

Twin witches out to sabotage their neighborhood's trick-or-treating get what they deserve in this disappointingly unpolished holiday yarn. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUN AND MOON by Lisa  Desimini
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"The sentiments are lovely, but the tale is driven more by the art and symbolism than plot. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Boy meets girl in this contemporary parable about the strength of love and friendship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POLICEMAN LOU AND POLICEWOMAN SUE by Lisa  Desimini
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Despite good intentions, a popular topic, and a closing page of vague safety tips ('When you need help, talk to a trusted adult or a friend'), this clunker will neither engage child readers nor inform them. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Between shared breakfast and dinner, a pair of uniformed police officers minds a small-town beat in this wooden, sexist companion to the much superior Dot the Fire Dog (2001). Read full book review >

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DOT THE FIRE DOG by Lisa  Desimini
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Reserved for that reader who wants anything at all about firefighters. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A usually venturesome artist tries for a younger audience, with cutesy, sticky-sweet results. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MAGIC WEAVER OF RUGS by Jerrie Oughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

A second Navajo myth from the team that collaborated on How the Stars Fell into the Sky (1992). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT PEACE MARCH by Holly Near
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"Music included; note on the march. (Picture book. 6+)"
A song originally written for the 1986 Great Peace March for Nuclear Disarmament (from L.A. to Washington, D.C., a nine-month event). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LULU'S PIANO LESSON by Arlene Alda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

"As lessons go, it's a mighty nice one. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Lulu's piano teacher, Mr Sharp, is a pretty sharp guy indeed, dressed all in black and sporting a bowtie, and it turns out he is quite a good teacher, too. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IRIS HAS A VIRUS by Arlene Alda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Written in a somewhat mystifying mix of prose and verse, this is a pricey but refreshing cup of literary chicken soup for illin' children. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Providing low-key reassurance for anyone who's had to stay in bed with a bug, Alda tracks young Iris's three-day malaise from that general feeling that things are not quite right, through limp exhaustion, nausea ("Her head was hot. / She threw up in a pot"), a soothing visit to the doctor, troubled dreams of "Bugs with spots, / Bugs on cots, / Bugs like ants, / Bugs with pants" and on to full recovery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

Beneath a huge full moon, the hunchbacked flute player Kokopelli steps down from a petroglyph and dances across an atmospherically lit desert, drawing Coyote, Rattler, and other creatures to dance along behind. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TULIP SEES AMERICA by Cynthia Rylant
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"The title is hyperbolic, but Rylant's poetic language and the art's striking forms and colors communicate equal strength and intensity of feeling. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Inspired by her own journey westward, Rylant puts a young traveler and his dog, Tulip, into a green VW Beetle and sends them from Ohio to Oregon. Read full book review >