Search Results: "Liza Woodruff"


BOOK REVIEW

IF IT'S SNOWY AND YOU KNOW IT, CLAP YOUR PAWS! by Kim Norman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Consistently entertaining and engaging. All together now! (Picture book. 3-6)"
A wintry riff on the popular participation song, with a cast of appropriate cold-climate animals. Read full book review >

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AMANDA BEAN'S AMAZING DREAM by Cindy Neuschwander
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"At the end of the book, Marilyn Burns (The Greedy Triangle, 1995, etc.) does a credible, if prim, job of explaining the broad contexts of multiplication to adults working with children. (Picture book. 6-10)"
The protagonist in this story has a sort of low-grade obsessive/compulsive disorder: "I count anything and everything," chirps Amanda. Read full book review >

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SUPER SILLY SCHOOL POEMS by David Greenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"Stick with Prelutsky and Silverstein. (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)"
A collection of poems to start the school year off with a laugh. Read full book review >

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EMERSON BARKS by Liza Woodruff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"While Emerson is an appealing character, Jules Feiffer's Bark, George (1999) remains the clear choice in accounts of caterwauling canines. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A tiny, gray dog with a loud, annoying bark tries to stop bothering his neighbors. Read full book review >

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THE MISSING SILVER DOLLAR by Dorian Cirrone
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Tuned-in kids will enjoy Lindy's inventiveness as she scoops some really local news. (Fiction. 7-9)"
This early chapter book follows multitasking fourth grader Lindy Blues as she tracks down stories for her weekly neighborhood news show. Read full book review >

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THE BIG SCOOP by Dorian Cirrone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Cirrone's mix of an intriguing mystery and a feisty, capable heroine will hold widespread appeal for readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Lindy Blues, a pint-sized investigative reporter with her own news show, wants to follow in the footsteps of her idol, Katie Couric. Read full book review >

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HOW ABOUT A KISS FOR ME? by Todd Tarpley
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

"Pucker up—this one's sure to elicit kisses with every reading. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Readers join a little boy as he puckers up for some pretty unusual kisses. Read full book review >

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TICK BAIT'S UNIVERSE by Marc Gamble
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 8, 2012

"This well-designed odyssey truly does put the universe at viewers' fingertips. (iPad informational app. 6-12)"
A "powers of 10" app that takes young explorers from quarks to the furthest reaches of the observable universe. Read full book review >

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FEARLESS by Elvira Woodruff
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"Winstanley was a fascinating individual who doesn't get his due here, but Digory, despite his continual fretting, is a protagonist who actually seems to be his given age, and there's enough natural and human drama to carry readers along. (afterword, map) (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Woodruff spins a labored but engrossing tale around a lighthouse, its builder and a cataclysmic storm—all three drawn from history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"An enlightening reminder of lofty—and, alas, elusive—ideals."
A treatise on the roots of democracy, mixed with a few prescriptions for what the author believes to be ailing US politics today. Read full book review >

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THE MEMORY COAT by Elvira Woodruff
Released: March 1, 1999

"Woodruff (The Orphan of Ellis Island, 1997, etc.) includes information about on her inspiration for this book, the atrocities of life in Russia, and the history of Ellis Island since its opening in 1892. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Through the experiences of two children, Rachel and her orphaned cousin Grisha, readers learn why Russian-Jewish families fled to America for refuge at the turn of the century, the arduous 14-day journey they faced on the ocean, and the critical physical inspections that occurred at Ellis Island that could determine their futures. Read full book review >