Search Results: "Lynne Avril"


BOOK REVIEW

RUBY VALENTINE AND THE SWEET SURPRISE by Laurie Friedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A good choice for Valentine's Day as well as for kids who are coping with a new member of their household, whether animal or human. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Popular Ruby Valentine is back, and she has quite a dilemma on her hands. Will beloved pet Lovebird and new cat Sweetie Pie understand that Ruby has enough love for both of them? Read full book review >

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I'M GONNA CLIMB A MOUNTAIN IN MY PATENT LEATHER SHOES by Marilyn Singer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"So can a girl rough it in ruffles? Silly question. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl takes all her feminine favorites on a camping trip. Read full book review >

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UNDERPANTS DANCE by Marlena Zapf
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2014

"These unmentionables are ready for their close-up. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When it comes to prancing about in your undies, the mortification of an older sibling is just the icing on an already yummy cake. Read full book review >

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EVERY COWGIRL GOES TO SCHOOL by Rebecca Janni
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2013

"Girls having friendship troubles may not find the solutions they seek here, but Nellie Sue does have a can-do attitude that will resonate with readers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It is easy to misconstrue everything that happens on a not-so-good first day of school when a new girl upsets the balance between two friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF I RAN FOR PRESIDENT by Catherine Stier
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"It's enough to make you consider lowering the age requirement by about 30 years. (Picture book. 6-9)"
No scandal mongering or shady PACs weasel their way into Stier's bright-eyed story of running for the office of president. Read full book review >

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AMELIA BEDELIA'S FIRST FIELD TRIP by Herman Parish
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"Parish has turned the clock back, making Amelia Bedelia young again and giving a new generation of readers the opportunity to enjoy her humor and self-confidence. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Readers are sure to recognize the younger version of their favorite literal-thinker as she goes on her first-ever school field trip to the farm in this fourth of her picture-book adventures. Read full book review >

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OH NO, GOTTA GO #2 by Susan Middleton Elya
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2007

"This tale about the necessary is definitely necessary. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Elya has created yet another winner in this natural followup to Oh No, Gotta Go! (2003). this time, the young heroine is on a picnic at the park with her parents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVE, RUBY VALENTINE by Laurie Friedman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A Valentine's offering as sweet as candy. (Picture book. 3-7)"
With a name like Ruby Valentine, how could a girl not love Valentine's Day? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Michael Emberley trio of sex-ed books and must therefore be considered an additional purchase. (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
In the note to parents that precedes this chatty offering, Saltz says, "By [ages seven to ten, children] know that the sperm is in Daddy and the egg is in Mommy, so naturally they are wondering, ‘How does one get to the other?' " The answer is here, in nicely anatomically cross-sectioned detail, along with an introduction to the changes that come with puberty leading up to the egg-and-sperm moment, and a brief discussion of the pregnancy that may well follow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NO-GOOD DO-GOOD PIRATES by Jim Kraft
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Avril's cartoon illustrations are colorful and childlike, and help to carry this silly story to its end. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When a band of plundering pirates is captured, the sentence is to do one good deed before sunset or go to jail. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MABEL, ONE AND ONLY by Margaret Muirhead
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"Avril's lively illustrations, especially of the imaginary outer-space scenes, add pizzazz to Mabel's story, and the page-turn into blast-off mode shows the power of a child's imagination to turn a few mundane supplies into a creative adventure. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Little Mabel is an only (and lonely) child, with just her large, rambunctious and very hairy dog, Jack, for companionship due to a lack of children in their urban neighborhood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVERY COWGIRL LOVES A RODEO by Rebecca Janni
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 24, 2012

"Terrific for cowgirls and bike riders everywhere. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Giddy-up, bicycle girl! Read full book review >