Search Results: "Maribeth Boelts"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PS BROTHERS by Maribeth Boelts
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Heartwarming yet full of gritty issues, this is a successful story for middle-grade readers who also like the works of Barbara O'Connor and Frances O'Roark Dowell. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Russell and best friend Shawn do everything together and share a dream of having a dog of their very own. Read full book review >

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BEFORE YOU WERE MINE by Maribeth Boelts
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A note on adopting a shelter pet follows this unabashedly emotional offering. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Before you were mine . . . " wonders a little boy, "[d]id you live in a warm house with warm smells and a rug that was only yours? [Or were] you kept on a chain, with a dusty bowl and lonely sounds all around?" Read full book review >

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WHEN IT’S THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL by Maribeth Boelts
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Wakiyama's demonstrative, electric artwork conveys all of James high-octane promises in a story that radiates the lighter side—or anyway more rascally side—of schooling. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A little jet fuel to prepare young readers for the last day of school. Read full book review >

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HAPPY LIKE SOCCER by Maribeth Boelts
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Boelts' quiet tale celebrates the perseverance of a young girl as she attempts to achieve her goals. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Soccer is a bittersweet mix of sorrow and joy for Sierra. Read full book review >

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THE FIREFIGHTERS’ THANKSGIVING by Maribeth Boelts
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A satisfying holiday story with an unusual perspective. (Picture book. 4+)"
Spare verse chronicles a day in the life of the firefighters of Station 1. Read full book review >

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DRY DAYS, WET NIGHTS by Maribeth Boelts
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"A Note for Parents'' adds specifics about the prevalance of normal bed- wetting among preschoolers to the story's implicit advice for dealing with it. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Now that he stays dry all day, Little Bunny wants to leave his diaper off at night. ``I'm not a baby,'' declares ``LB,'' and Mama, agreeing, adds, ``We can see what happens tonight. Read full book review >

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DOGERELLA by Maribeth Boelts
ANIMALS
Released: June 24, 2008

"The combination of dozens of dogs, an earnest princess and a touch of magic add up to a charming whole. (Early reader. 5-7)"
In this version of the Cinderella story, the familiar structure is cleverly reworked to fit the mid-level early-reader format. Read full book review >

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YOU’RE A BROTHER, LITTLE BUNNY! by Maribeth Boelts
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"The illustrations are in poster paint colors and depict familiar family scenes whether bunny or otherwise. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This straightforward variation on the theme of the new sibling adds nothing new to the genre that includes such masterpieces as Russell Hoban's A Baby Sister for Frances (1964) and Kevin Henkes's Julius the Baby of the World (1991). Read full book review >

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A BIKE LIKE SERGIO'S by Maribeth Boelts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Embedded in this heartwarming story of doing the right thing is a deft examination of the pressures of income inequality on children. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Continuing from their acclaimed Those Shoes (2007), Boelts and Jones entwine conversations on money, motives, and morality. Read full book review >

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THOSE SHOES by Maribeth Boelts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

The hottest fad can also be the most expensive and out of reach for children in limited financial circumstances. Read full book review >

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THE LANGUAGE OF GOOD-BYE by Maribeth Fischer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Well-intentioned, but far too strained to bring out the hankies."
A carefully plotted first novel self-consciously details the long reach of the past as foreign students struggle to forget what they have left behind, and their teacher, already married, falls in love with a married man. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE YOU LONGED FOR by Maribeth Fischer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2007

"A dying child is the stuff of true tragedy, and indeed there is much crying, but the many discussions and deconstructions of grief somehow negate its impact."
A sad story about a dying child and an accused mother that too often veers into sentimentality. Read full book review >