Search Results: "Maryann Cocca-Leffler"


BOOK REVIEW

JACK’S TALENT by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"Warm illustrations of the enthusiastic students help make this a nice choice for those just starting school. (Picture book. 4-6)"
It's the first day of school and the teacher, Miss Lucinda, has all of the children sit on the story rug so they can tell her their names and special talents; she wants to make name tags so that she can remember them. Read full book review >

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A VACATION FOR POOCH by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"Pitch-perfect, well-paced and with a conclusion that will leave children deeply satisfied, this is a book to be shared before any kind of separation and just for fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this small-enough-to-pack storybook, Violet and her dog, Pooch, take separate vacations: Violet to the beach, Pooch to Grandpa's farm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. TANEN’S TIES RULE! by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Still, aside from the episode's two predecessors and the likes of Stephanie Calmenson's Principal's New Clothes (1991), principals rarely get good press—and the students here do respond to the mini-crisis with calm common sense. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Third time's not the charm for the Principal with the world-class cravat collection. Mr. Tanen may own 998 "wild and crazy" ties, but on Career Day, he goes for the unbuttoned-collar look, as students and faculty switch roles—just before a Federal Official pays an unscheduled call. Read full book review >

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BRAVERY SOUP by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Whether wide-eyed with fear or teeth-gritted in determination, it is the charming illustrations that make Carlin's predictable predicament serviceable and even palatable. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Together Zak the fox and Big Bear cook up a scheme to build courage in their raccoon friend Carlin, who is afraid of the dark, new things, and being alone. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PEANUT-FREE CAFÉ by Gloria Koster
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"An attractive package with a heavy mission that manages to keep its balance. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Allergies to peanuts can kill and Koster and Cocca-Leffler demonstrate these dangers with brightness and feeling, using Simon and his multicultural classmates as foils because, guess what their favorite lunch food is. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEA PARTY FOR TWO by Michelle Poploff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"The emphasis on the friendship is the book's strongest quality, with genial illustrations that will soothe those who like their tea parties simple and sweet. (Fiction. 6-9)"
In this entry in the First Choice Chapter Book series, Poploff (Busy O'Brien and the Caterpillar Punch Bunch, 1992, etc.) divides an easy-to-read story into several scenes about Amy and Kim, who are enjoying a tea party. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WANDA'S ROSES by Pat Brisson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"A predictable but pleasant story, with lively dialogue and cheerful illustrations. (Picture book/Young reader. 5-8)"
Sure that the thorny shrub in the vacant lot must be a rose, Wanda cleans up the junk around it, attracting the attention of various adults who pitch in to help—though each expresses doubt that the bare bush is a rose. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TIME TO SAY BYE-BYE by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2012

"So effective is the delivery here that parents may find themselves saying bye-bye to things they'd never imagined talking to. (Picture book. 0-2)"
Many books have mimicked Goodnight Moon, and this rendition applies much the same formula, substituting the title phrase with bye-byes and extending it through a busy day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRINCESS KIM AND TOO MUCH TRUTH by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Clearly character education, subtlety is sacrificed to purpose, but it sparkles nevertheless. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Honesty may be the best policy, but Kim's zeal takes this valuable idiom to the extreme. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THEO'S MOOD by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Doesn't it make Mood Monday sound like a good idea? (Picture book. 4-7)"
"It was Mood Monday and Theo was the first to share his mood news. ‘Are you in a good mood or a bad mood?' asked Miss Cady. ‘I don't know,' said Theo." So begins the complicated task of naming Theo's mood after he's just met his new baby sister. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A HOMEMADE TOGETHER CHRISTMAS by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"This pleasing story might well inspire some homemade Christmas gifts or even an outdoor Christmas morning breakfast with a tree-shaped stack of blueberry pancakes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
As they decorate their tree together, a family of anthropomorphic pigs decides to make all their Christmas gifts instead of buying them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JANINE. by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"An optimistic but nevertheless real solution to a common school problem. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A slightly new twist on the kid-getting-bullied story. Read full book review >