Search Results: "Melissa Iwai"


BOOK REVIEW

SOUP DAY by Melissa  Iwai
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Ordinariness made extraordinary. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Iwai's writing debut beautifully depicts the loving relationship between a mother and daughter as they go about a winter ritual—making soup. Read full book review >

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PIZZA DAY by Melissa  Iwai
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Yummy! (Picture book. 4-7)"
In a summertime parallel to Iwai's warmhearted Soup Day (2010), while mother is at work, a father and child spend the day making pizza using homegrown vegetables and homemade dough. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

B IS FOR BULLDOZER by June Sobel
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 2003

"From Asphalt to Zoom, this first-rate read-aloud will delight its audience. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Delivered in verse, this is a heavy-machinery-lover's ABC. Read full book review >

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LET'S GO TO THE HARDWARE STORE by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 22, 2016

"Accessible for all, from the happy shopper to the tool-obsessed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Dad, daughter, and son head to the hardware store to find tools for home repair. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HANNA’S CHRISTMAS by Melissa Peterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"An entertaining Christmas tale meant to tie in to a line of mail-order clothing, but not much more. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Hanna's family has to move to America from Sweden right before Christmas, and Hanna is terribly homesick, at least until a surprise gift from her Grandmother shows up in a box full of Christmas goodies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRUCK STOP by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2013

"For truck lovers everywhere. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A day in the life of a truck stop as told by its youngest worker, whose love for the place is very clear. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HUSH, LITTLE MONSTER by Denis Markell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Even though Little Monster eventually quiets down for a cozy night's sleep, this interpretation isn't the sweetest version in town. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This husband-and-wife team tries their hand at a ghoulish version of a popular lullaby. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GREEN AS A BEAN by Karla Kuskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Preschoolers will enjoy this as a read-aloud, but it will also be used by teachers in the elementary grades for writing lessons on metaphor and imagery. (Picture book/poetry. 3-8)"
Kuskin offers a charming set of metaphorical musings connecting various qualities or traits with related objects or images in this imaginative display of wordplay. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEEMAN by Laurie Krebs
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Teachers wishing to supplement studies of community will find Krebs's debut useful for its introduction to the social structure of bee-dom; librarians will likely notice a buzz for the book around Grandparent's Day too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A beekeeping grandpa stars in debut author Krebs's witty ditty modeled after The House that Jack Built. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNUGGLE MOUNTAIN by Lindsey Lane
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2003

"Muted colors and soft shading give this tribute to one child's imagination a comforting twist. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Lane's debut offers an inventive story of one child's attempts to wake her parents from their sleep so she can put in an order for breakfast. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEFORE WE EAT by Jacqueline Jules
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Children in observant families will have heard hamotzi from their earliest days; an explanation is better suited to preschool children, who are full of whys, than babies and toddlers, but this vehicle is too young for them. (Board book. 2-4)"
A Jewish family sits down to eat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT SHIFT DADDY by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"In this cozy lap-read each full-page illustration is exquisitely rendered in deep, rich tones sure to invoke sweet dreams. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In lyrical rhyming verse, Spinelli (When Mama Comes Home, 1998) has captured the affectionate ritual of a father and young daughter as they prepare for bedtime. Read full book review >