Search Results: "Melissa Balmain"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 23, 1998

"Nor will her readers."
Likable and funny vignettes of a mom-and-daughter team tackling a handful of outdoor adventures, from California journalist Balmain. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POPPY’S PANTS by Melissa Conroy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2009

"A marketing tie-in does not literature make. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Penelope, a pink rag doll with pink yarn hair, struggles to mend a hole in the khaki pants her grandfather, a pink rag doll with gray yarn hair, likes to wear, eventually patching them with just the right aquamarine thread. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CARMINE by Melissa  Sweet
ANIMALS
Released: April 4, 2005

"Includes Granny's recipe for alphabet soup. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The illustrator tries her hand at words and images in this delightful alphabet and fairytale twist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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

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 >

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

PRISSY & POP DECK THE HALLS by Melissa Nicholson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"No silk purse here, just four little piggie ears. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Miniature pigs celebrate the Christmas holiday together in a story illustrated with photographs of the pampered porcine pair. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABY PENGUINS LOVE THEIR MAMA by Melissa Guion
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2014

"A sweet, if uneven, penguin picture book. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Mama Penguin loves her babies, but keeping up with all of their activities has her plain worn out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2011

"This clever marriage of information and illustration soars high. (bibliography of adult sources, quote sources, acknowledgements, period photo) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
This bright, brimming picture biography commemorates Tony Sarg, a brilliant, self-taught artist whose innovative helium balloons delighted legions of Macy's parade watchers from 1928 on. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABY PENGUINS EVERYWHERE by Melissa Guion
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 6, 2012

"A sweet picture-book treatment of penguins and parenting. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A solitary penguin wishes for companionship and gets a little more than she bargained for. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TUPELO RIDES THE RAILS by Melissa  Sweet
ANIMALS
Released: April 7, 2008

"Fans of the popular stray-animal genre will bid her godspeed. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a winsome tale laced with doggy humor, an abandoned canine tags along with a pack of other four-legged fellows searching for new homes, before finding a companion to call her own. Read full book review >