Search Results: "Monica Ponder"


BOOK REVIEW

DEMONS OF THE ISLANDS by Monica Ponder
Released: June 27, 2012

"Excessive jargon and a gigantic ensemble break the spell of this well-meaning fantasy novel."
The mystical exploits of Sheer'An and company continue in this fourth installment of Ponder's Cel'mystry series (The Only Road, 2011, etc.), which is the first to credit co-author Nash. Read full book review >

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THE ONLY ROAD by Monica Ponder
Released: Dec. 23, 2011

"Earnest, likable characters imbue this fantasy with equal amounts of imagination and sincerity."
A dishonored, exiled young man befriends elves and finds love in the conclusion to Ponder's Cel'mystry Diaries trilogy (A Great Red Bow, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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OLD CRICKET by Lisa Wheeler
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

"The figures in this original tale seem ready to spring off the pages, and the text, laced with creaks and cracks, is a natural for reading aloud. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Wheeler and Goembel follow up their inspired Sailor Moo (2002) with another sidesplitting animal story, this one with a folkloric, Southern flavor. Read full book review >

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DINOSNORES by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"EWSLUGp2000. (Picture book. 6-8)"
How did the dinosaurs get ready for bed? Read full book review >

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SAILOR MOO by Lisa Wheeler
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2002

"The naturalistic accuracy of Goembel's illustration adds to the humor of this most unusual situation, especially in the end, when a closing cameo zeroes in on Moo, Angus, and their calf Half-'n'-Half, enjoying ice-cream cones on the Jersey shore. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A land-locked cow follows her dream—and finds lasting happiness—in Wheeler's (Sixteen Cows, p. 348, etc.) humorous outing. Read full book review >

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MAMA MINE, MAMA MINE by Rita Gray
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"The portrayal of daily farm life, the book's subtext, is also curiously flat, but the attractive animal illustrations provide some of the appeal and charm missing from their human counterparts. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a farm setting, a human mother and assorted animal moms leave their offspring to take care of business: do farm chores (human), stalk a rat (cat), get shod (horse) and so forth. Read full book review >

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SWAMP SONG by Helen Ketteman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Oh, yeah. (Picture book. 2-4)"
"Down in the swamp / where the cypress grows, / Old Man Gator" starts the rhythm "with a tip, tap, tippity-tap." Read full book review >

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KATHARINE LEE BATES by Melinda M.  Ponder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A biography that skillfully sets Bates' work against the backdrop of the times in which she lived."
A biography of the multitalented woman who wrote the words to "America the Beautiful." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE BOOK OF BIG FEARS by Monica Arnaldo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Other than the opportunity to commiserate with the children in these pages (while, one hopes, not picking up any new fears along the way), there is little for kids to take away from this. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Arnaldo explores some of the fears young children experience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COLORS FOR ZENA by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2013

"Chipper and cartoony, but not fertile enough to tempt children to actually try mixing colors themselves. (color definitions, recommended activities) (Picture book. 2-5)"
This introduction to colors and color mixing is cheerful but antiseptic. Read full book review >

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PIZZA AT SALLY’S by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"Good pizza is tailor made to bring out a smile, and Wellington gets that zestful pleasure just right. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Wellington likes to write and draw people at work: bakers, firefighters, farmers. Read full book review >

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NIGHT HOUSE, BRIGHT HOUSE by Monica Wellington
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"To rave about typefaces and graphically tidy borders would detract from the original and compelling content. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a cavalcade of interior scenes and columns of precise rhymes, Wellington (Night Rabbits, 1995, etc.) once again finds that the wee hours are not so quiet for scampering nocturnal animals. Read full book review >