Search Results: "Nancy Viau"


BOOK REVIEW

LOOK WHAT I CAN DO! by Nancy Viau
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2013

"This title was clearly produced with the best of intentions, but regrettably, it does not quite coalesce into a successful reading experience. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Baby animals strive to "stand up strong," leap high and "spin a trap." But learning is full of challenges, distractions and fun. In this message-driven tale, children see how various creatures struggle to develop and gain confidence. Read full book review >

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SAMANTHA HANSEN HAS ROCKS IN HER HEAD by Nancy Viau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"But for those young readers who are not quite ready for Ramona and long for more Junie B., this might be the prescription for transition. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Girl readers who are regretfully leaving the Amber Brown series or are about to graduate from the school of Junie B. Jones might be happy to meet Sam Hansen, fourth grader and rock enthusiast. Read full book review >

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NANCY MACLEAN
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It seems inevitable the phrase “vast right-wing conspiracy” will pop into your head while reading Duke University historian Nancy MacLean’s disquieting Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. After all, the phrase made famous by Hillary Clinton in the 1990s popped into MacLean’s head a few times while she researched and wrote her ...


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BOOK REVIEW

HENRY AND THE VALENTINE SURPRISE by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Carlson's familiar characters provide a sweetly thought-provoking Valentine interlude for the early-elementary set. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Henry and his classmates find a heart-shaped box on Mr. McCarthy's desk, Sydney wonders whether "Mr. McCarthy has a girlfriend." Read full book review >

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BIG, BIGGER, BIGGEST!  by Nancy Coffelt
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"A solid addition to storytime, as well as to the shelves of English teachers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An ingenious treatment of not only comparisons but also synonyms and antonyms that all the while exposes children to some fantastic vocabulary. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS by Nancy Tillman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The illustrations have an appealing, surrealistic quality, but the caliber of the text is uneven. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Bestselling author Tillman offers a dreamlike interpretation of the collective spirit that permeates the holiday. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIVE LITTLE CHICKS by Nancy Tafuri
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Tafuri's oversized illustrations make this an attractive if unexceptional adventure, especially for the lower end of its targeted age range. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Big bright pictures and big bold print tell the story of the first day of life for the title characters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I LOVE YOU, LITTLE ONE by Nancy Tafuri
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"A book for quiet times, for sharing one-on-one. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Six beautiful mother-and-baby animal pairs—some rendered larger than life size—and one human mother and child play variations on the theme "I will always love you." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DONKEY’S CHRISTMAS SONG by Nancy Tafuri
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

Tafuri (Mama's Little Bears, 2002, etc.) once again shows her talent for creating memorable works for younger children with this warm and tender story on the offerings-for-baby-Jesus theme. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAILBOX MAGIC by Nancy  Poydar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2000

"Good for introducing the concept of getting mail. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Presto!" intones Will whenever he witnesses the "magic" of his family's mailbox: letters appear and disappear when no one is looking. Read full book review >

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BRAVE SANTA by Nancy  Poydar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A joyous concluding spread shows a view of Jack's dream on Christmas Eve, with Jack driving a toy-laden fire engine through the sky, with Santa in the back seat. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Plenty of children are nervous (or downright petrified) about the traditional visit to Santa Claus to convey toy requests and pose for photos. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TALLULAH IN THE KITCHEN by Nancy Wolff
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

"No eating words here—just delicious pancakes that Tallulah and her friends sell at a lemonade stand. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Tallulah the cat loves to cook—especially pancakes. Read full book review >