Search Results: "Patricia Lakin"


BOOK REVIEW

BRUNO & LULU'S PLAYGROUND ADVENTURES by Patricia Lakin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"A playful, comic romp of a book for new readers. (Early reader. 7-9)"
All the playground's a stage for these two pals. Read full book review >

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SKATEBOARDS by Patricia Lakin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Radical. (timeline, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Part minibiography, part DIY guide, this engaging book chronicles the making of handmade skateboards by a lifelong aficionado. Read full book review >

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CAMPING DAY by Patricia Lakin
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

"Libraries lacking in camping tales and those with others in the Sam, Pam, Will and Jill series will want to check this out. (Picture book. 3-7)"
That quartet of crocodiles is back (Rainy Day, 2007, etc.), this time experiencing all the joys and nuisances that are part and parcel of a camping trip. Read full book review >

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RAINY DAY! by Patricia Lakin
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"The format's bold minimalism is attractive; Nash's simple crisp illustrations, in black Prismacolor pencil and Photoshop, combine with easy rhymes and large simple type to invite early readers, who should be able to tackle the text themselves. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Four rhyme-happy crocodiles find fun during a long steady storm. Read full book review >

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FAT CHANCE THANKSGIVING by Patricia Lakin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Soft acrylic and gouache illustrations add life to this new take on sharing the traditions of Thanksgiving. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The only thing left from the fire that destroyed their home is Carla's copy of A Pilgrim Thanksgiving, and as they move into their new apartment, Carla uses her book as an inspiration for the best Thanksgiving celebration ever. Read full book review >

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TRASH AND TREASURE by Patricia Lakin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 1994

"Although custodians deserve a book in their honor, this saccharine PC effort is far from the ideal tribute. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
The new My School series introduces young readers to the people in their school neighborhood: the principal, the nurse, the busdriver, etc. In this story, children get to see what the custodian, Mr. Mason, is up to. Read full book review >

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BEACH DAY! by Patricia Lakin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"A great follow-up to the team's Snow Day (2000). (Picture book. 2-5)"
What at first blush appears to be an early-early reader with all the questionable charm of Dick, Jane, Sally, and Spot turns out to be a modest, yodeling read along (or at least reading the oversized words). Read full book review >

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CLARENCE THE COPY CAT by Patricia Lakin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"Librarians take note: Young customers—those in branches with or without mice—will find much to smile about here, and Manders's goofy, cartoony illustrations are filled with energy and child appeal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A mouse-loving, pacifist cat? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DON'T FORGET by Patricia Lakin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"Recipe for orange sponge cake included; it's a good thing Sarah had adult help. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Shopping for ingredients to bake her mother a birthday cake, Sarah stops at the greengrocer's for an orange and the bakery for advice but is reluctant to go to Singer's; though they have the flour and eggs she needs, she's fascinated and horrified by the blue numbers the nice old couple have tattooed on their arms. Read full book review >

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SUBWAY SONATA by Patricia Lakin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"1215, etc.) puts a high gloss on the artistic process, but she certainly gets right the role of attentiveness and a freed imagination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An encouraging, if somewhat wooden, look at the creative process as experienced by four people drawing their inspiration from a ride on the same subway train. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAD AND ME IN THE MORNING by Patricia Lakin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

Before dawn, the boy puts on his hearing aids and clothes and quietly wakes his dad with a flashlight; the two are going on a special excursion to the nearby beach to smell the seaweed, watch such early risers as a rabbit or a hermit crab, and wade in the icy water. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CALIFORNIA NOIR by Howard Lakin
Released: Oct. 22, 2012

"A story of love, money and betrayal told with cleverness and humor."
In Lakin's debut novel, seven successful friends engage in a suspicious wager with a group of "billionaires gone wild." Read full book review >