Search Results: "Patricia Polacco"


BOOK REVIEW

AN A FROM MISS KELLER by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Equally sound as inspiration and writing advice, this tale fits neatly in Polacco's oeuvre. (Picture book. 6-12)"
There are now a half-dozen stories by Polacco about teachers who made a difference for her as she grew up. This one is about "Killer Keller," who never gave an A to anyone and whose students did not always last out the semester. Read full book review >

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THE LEMONADE CLUB by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Her signature expressive illustrations of children and adults' sadness, relief and gladness rendered in pencils and markers complete this sentimental yet poignant story that will surely trigger a few tears for some and empathetic understanding for all. (Picture book. 7-12)"
Very best friends Traci and Marilyn are in Miss Wichelman's warm, friendly and inspiring fifth-grade classroom led by an encouraging teacher whose daily motto is to make lemonade out of life's sour lemons. Read full book review >

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ROTTEN RICHIE AND THE ULTIMATE DARE by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"A terrific tale to share. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this absolutely delightful follow-up to Polacco's My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother (1994), younger sister Trisha opens by detailing Richie's total state of disgustingness. Read full book review >

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PICNIC AT MUDSOCK MEADOW by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"Proof that Polacco can work her magic on even the most hackneyed plot. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Polacco returns to the small-town scene of Meteor! (1987) for an affectionate, if stylized, boy-girl story. Read full book review >

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MRS. KATZ AND TUSH by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Truly affectionate and heartwarming. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Larnel gets to know newly widowed Mrs. Katz when he goes along with his mother to pay a comforting visit; next day, he goes back with a tailless kitten ("Tush") that she agrees to accept "if you'll come and help me with her." Read full book review >

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REMEMBERING VERA by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A fitting addition to the annals of doggy courage. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A stirring tribute to an abandoned dog who became a Coast Guard hero. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIONA'S LACE by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Polacco's large and multiethnic family yields up another fine story, this one in greens and grays, lace and fire. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When the textile mill in Glen Kerry, Ireland, is closed, Fiona's family accepts passage to Chicago to work as servants for the family who paid their fares. Read full book review >

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THE GRAVES FAMILY GOES CAMPING by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Delightfully gross and utterly unserious. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Polacco again exercises the surprising streak of goofiness revealed in The Graves Family (2003). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN PHILIP DUCK by Patricia Polacco
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"An excellent read aloud for older crowds, but the ever-so-slightly anthropomorphic ducks will come across best shared one-on-one. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Edward and his father work for the Peabody Hotel in Memphis since the Depression has brought hard times for so many. Read full book review >

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THE GRAVES FAMILY by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Halloween or any other time. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Polacco sets her wildest romp yet around an actual "haunted house" in her Michigan hometown. Read full book review >

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BETTY DOLL by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"It is a beautiful, loving treatment of one woman's life, but in the end likely to resonate more with adults than children. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A doll becomes the vehicle for Polacco's (The Butterfly, 2000, etc.) deeply felt remembrance of her mother, Mary Ellen. Read full book review >

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I CAN HEAR THE SUN by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 1996

"If only the rest of the book were as real as she is. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Polacco (Babushka's Mother Goose, 1995, etc.) adds to her list of memorable characters in this somewhat mawkish tale of throwaway (homeless) people, a blind goose, and a park keeper named Stephanie Michele. Read full book review >