Search Results: "Patrick Carlson"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BLUE JACKAL by Patrick  Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2011

"In the end, this clumsy story offers too little entertainment to hold up to repeated readings. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
Adapted from the Indian Panchatantra, a collection of animal fables, this app features crisp illustrations, but it is marred by a disjointed pace and an abrupt, unsatisfying ending. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THINK BIG! by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Though the solution is overly simple, it offers attitude, which might be enough for some. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Vinney is tired of being overlooked—literally. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOORAY FOR GRANDPARENTS’ DAY! by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2000

"Bold, cheerful colors, a menagerie of human-like animals, and a warm message make this a good read-aloud that celebrates the diversity of families. (Picture book. 3-8)"
What can a boy do when Grandparents' Day at school rolls around and he has no grandparents to invite? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY BEST FRIEND MOVED AWAY by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"An expressive tribute to the pain of farewells—and the joys of hellos bolstered and enriched by good memories—this is sure to empower not only kids who move away, but also those who stay behind. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Carlson's (Hooray for Grandparents' Day!, 2000, etc.) first-person narrator is lucky: she has a best friend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HENRY’S AMAZING IMAGINATION! by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Readers will realize along with Henry's classmates that brightening someone's day with a stretch of the imagination is a gift. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Henry's imagination has a way of shanghaiing the truth during show-and-tell. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GET UP AND GO by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Carlson has posed herself a mighty challenge, but her effort has enough vim to get the job done, and is pegged at those young enough to be saved. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A joyously unrestrained, candy-colored salute to exercise, wherein Carlson's company of cockeyed animals encourage young readers to forsake whatever screen has them in its thrall, to go outside and shake that thing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SMILE A LOT! by Nancy Carlson
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"It makes smiling down the bullies seem like child's play. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In another of her unself-consciously oddball joys, Carlson (How About a Hug?, 2001, etc.) suggests that when life sends a downbeat in your direction you should put on a smile. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABC I LIKE ME! by Nancy Carlson
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Carlson's bright yellows, greens, and magentas express the joy of a child trying out a brand-new set of felt markers, and bouncy animal characters fairly vault off the pages in the sheer delight of self-expression. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The self-reliant pig, star of I Like Me! (1988), is back in a cheery companion book that celebrates the self. ``I am Awesome,'' proclaims the star-shirted pig to introduce the letter A. Mice in Swiss-cheese boxer shorts and juggling frogs join her in a romp through the alphabet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO LOSE ALL YOUR FRIENDS by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The illustrations are similarily light and humorous, with lots of appropriate facial expressions to back up the text of this slight but amusing book. (Picture book. 3-8)"
``If you don't want to have any friends, follow these simple instructions.'' So begins Carlson's hilarious catalogue of crankiness, brattiness, snottiness, and just plain bad behavior. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS MORNING SAM WENT TO MARS by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Valid the strategies may be, but it would be hard to present them in a less convincing way; it's 100 percent bibliotherapy. (Picture book. 6-9, adult)"
A perfunctory story barely masks a corrective agenda for children with major or minor attention issues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY FAMILY IS FOREVER by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"High-end bibliotherapy. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Any parent and young child involved in adoption can relate to cozy well-composed snapshots of the generic experience, especially with the perky voice of the adoptee narrating. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HENRY’S SHOW AND TELL by Nancy Carlson
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2004

"Not all kids who suffer stage fright will be able to tap into Henry's solutions, but at least they'll know that others share in their dilemma and answers, often as not unanticipated, await their deliverance. (Picture book. 3+)"
With her bright, happy artwork and easy-to-digest storyline, Carlson tackles a case of kindergarten stage fright. Read full book review >