Search Results: "Patrick Benson"


BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT SKY DRAGONS by Mal Peet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"This dazzling, heartwarming story excites, soars and redefines 'go fly a kite.' (author's note) (Historical fiction. 4-10)"
Carnegie Medal winner Peet and Graham team up again (Mysterious Traveler, illustrated by P.J. Lynch, 2013) to tell the tale of how a boy with a mischievous streak and love for handcrafted kites helps keep his han, his home along Asia's Silk Road, from danger.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"The tepidness of the tale begs comparison to more vigorous mice of yore, and rather than purchasing this offering, libraries will find themselves better served by replacement copies of A Cricket in Times Square. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Christopher is a white mouse, born either for the pet shop or the laboratory, so when he's sold to a pet shop, and then to the ideal boy, he feels fortunate. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SQUEAK’S GOOD IDEA by Max Eilenberg
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Whether the expedition involves playing in the yard alone or heading off to school, Eilenberg's tale serves as inspiration for fledgling adventurers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
What's a little elephant to do when he wants to play outdoors but everyone is too busy to accompany him? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOAD TRIUMPHANT by William Horwood
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 24, 1996

"Nevertheless, the River Bank animals have fans who will be happy to pause awhile in such good company. (Fiction. 11+)"
In a second sequel to Kenneth Grahame's classic The Wind in the Willows, Horwood (The Willows in Winter, 1994) revisits the River Bank and the beloved characters of Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NORTH by Nick Dowson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Simple but effective, this is a beautiful introduction to a remarkable region that should encourage any child's sense of wonder. (index) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
In the dark Arctic winters, few species can survive, but in short, lush summers, millions of animals return to reproduce. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MINPINS by Roald Dahl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"The long text is suitable for reading aloud to younger children and will also entertain the late author's older fans. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-10)"
Disobeying his mother, Little Billy goes into the "Forest of Sin," where he is very nearly devoured by a fire-breathing monster. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OWL BABIES by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

Three little white owls perch outside their cozy nest, wishing Mother would come home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOON by Timothy Knapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A mother-child journey readers will want to share again, soon. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A long journey to a mountaintop with his mother results in more than an expansive view for young pachyderm Raju. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ODDLY by Joyce Dunbar
by Joyce Dunbar, illustrated by Patrick Benson
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"While the narrative's repetitive elements result in strong pacing, the resolution's abruptness yields a blemished, if intriguing, overall presentation. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A quirky cast of characters befriends a lonely child in this unusual story of belonging. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOLE AND THE BABY BIRD by Marjorie Newman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

An old adage ("If you love someone set them free") and a message about respect for nature combine in this sweet story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOLLY'S DAY AT THE POOL by Benson Shum
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Useful to share with children who are afraid of the water. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A pink, suburban hippo is afraid to swim. Read full book review >