Search Results: "Paul Howard"


BOOK REVIEW

A VERY CURIOUS BEAR by Tony Mitton
ANIMALS
Released: April 28, 2009

"The rhymes are effective and children certainly do ask 'why'—it's up to their parents how creative they might be in their own answers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Parents not eager to answer incessant "why" questions from their toddlers may wish to stay away from this existential tale about curiosity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CAT WHO WANTED TO GO HOME by Jill Tomlinson
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"Brush strokes on the canvas background of the soft-edged illustrations add texture to the gentle, sweet quality, while the action scenes humorously depict Suzy's encounters, but overall they lack the buoyancy of Mary Calhoun's Hot-Air Henry (1981). (Picture book. 4-7)"
Suzy, a little striped cat, lives with a fisherman and his four sons in France. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A YEAR IN THE CITY by Kathy Henderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

A light, affectionate counterpart to the many essays on the changing seasons' natural signals, this book of months focuses on signs more evident in an urban environment: merchants shoveling sidewalks as cars slide past on slick January streets; sparrows lining their nests with candy wrappers in April; August vacationers driving off in droves as clots of camera-toting tourists appear. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE BRIGHT PENNY by Geraldine McCaughrean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Here's the shiniest addition to the ranks of clever, capable girls since Diane Stanley's Sweetness. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The flavor and spirit of a traditional tale permeate this original story of a child who finds a way to outsmart her mean daddy without causing a family rift. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOOK AT YOU! by Kathy Henderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Just right for sharing with a little one on a lap (or for those whose laps are disappearing), this is a must for any library catering to young families. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Henderson's latest is a celebration of babyhood and all the wonderful daily activities and developmental milestones that a child will experience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FULL, FULL, FULL OF LOVE by Trish Cooke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Nothing else could fit after that meal anyway. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Happiness and comfort overflow in this cozy tale of domestic bliss. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDMA’S BEARS by Gina Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"If children can accept the fantasy, this will work for bedtime. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Nat comes to stay overnight at Grandma's and meets the bears who live with her in this slightly peculiar tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE OWL WHO WAS AFRAID OF THE DARK by Jill Tomlinson
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Parents and children are likely to overlook some pedestrian moments in the story for the overall reassurance it may bring. (Picture book. 4-7)"
New color illustrations introduce an English classic about a small barn owl—unfortunately and inexplicably named "Plop"—who learns to love the dark. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROSIE'S FISHING TRIP by Amy Hest
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 20, 1994

"Sweet. (Fiction/Picture book. 3+)"
It's not yet light outside, and despite her mild fear of the dark, nothing will keep Rosie from meeting Grampa to go fishing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN SANTA FELL TO EARTH by Cornelia Funke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"The humor, plus some unusual character types, sets this apart from the general run of holiday tales. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Two children discover that Santa's not just one person when a brightly decorated wagon crashes down in their neighborhood shortly before Christmas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVIL ENVY by Paul S. Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A few stumbles but a sturdy mystery led by a curiously flawed protagonist."
A plastic surgeon looking into a friend's murder dives into an underworld of Russian mobsters and biker gangs in this thriller. Read full book review >