Search Results: "R.W. Alley"


BOOK REVIEW

CAT SKIDOO by Bethany Roberts
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"This will be best for sharing one-on-one or with small groups since many of the smiles and laughs are in the details. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Two chubby, frisky kittens race around the house and yard playing cat skidoo, which seems to entail chasing everything that moves while wreaking havoc. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PADDINGTON HERE AND NOW by Michael Bond
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2008

"Children's literature in its finest, purest form. (Fiction. 5-10)"
In the past 50 years, very little has changed for the residents of 32 Windsor Gardens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DETECTIVE DINOSAUR UNDERCOVER by James Skofield
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"With a pronunciation guide for those tongue-twisting dinosaur names, this accessible and super-silly romp will be a boost for those about to embark on the next level for chapter books. (Early reader. 4-7)"
Detective Dinosaur, showcased in his third entry in the I Can Read! series, is the same charming numbskull readers have come to love. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WE’RE OFF TO FIND THE WITCH’S HOUSE by Mr. Krieb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

In newcomer Krieb's story, four youngsters march off into Halloween night to find the witch's house. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE REAL, TRUE DULCIE CAMPBELL by Cynthia DeFelice
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2002

"883) illustrations in summer colors do justice to the down-home aspects of the family farm and kitchen as well as Dulcie's silken-and-gilt royal musings and some pretty neat ogres. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A search for identity and a dose of reality come in a pleasing package. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEST KIND OF BABY by Kate Laing
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"A comforting, good-humored alternative to the likes of Martha Alexander's angry When the New Baby Comes, I'm Moving Out (1979). (Picture book. 4-6)"
A child struggles to assimilate the idea that Mom's going to have a baby in this low-key children's debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY CHRISTMAS SAFARI by Fran Manushkin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Twelve elephants trumpeting,'' makes a dramatic denouement to this creative adaptation; then the child and her dad head back to their tent—and, back home, off to bed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Pretitle illustrations imply that this cumulative safari is imaginary, suggested by a gift of toy animals the narrator receives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MRS. TOGGLE AND THE DINOSAUR by Robin Pulver
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"A fine sequel to the equally delightful Mrs. Toggle's Zipper (1990). (Picture book. 4-8)"
When the principal tells Mrs. Toggle that her new student will be a dinosaur, she is taken aback but doesn't doubt his word—Mr. Stickler never jokes. Mrs. Toggle and her wide-eyed class start to get ready: they'll need a big desk and another reptile to keep the dinosaur company; the cafeteria should be warned. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEING TEDDY ROOSEVELT by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2007

"EWSLUGp1991, the model for Riley's report. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Riley goes to school with Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King, Jr., Queen Elizabeth and many other world-famous figures—all fellow fourth-grade students researching their chosen topics for Mrs. Harrow's biography tea. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VALENTINE SURPRISE by Corinne Demas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Lily's solution is a salute to creativity, ingenuity and thinking outside the box; it will have all parents cheering her efforts and hoping that their own child takes a page from her book. (Picture book. 3-6)"
For Lily, the week before Valentine's Day is filled with attempts to make the perfect heart for her Mom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POLICE OFFICERS ON PATROL by Kersten Hamilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"A good introduction for the youngest audiences. (Picture book. 3-6)"
After a previous title celebrating firefighters (Firefighters to the Rescue, illustrated by Rich Davis, 2005), Hamilton addresses another civil servant—police officers. Read full book review >