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

SATURDAY IS DADURDAY by Robin Pulver
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"Readers will relate to her disappointment and cheer her on as she comes to her own creative solution. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Irrepressible Mimi and her father have named the day after Friday Dadurday. It is their special day to do everything together. But when Dad's work schedule changes, their weekend tradition is in jeopardy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"A solid successor to Encyclopedia Brown. (Mystery. 7-12)"
Saxby Doyle Christie Chandler Ellin Allan Smart wants to be a detective as good as the greats. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEARL AND WAGNER by Kate McMullan
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"Pearl and Wagner are a winsome pair of pals who will surely share more easy-reader adventures, perhaps next time over four seasons like another famous animal duo. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
Pearl the rabbit and Wagner the mouse continue to develop the friendship introduced in the first volume in this easy-reader series, Pearl and Wagner: Two Good Friends (2003). Read full book review >