Search Results: "Scott Beck"


BOOK REVIEW

PEPITO THE BRAVE by Scott Beck
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Sly, assuring, and paint-box bright, this is a snappy salute to independence and adventure. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Newcomer Beck's book has two winning ingredients: an engaging, spunky main character and the kind of color last seen 50 years ago on fruit-crate labels: buffed but with bite, the better to get your attention. Read full book review >

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MONSTER! by Scott Beck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Completely non-threatening monster and birthday fun—perfect for sharing one-on-one, this could also be a crowd-pleaser with a little practice at giving the monsters the voices you know they must have. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ben, a cartoon three-horned devil, is throwing a surprise party for his friend Doris, a green dragon in a purple dress. Read full book review >

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A MUD PIE FOR MOTHER by Scott Beck
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"Sometimes the best gift of all is right under one's nose—or snout. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Little Pig goes in search of the perfect gift for his mother's birthday only to find that sometimes the best gifts come when you are not even looking. Read full book review >

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MONSTER SLEEPOVER! by Scott Beck
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Zzzz…' It's got a disjointed simplicity that borders on the avant-garde—loopy but appealing. (Picture book. 3-5)"
What fun do little monsters have when they get together? Read full book review >

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LITTLE HOUSE, LITTLE TOWN by Scott Beck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Soothing, but—particularly compared to the likes of Amy Schwartz's A Glorious Day (p. 229) and other urbanized slices of life—one-dimensional. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Beck's mood piece pairs one or two lines of declarative text per spread with spacious, simply composed scenes to evoke the unhurried pace of a day in a small town. Read full book review >

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PRIMED AND READY
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Cover Story: Pretty Deadly
BFF Charm: Caution!
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Unreliable Narrator
Bonus Factor: Mysterious Loner Dude
Anti-Bonus Factor: Awful Grownups
Relationship Status: Friends?

Trigger Warning: Violet Grenade features scenes of attempted assault, abuse, and bullying, and touches on very dark themes of death and murder. Some situations might be ...


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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: PATRICIA BELL-SCOTT
by Maya Payne Smart

In The Firebrand and the First Lady, scholar Patricia Bell-Scott illuminates the unlikely friendship between two historic American women. Radical civil and women’s rights activist Pauli Murray and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt corresponded for years and swayed one another’s social justice aims and strategies. Their views never converged, but Bell-Scott makes a compelling case that they grew with and toward ...


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BOOK REVIEW

A BUNNY IN THE BALLET by Robert Beck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2014

"Alas, not the stuff of dreams for balletomane readers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Toe shoes and tutus are the stuff of dreams for a rabbit. Read full book review >

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ELLIOT’S NOISY NIGHT by Andrea Beck
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"MPQUOTEPAGECOUNT 802) or the shelf full of other takes on the theme. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The plush moose gets past another common domestic challenge in this seventh outing in the industry known as Elliot (Elliot Gets Stuck, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >

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ELLIOT’S BATH by Andrea Beck
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Fans of the books will not be disappointed, but there's not much else to recommend. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Several stuffed animals run into a problem when Socks the monkey inadvertently spills paint on herself and on Elliot the plush moose. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIERRE LE POOF! by Andrea Beck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"It's a charming enough canine caper, but, like Pierre, it lacks the vigor of the classic Harry the Dirty Dog. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A pampered poodle dreams of running free while his owner preps him to be a champion show-dog in this first of a projected series of Pierre adventures. Read full book review >

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ELLIOT'S EMERGENCY by Andrea Beck
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The coaching Elliot gets on learning to sew hints at self- sufficiency, without becoming didactic. (Picture book. 3-7)"
If a torn seam for a stuffed toy is like a skinned knee for a child, it's no wonder that Elliot the moose turns to his other toy friends for help in keeping his stuffing from falling out. Read full book review >