Search Results: "Shannon Freeman"


BOOK REVIEW

HIGH SCHOOL HIGH by Shannon Freeman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 1, 2013

"Warmhearted and easy to read, despite some flaws. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Three close friends, one of them African-American, one Hispanic and one mixed-race, begin their freshman year at Texas' Port City High in an accessible, if occasionally clunky, series opener. Read full book review >

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DANGER IS HER MIDDLE NAME (NO, REALLY)
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for Dangerous by Shannon Hale

 

Cover Story: Cryptic Hieroglyphic
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale:
 6
Talky Talk: Roller Coaster
Bonus Factors:
 Space Camp, Diversity, Dorky Dad, Surprises
Relationship Status: Second-Tier Friend

Cover Story: Cryptic Hieroglyphic

This cover is perfectly respectable for readers who are a little less Y and a little more A, even if it ...


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KICKING BUTTS AND EATING NUTS
by Leila Roy

“What if . . . what if you don’t just have a squirrel tail and front teeth, and are pretty strong? What if you actually have the proportional strength, speed, and agility of a squirrel? So if a squirrel can leap five times the length of its own body, let’s say, then you should be able to leap five times the length of ...


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BOOK REVIEW

HOORAY, I’M FIVE TODAY! by Tor Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Simply written, this happy tale sparkles with pure fun that will have readers yearning for their own special day to arrive. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In celebration of her fifth birthday, Dinah's buddy arranges an impromptu, animal-filled fiesta for her. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PET OF THE MET by Lydia Freeman
Released: April 3, 1953

"In the nick of time Mefisto is bewitched, dances too, and cat and mouse become friends."
Backstage animal life at the Metropolitan Opera House, a little on the sentimental side but with lavish colored pencil drawings by the authors that have humor and provide a nice setting for a run through of "The Magic Flute" as part of the story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MANUELO THE PLAYING MANTIS by Don Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Stories about string instruments are hard to find (just like the praying mantis)—and Manuelo deserves a chance to be heard. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This musically themed offering is from the estate of the late Freeman, with a few watercolor illustrations completed by another artist using Freeman's sketches. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NATALIE'S HAIR WAS WILD! by Laura Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Perhaps one day we can reclaim the word 'wild' as a descriptor for black hair, but this book doesn't do the trick. As it is, it could facilitate discussion on the politics of black hair. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young girl's hair becomes home to animals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DUCK ON A BIKE by David Shannon
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A 'quackerjack' of a terrific escapade. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Grab your funny bone—Shannon (The Shark God, 2001, etc.) rides again! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BAD CASE OF STRIPES by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Shannon's story is a good poke in the eye of conformity—imaginative, vibrant, and at times good and spooky—and his emphatic, vivid artwork keeps perfect pace with the tale. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Camilla Cream wants to fit in, so she conforms, denying herself the things she craves—lima beans, for example—if the other kids frown upon them. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

The guileless Mr. Merriweather puts a string of lights around his window; when he is mocked by his neighbor, whose own house is covered with lights, Mr. Merriweather adds more decorations and within days has a display that people in three counties come visit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DUCK ON A TRACTOR by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Fans of Duck's previous outing will revel in this return to gentle anarchy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this similarly funny sequel to Duck on a Bike (2002), Shannon's adventurous Duck returns to conquer his next riding challenge—a tractor! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLIVE AND THE EMBARRASSING GIFT by Tor Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"The too-simple resolution and final act of revenge blunt the impact of the story's message. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Joe's gift of matching hats, one pink, one purple, both sporting a heart design, heart tassels and pompoms, and reading "Best Friends" across the front, is pretty embarrassing. But is it worth throwing away a friendship? Read full book review >