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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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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OLIVE AND THE BIG SECRET by Tor Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Though the story is slight, some young listeners may enjoy tracing the path the secret travels, while parents will appreciate the opportunity to talk about friendship and trust. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A simple story of a secret that slips out. Read full book review >

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EARL THE SQUIRREL by Don Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Preschoolers will love Earl's stumbling-but-steady journey towards independence, as nothing tastes as sweet as the first acorn a child procures on his or her own. (Picture book. 3-6)"
From unnamed origins springs a wonderful, never-before-published book by Freeman, creator of Corduroy. Read full book review >

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CORDUROY by Don Freeman
by Don Freeman, illustrated by Don Freeman
Released: March 1, 1968

"Corduroy and Lisa break the spell by talking to each other but otherwise it's the sort of predicament that children recognize, made more poignant by the plea in Corduroy's eyes."
A bear missing a button looks shopworn, so Corduroy sets out after the department store closes to find his. Read full book review >

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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 >

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JANGLES by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Some fish indeed! (Picture book. 4-8) "
A boy recalls his father's pretty amazing story of the larger-than-life trout he nearly caught in this tall tale of a remarkably big fish that got away. Read full book review >

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THE RED WOLF by Margaret Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2002

"Though turning her father into a mouse may seem a rather draconian way to win freedom, her tough-mindedness may give children feeling similarly smothered both amusement and vicarious relief. (Picture book. 8-10)"
An original "princess in a tower" tale with a startling twist. Read full book review >

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NO, DAVID! by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"David is a small, snaggle-toothed piehead whose mischief—for those who don't have to clean up after him—is nothing short of exhilarating. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This autobiographical (according to the author's note) story from Shannon (A Bad Case of Stripes, 1998, etc.) features a young hellion, also named David, who is forever at the receiving end of a sharp "No!" Read full book review >

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GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT by Mark Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"The text and paintings may be slightly odd fellows, but the story shines through, never to grow old. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
Gawain, youngest of King Arthur's knights, is tired of the ribbing his inexperience elicits from the others at the Round Table. Read full book review >