Search Results: "Shirley Mozelle"


BOOK REVIEW

ZACK'S ALLIGATOR AND THE FIRST SNOW by Shirley Mozelle
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Fans will be looking for Zack's parting words to Bridget to come true: 'We'll have more fun soon.' (Early reader. 4-8)"
Zack and his alligator, Bridget, have a wintry adventure in this early reader. Read full book review >

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THE KITCHEN TALKS by Shirley Mozelle
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Mathers's cheerfully quirky watercolors notwithstanding, this collection neither falls flat nor rises above. (Poetry. 4-8)"
The inanimate denizens of the kitchen nab the limelight in this somewhat uneven, amusingly illustrated collection of 20 short poems. Read full book review >

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THE BEAR UPSTAIRS by Shirley Mozelle
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Common decency finds common ground, and when the two start to tango, there's no one downstairs to hear it. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Like the members of your family, you don't get to choose the upstairs neighbor in your apartment house. Read full book review >

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ELLA’S BIG CHANCE by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Hughes has added shimmer to her familiar pen-and-gouache style and elegantly fashioned a delightful, revisionist fairy tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Few illustrators could so stylishly dress up the tale of Cinderella with the dash and glitter of the roaring '20s as Hughes has done here with aplomb. Read full book review >

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THE BIG ALFIE OUT OF DOORS STORYBOOK by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Mom'' and other needless Americanizations, undermining the splendidly evoked British setting. (Young reader/Picture book. 3-8)"
Four longish stories and as many pleasant poems about happy, wholesome experiences for Alfie and his little sister: setting up shop on a cardboard box; camping out with Dad in a real tent near Grandma's (a huge pig provides an amusing midnight disturbance, just scary enough); adopting a rock (``Bonting'') that Alfie invests with so much personality that losing ``him'' at the beach is truly sad (he's found, in the end). Read full book review >

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DAISY SAVES THE DAY by Shirley  Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"An impressive and delightful combination of visual and verbal storytelling evokes empathy and identification with the young heroine. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A girl's time "in service" in a London house offers young readers a glimpse of life below-stairs in 1911. Read full book review >

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BOBBO GOES TO SCHOOL by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2013

"Another satisfying domestic drama from veteran author Hughes, this will please old fans and make new ones. (Picture book. 3 to 6)"
The plot is a familiar one: A young child and her favorite stuffed friend are separated and then joyously reunited. Read full book review >

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ANNIE ROSE IS MY LITTLE SISTER by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Conveying a warm feeling of domestic harmony, and modeling an ideal but not unrealistic closeness, this will please fans of Frieda Wishinsky's Oonga Boonga (reissued 1998, with illus by Carol Thompson), Marc Brown's tales of Arthur and D.W., and the like. (Picture book. 5-7)"
With a mixture of pride, affection, and just an occasional saving flash of irritation, Alfie rattles on about his relationship with his adorable, adoring, younger sibling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIDING by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Charming and enriching. (Picture book. 2-6)"
As she did in Bouncing and Giving (both 1993), Hughes explores and extends what initially looks like a simple concept: At first, a child plays peekaboo with a toddler who's gazing raptly at the cushion from behind which she declares ``You can't see me''; then they play hide-and-seek, in which the place of concealment is a secret. Read full book review >

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DON'T WANT TO GO! by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Familiar and comforting. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Pleasantly predictable, this new offering from a veteran perfectly captures a typical childhood experience. Read full book review >

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ALFIE AND THE BIRTHDAY SURPRISE by Shirley Hughes
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Hughes's trademark illustrations capture, as always, the homey details of family life in a neighborhood where the kindness of others plays a large part in everyday events. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Alfie (The Big Alfie Out of Doors Storybook, 1992, etc.) is back, and this time he wants to cheer up his neighbor, Bob MacNally, whose old gray cat, Smoky, has died. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLLY AND ME by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"The narrator may not sound her age, but her observations beg to be read aloud, and it's the mutual affection, the shared joy of ordinary family activities that will make the strongest impression on young listeners. (Picture book/poetry. 4-7)"
In what amounts to a companion for Annie Rose Is My Little Sister (2003), the doyenne of cozy domesticity offers a warm slice-of-life portrait of another brother-sister combo, this time with the unnamed sister doting over her toddler brother. Read full book review >