Search Results: "Soman Chainani"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LAST EVER AFTER by Soman Chainani
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 21, 2015

"Ultimately more than a little full of itself, but well-stocked with big themes, inventively spun fairy-tale tropes, and flashes of hilarity. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Good has won every fairy-tale contest with Evil for centuries, but a dark sorcerer's scheme to turn the tables comes to fruition in this ponderous closer. Read full book review >

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A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES by Soman Chainani
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"The closing volume should tie up those loose ends with, if the first two volumes are indicators, wild swings of terror and hilarity. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In a middle volume framed as a battle of the sexes, the author pulls some clever switcheroos (The School for Good and Evil, 2013). Read full book review >

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THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL by Soman Chainani
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"Rich and strange (and kitted out with an eye-catching cover), but stronger in the set pieces than the internal logic. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Chainani works an elaborate sea change akin to Gregory Maguire's Wicked (1995), though he leaves the waters muddied. Read full book review >

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THREE BEARS IN A BOAT by David Soman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 2014

"Humorous and intelligent—and with watercolor seascapes so luminous that readers will want to jump in—this is a book to be treasured for years to come. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Taking a break from Ladybug Girl, Soman uses his watercolors to paint a playful tale of responsibility. Read full book review >

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THE MONSTER NEXT DOOR by David Soman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Listeners should absorb the book's elegantly executed common sense like a sponge. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An attack of peevishness is defused with a change in perspective. Read full book review >

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GREAT-GRANDMOTHER'S TREASURE by Ruth Hickcox
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Soman's illustrations work beautifully with the story, capturing with equal skill the great-grandmother's decades of zest, and the melancholy moments that befall the old and young alike. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A book that does a pretty good job of limning what to a child is a leap of faith not easily accomplished—picturing a great-grandmother as young, with a child's feelings, and involved in kid stuff. Read full book review >

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LADYBUG GIRL AND HER PAPA by Jacky Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Adult readers may wonder how long Ladybug Girl can keep up the cosplay, but older toddlers will, nonetheless, be pleased to see the beloved character in cozy scenes. (Board book. 2-4)"
The polka-dot-winged and red-clad heroine of the Ladybug Girl picture-book and board-book series enjoys exploring a variety of activities with her father throughout the day. Read full book review >

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LADYBUG GIRL AND THE BIG SNOW by David Soman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A fine choice for young readers on a cold winter night, especially when enjoyed with a cup of hot chocolate in front of a fire like the one Ladybug Girl, Bingo and her brother curl up in front of. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In the latest adventure in the popular Ladybug Girl series, Lulu and her basset hound, Bingo, enjoy a day of play outside in freshly fallen snow. Read full book review >

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LADYBUG GIRL AND THE DRESS-UP DILEMMA by Jacky Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Readers and their parents will appreciate how Lulu works through her dilemma on her own. Not only is this an entertaining story, but it's also a good conversation starter about being true to oneself. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ladybug Girl Lulu is sure what she'll wear for Halloween until a comment from her brother makes her question her decision. Read full book review >

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YOU'RE NOT MY BEST FRIEND ANYMORE by Charlotte Pomerantz
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"Conflict resolution is a common theme, but it's rare and refreshing to see children work out their differences on their own, without adult advice. (Picture book. 6-7)"
Molly and Ben live in the same two family house, wear identical shirts to school, sit together in the lunch room, and, since their birthdays are only five days apart, share a single party every year. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMEBODY'S NEW PAJAMAS by Isaac Jackson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"A salutary lesson in values, gently delivered. (Picture book. 5-7)"
On his first sleepover, Jerome is nonplussed when his friend Robert asks where his pajamas are and then casually offers him a pair. Read full book review >