Search Results: "Steve James"


BOOK REVIEW

HEART ON FIRE by Ann Malaspina
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Inspiring fodder for an electoral—or any other—year. (afterword, bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
In spare and elegant free verse, Malaspina shares a vivid act of civil disobedience. Read full book review >

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SOME THOUGHTS ON LOVE
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

So many people make New Year’s Resolutions to start the year, but for the second January in a row, I’ll be contemplating memories and saying good-byes.

My husband lost his father this week.

There’s a lot of emotion to visit, of course, though he suffered from memory issues and so, in many ways, his family has said their ...


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SPRINGING INTO MUST-READ CONTEMPORARY & SUSPENSE
by Bobbi Dumas

April is here, though you wouldn’t know it from my window view - snow is falling! (sigh) Thankfully it’s not sticking, and according to the forecast, it will be seventy degrees by the weekend. Mother Nature seems to be slightly confused in the Midwest this spring, and the national news can make my heart feel cold, but I’m glad we can ...


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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: ANDREA DAVIS PINKNEY
by Poornima Apte

Long before “We Need Diverse Books” gained momentum as a movement towards inclusivity in children’s literature, writer and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats made history. Peter, the star of his groundbreaking picture book, The Snowy Day, was black.

Children’s book author Andrea Davis Pinkney reminds us what a big deal this was in 1962 when the book was first published. The ...


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PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES
by Julie Danielson

Well, maybe not exactly planes, trains, and automobiles. But you know those children who get really fired up reading books about things that go vroom? There’s a reason you can throw a rock and hit a children’s book about transportation: they are loved by many a child. Today, I’ve got three new ones worth your time, one an arrival from ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE QUEEN'S HAT by Steve Antony
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Happily close to the most recent royal birth, this whimsical, British-themed picture book provides a kidcentric introduction to the geography of London and a great opportunity for spontaneous counting and observation activities. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Pursued by a corgi sporting an argyle vest, a cartoonish queen figure runs through London chasing her hat, which is being whisked away by a strong breeze. Read full book review >

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EYE TO EYE by Steve Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Another impressive presentation from a master craftsman. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
The evolution of the eye and the surprising ways animals see the world are displayed in a thoughtfully designed and engagingly illustrated album. Read full book review >

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IS THAT YOU, ALIEN? by Steve Cox
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"A labored effort to squeeze a little more juice from a once-fresh gimmick. (Novelty. 5-7)"
Intrepid readers who don't mind slipping their hands into places without looking will get what they deserve from this backyard hunt for aliens. Read full book review >

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THE SHOEMAKER EXTRAORDINAIRE by Steve Light
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"High marks for energy. (author's note) (Picture book. 7-8)"
Wildly terpsichorean collages, constructed from patterned cloth and paper cutouts decorated with bright paint and shoe-sole prints, illustrate this original tale of a clever itinerant cobbler and a nearsighted giant. Read full book review >

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LIVING COLOR by Steve Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 10, 2007

"Extra facts about coloration and thumbnails providing basic information about each animal depicted make up the backmatter of this volume, which is guaranteed to be a browser's delight. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
Color becomes the organizing factor in this new exploration of the quirks of the animal world. Read full book review >

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STAN AND THE TOILET MONSTER by Steve Shreve
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Tableaux done as large, simple line drawings featuring the annoyed-looking monster and hunched, hapless-looking smaller figures on nearly every page give the tale that fashionable Wimpy Kid look A serviceable placeholder for the Captain's next outing, with all the stinks and goo but not so much of the wit. (Illustrated fiction. 9-11)"
A pet iguana flushed down a toilet, a scientist's unwelcomed potion for giant Brussels sprouts, a sociopathic dog named Mr. Snuggles and a reeking glob of slime that turns out not to be a baseball are but some of the elements in this Captain Underpants-style yuck-o-rama. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ADVENTURES OF BENNY by Steve Shreve
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Although clearly aimed at Captain Underpants fans, this misses the target. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A sequence of adventures details a small boy's encounters with a Bigfoot with smelly feet, a mummy named King Butt, pirates searching for a killer squid, a booger-man under his bed and a ghost guarding buried treasure on Monkey Island. Read full book review >