Search Results: "Steve Metzger"


BOOK REVIEW

WAITING FOR SANTA by Steve Metzger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Children who have a hard time waiting for Christmas will enjoy seeing these little animal kindred spirits. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bear and his friends in the forest make preparations for Santa's arrival on Christmas Eve, but only Bear truly believes Santa will come. Read full book review >

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PLUTO VISITS EARTH by Steve Metzger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Playful science for preschool and the early elementary years. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Angry at learning he's been demoted to a dwarf planet, Pluto pays a visit to Earth, where a boy's reassurance satisfies his need to be special. Read full book review >

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WILL PRINCESS ISABEL EVER SAY PLEASE? by Steve Metzger
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"If silliness is what was aimed for, it sort of succeeds—but, if so, it is not silly enough. (Picture book. 5-7)"
What can you say when even the jacket blurb calls it "a lighthearted lesson in humility"? Read full book review >

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THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT MONSTERS BUILT by Steve Metzger
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2016

"For fans of cumulative rhymes and monsters of all sorts. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In a "House That Jack Built" tale that exemplifies the butterfly effect, some costumed kids who shout "Trick or treat!" cause havoc at a house full of monsters. Read full book review >

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DETECTIVE BLUE by Steve Metzger
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"Best are all the dangling strings the story presents—ten o'clock scholar, baking blackbirds, a plum on a thumb, the knave of hearts—that interested readers can follow to the source. (Picture book. 4-8)"

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THE ICE CREAM KING by Steve Metzger
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

A little boy loves ice cream more than anything else in the world...or does he? Read full book review >

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PRINCESS KITTY by Steve Metzger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A far meow from purr-fectly original. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Princess Kitty's attendants throw a party in her honor. Ooh la la! Read full book review >

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THE DANCING CLOCK by Steve Metzger
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Not nearly so engaging as its subject, alas. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The fabulous musical Delacorte clock in Central Park in New York City is the subject of a snow monkey's devotion, told in rhymed couplets. Read full book review >

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CHANGE PLACES WITH ME by Lois Metzger
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 14, 2016

"An interesting, experimental near-future character study. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
Rose, a quiet, shy girl living in New York City in 2029, suddenly comes out of her shell. Read full book review >

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BARRY'S SISTER by Lois Metzger
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 30, 1992

"Nonetheless, the focus on Ellen and her struggles with the complexities of growing up, sorting out her identity, and establishing her place in a family in crisis does result in a story with appeal for patient readers. (Fiction. 10+)"
Ellen's euphoric start in seventh grade ends abruptly when she learns that her mother is pregnant—``I think Ellen's got a touch of sibling rivalry fever,'' her father says of her unenthusiastic response to the news. Read full book review >

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ELLEN'S CASE by Lois Metzger
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"This sequel to Barry's Sister (1992) is riddled with good intentions blown off course by cautionary elements. (Fiction. 10+)"
At 16, Ellen is a veteran of tending her preschool-age brother, Barry, who has cerebral palsy. Read full book review >

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MISSING GIRLS by Lois Metzger
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"This uncommon novel from Metzger (Ellen's Case, 1995, etc.) steps out of the genre of historical fiction to tell a story as significant to contemporary readers as to the inhabitants of the era it evokes. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A girl's interest in family history overlaps a coming-of-age story about her vestigial understanding of her mother after death, and her own awareness of self and place in the world. Read full book review >