Search Results: "Sue Hellard"


BOOK REVIEW

TAKE A KISS TO SCHOOL by Angela McAllister
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2006

"A sweet take on an old theme. (Picture book. 3-6)"
McAllister's heartwarming story follows Digby's second day of school, to which the young wombat is reluctant to return, as he fears he will forget everything learned on his first day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY GRANDSON IS A GENIUS! by Giles Andreae
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Who would not rather call it affection? (Picture book. 3-6)"
This modest, rhymed charmer from Andreae ought to find a market with a good number of vainglorious grandfathers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRINCESSES ARE NOT JUST PRETTY by Kate Lum
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 2014

"Exuberant and humorous, this pretty book has style and, yes, substance. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Who is prettiest: Princess Allie, Princess Mellie or Princess Libby? Read full book review >

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I WAS JANE AUSTEN'S BEST FRIEND by Cora Harrison
FICTION
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Knowledgeable readers will long for Austen's own writing instead. (Historical romance. 11 & up)"
From a promising beginning—Jane Austen's best friend Jenny sneaks out of their austere boarding school at midnight to post a letter to the budding author's mother warning of Jane's terrible fever—this effort winds down to pages of syrupy-sweet, diary-format narrative. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MOUSE WHO BRAVED BEDTIME by Louis Baum
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Her imaginatively detailed watercolor paintings demonstrate a fine manipulation of light and shadow, showcasing a mouse-eye view of the world where colorful paperclips form a jump rope and Milo's rodent father rows a sponge boat with a toothbrush oar. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Milo, a captivating British mouse, propels this warmly reassuring tale about a common childhood fear. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MADAME PAMPLEMOUSSE AND HER INCREDIBLE EDIBLES by Rupert Kingfisher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Hellard's black-and-white line drawings help to keep this concoction lighter than air: Like a good soufflé, it puffs over the top but holds together for a delectable treat. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Young Madeleine is the best chef at the Squealing Pig, run by her uncle, Monsieur Lard, a greedy bully who turns every recipe into a greasy disaster. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE’S MY HUG? by James Mayhew
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Pair this with Else Holmelund Minarik's A Kiss for Little Bear for a hugs-and-kisses storytime. (Picture book. 2-7)"
When mom wants a hug from her primary-schooler son, Jake, he rolls his eyes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRINCESSES ARE NOT QUITTERS! by Kate Lum
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Little modern-day princesses who don't like to clean their own rooms just might learn a thing or three from these practical princesses. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Three pampered princesses find out what life is like for the overworked servants in their "huge silver palace by the sea," in this ode to the inherent worth of a hard day's work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE HUNGRY BABY by Lucy Coats
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"With its lilting rhythms and whimsical cartoon-like illustrations, this is one story that is sure to be asked for again and again, not only at bedtime. (Picture book. 6 mos.- 5 yrs.)"
British Coats's thoroughly adorable bedtime counting rhyme follows the antics of babies of all kinds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALLIGATOR SUE by Sharon Arms Doucet
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 6, 2003

"Laissez les bon temps roulez. (Picture book. 5-8)"
While Tarzan seems to have been relegated to the back shelf in recent years, here's an updated female version with a distinctly Cajun flavor. Read full book review >