Search Results: "Susan Boase"


BOOK REVIEW

LUCKY BOY by Susan Boase
by Susan Boase, illustrated by Susan Boase
ANIMALS
Released: March 25, 2002

"No new ground is covered here; just a quiet, gentle story for one-on-one sharing, especially in families with lucky dogs of their own. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Newcomer Boase offers a sweet tale of a dog that finds a loving home with a lonely older man who has recently lost his wife. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISSING! by Wendy Orr
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"This early chapter book with plenty of heart and a bit of suspense will appeal to young pet lovers. (Fiction. 6-9)"
After his elderly owner is injured in an accident, Buster the cat gets lost, and a young neighbor sets out to find him. Read full book review >

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PETER PETER PICKS A PUMPKIN HOUSE by Christine Graham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Though an interesting premise, the final product bears little fruit. (Fantasy. 5-8)"
Inspired by "Jack and the Beanstalk" as well as the familiar nursery rhyme, this chapter book tells a middling origin story about Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater's infamous abode. Read full book review >

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LOST!  A DOG CALLED BEAR by Wendy Orr
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"The believable plot and inherent suspense will keep readers turning the pages of this fine addition to early chapter books, which will resonate with both pet lovers and children involved in divorces. (Fiction. 7-10)"
With a limited vocabulary perfect for readers just edging into chapter books, the tale of Logan's efforts to locate his lost dog rings completely true. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THREE LITTLE ROBBERS by Christine Graham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A terrific offering for new readers. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Like Tomi Ungerer's The Three Robbers (1962), these are little urban girl thieves with good hearts. Read full book review >

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FASHIONING A FRIENDSHIP
by Leila Roy

I sat back and considered my words. They had to be enough to get me in. After all, I alluded to the loss of my mom without mentioning any of the désagréables details, and I talked about the constant moving without getting into the foster homes and the times we’ve lived in the car. I think it is best not ...
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A STUDY IN MUST-READ AUTHORS
by Bobbi Dumas

So you all are Sherry Thomas fans, right?

I sincerely hope so! She’s seriously one of the smartest writers out there, and for whatever reason, her novels hit all my romance buttons. 

Last fall she released A Study in Scarlet Women, an intriguing new take on the Sherlock Holmes canon. (It got a great review and was named one ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SLIPPER AND FLIPPER IN THE QUEST FOR THE GOLDEN SUN by Susan Reagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Delightful art can't save this problematic exploration. (Picture book. 5-8) "
Two penguin siblings, Slipper and Flipper, have grown up idolizing their famous forebear, helmet-wearing Spanish explorer Don Pingüino, and want to emulate him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COLORS by Susan Steggall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Aside from the spinnable color wheel insert at the end of the book, there is little here to hold the attention of even the most digger-crazy toddler. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Another contribution to the crowded field of big-truck picture books, with a focus on color. Read full book review >

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THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Susan Jeffers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A whimsical, magical interpretation of a holiday classic, improved by the additional storyline and the charming narrator. (artist's note) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Jeffers has created a lovely story incorporating the words of the old folk song with one important change: a clever substitution of Santa as the giver of all the gifts instead of the narrator's "true love." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEBBLE by Susan Milord
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"But the overly sentimental story will need the right audience. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The subtitle immediately lets readers young and old know the lay of the land: This is a story that wants to direct, even control, emotional response. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FABULOUS FISHES by Susan Stockdale
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Includes an informative note for easy identification of each species pictured, as well as a brief bibliography for beginning researchers. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Fish of all sorts—tropical and freshwater, smooth and spiky, large and small, schooled and solitary, easy-to-spot and camouflaged—dive and swim through this likable, resonant rhyme that emphasizes outstanding features of each species. Read full book review >