Search Results: "Sylvie Wickstrom"


BOOK REVIEW

I LOVE YOU, MISTER BEAR by Sylvie Wickstrom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Arranged into three discrete mini-episodes, this girl-meets-bear tale is told in simple cartoons over brief snatches of monologue, with a charm that perfectly captures that special relationship and should please all young listeners deeply attached to their plush companions. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Wickstrom draws inspiration from her own family for a Corduroy-like episode featuring a child and a bear with a boo-boo. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SQUEAKY DOOR by Laura Simms
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"Wickstrom's cartoon-style illustrations are appropriately lively and funny. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A favorite story by a gifted storyteller makes a winning picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SMARTY SARA by Anna Jane Hays
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 8, 2008

"Emergent readers deserve better than this incoherent and condescending tale. (Early reader. 4-7)"
The "mystery" of the key Sara finds on her doorstep plays itself out in this wan offering for young readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOOSE TOOTH by Lola M. Schaefer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"While this entry works well as a beginning easy reader, it will also be popular in kindergarten and first-grade classrooms as a read-aloud and will fit right in to story hours with dental themes. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
Losing that first tiny tooth is a huge event in the life of a child, celebrated here in this beginning easy reader from the I Can Read series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIG NIGHT OUT by Thor Wickstrom
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1993

"Lighthearted and funny, a book to try with older groups as well as preschoolers. (Picture book. 4-10)"
In the first book he's not only written but illustrated, Wickstrom adopts an exuberant verse form, echoing Lear's ``The Owl and the Pussycat,'' to describe the partying of a mouse, a goose, and a ``bear [who] wore a cape he had sewn from a drape,/ With a monocle and a cravat./ (What a dude!)/ With a monocle and a cravat!'' When they leave the uptown club where they've been carousing (over milk and juice), they're broke; rather than trudging home, they beg a ride on a friend's boat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VERY TINY BABY by Sylvie Kantorovitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"A laudably candid effort, unafraid to treat its readership with the utmost respect. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Just because a book fills a need, that doesn't guarantee its quality; fortunately, this book both addresses premature birth and succeeds marvelously. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ZIG AND THE MAGIC UMBRELLA by Sylvie Kantorovitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2015

"For all its seeming strangeness, a comforting and familiar tale about a journey that ends in companionship and contentment. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A magic umbrella transports Zig to a faraway place where adventure and friendship await. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 18, 2017

"A well-researched, if scattered, guide to making positive changes."
A registered nurse, chiropractor, and acupuncturist explores why habits form and how to break them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Taking on a looming subject with intelligence and wit, Simmons manages to take the full measure of her man."
An elegant, deeply researched life of the Canadian musician, poet and novelist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOOK OF NIGHTS by Sylvie Germain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Sometimes short on inner energy, but, overall, a gloriously beautiful, gem-studded tapestry of human desire and suffering."
Germain's sixth book is her first to appear in English: a poetic saga that sweeps its way through a century of French history by following the generations of a symbol-rich family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOO WEIRD FOR ZIGGY by Sylvie Simmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"A keen-eyed depiction of the rock netherworld's denizens is sabotaged by too many over-the-top scenarios."
A practiced observer offers frantic fictions of rock 'n' roll madness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TURKEY SURPRISE by Peggy Archer
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Even the most carnivorous listeners will enjoy this yummy addition to any collection. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two pilgrim brothers set off to hunt up a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. Read full book review >