Search Results: "Will Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

JUST THE TWO OF US by Will Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"This might make reading awkward for happily married fathers, but it's a unique and beautiful title, and for some it will fit the bill. (Picture book. 6-10)"
The lyrics from Smith's rap (of the same title) are beautifully illustrated here in this selection for one-on-one reading that celebrates the bond between father and son. Read full book review >

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MOTHER GOOSE PICTURE PUZZLES by Will Hillenbrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"As a technique for promoting visual and verbal literacy at once this game has a good track record, and young audiences put off by the crudely illustrated likes of Blanche Fisher Wright's Real Mother Goose Picture Word Rhymes (1916, 1987) or the much older Mother Goose in Hieroglyphics (1849, 1973) will both enjoy and benefit from this shorter but more child-friendly outing. (Nursery rhymes. 3-5)"
Hillenbrand introduces the idea of rebuses to newly emergent readers with a gathering of likely-to-be-familiar Mother Goose rhymes—from "Hey diddle, diddle, / the [cat] and the [fiddle]" to "Twinkle, twinkle, little [star]." Read full book review >

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APPLES HERE! by Will Hubbell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Considering the plethora of same-topic titles available—Ken Robbins's Apples, for instance (p. 962)—this, though not really a bad apple, isn't likely to be a first pick. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)"
Hubbell (Pumpkin Jack, 2000) poses children and apple trees together in every season, and writes evocatively of the apple's annual cycle, from dormant winter bud to farmers' market and applesauce for latkes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHNNY APPLESEED by Will Moses
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Make room on the shelf for this slim volume, too. (Biography. 9-11)"
Many are the available picture-book tales of half-legendary wanderer John Chapman, but this one (not really a picture book) merits consideration, both for its appealing folk-art-style illustrations (Moses is an artistic, as well as genetic, descendant of Grandma Moses), and for its thoughtful prose portrait of a man who, Moses suggests, "represents the best qualities of the American character." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO TAME A TRICERATOPS by Will Dare
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Adventures and misadventures, Old West style—but with dinos. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Young Josh needs to up his ride if he's going to win the Trihorn settlement's 100th-anniversary Founders' Day race and meet his hero, Terrordactyl Bill. Read full book review >

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SNOWMAN'S STORY by Will Hillenbrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A cozy read for bibliophiles. (Picture book. 3-6)"
With echoes of "Frosty the Snowman" in the background, a snowman's storybook within this wordless book delivers a comic wintertime romp. Read full book review >

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KITE DAY by Will Hillenbrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"This gentle and charming read-aloud will make young audiences 'awww' with delight. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this breezy kite affair, the adorable duo of Bear and Mole is back again, reveling in nature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Appropriate for both children and adults, but probably most compelling for children just learning how to play with language. (Informational picture book. 4 & up)"
"Operating on a shoestring," opening up "a can of worms" and having a "wolf at the door" are just some of the sticky situations defined and illustrated in this entertaining and informative collection of idioms. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 8, 2011

"Not just an illustrated version of the rhyme, this is a fleshed-out account of a lamb's tail/tale that all children and adults should know. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The "real" story of Mary and her lamb, as the subtitle states, as told and illustrated in Moses' familiar folk-art style. Read full book review >

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FIDDLE-I-FEE by Will Hillenbrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Toe-tapping fun. (musical score) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hillenbrand (Look Out, Jack! Read full book review >

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THE SURVIVORS by Will Weaver
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"Sobering, thoroughly credible and, ultimately, optimistic about the chances of our better natures triumphing when the going gets rough. (Science fiction. 10-13)"
A family fleeing rapidly degenerating social order caused by world-changing volcanic eruptions finds respite and new heart in this well-crafted sequel to Memory Boy (2001). Read full book review >

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GO BIG OR GO HOME by Will Hobbs
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"With convincing, first-person narration, a fast pace and plenty of suspense, this is a welcome addition to Hobbs's extremely reader-pleasing work. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Extreme sports and extraterrestrial bacteria that thrive in extreme environments are the ingredients for Hobbs's latest adventure. Read full book review >