Search Results: "Yeardley Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

I, LORELEI by Yeardley Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"A gently humorous outing from Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson, with a touch of slapstick to lighten the (slightly overplotted) poignancy. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Lorelei, a wealthy Washington, D.C., 11-year-old, starts a diary as a way of staying in touch with her beloved dead cat, Mud. Read full book review >

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GOOSEBUMPS
by Leila Roy

When sleep finally comes, I sink into a murky world of shadows. There is a tunnel before me, with bright light in the distance. The ground rumbles. White fog surrounds me. My heart is pounding. Something is coming, but I do not know what, and only feel its presence, a terrible shadow that slithers along the ground, leaving a trail ...

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HAN KANG
by Megan Labrise

Han Kang’s fierce, fresh fiction has the book world abuzz: The Vegetarian, her first novel to be translated from Korean to English, won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. It is one of “The 10 Best Books of 2016,” according to the New York Times Book Review.It is ripe with searing imagery that won’t soon leave you. So ...


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LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE DADS
by Julie Danielson

In 2009, award-winning author and poet Hope Anita Smith wrote and illustrated Mother Poems, a set of original poems about the loss of one pre-teen girl’s mother and her metamorphosis into a “motherless shell.” It was a book the Kirkus review called “undeniably visceral,” this personal set of poems from Smith.

Now, with Father’s Day just around the ...


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BOOK REVIEW

RETURN TO AUGIE HOBBLE by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"Great fun, with hardly a trope or theme left unspun. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The award-bedizened illustrator offers up his first novel. Read full book review >

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MY BLUE BUNNY, BUBBIT by Maggie Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"New older siblings won't be blue for long thanks to this sweet, if special, offering. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Part special-stuffed-animal tale, part new-baby story, part craft extravaganza, this picture book has a little something for everyone, so long as that "everyone" enjoys sewing narratives. Read full book review >

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ONE NAKED BABY by Maggie Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"A great addition to any collection. (Picture book. 1-5)"
A day's activities negate the result of a toddler's morning bath in this delightful counting adventure. Read full book review >

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DEAR DAISY, GET WELL SOON by Maggie Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"There is also a refrain—'and sent it over to Daisy'—that will give young readers an opportunity to chime in. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Smith (This Is Your Garden, 1998) tucks a primer of the days of the week and the numbers one through five into the grand notion of being a good friend. Read full book review >

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THE HAPPY HOCKY FAMILY MOVES TO THE COUNTRY! by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"The language moves a little past the prequel's 'Dick and Jane' primer level, but the twists are still sudden, sardonic, and as diverting to children as they are to grown-ups. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The Hockys get a taste (and a smell) of rural living in this belated sequel to Smith's deliciously post-modern primer, The Happy Hocky Family (1993). Read full book review >

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ABE LINCOLN'S DREAM by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"An adroit blend of humor, compassion and quiet optimism reflects the statesman's character and make this a first choice for February or anytime. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Smith transcends clichés to present a fresh and intimate glimpse of the 16th president. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT'S A BOOK by Lane Smith
by Lane Smith, illustrated by Lane Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Despite Smith's sly title-page introduction of 'jackass' as a legitimate animal label for donkey, this closing gibe refocuses and cheapens the humor into a gratuitous insult that yields no benefit beyond a feeling of superiority. (Picture book. 4-11)"
Saucy hilarity and clever visual characterization make this wide-audience treat delectable until the potentially off-putting final page. Read full book review >

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DESSER, THE BEST CAT EVER by Maggie Smith
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"This forthright, compassionate tale is a sweet, soothing balm for bereaved pet owners as well as any cat lover. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A young girl reminisces about the life of her cat, Desser, chronicling how the frisky kitten was acquired—"a long, long time ago, when my daddy had big hair"—and how their friendship blossomed. Read full book review >