Reviews

Cover: F is for Fenway: America's Oldest Major League Ballpark

A Review of "F Is for Fenway Park: America's Oldest Major League Ballpark" in Booklist

Paying well-deserved tribute to 100-year-old Fenway Park—the oldest major-league park still in use—Pallotta proffers both soaring (OK, florid) verses (“It isn’t just a ballpark; it’s Boston’s sacred ground. / From the furthest bleacher seats to the pitching mound”) and side comments on the… View »

 
Cover: Stella Batts: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

A Review of "Stella Batts: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow" in The Midwest Book Review

“Stella Batts: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow” is a chapter book with immense appeal for kids age 7 and up, second in a series. Life starts out positive for Stella, child of candy store owners who gets to be an Official Batts Confections Taste-Tester. But after she goes to sleep testing magic… View »

 
Cover: The People of Twelve Thousand Winters

A Review of "The People of Twelve Thousand Winters" in The Midwest Book Review

Part of the “Tales of the World” series, The People of Twelve Thousand Winters is a children’s picturebook in which award-winning author Trinka Hakes Noble portrays the life of a Native American boy growing up among his people, the Lenni Lenape, as they once lived before the arrival of… View »

 
Cover: Delia's Dull Day: An Incredibly Boring Story

A Review of "Delia’s Dull Day: An Incredibly Boring Story" in Kirkus Reviews

An amusing visual riff on the frequent refrain “nothing ever happens to me.”…
Delia recounts the details of her incredibly dull yesterday. While her words describe a pedestrian day from breakfast to bedtime, the illustrations tell a completely different story. While Delia’s eyes are either View »

 
Cover: Stella Batts: Pardon Me

A Review of "Pardon Me" in Kirkus Reviews

Back for her third outing, Stella reports, “If you write at least three books that are all connected then you have a series.”…
All is not well for Stella: Her BFF has moved far away, leaving a serious sense of loneliness and loss, which is made all the worse when she calls Willa and her fr View »

 
Cover: The Quilt Walk

A Review of "The Quilt Walk" in Kirkus Reviews

When 10-year-old Emmy Blue Hatchett’s father announces that the family will be traveling from their home in Illinois to the frontier town of Golden, Colo., the reaction to the news is as varied as the colors in one of their beloved hand-pieced quilts…
It is 1863, and the Colorado Gold Rus View »

 
Cover: The People of Twelve Thousand Winters

A Review of "The People of Twelve Thousand Winters" in School library Journal

Gr 2-4–Walking Turtle and Little Talk are children of the Lenni Lenape, living in an undetermined time in a region now part of New Jersey. They seem wise beyond their years as they convey the way of life and some of the cultural practices of their people. Ten-year-old Walking Turtle… View »

 
Cover: A Giraffe Did One

A Review of "A Giraffe Did One" in Publishers Weekly

In the tradition of Everyone Poops, Pallotta’s gently mischievous story features cute animals that share one thing in common: occasional flatulence. “A flock of birds flew by. OK, who did it? We’ll never know which one it was.” Meanwhile, a fox, seen peering coyly around a tree, “was sneaky… View »

 
Cover: Track that Scat!

A Review of "Track That Scat!" in Publishers Weekly

Stepping in animal poop is rarely cause for celebration, but it is for a girl named Finn in a story that invokes not one, not two, but three meanings of the word “scat.” On a wildlife walk with her basset hound, Finn introduces her brand-new sneakers to a potpourri of animal scat: “Three-toe View »

 
Cover: The Voyage of the Sea Wolf

A Review of "The Voyage of the Sea Wolf" in Kirkus Reviews

Ahoy ye mateys! Clamber on board the Sea Wolf for a salty adventure…
As the first in Bunting’s new series ended, 15-year-old Catherine, The Pirate Captain’s Daughter (2011), had been marooned on a desolate island with William, cabin boy and love of her young life, and the situation was lo View »