SILENT LETTERS LOUD AND CLEAR

Pulver and Reed have once again managed to craft a book so clever and fun that both teachers and students alike will be enthralled (Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day, 2006, etc.). Even though the silent letters never make a fuss or complain, Mr. Wright’s class still does not appreciate them. In fact, the students have had it with silent letters and the difficulty they cause in spelling lessons. They express their opinion in a perfectly typed letter to the editor, but just before they hit send, the dumbfounded silent letters sneak out and hide. Chaos ensues, but then the silent letters parade out of the closet, finally to get the credit they deserve. Within the text itself, silent letters are highlighted whenever they appear. Reed combines acrylic paint with collage to maximum effect: Each of the silent letters has a personality all its own, while her cartoon stick figures convey all the emotion and energy needed to carry the story. Knuckle down and purchase this book or teachers will make your lives wretched. (Picture book. 4-10)

Pub Date: May 15, 2008

ISBN: 978-0-8234-2127-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Holiday House

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2008

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A DOG NAMED SAM

A book that will make young dog-owners smile in recognition and confirm dogless readers' worst suspicions about the mayhem caused by pets, even winsome ones. Sam, who bears passing resemblance to an affable golden retriever, is praised for fetching the family newspaper, and goes on to fetch every other newspaper on the block. In the next story, only the children love Sam's swimming; he is yelled at by lifeguards and fishermen alike when he splashes through every watering hole he can find. Finally, there is woe to the entire family when Sam is bored and lonely for one long night. Boland has an essential message, captured in both both story and illustrations of this Easy-to-Read: Kids and dogs belong together, especially when it's a fun-loving canine like Sam. An appealing tale. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 1, 1996

ISBN: 0-8037-1530-7

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Dial Books

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1996

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TO MARKET, TO MARKET

A marketing trip from Miranda (Glad Monster, Sad Monster, p. 1309) that jiggity jigs off in time-honored nursery-rhyme fashion, but almost immediately derails into well-charted chaos. The foodstuffs—the fat pig, the red hen, the plump goose, the pea pods, peppers, garlic, and spice—are wholly reasonable in light of the author's mention of shopping at traditional Spanish mercados, which stock live animals and vegetables. Stevens transfers the action to a standard American supermarket and a standard American kitchen, bringing hilarity to scenes that combine acrylics, oil pastels, and colored pencil with photo and fabric collage elements. The result is increasing frazzlement for the shopper, an older woman wearing spectacles, hat, and purple pumps (one of which is consumed by her groceries). It's back to market one last time for ingredients for the hot vegetable soup she prepares for the whole bunch. True, her kitchen's trashed and she probably won't find a welcome mat at her supermarket hereafter, but all's well that ends well—at least while the soup's on. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1997

ISBN: 0-15-200035-6

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 1997

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