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Books with author Richard L. Torrey

  • According to Hoyle: The Up-to-Date Edition of the World-Famous Book on Rules of Games

    Richard L. Frey

    Mass Market Paperback (Fawcett, Dec. 12, 1985)
    "A must for anyone who wants to play a game and play it correctly."Charles H. GorenWhether you play card games, dice games, parlor games, word games, chess, checker, backgammon, or solitaire games, here is a comprehensive, up-to-date book with the complete rules of your favorite games of skill and chance. ACCORDING TO HOYLE gives not only the rules but expert advice on winning, too.
  • Why?

    Richard Torrey

    eBook (Balzer + Bray, Dec. 7, 2010)
    Like any almost-six-year-old, Jack is full of questions. Why does all the good-for-you food taste bad? Why can't he have a tail? Why doesn't hair hurt when you cut it? From bedtimes to ball games, Jack has a question for everything.Why?Why?Why?Richard Torrey's funny, sweet companion to almost is a celebration of every child's favorite question.
  • Almost

    Richard Torrey

    Hardcover (Balzer + Bray, May 12, 2009)
    Meet Jack.He's almost six years old. And that's almost grown up. After all, he can almost ride a big bike just like his older brother. And he almost never gets scared.This spunky little almost-six-year-old is ready to take on the world.Well, almost.Richard Torrey's sweetly funny tale is sure to resonate with any child who just can't wait to be big.
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  • Why?

    Richard Torrey

    Hardcover (Balzer + Bray, April 27, 2010)
    Like any almost-six-year-old, Jack is full of questions. Why does all the good-for-you food taste bad? Why can't he have a tail? Why doesn't hair hurt when you cut it? From bedtimes to ball games, Jack has a question for everything.Why?Why?Why?Richard Torrey's funny, sweet companion to almost is a celebration of every child's favorite question.
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  • Ally-saurus & the Very Bossy Monster

    Richard Torrey

    Hardcover (Sterling Children's Books, Aug. 8, 2017)
    What happens when a bossy new girl tries to make everyone play by her rules? Ally-saurus is back—and ROARING louder than ever! Ally-saurus and her friends always have lots of fun playing pretend. They stomp, they roar, they dance, each in their own way. But new girl Maddie wants everyone to play by HER rules. “Monsters can’t be dinosaurs or dancers,” she insists. Worst of all, she won’t let little Petey have his teddy bear! Can Ally-saurus help Maddie understand that bossiness is no fun at all? With charm and humor, Richard Torrey teaches a gentle lesson in respecting each other’s differences . . . and playing nice.
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  • Beans Baker's Best Shot

    Richard Torrey

    Paperback (Random House Books for Young Readers, June 27, 2006)
    An entertaining early reader about soccer, friendship, and sportsmanship. When Beans hurts his leg in soccer practice right before the championship game, his best friend Chester thinks it’s all his fault! Beans may not be able to play in the game, but he can still play an important role on the team when he cheers up—and cheers on—Chester. A great story for young sports lovers and those interested in character education. Step 3 Readers feature engaging characters in easy-to-follow plots about popular topics—for children who are ready to read on their own.
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  • The Almost Terrible Playdate

    Richard Torrey

    eBook (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, Feb. 16, 2016)
    “A delightful look at the importance of compromise among friends.”—KirkusIdeal for all families who have ever heard (or said!) the words “Why can’t you both JUST GET ALONG?!”, here is the story of two young children with VERY different ideas of what they want to play. What starts with an innocent question (“What do you want to play?”) soon veers hilariously toward chaos, as two children engage in the age-old struggle of princesses, ponies, and ballet vs. dinosaurs, dragons, and race cars. Which child will win? Or will both find a way to play nicely together? In a humorous mock–epic battle staged with crayon illustrations of each child’s increasingly steadfast and elaborate ideas of what they want to play, Richard Torrey taps into the charged and volatile emotions of childhood, which every parent and child will recognize with a smile. It’s a lighthearted and funny way to reflect on the ideas of sharing, cooperation, patience, and generosity.“A clever story of dueling imaginations.”—School Library Journal“A playful and accessible introduction to cooperation.”—Booklist “Friendship, it seems, like make-believe, takes an act of imagination.”—The New York Times
  • The Almost Terrible Playdate

    Richard Torrey

    Hardcover (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, Feb. 16, 2016)
    “A delightful look at the importance of compromise among friends.”—KirkusIdeal for all families who have ever heard (or said!) the words “Why can’t you both JUST GET ALONG?!”, here is the story of two young children with VERY different ideas of what they want to play. What starts with an innocent question (“What do you want to play?”) soon veers hilariously toward chaos, as two children engage in the age-old struggle of princesses, ponies, and ballet vs. dinosaurs, dragons, and race cars. Which child will win? Or will both find a way to play nicely together? In a humorous mock–epic battle staged with crayon illustrations of each child’s increasingly steadfast and elaborate ideas of what they want to play, Richard Torrey taps into the charged and volatile emotions of childhood, which every parent and child will recognize with a smile. It’s a lighthearted and funny way to reflect on the ideas of sharing, cooperation, patience, and generosity.“A clever story of dueling imaginations.”—School Library Journal“A playful and accessible introduction to cooperation.”—Booklist “Friendship, it seems, like make-believe, takes an act of imagination.”—The New York Times
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  • Ally-saurus & the First Day of School

    Richard Torrey

    Hardcover (Sterling Children's Books, May 5, 2015)
    You can call her Ally-SAURUS! When Ally roars off to her first day at school, she hopes she'll meet lots of other dinosaur-mad kids in class. Instead, she's the only one chomping her food with fierce dino teeth and drawing dinosaurs on her nameplate. Even worse, a group of would-be "princesses" snubs her! Will Ally ever make new friends? With its humorous art, appealing heroine, and surprise ending, this fun picture book celebrates children's boundless imagination.
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  • A Basketball Story

    Richard L. Torrey

    Hardcover (Kane/Miller Book Publishers, June 15, 2014)
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  • My Dog, Bob

    Richard Torrey

    Hardcover (Holiday House, July 10, 2015)
    Like all dogs, Bob likes breakfast, riding in the family car, and digging for bones. But unlike other dogs, Bob cooks breakfast for himself and his family, drives the family car and digs for dinosaur bones with a paleontologist. When the girl next door challenges Bob’s owner to a contest to see whose dog is best, Bob doesn’t sit, fetch or speak on command. Bob loses. "I’m sorry," Bob says as the girl and her dog march off in triumph. But to make up for his deficiencies, Bob makes pizza for the family.Readers will enjoy the wry humor that is underscored by an ironic text and understated illustrations.
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  • Almost

    Richard Torrey

    eBook (Balzer + Bray, Dec. 7, 2010)
    Meet Jack. He's almost six years old. And that's almost grown up. After all, he can almost ride a big bike just like his older brother. And he almost never gets scared. This spunky little six-year-old is ready to take on the world. Well, almost. Richard Torrey's sweetly funny tale is sure to resonate with any little guy who just can't wait to be big.