A fun story of friendship and forgiveness for young independent readers and patient lap readers.

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WENDELL LEARNS A LESSON

From the The Golfing Bee series , Vol. 2

The Golfing Bee is back in a new rule-learning adventure from Kranz and Motz (The Golfing Bee, 2016).

Wendell, whose friend George gave the bee a miniature set of clubs and a golfer’s outfit in their first story, is eager to spend more time on the golf course. He sleeps with his clubs, and on a rainy day, he practices his swing in the hive. When the sun finally comes out, he greets George and follows along with the game. At first, mud splashes everywhere, even over Wendell when he gets too close! Flying higher, Wendell admires how the ball spins. When George’s ball gets stuck in a sand trap, “called a bunker,” Kranz helpfully notes, Wendell works to free the ball. With a ladybug and a spider, Wendell has almost moved the ball when George shouts at him to stop: moving the ball is breaking the rules! Wendell is ashamed, and his feelings are hurt. After swinging and missing the ball a number of times, George realizes that he needs to apologize. He knows Wendell was only trying to help. Friends with Wendell again, George is able to hit the ball, and Wendell plans to learn more about golf’s rules. Wendell’s reaction after getting yelled at for trying to help will strike a chord with young readers, and George’s abashed apology may feel familiar to parents; that the pair ends their night together looking forward to the next day is a comforting lesson on friendship and/or parent-child relationships. Kranz’s vocabulary is accessible, although the congested text might intimidate readers. Motz’s large, brightly colored illustrations, which manage to show the size differential between bee and human without complicating the composition, are a huge draw. One illustration, in which the ball is hidden in the bunker, is especially fun for children who enjoy seek-and-find–style books. The cartoonish anthropomorphic bee and his round-eyed golfer friend are likable even when at odds. Wendell’s hive room, complete with bed, is still a mystery, but young readers are unlikely to be bothered by the bee-sized furniture.

A fun story of friendship and forgiveness for young independent readers and patient lap readers.

Pub Date: Nov. 10, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9983495-0-3

Page Count: 36

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: May 21, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2017

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MORNING GIRL

Like the quiet lap of waves on the sand, the alternating introspections of two Bahamian island children in 1492. Morning Girl and her brother Star Boy are very different: she loves the hush of pre-dawn while he revels in night skies, noise, wind. In many ways they are antagonists, each too young and subjective to understand the other's perspective—in contrast to their mother's appreciation for her brother. In the course of these taut chapters concerning such pivotal events as their mother's losing a child, the arrival of a hurricane, or Star Boy's earning the right to his adult name, they grow closer. In the last, Morning Girl greets— with cordial innocence—a boat full of visitors, unaware that her beautifully balanced and textured life is about to be catalogued as ``very poor in everything,'' her island conquered by Europeans. This paradise is so intensely and believably imagined that the epilogue, quoted from Columbus's diary, sickens with its ominous significance. Subtly, Dorris draws parallels between the timeless chafings of sibs set on changing each other's temperaments and the intrusions of states questing new territory. Saddening, compelling—a novel to be cherished for its compassion and humanity. (Fiction. 8+)

Pub Date: Sept. 14, 1992

ISBN: 1-56282-284-5

Page Count: 80

Publisher: Hyperion

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1992

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One of those rare thrillers whose answers are even more scarifying than its mysteries.

AFTER ALL I'VE DONE

A middle-aged woman sidelined by a horrific accident finds even sharper pains waiting on the other side of her recuperation in this expert nightmare by Hardy, familiar to many readers as Megan Hart, author of All the Secrets We Keep (2017), etc.

Five months ago, while she was on her way to the hospital with an ailing gallbladder, Diana Sparrow’s car hit a deer on a rural Pennsylvania road. When she awoke, she was minus her gallbladder, two working collarbones (and therefore two functioning arms), and her memory. During a recovery that would’ve been impossible without the constant ministrations of Harriett Richmond, the mother-in-law who’s the real reason Diana married her husband, Jonathan, Diana’s discovered that Jonathan has been cheating on her with her childhood friend Valerie Delagatti. Divorce is out of the question: Diana’s grown used to the pampered lifestyle the prenup she’d signed would snatch away from her. Every day is filled with torments. She slips and falls in a pool of wine on her kitchen floor she’s sure she didn’t spill herself. At the emergency room, her credit card and debit card are declined. She feels that she hates oppressively solicitous Harriett but has no idea why. Her sessions with her psychiatrist fail to heal her rage at her adoptive mother, an addict who abandoned her then returned only to disappear again and die an ugly death. Even worse, her attempts to recover her lost memory lead to an excruciatingly paced series of revelations. Val says Diana asked her to seduce Jonathan. Diana realizes that Cole, a fellow student in her watercolor class, isn’t the stranger she’d thought he was. Where can this maze of deceptions possibly end?

One of those rare thrillers whose answers are even more scarifying than its mysteries.

Pub Date: Nov. 10, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-64385-470-0

Page Count: 310

Publisher: Crooked Lane

Review Posted Online: Aug. 19, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2020

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An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some...

RALPH TELLS A STORY

With a little help from his audience, a young storyteller gets over a solid case of writer’s block in this engaging debut.

Despite the (sometimes creatively spelled) examples produced by all his classmates and the teacher’s assertion that “Stories are everywhere!” Ralph can’t get past putting his name at the top of his paper. One day, lying under the desk in despair, he remembers finding an inchworm in the park. That’s all he has, though, until his classmates’ questions—“Did it feel squishy?” “Did your mom let you keep it?” “Did you name it?”—open the floodgates for a rousing yarn featuring an interloping toddler, a broad comic turn and a dramatic rescue. Hanlon illustrates the episode with childlike scenes done in transparent colors, featuring friendly-looking children with big smiles and widely spaced button eyes. The narrative text is printed in standard type, but the children’s dialogue is rendered in hand-lettered printing within speech balloons. The episode is enhanced with a page of elementary writing tips and the tantalizing titles of his many subsequent stories (“When I Ate Too Much Spaghetti,” “The Scariest Hamster,” “When the Librarian Yelled Really Loud at Me,” etc.) on the back endpapers.

An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some budding young writers off and running. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 18, 2012

ISBN: 978-0761461807

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Amazon Children's Publishing

Review Posted Online: Aug. 22, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2012

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