Search Results: "Alexander Jansson"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2014

"A hefty sheaf of chillers—all short enough to share aloud and expertly cast to entice unwary middle graders a step or two into the shadows. (index, not seen) (Horror/short stories. 10-13)"
Styling themselves "curators," four of horror fantasy's newer stars share tales and correspondence related to an imaginary museum of creepy creatures and artifacts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SUMMER BOOK by Tove Jansson
Released: April 28, 1975

"Spindrift perceptions, fresh and penetrating."
Ms. Jansson, who wrote those "Moominland" fancies for children, has directed her inventive hook-and-button plain talk at some adult concerns. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KARI'S SAGA by Robert Jansson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2008

"An accurate and engrossing tale for history buffs and Viking aficionados."
An ambitious story of interclan feuding in Iceland set against sweeping European events in 1000 CE. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOOMINPAPPA'S MEMOIRS by Tove Jansson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Completely winning. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Jansson's (Sun City, 1976, etc.) little Moomin creatures return in this most recently translated addition to her classic series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HER IDEA by Rilla Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"A perfect storm of ugly imagery, sloppy thinking and subpar writing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The author of The Best Book in the World (2014), a paean to reading, brings to the art of writing the same over-the-top exuberance.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MILLIE IN THE SNOW by Alexander Steffensmeier
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"Sharp-eyed children will delight in the antics of the other farm animals tucked away in the busy spreads, but 'moo-velous' Millie in her woolen cap is the star of this show. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Millie, the delightfully different bovine star of Millie Waits for the Mail (2007), returns for another adventure, but this time she is helping the mail carrier instead of scaring him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUCY AND THE BULLY by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The foreword, by a staff therapist at Northwestern's Family Institute, provides tips for parents and teachers on using stories in bullying-prevention programs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lucy, a primary grader, is good at art to the delight of all her classmates, except for Tommy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHASKA AND THE GOLDEN DOLL by Ellen Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"A likable, useful contribution. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
The true story of how one Andean village was able to fund a school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD by Rilla Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 8, 2014

"To quote one of many exuberant, action-packed spreads: 'Enjoy the ride!' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Adding to a growing genre, this picture book shouts—no, hollers at the top of its lungs—praise to the codex. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BACK TO FRONT AND UPSIDE DOWN by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"While Stan's improvement is a little too good to be true, Alexander's message is clear: 'We all have to ask for help sometimes.' (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little dog who has trouble with the mechanics of writing musters up the courage to ask his teacher for help. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEVERLY BILLINGSLY CAN’T CATCH by Alexander Stadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"No more. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Tired of being the last picked to play softball, Beverly and her friend Oliver—who might know how to crack the books, but never hear that sound when they swing the bat—decide to study up on the game to get better. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SMALL FLORENCE, PIGGY POP STAR by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Florence caught in the spotlight is alone worth 1,000 carefully crafted words. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Alexander's book is a pleasure to gaze upon. Read full book review >