Search Results: "Alice Priestley"


BOOK REVIEW

SOMEONE IS READING THIS BOOK by Alice Priestley
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"The whole is a bit too wobbly—a conceit that never flies. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A prince, "handsome as most and almost as clever," sulks because he wants to fly. Read full book review >

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TOGETHER by Hazel Hutchins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Undoubtedly, there are many valuable lessons to be learned from this story, but perhaps the most important is the idea that a hug is what keeps a family together when they're apart—'one when we leave…and one when we're all back together again.' (Picture book. 2-5)"
From buttons to zippers to hugs, young children will learn the meaning of "together" in everyday life. Read full book review >

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MOM AND MUM ARE GETTING MARRIED! by Ken Setterington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Artistically tepid but socially valuable. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Gay picture books are unfortunately still rare enough that they all matter regardless of literary and artistic quality. Read full book review >

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DEATH AND THE ARROW by Chris Priestley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2003

"Despite the Noble Savage bit, and the fact that Tom's role in the tale is largely a passive one as his associates do most of the fighting and deduction, fans of Pullman's Victorian tales may enjoy the similar level of violence and almost tangibly miasmic setting. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Priestly pours generous measures of Dickens and Doyle (Sir Arthur Conan, that is) into this melodramatic murder mystery, set amid the vividly rendered stews of 18th-century London. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REDWULF’S CURSE by Chris Priestley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2005

"A fizzle, compared to the previous episode, Death and the Arrow (2003). (Fiction. 11-13)"
Plainly modeled on Hound of the Baskervilles, this new Tom Marlowe Adventure takes the young sleuth-in-training and his capable mentor Dr. Harker out to the tidal bogs of 18th-century East Anglia, where a wealthy friend of the Doctor's has been rummaging around in an ancient barrow said to be protected by a supernatural guardian. Read full book review >

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UNCLE MONTAGUE’S TALES OF TERROR by Chris Priestley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Priestley usually does better. (Short stories. 11-13)"
The author's attempts to create atmosphere with constant references to half-glimpsed figures, encroaching fog, unexplained noises, etc., come off as labored in these ten tales of the supernatural. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MURPHY IN THE CITY by Alice Provensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"For children who love their dogs, hate long car rides, and fear the new and different (until they try it), much will be comforting in this unassuming, appealing tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The multicolored paw prints that cover the endpapers signal the return of Murphy-Stop-That, a small, loud terrier who lives on a farm (A Day in the Life of Murphy, 2003). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY BLANKIE by Alice Beauvisage
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2013

"For a more successful ode to security objects, stick with Carol Thompson's Blankies (2013). (Board book. 2-3)"
A youngster, likely a boy, demonstrates all the fun he can have with his security blanket. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUNCH IN NEW YORK by Alice Provensen
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

Arriving in New York with his traditional puppets, Professore Tucci-Piccini is robbed of the suitcase containing Punch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOLITAIRE by Alice Oseman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 30, 2015

"Still, Oseman's novel will be popular with those who worship Holden. (Fiction. 14-18)"
This debut novel evokes a classic to present a girl searching for something true. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAWN AND DUSK by Alice Mead
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2007

"It's an important story, and any reader, young or old, wishing to know more about Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Sudan and other troubled spots of the modern world would do well to start with Mead's many informative works. (Fiction. 10+)"
It was an ordinary day when the bombs fell over Sardasht, Iran. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOLLY BANNAKY by Alice McGill
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"These don't destroy the suspense, but will compromise the accessibility of the story for children. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A sneeze and a cow kicking over the milk launches this true tale of a 17-year-old dairymaid in England in 1683; Molly was subsequently accused of stealing her lordship's milk and brought before a court. Read full book review >