Search Results: "Alison Dagnes"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"The author achieves her objective, but the price of her success is a book that will have greater appeal to specialists than to general readers."
Dagnes (Political Science/Shippensburg Univ.; Politics On Demand: The Effects of 24-Hour News on American Politics, 2010, etc.) investigates the relation among politics, bias and satire. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALISON, WHO WENT AWAY by Vivian Vande Velde
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2001

"The denouement, which comes in a seriocomic run to a funeral parlor the night of the eighth-grade dance, feels a little forced, but the unfolding of Susan's family's anguish is done at just the right pace, with each shard of emotion placed precisely. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Susan—who now wants people to call her Sibyl—is 14 and fiercely angry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ALISON RULES by Catherine Clark
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Several cuts above the standard teen-weepie. (Fiction. YA)"
The Alison Rules are never specifically codified as such, but they are all based on one organizing premise: to keep Alison from moving beyond her mother's death from cancer the previous summer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DROWNING OF ALISON ALYWARD by Genevieve Lyons
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"Veteran Lyons (Green Years, 1989, etc.) turns in a performance as low-key, neatly written, and steadily entertaining as ever."
Mark Dangerfield, antique-book dealer and sometime detective in Maggie Thatcher's London, is asked by socialite Wendy Cadbury, a friend of his mother's, to investigate the drowning death of her young friend Alison Alyward, officially a suicide. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALISON DARE: THE HEART OF THE MAIDEN by J. Torres
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 2010

"An ambitious concept in need of some polish. (Graphic adventure. 9-12)"
An extremely promising premise disappoints with its flat, awkward construction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEE & ME by Alison Jay
by Alison Jay, illustrated by Alison Jay
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"A sweet bee idyll. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little girl befriends a lost bumblebee in this wordless picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUT OF THE BLUE by Alison Jay
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2014

"A beautiful if rather sprawling beach book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Jay's distinctive media and style combine to present a wordless, fantastic beach story of adventure and compassion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EDDIE AND DOG by Alison Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"A sweet choice for dog lovers, active children or anyone searching for a friend. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This effervescent boy-and-dog tale is worth making some room on the shelf. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WELCOME TO THE ZOO by Alison Jay
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Children will delight in visiting this magical place, where the wacky animals are the well-deserved premier attraction. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This whimsical zoo is a wonder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CROW by Alison Paul
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 3, 2007

"Younger and more timorous audiences will appreciate the take-it-or-leave-it quality of the suspense. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Riffing on "The Raven" for her debut, Paul demonstrates that she's no Poe (yet, at least) when it comes to verse—but her shadowy, skewed-perspective paper-collage illustrations do create a properly brooding atmosphere. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ME AND MY DAD! by Alison Ritchie
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"More and more titles are emerging that celebrate the special bond between fathers and their children; this one adds beautifully to that genre. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A playful and loving father and son spend a delightful day bonding together, from a wake-up nose tickle to a final nighttime cuddle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARE WE THERE YET? by Alison Lester
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"North American kids will be left with both a far greater understanding of the varied wonders of Australia and a sense that their own homeland may offer similarly gorgeous possibilities. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A three-month odyssey around Australia forms this infectiously enthusiastic love letter to the author's homeland. Read full book review >