Search Results: "Alison Friend"


BOOK REVIEW

FREDDY & FRITO AND THE CLUBHOUSE RULES by Alison Friend
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"This playful, lighthearted lesson about peacekeeping and place-keeping serves as the introduction of Friend's Freddy & Frito, and readers will look forward to their further adventures. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Fox kit Freddy and little mouse Frito's imaginative play dates are hampered by the rules of their respective homes, so why don't these two friends build a big clubhouse all their own? Read full book review >

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BRAMBLE AND MAGGIE GIVE AND TAKE by Jessie Haas
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2013

"Young readers will eat it up. (Fiction. 5-8)"
This delightful first chapter book improves upon its predecessor (Bramble and Maggie, 2012) from the same author/illustrator pair. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRAMBLE AND MAGGIE by Jessie Haas
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 2012

"A story like a good lesson horse: easy, pleasant, workmanlike, well-suited to beginning and intermediate riders—er, readers. (Early reader. 5-8)"
A bored lesson horse finds understanding. Read full book review >

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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 >

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WHAT COLOR IS CAESAR? by Maxine Kumin
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Friend's paintings, executed in gouache and featuring wide-eyed characters and a sunny pastoral setting, are pleasant enough but don't redeem this tedious tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A faux-philosophical problem, predictable plot and overlong text combine to create a disappointingly dull adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPOOKY SEASON by Jessie Haas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"This well-crafted horse story explores the themes of friendship and facing fears for those getting ready to move on from early readers. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Transitioning readers enamored with horses will be happy to immerse themselves in the third title of the Bramble and Maggie series, in which Maggie and her horse learn to cope with real and imagined fears. Read full book review >

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SCRAWNY CAT by Phyllis Root
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Whether they are landlubbers or seasoned sailors, readers will be pleased to meet this tenacious kitty and even happier to know he's found cozy comfort in a home with a caring companion. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Delicious language and a winsome feline ensure that this new iteration of an oft-told plot will find an appreciative audience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 17, 1972

"Quakerism) combines a tone of responsible questioning with a flair for dramatizing Fox's confrontations with authority, and the final chapters on the evolution of Quakerism add a broadening perspective."
George Fox was "born a seeker. . . into a seeking age," and if the "experimental" process by which he arrived at his convictions must be taken largely on faith, his courageous dedication to speaking his personal truth and the persecutions he and his followers suffered are placed within the context of the theological fervor which affected all classes of people in post-Reformation England. 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 >

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THE SECRET LIFE OF FIGGY MUSTARDO by Marsha Wilson Chall
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"With a peculiar ending, shaky plot, and passive art, this book may appeal to hard-core dog lovers, but it will likely leave general readers befuddled. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A bored, imaginative dog makes his dreams a reality. 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 >