Search Results: "Alison Friend"


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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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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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

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 >

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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 >

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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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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 >

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THE OTHER F-WORD by Natasha Friend
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 7, 2017

"Those facing similar quests to find birth parents will find this story comforting. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Two teens that share a sperm donor go on a quest to find their father. Read full book review >

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WHERE YOU'LL FIND ME by Natasha Friend
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 8, 2016

"An upper-middle-grade winner. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Middle school bitchiness is elevated to high art in this poignant tale of a girl dealing with the aftermath of her mother's suicide attempt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 21, 2009

"Indeed, Friend's memoir is mostly in pieces that could use further assemblage."
A New Yorker staff writer struggles to strike a prepossessing pose in a populous family photograph. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2011

"Like sheep themselves, the author's account often wanders outside the confines of the pasture and into the readers' hearts."
What is the common thread between road rage, Elvis and socks? Read full book review >

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BOUNCE by Natasha Friend
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Earnest and funny. (Fiction. YA)"
Since childhood, 13-year-old Evyn Linney has been wishing for one thing: a mother. Read full book review >