Search Results: "Alison Jackson"


BOOK REVIEW

WHEN THE WIND BLEW by Alison Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 2014

"Children who know the nursery rhymes will enjoy seeing them in a new context, and children who do not can enjoy the rollicking action anyway. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A follow-up to If the Shoe Fits (illustrated by Karla Firehammer, 2001) finds the old woman—not so old but cheery and buxom—and her many children solving a few dilemmas for other nursery rhyme denizens. Read full book review >

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RAINMAKER by Alison Jackson
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2005

"Though the plot is slight and slow moving, the candid and earnest voice of Pidge will linger, just as the rain clouds after the rainmaker's departure. (Fiction. 10+)"
In 1939, the town of Frostfree, Florida, is looking for a miracle. Read full book review >

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BLOWING BUBBLES WITH THE ENEMY by Alison Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Despite the fact that she's a girl, Bobby Lorimer (newly arrived at Jefferson Middle School) is as determined to play on the boys' basketball team as Coach Briley is to keep her off. Read full book review >

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DESERT ROSE AND HER HIGHFALUTIN HOG by Alison Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The plot, lifted nearly lock, stock and barrel from Joseph Jacobs's 'The Old Woman and the Pig,' is pretty bare bones, but readers will be so focused on the prose and on plucky Desert Rose, they probably won't notice. (Picture book. 6-10)"
An old English folktale gets a Texas makeover. Read full book review >

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IF THE SHOE FITS by Alison Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Pastel colors and barely hidden details fit the realm of nursery rhyme books perfectly. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The hunt for the perfect abode is the premise for this romp through the world of nursery rhymes. Read full book review >

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THEA’S TREE by Alison Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

When Thea's science teacher assigns her a month-long project that includes research, observation and recording data, Thea decides to plant a purple seed and watch what happens. Read full book review >

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EGGS OVER EVIE by Alison Jackson
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Sweet and savory. (bibliography of kitchen wisdom) (Fiction. 8-12)"
After her father moves to a condo and marries a younger woman, 13-year-old Evie fills the void by cooking. Read full book review >

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THE BALLAD OF VALENTINE by Alison Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Just right for Valentine's Day, this is funny and satisfying without being too sugary. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Clever interplay of text and art makes this ballad more than a simple love story. Read full book review >

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DARK DAYS AND BLOOD REBELLIONS
by Thea James

What is it about the clever blend of magic and classic aristocracy that is so pleasing to read? The mix of enchantment, romance, and classism is a tried and true bouquet, from books like Sherwood Smith’s much beloved YA duology Crown Duel/Court Duel to movies like the newest iteration of Beauty and the Beast.

Like so many others who ...


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BOOK REVIEW

MIMI’S DADA CATIFESTO by Shelley Jackson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

"Completely spectacular. (Picture book. 7 & up)"
This engaging picture book delivers a pleasurable story, dazzling artwork and a fascinating introduction to Dadaism. Read full book review >

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THE GAGGLE SISTERS RIVER TOUR by Chris Jackson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The kooky, droll watercolors are a decided plus, but it is the dryly humorous, theatrical text that keeps the story going strong to the end, as readers applaud Dorothy's saintly patience and try to figure a way to reach into the pages to strangle Sadie. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A prima donna goose who practically defines pomposity gets a glimmering that her entourage of one—her sister—may well be indispensable to her success. Read full book review >