Search Results: "Ann Boyajian"


BOOK REVIEW

MORE SPICE THAN SUGAR by Lillian Morrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Morrison closes with notes on the historical figures here, though no information about the poets—still, this makes uplifting reading, meriting a place alongside Ann Whitford Paul's All By Herself (1999) and Isabel Joshlin Glaser's Dreams of Glory: Poems Starring Girls (1995). (Poetry. 8-12)"
" ‘ . . . i'm gonna beat / out my own rhythm,' " proclaims the child in Nikki Giovanni's "The Drum," and Morrison (I Scream You Scream, 1997, etc.) expands on that theme with 44 more forthrightly feminist declarations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Not a necessary purchase. (Nonfiction. 3-4)"
"The powerful symbols in this book stand for what the United States stands for: liberty, equality, and freedom." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIES OF THE HEART by Michelle Boyajian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2010

"Boyajian piles on the metaphors but offers little narrative detail, leaving a moral and emotional void at the heart of her debut novel and making Katie's search for justice more creepy than compelling."
A murder trial gives a young widow a new perspective into her problematic marriage. Read full book review >

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WATCH WILLIAM WALK by Ann Jonas
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Text and illustrations are perfectly synchronized. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Jonas (The 13th Clue, 1992, etc.) pens an alliterative, winning work about the letter W. The simple story features two children, William and Wilma, a big black dog, Wally, and a white duck, Wanda. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIRD AND BEAR by Ann James
by Ann James, illustrated by Ann James
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Ultimately, Bird and Bear are charming characters to look at, but their story needs more…story. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A slice-of-life story describes the friendship enjoyed by the eponymous Bird and Bear. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS by Ann Fearrington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The book, without enough contrast to show either the exuberant blinking lights that punctuate the darkness or the hush of paper lanterns lining a street, acts more as a remembrance of the ritual than a conveyance of its thrills. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A family loads into their station wagon on a dark, cold Christmas night to view lights on trees, spires, apartment balconies, factories, and office buildings, then arrives home where ``last year, this year, every year, we love our own lights best of all.'' The brief text is more sightseeing than story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE 13TH CLUE by Ann Jonas
by Ann Jonas, illustrated by Ann Jonas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1992

"Another handsome and appealing book from this unusually innovative artist. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``What a terrible day,'' reads the diary, but ``at least they sang to me at school.'' What follows is a treasure-hunt ending, of course, in a birthday party; in this case, it's the clues along the way that intrigue: instructions spelled out in the grass, with clothes on a line, with a coiled jump rope or carefully laid sticks; to be read upside down or inside out, or by unscrambling an anagram or decoding a rebus—all imaginatively displayed in Jonas's clean, beautifully composed illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ADVENTUROUS CHEF: ALEXIS SOYER by Ann Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2002

"The excitement of food and food preparation set in a historical context radiates from every page; middle-grade readers and those ready for a biography of a totally unique individual, irreplaceable by all accounts, will be fascinated. (Biography. 8-12)"
The illustrator of the splendid Fanny at Chez Panisse (1997) offers a fascinating pictorial biography of an engaging personality, the French chef Alexis Soyer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A RAINBOW BALLOON by Ann Lenssen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Similar in appeal to Johnson's Fire and Silk (1991), but for a slightly younger audience. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-8)"
Thirty lovely color photos of a hot-air balloon, on the ground and aloft, accompanied by a simple but informative text. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE QUEEN OF BRIGHT AND SHINY THINGS by Ann Aguirre
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 7, 2015

"This one's strictly for fans of lightweight romance. (Fiction. 12­-16)"
Sage is known around school as Princess Post-it for her efforts to cheer others up by sticking anonymous compliments on their lockers. Read full book review >

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ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT by Ann Jacobus
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Summer's real troubles are marred by the inclusion of fantastical Kurt and the predictably pat ending. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Summer finds herself living with her mother in Paris while attempting to finish high school so she will be eligible to inherit her grandfather's fortune. Read full book review >