Search Results: "Ann Downer"


BOOK REVIEW

SMART AND SPINELESS by Ann Downer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Science facts more surprising than science fiction for teen readers. (endnotes, glossary, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
The lack of a spine, or even a brain, doesn't keep invertebrates from learning, remembering, and solving problems. Read full book review >

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SHARK BABY by Ann Downer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2013

"Highlights a side to sharks not often found in picture books, but readers can find better, notably Surprising Sharks, by Nicola Davies and illustrated by James Croft (2003). (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
This tale of an anthropomorphic baby shark trying to find out who he is has shades of both "The Ugly Duckling" and Are You my Mother?Read full book review >

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THE ANIMAL MATING GAME by Ann Downer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A unique and well-organized survey of reproductive behaviors that belongs in every middle and upper school library but will probably not last long on the shelf. (notes, glossary, selected bibliography, index, acknowledgements) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
"Without animal sex there would be no animal life." Read full book review >

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HATCHING MAGIC by Ann Downer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"However, the pace quickens near the end, and several delightful closing details produce a satisfying finish. (Fiction. 8-11)"
An earnest 13th-century wizard follows his pet dragon through a time/space bolt-hole into contemporary Boston in this lightweight, pleasant fantasy. Read full book review >

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THE BOOKS OF THE KEEPERS by Ann Downer
FANTASY
Released: April 30, 1993

"There's not the dominant major plot found in the earlier books; but that hardly lessens the pleasure of exploring a world where the suspension of disbelief comes so easily. (Fiction. 12+)"
In the third in a series (The Spellkey, 1987, etc.), the author interweaves four main stories and many minor ones in an intricate braid of elves, humans, and their offspring the goblins, all linked by love and magic. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGON OF NEVER-WAS by Ann Downer
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"Harmless, but not especially gripping. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Downer should have left her likable 12-year-old protagonist alone rather than dragging her through this mediocre sequel. Read full book review >

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MADAME SADAYAKKO by Lesley Downer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2003

"A lukewarm portrait of a red-hot international star of a century past."
Hot on the heels of Mineko Iwasaki's Geisha (p. 1198) comes this biography of a once-renowned but now-forgotten Japanese courtesan, dancer, and actress. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1995

"The Tsutsumis await a savvier Boswell to bring them to life."
British journalist Downer has bitten off appreciably more than she can chew in this interpretive history of the house of Tsutsumi, one of the wealthiest and least conventional families in conformist Japan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"An ardent, spirited look at what is increasingly considered the world's language."
An exploration of the English language via the study of specific words that have "gone global." Read full book review >

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SPRING CLEANING, AWESOME READING
by Bobbi Dumas

Are you a Spring Cleaner? Is this the time you go through closets and boxes, wash windows and pack away clothes?

The weather in Wisconsin has been a little erratic the past couple of months, so I’m hesitant to put away any warm clothes just yet. However my awesome husband has had some time off this month and has decided ...


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BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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 >