Search Results: "Anna Fienberg"


BOOK REVIEW

HORRENDO’S CURSE by Anna Fienberg
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2002

"The occasional illustrations are oddly dim, but provide appropriate caricatures. (Fiction. 10-13)"
In this agenda-heavy but comic tale, a lad brings peace between a pirate crew and the town it terrorizes by combining culinary wizardry and an inability to say anything that's not nice. Read full book review >

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NUMBER 8 by Anna Fienberg
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"The suspense builds toward a gripping climax, followed by a gratifying rock-and-roll wrap-up. (Fiction. 13-16)"
Excellent characterization and a touching friendship mark this appealing Australian thriller. Read full book review >

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BORROWED LIGHT by Anna Fienberg
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"Slow-moving but eventually powerful, this is a meditation for more intellectually inclined young readers. (Fiction. YA)"
In lyrical prose Fienberg documents the inner contemplations of a shy Australian girl, Callisto, during her turbulent 16th year. Read full book review >

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THE WITCH IN THE LAKE by Anna Fienberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Fienberg's Borrowed Light (2000). (Fiction. 11-13)"
A gripping climax takes far too long to arrive in this glacial tale of young love and wizardry in 16th-century Italy. Read full book review >

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THE MAGNIFICENT NOSE by Anna Fienberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"The greatest treasures may be the observations of the adults who, either oblivious or enamored of their children's skills, buoy the tales with almost every comment. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Small, peculiar children with enormous gifts parade through this storybook of almost self-contained chapters, set down amidst alternating pages of whimsical full-color and b&w illustrations. Read full book review >

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MINTON GOES! by Anna Fienberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Jolly good fun. (Fantasy. 5-8)"
A chapter book series in the fine tradition of Frog and Toad. Read full book review >

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THERE ONCE WAS A BOY CALLED TASHI by Anna Fienberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"There's a whole series, though, so more is sure to come. (Picture book. 4-7)"
First published in Australia, this import introduces Tashi and his family, who live in a vaguely Asian landscape, with elements of Near Eastern and Western naming and imagery. Read full book review >

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TASHI AND THE PHOENIX by Anna Fienberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Look no further for a different type of first chapter book. (Fantasy. 6-8)"
Tashi is the star of a long-running series from Australia (Tashi and the Mixed-Up Monster, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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FIVE STORIES by Anna Alter
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"Here's hoping that in the next Sprout Street tales there are fewer words and more action, which will help young readers connect with these characters. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Five neighbors learn to live together in their apartment building despite their differences. Read full book review >

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ONE THOUSAND THINGS by Anna Kövecses
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2015

"Not a radical departure from similar primary-level catalogs but still useful for building both verbal and visual working vocabularies. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Familiar figures and concepts depicted in a simple graphic style invite very young children to catalog and identify many of the items they might encounter in their everyday worlds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRANCINE’S DAY by Anna Alter
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Though austere, their tranquility kindles warmth to bring readers comfort in their ennui. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Suggesting that even toddlers have bad days, Alter's story is balanced with equal measures of gravity and levity. Read full book review >