Search Results: "Anna H. Blessing"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 10, 2012

"An inspirational glimpse into one vibrant area of the local food movement."
An introduction to the growing local food movement in Chicago restaurants and the farmers who supply them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Whispering of the Willows by Tonya Jewel Blessing
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A fictional account of 1920s Appalachia that provides insight into the culture, but lacks dynamic pacing and a convincing plot."
Following a life of poverty and abuse, a young Appalachian woman strives to gain independence, strength, and hope to overcome the wrongs committed against her in this debut novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LLAMA LLAMA GRAM AND GRANDPA by Anna Dewdney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"For longtime fans and new readers of the beloved Llama Llama series alike, this won't disappoint. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Llama Llama reaches another childhood milestone—his first sleepover. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A TOWER OF GIRAFFES by Anna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"This brief, exquisite overview may well have readers wishing for a sequel—or consulting reference books to find out more collective nouns. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
From a gaggle of geese to an ostentation of peacocks, a gathering of collective nouns. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AGATHA by Anna Pignataro
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Though it's certainly well-meaning, it lacks the wit that brings such schoolroom dramas as Kevin Henkes' and Peter McCarty's alive. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Even in a world populated by anthropomorphic animals of all sorts, Agatha stands out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LLAMA LLAMA HOME WITH MAMA by Anna Dewdney
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"A worthy addition to the Llama collection, just right for readers' own sick days. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Proving once again that she understands the preschool set, Dewdney shows what life is like when first Llama Llama and then Mama get sick. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABIGAIL SPELLS by Anna Alter
ANIMALS
Released: April 28, 2009

"Quiet and unassuming, this sympathetic testament to friendship is a great addition to a child's shelf. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This winsome tale demonstrates the value of friendship during the trials and travails of life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRUMPY GLORIA by Anna Dewdney
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Bound to be a read-aloud favorite. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A disgruntled bulldog provides fodder for a seriously funny tale from Dewdney. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEW OLD SHOES by Charlotte Blessing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"In a similar vein as Page McBrier's Beatrice's Goat, illustrated by Lori Lohstoeter (2001), this is likely to spark kids' interest in getting involved. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Told from the point of view of a pair of red sneakers, this tale fleshes out the journeys of the countless shoes that have traveled the globe through the Soles4Souls program. Read full book review >

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LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Cover Story: Play Set
BFF Charm: Third Wheel
Swoonworthy Scale: 8
Talky Talk: Otherworldly
Trigger Warning: Abuse
Bonus Factors: LGTBQ Characters, Multicultural Magic
Anti-Bonus Factor: Abuse
Relationship Status: Happily Ever After

Cover Story: Play Set

This cover is cute, and features important elements of the story, but it ...


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BOOK REVIEW

WHERE YOU END by Anna Pellicioli
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 8, 2015

"Intriguing but frustratingly uneven. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Reeling from heartbreak on a school field trip, Miriam deliberately pushes a valuable sculpture to the ground, and another girl sees her do it. Read full book review >