Search Results: "Antoinette van Heugten"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TULIP EATERS by Antoinette van Heugten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Flawed yet gripping."
Nora de Jong's life is turned upside down when she comes home from work to find her mother murdered and her infant daughter gone; following the minute clues leads her to some devastating secrets from her family's past and a violent legacy of betrayal and resentment. Read full book review >

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KINDERGARTEN DIARY by Antoinette Portis
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Friendships bloom, mishaps happen but throughout, 'We are fine!' (Picture book. 4-7)"
An exuberant little girl delivers a day-by-day (and sometimes half-day-by-half-day) account of her first month in kindergarten. Read full book review >

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A PENGUIN STORY by Antoinette Portis
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"The deliberately clashing endpapers, solid orange and green, extend the theme in this sweet story of yearning. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Icy Antarctica is frustratingly monochromatic for Edna the penguin, so she forsakes playing (and occasionally even lunch) to scan the horizon for something else. Read full book review >

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NOT A STICK by Antoinette Portis
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Certainly one hopes that she will someday find a new format for her creative drive, but at least this sequel has enough charm and understated pizzazz to allow its creator to work her magic one more time. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a near carbon copy of her debut (Not a Box, 2006), Portis brings to life the imaginative properties inherent in an average stick. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS SUPER KITTY by Antoinette Portis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Readers and listeners both bold and retiring will find much to like in this charming depiction of a child with a strong sense of self and confidence in her imaginative makeovers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A lively little girl named Maggie explains a series of transformations as she goes through her day. Read full book review >

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NOW by Antoinette Portis
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"Portis perfectly captures how children experience the world, the immediacy and magic of it all; exuberant and quiet, simple and complex, and extremely satisfying. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A young girl lives in the moment, her mindfulness of the world distilled into a list of favorite things whose ephemerality she celebrates now. Read full book review >

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FROODLE by Antoinette Portis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2014

"'The neighborhood was never the same,' the narrator reports, and neither will be the charmed listeners and readers of this cheerful invitation to invention. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When Little Brown Bird decides to sing something silly, most birds in the neighborhood follow her lead, but crows can't be silly, can they? Read full book review >

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NOT A BOX by Antoinette Portis
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"Appropriately bound in brown paper, this makes its profound point more directly than such like-themed tales as Marisabina Russo's Big Brown Box (2000) or Dana Kessimakis Smith's Brave Spaceboy (2005). (Picture book. 5-7)"
Dedicated "to children everywhere sitting in cardboard boxes," this elemental debut depicts a bunny with big, looping ears demonstrating to a rather thick, unseen questioner ("Are you still standing around in that box?") that what might look like an ordinary carton is actually a race car, a mountain, a burning building, a spaceship or anything else the imagination might dream up. Read full book review >

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BEST FRINTS IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE by Antoinette Portis
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"Cosmically delightful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Occasional disagreements and the need to mend a friendship are universal challenges. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 1993

"A woman who hung out with Kahlil Gibran, promoted the career of muralist Jose Orozco, and broke the story of the Peabody Museum's stolen treasures could benefit from a more sophisticated approach."
Effusive, admiring bio of Alma Sullivan Reed, a San Franciscan who fashioned a unique career—as reporter, archaeologist, deep-sea diver, p.r. writer—in an unlikely age. Read full book review >

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PILATE’S WIFE by Antoinette May
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Suffers from an unlikely, sweetly sentimental conclusion, but May's vivid settings, founded in research, make this quick read of a romantic adventure enjoyable."
Fiction debut from May (Passionate Pilgrim, 1993, etc.) makes an unlikely romantic heroine of Claudia, wife of the Roman magistrate who presided over the crucifixion. Read full book review >

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THE SACRED WELL by Antoinette May
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"Uneven writing disrupts an otherwise intriguing historical romance."
The lives of Alma Reed (1896-1966) and Felipe Carrillo Puerto (1874-1924) are examined by May (Pilate's Wife, 2006) in a novel that invokes the history and mystery of Mexico's Mayan ruins. Read full book review >