Search Results: "Arden Johnson-Petrov"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"An acceptable, if uneven, read-aloud candidate. (Picture book/poetry. 7-9)"
In short poems arranged for two voices, a dog converses with forest denizens (owl, moth, squirrel) and features (a trail, a brook, a tree): "Woodpecker, / Woodpecker, / what do you see? / Juicy bugs / inside this tree!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOW-WOW BIRTHDAY by Lee Wardlaw
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Maris's friends appear to be so obnoxious that the party can't possibly be that much fun, but the warmth between child and dog will make readers smile. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Bow-Wow Birthday (32 pp.; $14.95; Feb.; 1-56397-489-4): Young Maris throws the grizzled dog, Rambler, a 100th (in dog years) birthday party, but while she and her friends energetically bicker and chow down, he disappears. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CABBAGE MOON by Jan Wahl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Johnson-Petrov's evocative pastels strive to bring continuity to the pages, but the book exhibits none of Wahl's usual skill. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This fantasy from Wahl (The Singing Geese, 1998, etc.) suffers from disjointedness; far too many of the sentences are crafted to be pretty rather than to tell a story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Too Hot To Handle by Susan Arden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 11, 2016

"A sometimes-entertaining cowboy romance, undone by the age gap between its main characters."
In Arden's (Never Say Never: Zero to 60, 2016, etc.) erotic, romantic tale, a feisty, young rodeo rider falls in love with an Marine veteran while trying to escape her uncle's threats. Read full book review >

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THE CASQUETTE GIRLS by Alys Arden
Released: Oct. 31, 2013

"Satisfying teen entertainment but also a cathartic, uncompromising tribute to New Orleans."
Set in a storm-ravaged New Orleans, this evocative paranormal romance pits teen heroine Adele against suave ghouls. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOST TOOTH CLUB by Arden Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 1998

"Still, Johnson excels at animal expressions, as in her boisterous dream sequence depicting a gap-toothed menagerie, presided over by a moon with a missing tooth; Olivia's flyaway red hair forms a centerpiece to most of the soft-toned pastel compositions. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A book with an expected ending—a tooth falls out—that unintentionally reaffirms the value of pure conformity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HALLOWEEN NIGHT by Arden Bruce
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"Though there are no escorting adults in sight, the conventional, decidedly un-mysterious imagery captures the modern tameness of this ancient holiday, and is likely to induce more smiles than shivers in younger children. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The usual Halloween suspects come out in mildly menacing guises to participate in this simple, rhymed sequence of questions and answers—basically "Who can? Read full book review >

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KATHERINE ARDEN
by Rachel Sugar

From its very first pages, you’d have no idea that Katherine Arden’s sweeping historical fantasy is the author’s first novel. And you could be forgiven for expressing your shock (or envy or frustration) when you find out that in fact the wholly absorbing epic, rooted in Russian folklore, steeped in medieval Russian history, in fact began on a private whim ...


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BOOK REVIEW

The Ice Child and other stories by Leon Arden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2015

"Savory, memorable morsels of brilliance from a clever wordsmith and a considerable talent to watch."
An impressive array of short stories from prolific novelist and playwright Arden (The Walk to the Paradise Garden, 2011).Read full book review >

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THE IGUANA PROJECT by Dale Arden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Sci-fi and criminology deftly merge in this well-paced tale."
In this debut novel, a lawyer hopes that cutting-edge techniques in suspended animation can solve his problems with the Mafia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 27, 1994

"Don't take ours''), he is not so conscience- stricken as to refrain from peddling what he has learned."
An interesting but nonetheless weak follow-up to Arden's (Wisdomkeepers, not reviewed) work on American Indian spirituality and values. Read full book review >