Search Results: "Barbara Johansen Newman"


BOOK REVIEW

GLAMOROUS GARBAGE by Barbara Johansen Newman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"The story is likely to spark ideas for kids longing for room overhauls of their own. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Can collecting other people's castoffs really help Bobbie transform her cluttered room, or will it just makes things messier? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"Many details, like a strawberry hat and rhinestone suit, are fun, and the message to follow your dream is unobtrusive, but other recent, similarly themed picture books strike a stronger chord. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Newman offers two tales of star-crossed kitty-cat, kitty-corner crooners who leave their western homes to hit Broadway and become "Superstar Kitties." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GLAMOROUS GLASSES by Barbara Johansen Newman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Glamorous glasses for everyone! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Who wouldn't want a pair of chic new frames? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CASE OF THE MOSSY LAKE MONSTER by Michele Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"In fact, teachers will be among the first fans of this series, as the cases would make great read-alouds in elementary classrooms, with built-in science experiments as follow-up activities. (Fiction. 8-11)"
There's always room for another detective team on the junior fiction shelves, and the dynamic duo of fifth graders, Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey, have the added appeal of being amateur scientists as well as amateur sleuths. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BARNYARD PURIM by Kelly Terwilliger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Enjoyable fare for youngsters who already have a concept of the holiday. (Picture books/religion. 5-7)"
The loud, chaotic celebration of Purim and its companion story is recreated in a farm-animal play that results in a surprising development. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

"Those new to this appealing series, which began with The Case of the Grasping Garbage (2000), will want to seek out the four earlier titles. (Mystery. 8-11)"
Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey, fifth-grade science detectives, solve a series of mysteries, uncovering the ghost in the Glum mansion, repelling an alien invasion, foiling a fixed carnival contest and avoiding a bridge disaster. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CASE OF THE GRAVEYARD GHOST by Michele Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Accessible, understandable, and hilarious science for the youngest problem solvers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
With a tone that falls somewhere between Lemony Snicket and the dialogue from Dragnet, Torrey's (The Case of the Mossy Lake Monster, 2002, etc.) third addition to her science series for young readers is sure to please. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BONES AND THE BIG YELLOW MYSTERY #1 by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Bones and the Dog Gone Mystery (ISBN: 0-670-05948-X) is the second in the series. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
Adler, author of the Cam Jansen series, introduces a new easy-reader mystery series with this story about a junior detective named Jeffrey Bones. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIPPIN TAKES A BATH by K.V. Johansen
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Lighthearted, lightweight, Johansen's story is well-paced and charming, while Lum's watercolors dance with simplicity, conveying the affection between Pippin and Mabel in a few expressive lines. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Pippin and Mabel, a dog and a girl, respectively, will endear themselves and be instantly recognizable to any child who has ever tried to get a dog into a bathtub. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FACE OF DECEPTION by Iris Johansen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 12, 1998

"A sequel is on its way, and perhaps with that Johansen will deliver what she only promises here."
Johansen (And Then You Die, 1998, etc.) leaves romance behind for some pedestrian adventure and a stab at emotional healing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BODY OF LIES by Iris Johansen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 26, 2002

"Elementary prose studded with innumerable clichés. But the convoluted storyline of this, Johansen's sixtieth novel (Final Target, 2001, etc.), is sure to please faithful fans."
A forensic sculptor still searches for her murdered daughter's face in every skull she reconstructs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ANSWER MAN by Roy Johansen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 13, 1999

"Nothing fancy—but not a moment's rest, either."
Screenwriter Johansen (Edgar Award—winner for Murder 101 on cable TV) tries his hand at the thriller and comes up with aces. Read full book review >