Search Results: "Barbara Wersba"


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THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE IS THE CEILING by Barbara Wersba
Released: Oct. 15, 1990

Another in Wersba's long line of lovable misfits is whisked away on a James Bondian adventure. Read full book review >

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WHISTLE ME HOME by Barbara Wersba
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1997

"This isn't a perfect story, but its characters are perfectly human, and Wersba makes poetry of the arrival of unbidden love. (Fiction. 13+)"
An unusual look at love from Wersba (You'll Never Guess the End, 1992, etc.), whose upbeat, idiosyncratic explorations of happily-ever-after in such novels as Fat, A Love Story (1987, o.p.) finds a more sorrowful path here. Read full book review >

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YOU'LL NEVER GUESS THE END by Barbara Wersba
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

Wersba, who usually takes on teenage angst with a fair blend of honesty and high comedy, nearly steals her own show with a subplot that spoofs the ``literati'' of the adult book world. Read full book review >

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THE WINGS OF COURAGE by George Sand
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"The result is still a leisurely, formally told story, but patient readers will be as absorbed by Clopinet's gentle spirit and profound delight in the natural world as by his occasional transformations. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 11-13)"
Written in 1873 and most recently appearing in print in English in the 1930s, this tale of a lame, timorous lad who grows out of his "wings of fear" makes a theatrical coming-of-age story, with fantasy elements and antique, but not cloying, sentiments stirred in. Read full book review >

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WALTER by Barbara Wersba
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"Funny and poignant by turns, here's a sweetly quirky love story of letters. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A small but very nearly perfect gem depicts the growing friendship between a literarily-minded rat and an aging author of children's books. Read full book review >

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LITTLE MISS MUFFET by Barbara Nascimbeni
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"There are a few clever ideas in this series, but many of the added verses and the repetitive art feel forced to fit the die-cut-hole gimmick. (Board book. 2-4)"
The famed Mother Goose arachnophobe finds her picnic pilfered by various animals in this expanded adaptation. Read full book review >

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RAINSTORM by Barbara Lehman
ADVENTURE
Released: April 9, 2007

"Another surrealist triumph from a vigorous emerging talent. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Boredom leads to excitement when a little boy, trapped by rain, finds wonder and escape in an unlikely place. Read full book review >

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PERFECT SNOW by Barbara Reid
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Cooperation, teamwork and creative problem solving taken to new levels make this a great choice, no matter what the season. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Most snow-themed books celebrate a day off from school, but Reid's latest just may have kids hoping for their own snow-filled recess. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Bash (Ancient Ones, 1994, etc.) has created a harmonious story, written out in calligraphy and warmly, colorfully illustrated with authentic scenes that firmly root this tree's importance in the facts. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
A fascinating look at the social, spiritual, and ecological significance of the banyan tree in the life of an Indian village. Read full book review >

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ELEANOR by Barbara Cooney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An author's note supplies other relevant information. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
"From the beginning the baby was a disappointment to her mother," Cooney (The Story of Christmas, 1995, etc.) begins in this biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. Read full book review >

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ANIMAL FABLES FROM AESOP by Barbara McClintock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A delight. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Nine of the more familiar fables in gracefully phrased, slightly expanded versions that incorporate the morals in their amusing dialogue. Read full book review >