Search Results: "Barbara van Rheenen"


BOOK REVIEW

DINOSAURS by Jozua Douglas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A non-starter, despite the subject's ever-enduring allure. (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Two poems, a finger-puppet project and a foldout mini-story fail to compensate for undistinguished art and a cursory sprinkling of dino-facts in this Dutch import. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEWIS AND PAPA by Barbara M. Joosse
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1998

"The text is long for a picture book, and becomes sentimental; more gratifying are the historical details—map of the trail, notes, glossary, and an explanation of how the railroad running between Missouri to Santa Fe, completed in 1880, ended this mode of commerce. (Picture book. 7-10)"
One snowy night, when a 19th-century traveler visits with the family who lives in a stone house on the Wisconsin River, he inspires them to make their fortune by bringing trade goods down the Santa Fe Trail. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 12, 2004

"Most readers will hope fervently that he does."
Old friends are reunited as new challenges rear their heads in this fifth installment of Maine author Reid's delightful Moosepath Chronicles (Mrs. Roberto, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PETER LOON by Van Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2002

"Reid's one-man campaign to resurrect the 18th- and 19th-century novel is a campaign well worth enlisting in. Don't miss Peter Loon."
Reid departs from his popular Moosepath Chronicles (Daniel Plainway, 2000, etc.) with this first of a new series focusing on "the struggle between proprietors and settlers" in central Maine during the post-Revolutionary War years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Princess Lizzie and the Time Travelling Magic Cloak by Dr. Van
Released: Feb. 19, 2014

"A brightly illustrated, well-intentioned story of social justice and generosity, too simply solved to be satisfying."
Princess Lizzie learns about political problems in her own kingdom in Van's (Princess Lizzie and the Sabotaged Magic Bicycle, 2014, etc.) third picture book fusing magic and technology. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEYOND THE MESSY TRUTH by Van Jones
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Pragmatic, optimistic proposals for an informed and active electorate. Will anyone listen?"
An outspoken political analyst offers concrete suggestions to revive democracy, heal culture wars, and prevent a Trump victory in 2020. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMETHING'S WRONG WITH YOUR SCALE! by Van Whitfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Amusing, but little else."
Whitfield's second novel (after Beeperless Remote, 1996), a romantic comedy set in the social swarm of contemporary weight-loss culture, is just about as thin as the characters wish their stomachs were. Read full book review >

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ADÈLE & SIMON IN AMERICA by Barbara McClintock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"The repetitive narrative may pall on adult readers of the well-heeled pair's previous outing, but children have more tolerance for that sort of thing, and the elegant period visuals supply plenty of eye candy. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Still channeling Kate Greenaway in the art, though adding her own vein of sly humor, McClintock recycles the plot of her award-winning Adèle and Simon (2006) across a much larger stage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SUBWAY MOUSE by Barbara Reid
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"Seen from mouse-eye level, the grimy, wonderfully detailed setting adds a tongue-in-cheek air, as well as making a properly vivid backdrop for this intrepid venture into the unknown. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Bits of real litter and found bric-a-brac in Reid's plasticine subterranean scenes add an air of authenticity to this grand tale of a mouse who leaves his cozy subway station nest to find the fabled "Tunnel's End." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"An all-around laugh-out-loud delight. (Picture book/folktale. 6-10)"
From Anansi the Spider to B'rer Rabbit, trickster tales appear in cultures the world over. Read full book review >