Search Results: "Betty MacDonald"


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ANYBODY CAN DO ANYTHING by Betty MacDonald
Released: Aug. 23, 1950

"The book is substantially longer than the samples which ran in the SEP as It All Happened To Me."
Laurels to the lady who can make laughter for others and capital for herself of what many might term miseries, whether they be the misadventures of chicken ranching- combined with marriage to the wrong man, a term in a TB sanitarium, or- as in this latest, job sampling in the depression, a charming mother whose ideas of finances were, to put it mildly, erratic, and a sister who could rub her Aladdin's lantern and produce almost any thing for her sister to do, from blind dates to eccentric jobs. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 8, 1954

"For a girl who forgets her pets at home, there's a good dose of farm animal care- and so on down the line of faults."
The author of The Egg and I comes up with some cleverly done fantasy in which the morals are golden, enticingly packaged and totally unlike sermons. Read full book review >

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THE EGG AND I by Betty MacDonald
Released: Oct. 3, 1945

"And the result is a panorama in black and white of the life, the neighbors, the hardships, with a saving grace of humor."
This might be a companion piece to Roughly Speaking. Read full book review >

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WHO, ME? by Betty MacDonald
Released: Oct. 30, 1959

"From the tales of her parents, to her marriages, jobs, her battles with chicken farming, tuberculosis, and living on an island and raising her two daughters, Betty MacDonald's busy, harried, raffish, ridiculous and gallant days tumble along so that the reader — particularly new ones — will get a lively sense of this best-selling author's life."
In an edited and revised form this one volume incorporates material from The Egg and I, The Plague and I, Anybody Can Do Anything and Onions in the Stew to form a continuous line of autobiography — with none of the high spots omitted. Read full book review >

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NANCY AND PLUM by Betty MacDonald
Released: Sept. 10, 1952

"Betty MacDonald has a gift of story telling and a gift of laughter- and both combine here in a story that reveals the philosophical phases of children's thinking."
A third juvenile by the author of The Egg and I but a story far afield from her Mrs. Pigglewiggle tales. Read full book review >

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ONIONS IN THE STEW by Betty MacDonald
Released: May 16, 1955

"Local as well as follower interest for this."
The author's twelve years on Vashon Island, in Puget Sound, combine tribulations with trivia, domesticity with manifold doings, and plaints with paeans. Read full book review >

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HELLO, MRS. PIGGLE-WIGGLE by Hilary Knight
Released: Feb. 27, 1957

"Eloise) Knight's drawings add a benevolent malevolence."
These further stories of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and her various "cures" take the same tack as Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm in their moderately funny to hilarious illustrations of the consequences of being a show-off, crybaby, a bully, a whisperer and a slowpoke. Read full book review >

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MRS. PIGGLE-WIGGLE by Alexandra Boiger
Released: March 26, 1947

"But I hope the next book won't be illustrated by Richard Bennett, who has a sort of grimness and datedness about his pictures that are out of key with the text."
The author of The Egg and I has established a reputation as a topnotch story teller, so why shouldn't she be a "natural" when it comes to entertaining children- her own and others- with entrancing tales. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is a woman of talent. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

It's been 50 years since the maternal über-parent's last new offering of magically effective cures for childhood contretemps, but neither Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle nor her adoring young neighbors (nor their issues) have aged a day in this fresh set—one chapter composed (but never published) by Betty and the rest by her daughter. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF LITTLE QUACK by Betty Gibson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"A warm story about friendship, growing, and self- reliance; in her perceptive, impressionistic illustrations, Denton observes the lonely child and his animal friends with amused affection. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a fine picture-book debut, Gibson neatly weaves insights about a child's development into the stock plot of a beloved pet turning up with young after a mysterious disappearance. Read full book review >

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LOOK WHOOO’S COUNTING by Suse MacDonald
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A treat for both new and experienced counters. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This elegant counting book by a Caldecott Honor-winner introduces young children to the numbers one through ten. Read full book review >

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THE UNMAKING OF DUNCAN VEERICK by Betty Levin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Dull and ultimately unsatisfying. (Fiction. 10-14)"
There is a mystery to be found in this, but it takes an inordinate time to get to it and then the whole thing fizzles. Read full book review >