Search Results: "Betty Paraskevas"


BOOK REVIEW

HOPPY AND JOE by Betty Paraskevas
Released: May 1, 1999

"Readers looking for something to read at the beach, or to read when the beach is closed, will appreciate Paraskevas's spry, sunny drawings, bright with the colors of the seaside and as welcome as a spray of waves on a hot day. (Picture book. 4-8)"
While his owner, Gino, tends his lemon ice stand, Joe, a big sand-colored dog, hangs out at the beach. Read full book review >

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THE TANGERINE BEAR by Betty Paraskevas
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1997

"Stick with Corduroy. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The Tangerine Bear (32 pp.; $14.95; PLB $14.89; Sept. 30, 1997; 0-06-205146-6; PLB 0-06-205174-4): A classic premise, weakly tweaked. Read full book review >

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GRACIE GRAVES AND THE KIDS FROM ROOM 402 by Betty Paraskevas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The wide-eyed jollity of the Paraskevas team compensates mightily, and what readers will take away from this visit to Room 402 is the impression of a classroom teeming with life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tour of a typical classroom, person-by-person, told in rhyming verse. Read full book review >

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CECIL BUNIONS AND THE MIDNIGHT TRAIN by Betty Paraskevas
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The rhyming is imperfect, but it may not matter: This is not a book to read at bedtime. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Paraskevases (Gracie Graves and the Kids from Room 402, 1995, etc.) take readers on another foray into bizzaroland. Read full book review >

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TAFFY SALTWATER'S YUMMY SUMMER DAY by Michael Paraskevas
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"A muddled and not particularly pleasant tale of a day at the beach. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Taffy Saltwater and her friends set out to build the most spectacular sand castle ever. Read full book review >

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MR. MOON by Michael Paraskevas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Better not read this at bedtime: curious children will want to see all that Mr. Moon does. (Picture book. 3-6)"
As Miss Sun heads to bed, Mr. Moon takes over supervisory duties for the world. 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 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 >

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I SMELL LIKE HAM by Betty Hicks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Especially satisfying is the beginning of a real relationship between the two boys, forged while they're on their own until Nick's able to convince Dwayne to come home. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old Nick has to go to school smelling like the cloves his new stepmother puts into the shampoo, and that's just the beginning in this humorous yet true-to-life portrayal of family blending and sixth-grade angst. Read full book review >

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FINISHING TOUCH by Betty Rowlands
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1992

"Charmless, with gooey romantic twinges and predictable swipes at greeting-card artist-students, faculty wives, and the like."
Melissa Craig, the most successful crime writer since Agatha Christie (A Little Gentle Sleuthing, 1991), is now offering a course at the Mid-Cotswold College of Arts and Technology, where the usual faculty types abound: the stodgy dean; the Lothario lecturer; the soul-tormented tutor; and the gorgeous, sexy faculty secretary—here, Angelica, who's promoted (just like that) to replacement art teacher. Read full book review >

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DESERT LOST by Betty Webb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Lena, with her nightmares and trust issues, seems as damaged as the women of Second Zion, but even readers who find her unsympathetic will be compelled and shocked by the grim depiction of polygamous life underpinning the mystery."
Private eye Lena Jones (Desert Cut, 2008, etc.) sets out to discover who killed an escapee from an Arizona polygamy compound. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF CORN by Betty Fussell
Released: July 15, 1992

"Still, the labor and immersion are evident, and libraries should find uses for Fussell's odd compilation. (Photographs- -150—and line drawings—100—not seen.)"
Fussell (Food in Good Season, 1988, etc.) has steeped herself in corn lore and emerged with this encyclopedic entry on that sustaining American grain in myth, ritual, history, science and technology, breeding and cultivation, industry, processing, and cookery (not recipes, just a survey)—with a chapter on corn whiskey thrown in and an interweaving of personal root-claiming by way of a Nebraska grandfather. Read full book review >