Search Results: "Bonnie Jo Campbell"


BOOK REVIEW

MOTHERS, TELL YOUR DAUGHTERS by Bonnie Jo Campbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2015

"A fine showcase for this talented writer's ability to mingle penetrating character studies with quietly scathing depictions of hard-pressed lives."
Campbell's latest (Once Upon a River, 2011, etc.): a powerful but uneven collection focused on the experiences of working-class Michigan women.Read full book review >

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Q ROAD by Bonnie Jo Campbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2002

"Blunt and bleak, but the vivid, varied cast and palpable sense of connection to the soil give it a stern grandeur."
Social change threatens the longtime residents of Kalamazoo County, Michigan, but the verities of land and love endure—in this dark but finally hopeful debut. Read full book review >

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ELVIS by Bonnie Christensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2015

"Despite some missteps, adult Elvis fans will be thrilled to share this book with children. (author's note, timeline) (Picture book/biography. 6-11)"
Brief poems present the childhood and youth of the King of rock 'n' roll. Read full book review >

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WOODY GUTHRIE by Bonnie Christensen
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"A powerful, lyrical tribute to the musician whose music is so much a part of our lives. (Biography. 8-10)"
This moving biography honors the life and work of the legendary folk singer who celebrated the lives of working people all over the US. Read full book review >

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AN EDIBLE ALPHABET by Bonnie Christensen
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1994

"But it's the air of well-being that infuses these prints that draws attention and, ultimately, the delicately incised lines, sure sense of design, and subtly added color that delight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Christensen makes a handsome debut with wood engravings that recall the woodcuts of fellow-Vermonter Mary Azarian (A Farmer's Alphabet, 1981, o.p.). Read full book review >

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PLANT A LITTLE SEED by Bonnie Christensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"Text and pictures align nicely in this fresh celebration of gardening as food for both body and soul. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In reverent lines punctuated with occasional and near rhyme, a girl narrates the cycle of working a community-garden plot over three productive seasons. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Meritorious but ultimately disappointing. (author's notes, bibliography, discography) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
The brilliant jazz guitarist's life from birth in a Roma camp to stardom on a floodlit Paris stage,is sketched in free verse and vibrant oils. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 14, 2003

"Nary a dull moment in this rousing profile. (chronology, bibliography, videography) (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
Christensen unabashedly positions Nellie Bly in the pantheon of feminist heroes. Read full book review >

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REBUS RIOT by Bonnie Christensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Exuberant watercolor on scratchboard illustrations are a free-spirited fandango of pantomime and play. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Rolling-on-the-floor laughter is sure to accompany this collection of wickedly funny rebus poems. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 24, 2011

"Though readers will need to consult the backmatter for the details of the more complex and tumultuous years from the mid-'60s to his death in 1987, they will find this a vital and exciting child-appropriate introduction to an American icon. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
The "fabulous" life of Andy Warhol is made accessible and understandable via this child-friendly look at the life and career of one of America's most recognizable painters. Read full book review >

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LETTERS IN THE ATTIC by Bonnie Shimko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Brisk, fun, and good-natured."
Winning debut describes a young girl coming of age during the 1960s. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2010

"An uneven book that gains surprising power as it moves toward the end."
Combination popular-science book/memoir of a gardener who lost her sense of smell. Read full book review >