Search Results: "Brooke Dyer"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Though not the most irresistibly somniferous bedtime reading, the selections are nonetheless a pleasing mix of chestnuts and fresh takes. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
The daughter of illustrator Jane Dyer debuts with similarly elegant, understated, richly colored illustrations for 21 lullabies from the likes of Eve Merriam, Margaret Wise Brown, Sylvia Plath, and Eugene Field. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 28, 1994

"A second-rate rendering of a first-rate idea: the limit of popular tolerance in early American democracy as exemplified by the life and death of one courageous woman."
The story of Mary Dyer, executed in 1660 in Boston for her Quaker beliefs, should be an instructive walk on the darker side of American democracy—but this treatment by debut author Plimpton reads more like one of those perky biographies inflicted on middle- schoolers for a social-studies project. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAMA ALWAYS COMES HOME by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"Yes, we get it, but couldn't you say it a bit more prettily? (Picture book. 3-7)"
A rather ho-hum production on a familiar theme. Read full book review >

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THERE'S A TRAIN OUT FOR DREAMLAND by Frederich Heider
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The pleasant illustrations have a slightly washed-out look, and everything seems a bit hazy and subdued, but that might be just right to coax a little one into dreamland. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The words to a Nat King Cole song from the 1940s serve as the text for this bedtime story featuring the roly-poly animals and charming children in soft-focus watercolors that are the signature look of Jane Dyer's illustrations. Read full book review >

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SANTA CLAUS AND THE THREE BEARS by Maria Modugno
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"And Santa promises Baby Bear a new chair for next Christmas. Just right. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Once upon a time, there was a clever Christmas innovation on the classic tale of Papa, Mama and Baby Bear, with Santa Claus standing in for Goldilocks. Read full book review >

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SLEEP, BLACK BEAR, SLEEP by Jane Yolen
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"A good read-aloud for a particularly cold and frosty night, it's just too bad the busy artwork with hidden meanings works against the gentle lullaby. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mother and daughter's latest collaboration is a wintry lullaby for hibernating animals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUSE ON BROOKE STREET by Neil Bartlett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 1997

In his debut novel, Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall (1991), Bartlett explored contemporary gay themes in a shadowy fable-like setting. Read full book review >

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THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Even without advisable cuts, a strong, inventive tale. (Suspense. 12 & up)"
A girl tries to cope with her own survival after the deaths of her friends in this psychological—or is it paranormal?—debut suspense tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEATH OF A DYER by Eleanor Kuhns
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 2013

"Kuhns' follow-up to Will's debut (A Simple Murder, 2012) offers a sensitive look into matters of the heart woven into a nifty puzzle."
Weaver Will Rees copes with family woes while investigating the murder of his childhood friend Nate Bowditch. Read full book review >

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THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"Interesting and unusual. (Suspense. 12 & up)"
Mara's absorbing tale continues in this first sequel in the Mara Dyer series, answering some questions but, clearly, leaving plenty of suspense still to come. Read full book review >

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BILLIE DYER AND OTHER STORIES by William Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 1992

"Treasurable small masterworks of American literature."
From a writer whose career has now spanned almost 60 years comes a volume of breathtakingly perfected and lovely stories that have most of the past century for their grazing land. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONSTER BABY by Sarah Dyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2017

"While this book doesn't offer a new treatment of this well-trod theme, it's a gentle addition to a high-demand topic. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little monster becomes a big sibling when the titular baby arrives. Read full book review >