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 >

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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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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 >

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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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BATTY by Sarah Dyer
by Sarah Dyer, illustrated by Sarah Dyer
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A sweet, if not particularly memorable adventure in perspective. (Picture book. 3-6)"
How can a body get attention while hanging upside down? Read full book review >

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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 >

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MRS. MUFFLY’S MONSTER by Sarah Dyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"This isn't a tale of kids just leaping to conclusions; it's a full-throttle lunge. (recipe in metric and English measurements) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Childhood logic and a preference for the impossible explodes in this enjoyable tale of crazy conclusions. Mrs. Muffly's recent behavior has been most peculiar. Read full book review >

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YESTERDAY'S SUN by Amanda Brooke
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"The innovative, quirky plot and author's old-fashioned overwrought style will appeal to some readers, but others will find the syrupy prose overwhelming and wish the book had been subjected to a more strenuous edit."
Brooke's novel, set in the countryside near London, captures the heartbreaking dilemma of a woman who must choose between saving her own life and that of her unborn child. Read full book review >

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LOST & FOUND by Brooke Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Borderline cutesy, but ultimately powerful exploration of grief from a skillful and original new voice."
An abandoned child, a nursing home escapee, and an angry, elderly shut-in make for a unique team in Davis' whimsical and touching debut. Read full book review >

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THE SUFFRAGENTS by Brooke Kroeger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A vigorous, readable revisitation of the events of a century and more ago but with plenty of subtle lessons in the book for modern-day civil rights activists, too."
An account of the role men played in pressing the case for women's voting rights in the early years of the last century. Read full book review >

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THE NAME OF THE RIDER by Michael Brooke
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"An entertaining tale of an off-kilter mind coping with shady surroundings, told with literary flair."
Creeping schizophrenia takes the reins of a young doctor's mind in this subtle psychological mystery. Read full book review >