Search Results: "Cheryl Shaw Barnes"


BOOK REVIEW

MAESTRO MOUSE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING BATON by Peter W. Barnes
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2013

"Audiences can skip this amateur hour at the National Symphony. (notes for parents and teachers, matching game, facts, a page for a written response) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
When Maestro Mouse loses his baton, a group of young concertgoers conduct a search through all the sections of the orchestra. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 21, 2012

"Vote—but not for this candidate. (resources for parents and teachers, additional information and activities, reproducible 'contract to vote.') (Picture book. 4-8)"
A mouse with a smile as wide as Ike's and outstretched arms as expansive as Nixon's runs a successful campaign for the presidency. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 18, 2013

"The runt of the litter of print titles and websites covering the topic. (bibliography, notes for adult readers) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
This tally of presidential pets reads like a school report (for all that the author is a journalist for Fox Business Network) and isn't helped by its suite of amateurish illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I DECLARE, CHARLIE BROWN! by Diane Lindsey Reeves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 2015

"Good grief! (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Peanuts gang explains the origins of the American Revolution—kinda. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Holroyd keeps a lightly even voice throughout so that every word Shaw utters—and he is clearly the greatest wit in the English language—glistens with intelligence against his fading hopes for humanity. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Triumphant closing of Holroyd's massive life of George Bernard Shaw (1856-1951), begun with The Search for Love (1988) and The Pursuit of Power (1989)—a work 15 years in the writing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BERNARD SHAW by Sally Peters
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Peters offers a rhetorically overloaded version of Shaw's life and work. (29 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A tendentious, trendy reading of Shaw, with an entirely speculative theory of secret homosexuality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRIDAY BARNES, UNDER SUSPICION by R.A. Spratt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A cliffhanger ending will have readers drumming their fingers as they wait for the next episode. (Mystery. 8-12)"
As in series opener Friday Barnes, Girl Detective (2016), instead of just one mystery, Friday confronts a series of strange happenings in her school, posh Highcrest Academy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRIDAY BARNES, GIRL DETECTIVE by R.A. Spratt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Delightful, highly logical, and well-informed fun. (Mystery. 8-12)"
She's only 11, but she's smarter and better informed than most adults, and she's determined to solve mysteries for a living. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Piratization of Daniel Barnes by Alex McGlothlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"A compelling, politically rich thriller."
In McGlothlin's debut novel, a lovelorn journalist becomes ensnared in the lives of modern-day pirates in Somalia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRANKLIN & ELEANOR by Cheryl Harness
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"The story of Franklin and Eleanor is a story of overcoming," Harness writes, and in developing that theme, she pays heartfelt tribute to two lives united by a dedication to service. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARK TWAIN AND THE QUEENS OF THE MISSISSIPPI by Cheryl Harness
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"This is a pleasantly accessible and remarkably comprehensive introduction to an American writer; start children with this volume before handing them Kathryn Lasky's A Brilliant Streak (p. 497) or Alice Rose and Sam (p. 341). (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
The history of Old Muddy and the role the river played in the life of Samuel Clemens make for an intriguing journey through the past in this biography. Read full book review >