Search Results: "Claire M. Caterer"


BOOK REVIEW

THE KEY & THE FLAME by Claire M. Caterer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2013

"Fine enough as fantasy goes—but there are better. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Excessive length dilutes this fantasy adventure. Read full book review >

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THE WAND & THE SEA by Claire M. Caterer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 23, 2015

"Generic. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Holly returns to the alternate realm that she can only reach from a holiday cottage. Read full book review >

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BEAT UNTIL STIFF by Claire M. Johnson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Even dedicated foodies may find this easy to resist."
A first mystery from a former California pastry chef features a San Francisco pastry chef, smart-aleck Mary Ryan, who has a cop for an ex-husband, his ex-partner O'Connor for an innuendo-packed love interest, and the sort of imagination that dreams up persimmon puddings for soiree desserts. Read full book review >

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ROUX MORGUE by Claire M. Johnson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2008

"Sexual tension, cooking tips and a neatly packaged mystery. All in all, a tasty tale."
Pastry chef Mary Ryan (Beat Until Stiff, 2002) is hired by a culinary institute where murder is on the menu. Read full book review >

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ONCE UPON A CLOUD by Claire Keane
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"Guaranteed to appeal to fans of Frozen and other princess tales. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Celeste ponders the perfect gift for her mother all day until bedtime, when "the Wind bl[ows] in and carrie[s] her away." Read full book review >

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THE GIANT by Claire Ewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"As the rigorous farm life swallows their emotions, it is the constancy of nature and return of the geese that restores them, bringing father and daughter closer together. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"I remember Mama had said there were giants, strong and tall, and that one was looking after me. I needed to see one to believe." Read full book review >

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ONE COLD NIGHT by Claire Ewart
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 4, 1992

"With a brief, nicely cadenced text and smoothly generalized figures set in lyrically evocative landscapes, an imaginative personification of the coming of winter. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``...the cloud coyotes howled in the moonlight, and Snow Woman came to tuck us in.'' Depicted in Ewart's sweeping watercolors as a heroic robed figure, Snow Woman brushes leaves from trees, stills streams, and frosts fields, prompting turtles, groundhogs, and other creatures to burrow away for the winter— all but Black Bear, who doesn't leave even when she builds a frozen fire of pine cones, setting the northern sky ablaze. Read full book review >

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THE BEST PART OF DADDY'S DAY by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"A pleasant celebration of father-and-son love. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bertie the beagle wants to grow up to be a builder, just like his dad. Read full book review >

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BLACK CAT & WHITE CAT by Claire Garralon
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"A smartly paced and sweetly drawn story for little readers. (Board book. 1-3)"
Black Cat and White Cat look for a place to play. Read full book review >

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MAGICAL MAIL by Claire Barker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Not a patch on Lyn Gardner and Mini Grey's Into the Woods dyad for meta-literary fairy-tale fun. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Faith Smyth is perfectly ordinary, out of place in her competitive family, with only tiny blue Bus Bear to keep loneliness at bay. Read full book review >

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LUCY AND THE BULLY by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The foreword, by a staff therapist at Northwestern's Family Institute, provides tips for parents and teachers on using stories in bullying-prevention programs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lucy, a primary grader, is good at art to the delight of all her classmates, except for Tommy. Read full book review >

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GRUMPY PANTS by Claire Messer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"Really well turned, with balance, momentum, and all the right notes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The grumps are particularly vexing when you are a little penguin and you don't even know where they came from. Read full book review >