Search Results: "Colleen Madden"


BOOK REVIEW

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! by Colleen Madden
Released: May 1, 2017

"A suitably festive deployment of the familiar song, now safely in the public domain. (Picture book. 3-adult)"
A gift book featuring an expanded version of the "Happy Birthday" song with new verses, accompanying illustrations, and even a button to push that plays a recording of the familiar song. Read full book review >

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ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU by Mariah Carey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"An unsuccessful adaptation. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Carey's zillion-selling Christmas song is paired with pictures that put a slightly different spin on the original's romantic yearning. Read full book review >

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COLLEEN DEWHURST by Colleen Dewhurst
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"A moving human document as well as a fine theater autobiography."
From the great New York stage actress (a.k.a. Read full book review >

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THE BEST SUKKOT PUMPKIN EVER by Laya Steinberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A simple Sukkot story that focuses on the concept of helping those in need. (afterword, activities) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Many families from Micah's synagogue are picking pumpkins for a soup kitchen. Read full book review >

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THE CRAZY CASE OF MISSING THUNDER by Tony Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Everyone wants to be a Goofball in this little town, and readers will want to follow their cases in the future. That #1 on the spine ensures that there will be many more adventures from these goofy friends. (Mystery. 7-9)"
Best friends, Mara, Kelly, Brian and Jeff are self-styled Goofball private eyes who solve unusual mysteries. Read full book review >

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WATER, WEED AND WAIT by Edith Hope Fine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

"Smart teachers will find the hook and perhaps harvest the exuberance for their own school gardens. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Miss Marigold, the breezy "garden lady" at Pepper Lane Elementary, suggests turning a littered patch of hard-pan into a school garden. Read full book review >

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WHAT IF EVERYBODY DID THAT?  by Ellen Javernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"The chastising adults look frighteningly imposing, and, though at book's end the little boy's positive act (a loving hug) is amply rewarded, there's no indication of lessons learned. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Think before you act, little one. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Zenji & the Muzzy Bug by Aisl Madden
Released: Oct. 12, 2015

"A vibrantly illustrated, relaxation-focused sleep story that has plenty of appeal.
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A bright green, kid-friendly monster does visualizations to defeat a cold in Madden's children's series debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TIME OF DEATH by Gary Madden
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 21, 2011

"Madden's debut mystery is an offbeat combination of noir and the supernatural that could appeal to a wide audience."
When Death asks a favor, who can say no? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Readable, sometimes chilling tour of an intriguing subculture. See also Melissa Milgrom's Still Life (2010)."
Madden (English/Univ. of Alabama) investigates the subculture of taxidermy, a subject he admits is repellant to many readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOLLY FOX’S BIRTHDAY by Deirdre Madden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2010

"Madden's low-key approach to celebrity is one more part of this novel's singular charm."
Family, friendship, self-knowledge, the theater—a successful playwright ruminates on all this and more in a haunting novel, finalist for the Orange Prize, from the Irish Madden (Authenticity, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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JESSIE’S MOUNTAIN by Kerry Madden
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"A fitting end to the trilogy, Madden has created a heartwarming family story bursting with love and mountain music. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Madden brings the struggling yet loving Weems family refreshingly to life in her third story in the Maggie Valley trilogy following Gentle's Holler (2005) and Louisiana's Song (2007). Read full book review >