Search Results: "Dana Kessimakis Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

A WILD COWBOY by Dana Kessimakis Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Freeman's chalk-like computer graphics, drawn with charm in bright, tangy colors match the fantasy well. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The pictures tell one story while the text reveals the youngster's inner fancies in this ode to cowboy enthusiasts. Read full book review >

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A BRAVE SPACEBOY by Dana Kessimakis Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

Using a big box and a colander "helmet," a lad turns the stress of moving-in day into the excitement of a rip-roaring space adventure—but this promising premise runs afoul of inexpert execution in both writing and pictures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN by Dana Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A sweet, spun-sugar confection just right for unicorn fans. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
A pink, bubble-gum bonbon of a tale spun of a likable, albeit self-centered, fourth-grader and her magical, self-obsessed, although sometimes-kind, unicorn. Read full book review >

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OZZIE AND THE ART CONTEST by Dana Sullivan
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"Once the story's lesson is revealed, there is little reason to read this one again. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ozzie enters the art contest at school only to be disappointed at the results. Read full book review >

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KAY KAY'S ALPHABET SAFARI by Dana Sullivan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Kids will enjoy the silliness, and there's lots of potential for the classroom. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Themed alphabet books are like the Little Engine that Could—they just keep on comin'. Read full book review >

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GOOSEBUMPS
by Leila Roy

When sleep finally comes, I sink into a murky world of shadows. There is a tunnel before me, with bright light in the distance. The ground rumbles. White fog surrounds me. My heart is pounding. Something is coming, but I do not know what, and only feel its presence, a terrible shadow that slithers along the ground, leaving a trail ...

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BOOK REVIEW

ZUCCHINI OUT WEST by Barbara Dana
ADVENTURE
Released: June 11, 1997

"Pleasant black-and-white illustrations add to this charming book, which has a great deal of information for animal-loving and environmentally aware children. (Fiction. 8-10)"
The sequel to Zucchini (1984) finds the ferret, his owner, Billy, and Billy's father and sister driving to Wyoming, where they plan to visit the captive breeding program for the endangered black-footed ferret. Read full book review >

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THE INFINITY YEAR OF AVALON JAMES by Dana Middleton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A fine, tenderly nuanced tale of the remarkable power of friendship. (Fiction. 9-12)"
It's Avalon's 11th year—her Infinity Year—the brief period when she and her very best friend, Atticus, will discover and be able to use their shared magic power. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS by Dana Vachon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2007

"Most of the mergers and acquisitions here are sexual rather than corporate."
A debut novel that purports to offer an insider's view of Wall Street. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A DEEPER SLEEP by Dana Stabenow
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"Yet another strong entry in this long-running series: a satisfying exploration of justice on America's last frontier with a twisty ending that marks a new stage in Kate's career."
A ne'er-do-well in Niniltna, Alaska, as bent as he is good-looking, has so far escaped justice, but he may not escape revenge. Read full book review >

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A FINE AND BITTER SNOW by Dana Stabenow
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 17, 2002

"When she finally gets around to the serious business of murder, it's satisfying but anticlimactic."
Kate Shugak's 12th adventure (The Singing of the Dead, 2001, etc.) begins with a threat against the Park, the beloved wilderness she shares with Stabenow's other regulars. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"CSI in a frivolous mood."
A former crime-scene investigator describes the stuff that perps take away from the places they violate and, particularly, the stuff they leave behind. Read full book review >