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

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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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

WE ARE THE GOLDENS by Dana Reinhardt
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 27, 2014

"Reinhardt's skillful exploration of the dynamics of sibling relationships and truly inventive narrative structure shine a light on the ordinary struggle of growing up. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Nell's discovery of her sister's secret tests the powerful emotional bond between them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SUMMER I LEARNED TO FLY by Dana Reinhardt
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2011

"Quiet yet immensely appealing. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the lazy days of summer in a California coastal town, Drew works at her mom's struggling cheese shop and indulges her crush on an older co-worker, until she discovers Emmett and becomes involved in his very different world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS by Dana Reinhardt
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"Powerful. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Levi's older brother Boaz enlisted in the Marines after graduating from high school rather than attend an elite university as expected. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BRIEF CHAPTER IN MY IMPOSSIBLE LIFE by Dana Reinhardt
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 28, 2006

"Simone's first-person voice is funny and unforgettable—a little too wise, perhaps, but her epiphanies are on target and are what readers will be looking for in this fabulous debut. (Fiction. YA)"
Sixteen-year-old Simone has always known she's adopted, and has never wanted to know more, not even when her birth mother calls out of the blue. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BREAK ANY WOMAN DOWN by Dana Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Still, a subtle and sometimes compelling vision of Los Angeleno life."
From the latest Flannery O'Connor Award winner, a debut collection of nine stories mainly about being young and black in southern California. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 14, 2013

"Goodyear's exploration of this engrossing and morally complex topic provides a solid footing for hearty conversations."
Venturing deep into the underground foodie culture, New Yorker contributor Goodyear (The Oracle of Hollywood Boulevard: Poems, 2013, etc.) plunges into the world of dedicated individuals who routinely skirt the boundaries imposed by common culinary practices and tastes. Read full book review >