Search Results: "Debbie Ouellet"


BOOK REVIEW

HOW ROBIN SAVED SPRING by Debbie Ouellet
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"But Ceccoli supplies some beautifully Renaissance compositions and a lovely pale palette that modulates beautifully from winter to spring, which compensate pretty well for narrative weaknesses. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An original pourquoi tale presents Lady Winter, who's distinctly reluctant to yield to slumbering Sister Spring, and a bevy of animals who work to thwart her. Read full book review >

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MY GRAN by Debbie Boon
by Debbie Boon, illustrated by Debbie Boon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"The rollicking, festive rhythm makes the final line, 'I love her,' superfluous, but joy bursts forth from these pages, in the form of poppies and sunflowers, striped laundry on the line, and juicy tomatoes on the table. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Boon's first book is replete with vibrant paints that swoosh, crinkle, and glow across pages in which a young girl sings a paean to her grandmother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVE LETTERS by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Hurt feelings are mended in believable and unexpectedly uplifting ways, and a cliffhanger ending for Jo Marie begs for a swift resolution in the next book."
The sounds of bickering permeate the walls of a bed-and-breakfast in the latest installment of the best-selling author's Rose Harbor series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE INN AT ROSE HARBOR by Debbie Macomber
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"There's also plenty of narrative room for the promised sequel for those who can't wait to find out what happens to Mary Smith, Kent Shivers and the rest."
Slow-paced, emotionally charged romance; the first in a planned series by best-selling genre novelist Macomber (1225 Christmas Tree Lane, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STARRY NIGHT by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Typical Macomber holiday romantic fare: short and sweet and as much a part of the season for some readers as cookies and candy canes."
Chicago society-page columnist Carrie Slayton wants to find and interview reclusive author Finn Dalton to prove her credibility as a real journalist; she doesn't expect to fall in love with him, jeopardizing both her heart and her career. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEAR TAKES A TRIP by Stella Blackstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Pass the time with one of the stronger offerings in this series. (Board book. 1-4)"
By bus and then train, Bear and his friend take one amazing vacation (Bear's Birthday, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRALESS IN WONDERLAND by Debbie Reed Fischer
Released: April 18, 2008

"Fischer has balanced these weighty issues with sharp wit, making this not just a smart read but one that is often very funny as well. (Fiction. YA)"
Brainy Allee Rosen has been accepted at Yale, but can't afford to go. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FREDERICK FINCH, LOUDMOUTH by Tess Weaver
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 2008

"Read this book with Frederick's brio and it will pay for itself. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Not that it doesn't have its charms, but Weaver's story about finding a calling is pretty silly. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNLEASHED by Nancy Holder
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"Enjoyable enough, but it doesn't stand out from the pack. (Paranormal romance. 12-17)"
After her mother's death Katelyn trades in Los Angeles for a backwoods Arkansas town where everything, all the way down to deaths, is wolf-themed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIZARD WALINSKY by Roberta Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"The expressionistic watercolor-and-ink illustrations, plus the dinosaur subtext, transform a somewhat ordinary story into a lively celebration of special friends. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As they did in No Ordinary Olive (2002), the Baker and Tilley team introduce another engaging heroine in this amusing affirmation of friendship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DANCING IN THE WINGS by Debbie Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Little girls who long for pretty tutus and pointe shoes of their own will like this sassy lassie. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Dancer-choreographer Allen (of Fame fame) joins forces again with Nelson (Big Jabe, p. 565) in their second dance-themed picture book, following Brothers of the Knight (1999). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GROWING UP by Mavis Jukes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Jukes's common sense extends to many aspects of girls' health, reminding them to take good care of their bodies, eat well, and relax—there is plenty of time to think and learn about growing up. (b&w illustrations, index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
This informative and direct book for pre-pubescent girls discusses everything they'll want to know about—periods, bras, tampons, breasts, cramps, etc.—in an age-appropriate manner. Read full book review >