Search Results: "Denise Brennan-Nelson"


BOOK REVIEW

TEACH ME TO LOVE by Denise Brennan-Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"While the book is well-intentioned, the 'teach me' moments are both forced and too sweet for most palates. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The color photos of 11 different baby animals will produce many oohs and aahs, while the singsong rhymes teach various attributes. Read full book review >

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WILLOW by Denise Brennan-Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Pair this with Peter Reynolds's The Dot (2003) and Paul Zelinsky's Doodler Doodling (2004) for an outside-the-lines art experience. (Picture book. 6-10)"
In dictatorial Miss Hawthorn's cheerless art room, students sit "in their rows, silent and still, like eggs in a carton" producing cookie-cutter busywork. Read full book review >

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MAESTRO STU SAVES THE ZOO by Denise Brennan-Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2012

"As a hunt-and-peck for idioms, this can be fun and even educational; as a story, this can be forgotten. (Picture book. 6-10) "
An uneven tale of a boy saving his city's zoo. Read full book review >

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WILLOW AND THE WEDDING by Denise Brennan-Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2017

"A well-meaning but anodyne picture book for the post-gay-marriage era that doesn't imagine what could come next. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Following her eponymous debut (2008), Willow's second adventure is gay—as in happy and as in, well, gay. Read full book review >

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HE'S BEEN A MONSTER ALL DAY! by Denise Brennan-Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"This young monster's journey could inspire some self-reflection on those cranky, crabby days.(Picture book. 3-5)"
A mother's descriptive complaint sets her misbehaving preschooler to imagining the enjoyment of the crude mischief of a monster's life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE HALLOWEEN by Denise Brennan-Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Skip this one and check out Steven Kroll's The Biggest Pumpkin Surprise Ever!, illustrated by Jeni Bassett (2012), for a gentle introduction to Halloween for little ones. (Board book. 2-4)"
A sturdy little book of easy-to-solve Halloween riddles in rhyme. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NELSON by Christopher Hibbert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"To understand what made Nelson different from his contemporaries, one will have to read elsewhere."
A lively but incomplete biography of Admiral Nelson that keeps most strategy below decks and instead concentrates on one of the more celebrated adulteries in history. Read full book review >

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LEOPOLD THE LION by Denise Brennan-Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An essential look at the importance of an active lifestyle sneakily disguised as a fanciful feline tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Keeping a lion as a pet is never easy. Read full book review >

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NELSON by John Sugden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 11, 2013

"Despite its length, a tremendously engaging work with few dull moments."
The exhaustive second volume of this definitive biography treats the admiral's supreme command of the British Navy and the bittersweet Lady Hamilton years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUSTICE BRENNAN by Seth Stern
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2010

"Intriguing behind-the-scenes look for readers with an interest in social justice, focusing on how one man's allegiance to guiding principles transformed this nation's judicial system."
Comprehensive biography of the Supreme Court Justice whose liberal agenda profoundly affected public policy in the second half of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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LIFE INTERRUPTED by Denise Brennan
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2014

"A tough-to-read exposé of trafficking and its effects and an urgent call for changes in federal immigration policy and ineffectual labor laws."
Brennan (Anthropology/Georgetown Univ.; What's Love Got to Do with It?: Transnational Desires and Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic, 2004) examines the everyday lives of people who have formerly been trafficked into forced labor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NELSON MANDELA by Kadir Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2013

"A beautifully designed book that will resonate with children and the adults who wisely share it with them. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
An inspirational ode to the life of the great South African leader by an award-winning author and illustrator. Read full book review >