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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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

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

DIRTBALL PETE by Eileen Brennan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

"Introduced so late in the proceedings, it's like the author threw a little water on our hero, muddying his heart-robbing filthiness. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Visually, Dirtball Pete is a charmer—a begrimed lad with a thatch of unruly hair, a crooked smile and button eyes as black as tar. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILD DESIRE by Karen Brennan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

Winner of the 1990 AWP Short Fiction Award: a collection of 18 uneven stories, written in a hyper-poetic minimalist style and mostly about families where poetic sensibilities fight for survival against abuse, crassness, bourgeois ordinariness, or secular tedium. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Best read both Ryan and Brennan for a balanced picture of a grueling yet beautiful sport. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A mix of giddy admiration and honest reporting that's as wobbly as a junior skater attempting a triple flip. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VISITOR by Maeve Brennan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2000

"Grim and measured, sure of its emotional power, this is certainly evidence of Brennan's great gift, but the story's too slight to stand alone."
Riding a wave of rediscovery, long-time New Yorker writer Brennan (The Rose Garden, 1999, etc.) has been no more highly touted than now, seven years after her death at age 76. This novella, though, dating from the '40s and found in a university archive, will not add measurably to her reputation. Read full book review >