Search Results: "Denise Brennan"


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 >

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 >

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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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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

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 >

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HOUSE OF THE STAR by Caitlin Brennan
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"A fast-paced book for horse lovers and not-yet-sophisticated readers of high fantasy. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
When Princess Elen of Ymbria unwillingly arrives at summer camp on a magical horse, she brings three things with her: a talisman, a book of maps and centuries of hostility toward the rival world of Caledon. Read full book review >

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VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK by Marie Brennan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 27, 2015

"Fans of this charming series won't be disappointed."
Third in Brennan's fine natural-history fantasy series, set six years after the events detailed in The Tropic of Serpents (2014).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 >