Search Results: "Der-shing Helmer"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MISSING CUCKOO CLOCK  by Lynda Beauregard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Predominantly instructional, but light enough not to sink beneath the weight of its purpose. (glossary, instructions for two experiments, URL for supplementary material) (Graphic fiction/nonfiction hybrid. 8-10)"
Summer-camp kids get (scientifically) physical. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Alas, nary a zombie in sight—but budding 'braaaiiinnns' may be tempted to repeat some of the experiments for themselves. (further experiments, glossary, scientific principles) (Graphic fiction/instructional blend. 8-10)"
Following cryptic clues left by a counselor, a quartet of young campers track down the source of mysterious noises in this science-laden series kickoff. Read full book review >

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THE TRAP by Rink van der Velde
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

The Trap ($22.00; Feb. 1997; 147 pp.; 1-877946-80-X): The first English translation of a spare and disturbing 1966 novel, set in the Netherlands during the German occupation in WW II. Read full book review >

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ENTERTAINING ANGELS by Marita van der Vyver
Released: Jan. 9, 1995

"Mixing honest prose and literary allusion with dreams and politics, van der Vyver has written a funny, intelligent, and inventive novel."
This Afrikaans debut novel, which became a bestseller and garnered South Africa's biggest literary prize, tells a modern-day fairy tale with an irreverent, feminist twist. Read full book review >

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POUNDING THE PAVEMENT by Jennifer van der Kwast
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2005

"Well-intentioned though lackluster first novel."
Job trouble, love trouble and a 20-something heroine—sounds like another stroll down chick-lit lane. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A crafty introduction to kismet, and a nice story to boot. (Picture book. 3-7)"
After a very slow start, Helmer's story of two grumps finding one another comes to a gratifying conclusion. Mr. McGratt has his problems, but when it comes to the ornery cat that arrives one day and won't leave, he becomes angry, bellowing, "Scat! Read full book review >

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FOG CAT by Marilyn Helmer
Released: March 1, 1999

"Helmer's story is moving, but never cloying; the watercolor greens and blues of Mombourquette's palette wash the beaches with mist. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An evocative tale about a cat that appears and vanishes into the seaside fog, depending on the season. Read full book review >

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BELLES OF THE BALLPARK by Diana Star Helmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"B&w photos; chronology; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
A spinoff of the war effort, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League flourished in the 40's, lasted more than a decade, and, in a storybook ending, was nearly forgotten until two scholars in the mid-70's sparked renewed interest, a two films (both titled A League of Their Own), and a commemorative exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Read full book review >

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SIMON'S NEW BED by Christian Trimmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Accepting what can't be changed is a lesson everyone has to learn, even big, boisterous dogs (and presumably young readers, as well). (Picture book. 4-7)"
A huge, tan dog named Simon learns to share his new dog bed with the family cat. Read full book review >

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MONSTERSONG by Mathilde Stein
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"A refreshing alternative to, for instance, the well-worn Mercer Mayer chestnuts. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Displeased by his mother's highly unsatisfactory response to complaints of monsters under the bed, a child—rather, a piglet in the bright, loosely drawn pictures—takes matters into his own trotters. Read full book review >

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A STRANGE DAY by Iris van der Heide
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"A breezy, kid-savvy delight. (Picture book. 3-8)"
One windy day—the one on which Jack will learn if he's won the drawing contest—the postman has a mishap. Read full book review >

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Released: June 9, 1994

"Yet entering into the stories is not always easy; they reflect a worldview and sensibility far removed from that of most Western readers."
A fascinating glimpse into the vibrant fiction currently being produced in Chinese. Read full book review >