Search Results: "Diane Setterfield"


BOOK REVIEW

THE THIRTEENTH TALE by Diane Setterfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"Setterfield's debut is enchanting Goth for the 21st century."
A dying writer bids a young bookshop assistant to write her biography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BELLMAN & BLACK by Diane Setterfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A gothic tale in which moments of tedium are relieved by morbidity."
A boy hits the wrong bird with a slingshot, with lifelong consequences, in this second venture into gothic territory from Setterfield, author of the hugely popular The Thirteenth Tale (2006). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TROUBLE WITH WISHES by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"A classy retelling of a classic myth highlighting the meaning of real companionship. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this version of the Greek myth Pygmalion, Stanley interprets "notions of perfect beauty and misguided love." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"Her classic illustrations capture body language and facial expression to a T. A wonderful celebration of the end of a school year, ideal for preparing kindergartners. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Gilbert and his friends return to delight their fans in this look at their last day of school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE by Diane DeGroat
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Readers who have enjoyed Gilbert's earlier exploits will look forward to more from this remarkably human opossum. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Using the story of George Washington and the cherry tree as inspiration, school children realize that the lessons they learn about honesty extend beyond the skit they perform. Read full book review >

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RUMPELSTILTSKIN'S DAUGHTER by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Those who like Babette Cole's send- ups will find plenty of giggles in this reworking. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A feminist revision of Rumpelstiltskin, in which the small man and the miller's daughter marry and raise a daughter, Hope, who finds herself in the same room of straw her mother once faced. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALOHA! by Diane  Kredensor
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"Nevertheless, the merits of this title will have new readers saying mahalo for a joyful, exuberant friendship story. (Early reader. 6-9)"
This engaging beginning reader uses comic-book conventions and a Hawaiian setting to invite emergent readers into the story of odd-couple friends Ollie and Moon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HURRICANE WOLF by Diane Paterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Lots of sound advice salts the story (and is summarized in fact sheets at the end of the book), which will make kids feel less helpless, if in no less awe, before the storm's brute force. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A hurricane is calling at the door. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SALADIN by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Though this will leave readers with some questions (Stanley provides no references for some of the more interesting tidbits that they may be curious about), it brings this hero to light for a young audience, who may only be familiar with this period from the Christian history. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Stanley, in her usual style (Michelangelo, 2000, etc.), gives a brief, lavishly illustrated account of this famous Muslim leader who united his people against the Christian Crusaders of the 12th century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JINGLE BELLS, HOMEWORK SMELLS by Diane DeGroat
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 31, 2000

"This latest will tickle those who have met Gilbert in Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink; Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet; and Happy Birthday to You, You Belong in a Zoo. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Everyone knows how difficult it is to get everything done at Christmastime because there are so many distractions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GIANT AND THE BEANSTALK by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A must for all fractured-fairytale collections. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Stanley has again managed an inspired spin on an old fairy tale, telling Jack and the Beanstalk from the not-so-fierce and much-teased giant Otto's point of view. Read full book review >