Search Results: "Dianne Ochiltree"


BOOK REVIEW

PILLOW PUP by Dianne Ochiltree
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2002

"Lots of appeal—even for cat people. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A rambunctious game of chase quickly ensues when a mischievous pup makes off with her owner's pillow. Read full book review >

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IT'S A SEASHELL DAY by Dianne Ochiltree
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"A charming beach-day book to share with a young child beginning to show interest in the natural world. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A cute, curly-headed boy and his young mother, both Caucasian, head to the beach for a day of collecting seashells. Read full book review >

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IT'S A FIREFLY NIGHT by Dianne Ochiltree
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"An intimate encounter with nature lit not just by stars and fireflies, but also an affecting dose of daddy-daughter warmth. (Picture book. 4-6)"
On a summer's night, a child sails out into her yard to gather (and then release) lightning bugs. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A pleasing historical tidbit. (author's note, acknowledgments) (Picture book. 5-9)"
The first American female firefighter was an African-American cook in the first quarter of the 19th century in New York City. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIANNE FEINSTEIN by Jerry Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Indeed, this book, though mainly respectful, should not garner her new acolytes. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) ($50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
This competent biography of California senator Feinstein, who in November will be up for reelection, hews to the new archetype in political drama: It's the tale of the child who triumphs over the dysfunctions of family life and grows up to become an influential public figure. Read full book review >

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SIXTEEN RUNAWAY PUMPKINS by Dianne Ochiltree
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A cute opener for autumn and a nice bridge across science and math for elementary-school teachers. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A rollicking rhyming tale—part math, part problem-solving—stars a young raccoon who must figure out what to do with 16 pumpkins that don't sit still. Read full book review >

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TEN MONKEY JAMBOREE by Dianne Ochiltree
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Unless readers are prepared to play editor, this is not a first choice. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Charming, identical, brown monkeys, who are flying around the page in colorful shorts, reflect action words as they combine, moving in and out of acrobatic and musical moments in sets that equal ten. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SMALL MADNESS by Dianne Touchell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2016

"Told with compassion and empathy, a conversation-starting look at the dangers of keeping a pregnancy secret. (Fiction. 14-18)"
High school couple Rose and Michael deal with the devastating consequences of her insistence that an unexpected pregnancy simply isn't real in this Australian import. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HANUKKAH IN AMERICA by Dianne Ashton
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 2013

"A fact-filled, mostly interesting account of Hanukkah's development in the United States."
An American Jewish History editor details the modern development of Hanukkah's rituals and traditions Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOOK OF SOMEDAY by Dianne Dixon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Slightly flawed, but an OK way to spend a rainy afternoon."
Screenwriter Dixon's (The Language of Secrets, 2010) second novel centers on the convergence of the lives of three women who have a mysterious connection. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST CUT by Dianne Emley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Nicely developed characters and genuine suspense elevate this impressive crime debut."
Pasadena police detective back on the job after a traumatic attack investigates the brutal sex murder of another female officer. Read full book review >