Search Results: "Donald Dreifuss"


BOOK REVIEW

BIRDHOUSE FOR RENT by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"But the seductive art makes it more than worthwhile to explain. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Told from the unusual first-person point of view of a birdhouse, this picture book begins with the arresting announcement, "I am a birdhouse," over a picture of a birdhouse sporting a For Rent sign. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A DOZEN DUCKLINGS LOST AND FOUND by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: March 24, 2003

"An afterword offers interesting information about the Muscovey ducks that are so charmingly pictured. (Picture book. 2-5)"
When Farmer Donald removes 12 broken fence posts from the ground just before Mother Duck marches her 12 ducklings across the pasture, a gentle misadventure occurs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT AT THE FAIR by Donald  Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"This evocative book could be paired to nice effect with Elisha Cooper's sunny Country Fair (1997). (Picture book. 3-8)"
Crews (Shortcut, 1992, etc.) uses, to great effect, the contrast of the night sky and the gaudy lights of typical fair amusements in his picture book of very few words but very kinetic images. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ABC ANIMAL ORCHESTRA by Donald Saaf
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Preschoolers may not know all of the creatures (aardvark, kiwi, ibex), but they will have fun pointing out what's happening and connecting letters with them. Isn't that what alphabet books are supposed to do? (Picture book. 2-4)"
The title says it all—kind of. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COCKROACHES OF STAY MORE by Donald Harington
Released: March 10, 1989

Harington (The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks, 1975) returns to the fictional town of Stay More, this time to spin an exotic, amusing tale about a colony of cockroaches who talk in hillbilly dialect. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A DANGEROUS MAGIC by Donald Hounam
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Violent, profane, caustic, grisly, and pitch-black—but all in a good way. (Horror/mystery. 14-adult)"
A brilliant teenage sorcerer takes on the case of a beheaded bishop in this supernatural noir debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Smoke Dreams by Donald Willerton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2014

"A warm, sometimes overly described tale of a simultaneous restoration of a home and homeowner."
A middle-aged man with secrets renovates a haunted house in this historical/mystical Western drama from Willerton (The Lady in White, 2012). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Spectacular dialogue."
Knockout indictment of FBI incompetence at nailing mobsters even when the criminals are handed up fried on a plate; by the author of Undercover: The Secret Lives of an FBI Agent (1988), etc. Goddard makes his case by telling the life of one Billy Breen, an ex-cop who did seven years for bank robbery, armed robbery, and bookmaking and then turned undercover informer for the FBI. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOP'S HOPE by Donald McCaig
Released: May 11, 1994

"His landscapes, whether of the Mississippi Delta, the truck stops along the highway, the life of the American West, or the human heart, are vivid and true."
This finely written sequel to McCaig's popular Nop's Trials (1984) follows Penny Burkeholder and her unique Border Collie, Nop's offering, Hope. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUR LITTLE SECRET by Donald Ward
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 1991

"Still, persuasively chilling."
Christmas 1947 in Crow River, Canada, finds Kate Taggert busy directing the school pageant; her husband, Jerry, a vet prone to nightmares, policing the town; and their eight-year-old daughter, Tilly, still upset about her chum Ellie's death-plunge down a mine- shaft. Read full book review >