Search Results: "Elaine Szewczyk"


BOOK REVIEW

I’M WITH STUPID by Elaine Szewczyk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 2008

"Often laugh-out-loud funny, Kirkus editor Szewczyk's well-observed debut is a quirky, perverse take on dating that easily rises above the singleton genre competition."
A magical one-night stand with a strapping South African wildlife ranger has unexpected consequences in this screwball rom-com with a winningly sardonic heroine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ICE-CREAM CONES FOR SALE! by Elaine Greenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"As delicious as the story. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 4-8)"
As irresistible as its subject, Greenstein's jaunty text and marvelous pictures are also an object lesson in the joys and perils of research. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN IS A PLANET NOT A PLANET? by Elaine Scott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 20, 2007

Joining the rush of revised views of the solar system for young readers that has been following in the wake of the International Astronomical Union's decision to redefine Pluto (and some other fellow wanderers) as "dwarf planets" rather than the full-fledged sort, this production shows several signs of haste, from a narrative that fails to note that Pluto has more than one moon to a chapter that opens with a full page, uncaptioned photo of a vague smear of light. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MRS. ROSE'S GARDEN by Elaine Greenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"(Picture book. 3-6)"
Mrs. Rose's Garden ($15.00; May 1, 1996; 32 pp.; 0-689-80215-3): A gentle tale of homegrown generosity. Mrs. Rose has always wanted to win blue ribbons, until her unusual mix of fertilizers produces a whole garden full of prize-winning vegetables. ``Somehow it didn't feel like fun anymore,'' so Mrs. Rose hits on a plan to neatly redistribute the bounty and turn all her neighbors into winners, too. Mrs. Rose gets a special ribbon from Mr. Rose for having ``the biggest heart''—a nice touch in a winning and warming story accompanied by paintings that have a flattened perspective and a sweet, quirky magic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INTERRACIAL DATING AND MARRIAGE by Elaine Landau
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 13, 1993

"Straightforward b&w photo portraits of the narrators; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 14+)"
Landau launches into her latest subject with a brief historical overview of African-American/white and Asian/white unions over the past 200 years, emphasizing the Japanese experience in the US. Read full book review >

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DYSLEXIA by Elaine Landau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"For further reading'' (it's true that little is available, but this four-book list exaggerates the lack); index. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
A ``First Book'' survey of a common learning disability, including a general description of its possible effects, both functional and emotional; anecdotal glimpses of kids struggling along undiagnosed, misunderstood by teachers and peers; and the outlook for success with specialized help. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NONFICTION
Released: Dec. 15, 1992

"List of freedom-defending organizations (including ALA); source notes; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Solidly written if uninvolving summary of issues raised in court cases testing the limits of freedom of expression. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"If ever text called for editor, this is it."
Canadian journalist Dewar (Bones, 2001) tackles the whole business of stem cells, cloning, and other at-the-edge science in a text composed largely of long interviews with various movers and shakers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOSING MR. NORTH by Elaine Kagan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 14, 2002

"Certainly better than much that's out there, though not one of the author's best."
Kagan, author of several smart, grown-up novels (No Good-Byes, 2000, etc.), stumbles with this work on adultery, despite the novelty of taking both the wife and girlfriend's point of view. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWEET MYSTERIES OF LIFE by Elaine Slater
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Despite the occasional stiff prose and too-clever conceits, these spare tales will capture many a reader's heart."
Bite-size slices of life and character compiled into a winning package. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"We can learn a lot from and about babies and children, and Morgan is a first-rate guide."
A highly readable treatise on human development—so good it can be recommended to any new or about-to-be ma (and pa). Read full book review >