Search Results: "Ellen DeGeneres"


BOOK REVIEW

SERIOUSLY...I'M KIDDING by Ellen DeGeneres
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Though DeGeneres doesn't provide many laugh-out-loud moments, her trademark wit and openness shine through."
The doyenne of afternoon comedy returns with more quirky reflections on life. Read full book review >

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ELLEN OH
by Alex Heimbach

Like most writers, Ellen Oh was an avid reader growing up. “Books were always my friends,” she says. At least until second grade, when her teacher read The Five Chinese Brothers to the class. Afterwards, her classmates taunted her with racial slurs, and one boy tried to paint her skin yellow because she was "the wrong color for a ...


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BOOK REVIEW

I SAW A BULLFROG by Ellen Stern
ANIMALS
Released: April 22, 2003

"The failure here is not in quality of art, but of imagination; next to Jack Prelutsky's Scranimals, or Sarah Perry's If— (1995), too many of these creations just fall flat. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Stern showcases unusual facility at naturalistic depiction, but like the 11 imaginary animal hybrids that appear here, the result overall is neither fish nor fowl. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOLLY'S SEASONS by Ellen Kandoian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A quiet but skillfully crafted book. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The author of Under the Sun (1987), in which Molly's mother describes the daily progress of sunlight as the sun sets on other children around the world, presents the seasons as Molly experiences them in Maine; then, extending the concept, she describes polar seasons (``Winter means darkness and noon looks like night,/Summer means sunshine and midnight is bright'') and the reversal in the Southern Hemisphere. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"Forney's story should resonate with those grappling with similar issues, while her artistry should appeal to a wide readership."
For anyone who loves graphic memoir or has concerns about bipolar swings, creativity and medication, this narrative will prove as engaging and informative as it is inspirational. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRAIRIE EVERS by Ellen Airgood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2012

"Thoughtful readers will no doubt sympathize with Prairie's feelings of loneliness and celebrate the new friendship she finds, even—or perhaps especially—when it gets complicated. (Fiction. 9-12)"
This easygoing, earnest story of friendship and family is set in upstate New York, but its heart is nestled deep in the mountains of North Carolina. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE KNEEBONE BOY by Ellen Potter
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"A quirky charmer. (Fiction. 11 & up)"
The Hardscrabbles of the English town of Little Tunks—silent Otto, the adventure-seeking Lucia and whip-smart Max—have become accustomed to their shy, rumpled father's absences since their mother's suspicious disappearance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PISH POSH by Ellen Potter
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"This disconcerting turn in storytelling weakens the first fascination with the characters, as they flatten and disintegrate when lives and story are tidied up to accommodate a too-easy ending. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Monsieur Frankofile's upscale restaurant, Pish Posh, has a gimmick: his daughter, Clara (11), who heartlessly polices the success or failure of each diner, determining who can have a reservation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT'S IN A NAME? by Ellen Wittlinger
Released: March 1, 2000

"Although it's low on surprises, this gallery of clean-cut high schoolers does offer a hopeful view of youth on the way to adulthood. (Short stories. 11-13)"
In ten interrelated short stories, Wittlinger (Hard Love, p. 971, etc.) catches teenagers seeking self-identity in a small Massachusetts town that is engaged in a similar process. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Jedediah Barstow is an unforgettable character in this fine story of bravery, grief, friendship, and community. (historical note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Jedediah Barstow has just been orphaned during a crossing of the Kaw River. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CRUSH by Ellen Conford
FICTION
Released: Jan. 31, 1998

"Each piece is more of a one-joke concept than a fully rendered story, and doesn't even qualify as brain candy. (Short stories. 12-14)"
From Conford (The Frog Princess of Pelham, p. 638, etc.), a mediocre collection of stories about dating. Read full book review >