Search Results: "Fiona Smyth"


BOOK REVIEW

THE NEVER WERES by Fiona Smyth
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"Despite earnest undertones a richly imagined and capably carried-out thriller. (Graphic science fiction. 11-13)"
Three of Earth's last teenagers discover a long-hidden escape route for humanity in this suspenseful future tale, a solo debut for Smyth. Read full book review >

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SEX IS A FUNNY WORD by Cory Silverberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"This carefully thought-out explanation may surprise but should be widely appreciated. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Moving up in target audience from their explanation of reproduction, What Makes a Baby (2013), Silverberg and Smyth explore various meanings for the word "sex." Read full book review >

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WHAT MAKES A BABY by Cory Silverberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2013

"Designed for all kinds of children in all kinds of families, this will be particularly welcome in adoptive and nontraditional families but is, uniquely, an appealing and informative complement to early sex-education discussions with any child. (Informational picture book. 2-7)"
A sex educator and an artist with a graphics background craft an unusually flexible explanation of baby-making for sharing with young children. Read full book review >

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PIRATE PLUNDER'S TREASURE HUNT by Iain Smyth
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A miniature galleon and tiny pockets of minutiae will be appreciated and played with long after the ruse of doing detective work has faded. (Pop-up. 6-11)"
Pirate's Plunder Treasure Hunt ($16.99; Sept. 1996; 16 pp.; 0-525-45693-7): Yo-ho-ho! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KING ALFRED THE GREAT by Alfred P. Smyth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1996

"Very much a history for historians, Smyth's work is essential reading for students of Alfredian and early medieval England. (36 b&w illustrations)"
This substantial piece of scholarship challenges traditional academic wisdom surrounding the ninth century king of Wessex whose achievements changed the course of English history prior to the Norman Conquest. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM by Frances Cony
Released: March 1, 1999

"Not only are the movements funny, but the pull-tabs are tough—this book was designed to handle heavy use—and will probably survive even library circulation. (Pop-up. 2-5)"
Old MacDonald had a farm, and on his farm animals pop up, wiggle, and roll their eyeballs. Read full book review >

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WHAT ANIMALS REALLY LIKE by Fiona Robinson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Guffaws and surprising twists (plus Timbertooth's exaggerated tantrums) will have youngsters clamoring for a repeat performance. Brava! (Picture book. 4-8)"
World-famous conductor Herbert Timberteeth (an aptly named beaver) is about to debut his new song, "What Animals Like Most." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LORD OF THE ANIMALS by Fiona French
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Arresting. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
French (Little Inchkin, 1994, etc.) has created a visual treat, based on a Miwok myth. Read full book review >

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KING OF ANOTHER COUNTRY by Fiona French
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Unusually handsome. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A Greenaway medalist known for her striking graphic effects (Snow White in New York, 1986) adopts an African setting and motifs for her latest fable. Read full book review >

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HIDING HEIDI by Fiona Woodcock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A lovely, inventive take on learning to give and take, for older preschoolers and young grade schoolers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl has a big talent—blending into the background. Is it fun for all? Read full book review >

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BETHLEHEM by Fiona French
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"This would be a beautiful addition to a holiday collection, and an excellent introduction to the purpose of stained-glass windows. (Picture book. 4-8)"
French (The Glass Garden, not reviewed, etc.), already known for her use of brilliant and bold colors, this time surpasses herself in a wonderful example of the storytelling role of stained-glass windows. Read full book review >

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LITTLE INCHKIN by Fiona French
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"Gorgeous. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-9)"
An old tale in sumptuous new clothing. Read full book review >