Search Results: "Frances Poletti"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GIRL WHO RAN by Kristina Yee
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"Well-told and illustrated, Gibb's story speaks to not only women's fight for equality, but the power of community. (biographical note, timeline) (Picture book. 4-8)"
In cooperation with Gibb herself, Poletti and Yee tell the story of the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, questioning authority with her feet. Read full book review >

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LET'S LOOK AT DINOSAURS by Frances Barry
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"Dinosaurs, pop-ups and flaps to lift—what could be better? (Picture book. 2-5)"
Barry's latest interactive text appeals to the youngest of dinosaur aficionados, presenting them with some very basic facts about how dinosaurs lived. Read full book review >

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DUCKIE’S RAINBOW by Frances Barry
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"A bright and appealing debut for the diaper set. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Duckie hurries across paper collage scenes on double-paged spreads of supersaturated color, each one smaller than the last. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Reminiscent of Eric Carle's early work, this uniquely shaped, inexpensive numbers lesson belongs in every collection—at least once. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Barry's charming duck, who taught toddlers colors in Duckie's Rainbow (2004), returns to help with numbers one to ten. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE TOY SHOP by Frances Wolfe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"Wolfe's oil paintings far exceed her text, as her attractive illustrations exhibit sophisticated perspectives, appealing human characters and a dear little bunny who deserves better narration. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This overlong and too-sentimental story is set in a toy shop owned by a gentle, white-haired man named Mr. Kringle. Read full book review >

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CUCKOO SONG by Frances Hardinge
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2015

"Nuanced and intense, this painstakingly created tale mimics the Escher-like constructions of its villainous Architect, fooling the eyes and entangling the emotions of readers willing and able to enter into a world like no other. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
This dense and twisty fantasy set in post-World War I Great Britain mixes monstrous creatures, sibling rivalry, a supernatural doppelgänger, family dysfunction and a kidnapping into a complex brew of eerie atmosphere and unexpected events. Read full book review >

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PRAIRIE WHISPERS by Frances Arrington
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"A truly engaging story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
There's mystery beneath the quiet prairie vistas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHAKE DOWN THE STARS by Frances Donnelly
Released: March 16, 1989

A first novel by Britisher Donnelly that follows the WW II exploits of three Englishwomen—an aristocratic filly, a daughter of the newly rich, and a gardener's girl. Read full book review >

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THE LIE TREE by Frances Hardinge
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 19, 2016

"Thematically rich, stylistically impressive, absolutely unforgettable. (Historical fantasy/horror. 12 & up)"
Mystery, magic, religion, and feminism swirl together in Hardinge's latest heady concoction, set amid the scientific ferment following the publication of The Origin of Species. Read full book review >

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HOTLINE HEAVEN by Frances Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"Park strives for lyricism in depicting the lives of this more-or-less average small-town couple, but too often her prose dissolves into sentimental murk."
Lumpish fiction debut by the owner of a D.C. chocolate shop detailing the lives of a middle-aged couple who meet via a suicide prevention hotline and continue to struggle against a nagging desire to end it all. Read full book review >