Search Results: "Greg Spalenka"


BOOK REVIEW

THE EYES OF THE UNICORN by Teresa Bateman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2007

"Satisfyingly gorgeous. (Picture book. 7-12)"
A pretty story tenderly told and fabulously illustrated. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 14, 1995

"A portrait of one man staring into America's societal abyss shouldn't be this superficial."
A well-meaning but ultimately unsatisfying account of a priest's work with youths in the barrio of East LA. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLD SCHOOL by Jeff Kinney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Harmless fun that neither rocks the boat nor swings for the fences. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)"
The Wimpy Kid series marches on. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEATH GOES ON RETREAT by Carol Anne O’Marie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Full of inane conversation, paeans of praise to the scenery, and coincidence stretched to unconvincing lengths: this sixth in the series is only for the author's fondest fans."
San Francisco's Sister Mary Helen is once again embroiled in a murder case (Murder Makes a Pilgrimage, 1993, etc.), this time while on retreat at St. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE BY ONE by Sarah Cain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Cain plots furiously enough for three installments and adds a remarkably florid climax and a series of downbeat epilogues for good measure. The payoff is some quality time with a hero whose 'brain wasn't working because his heart was broken beyond repair.'"
Philadelphia journalist Danny Ryan (The 8th Circle, 2016), reluctantly agreeing to help an old friend who was never even much of a friend, lives to regret it, which is more than you can say for the friend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THIRD WHEEL by Jeff Kinney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"It's time for the Wimpy Kid machine to grind to a halt. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)"
Greg Heffley, that most profoundly unlikable of antiheroes, is back with another litany of complaints. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PROMISE OF DEPARTURE by LW Montgomery
Released: Aug. 16, 2012

"Engrossing prose but myopic in focus."
A man flees his failed marriage for the post-quake destruction of Haiti to repair motorcycles and find purpose. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"An appealingly colorful, deadpan account of a remarkably audacious and creative criminal. (glossary, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Geisel winner Pizzoli turns from early readers to biography with this story of a consummate 20th-century con man. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WATERMELON SEED by Greg Pizzoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"A humorous vignette with deliciously bright colors that leap from the page. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A watermelon-loving crocodile worries over a swallowed seed in this balmy tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PURPLE LITTLE BIRD by Greg Foley
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2011

"Satisfying for the very youngest. (Picture book. 18 mos.-4)"
A small purple bird—Pierre is the name on his purple mailbox—who "love[s] everything purple" circumnavigates the world in search of the missing ingredient in his nearly perfect purple house: a little variety in color, as it turns out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLOUGHBY & THE MOON by Greg Foley
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"A far cry from the usual fear-of-the-dark fare—and a strangely comforting and beautiful one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Close on the heels of his previous adventure (Willoughby and the Lion, 2009), young Willoughby faces his fears in the light of a disappearing moon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLOUGHBY & THE LION by Greg Foley
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"In spite of this Foley's signature sweetness is definitely present and accounted for. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Willoughby Smith doesn't much like his new home but learns that all is not lost when he discovers a magical wish-giving lion stuck on a rock in his backyard. Read full book review >