Search Results: "Harriet Lane"


BOOK REVIEW

ALYS, ALWAYS by Harriet Lane
Released: June 12, 2012

"Controlled and precise, Lane's writing bewitches with its undertones of implied meanings and carefully hidden secrets. This is a gem."
In a dark forest, on a lonely road, in the bleakness of winter, Frances Thorpe sees the strange, illuminated contours of something within the trees. Read full book review >

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HER by Harriet Lane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A domestic thriller of the first order."
The minutiae of everyday life turn sinister for two women in this taut, fraught tale. Read full book review >

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I AM A WITCH'S CAT by Harriet Muncaster
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"This heartwarming look at the close bond between mother and daughter stands out for its clever twist and stunningly detailed artwork. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A spunky girl who dresses up as a black cat is sure her mother is really a witch. Turn the pages to see if this is true. Read full book review >

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN, WITCH'S CAT! by Harriet Muncaster
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2015

"This offering is more of a snack than a satisfying treat; all readers will focus on are the meticulously created pictures full of fun things they can almost reach out and touch. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Muncaster follows up I Am a Witch's Cat (2014) with another mother-daughter tale. Read full book review >

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THE BIGGEST SMALLEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT by Harriet Muncaster
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Clementine proves the adage about good things coming in small packages. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Over several years, a Thumbelina-sized girl receives gifts from Santa that are too large for her diminutive size. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABE LINCOLN'S DREAM by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"An adroit blend of humor, compassion and quiet optimism reflects the statesman's character and make this a first choice for February or anytime. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Smith transcends clichés to present a fresh and intimate glimpse of the 16th president. Read full book review >

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IT'S A BOOK by Lane Smith
by Lane Smith, illustrated by Lane Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Despite Smith's sly title-page introduction of 'jackass' as a legitimate animal label for donkey, this closing gibe refocuses and cheapens the humor into a gratuitous insult that yields no benefit beyond a feeling of superiority. (Picture book. 4-11)"
Saucy hilarity and clever visual characterization make this wide-audience treat delectable until the potentially off-putting final page. Read full book review >

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THE HAPPY HOCKY FAMILY by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Fun for all. (Easy reader. 3-8)"
Seventeen extremely short stories to delight the pre-primer crowd and their younger sibs. Read full book review >

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GLASSES--WHO NEEDS 'EM? by Lane Smith
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"The real clincher is not the list but the glasses themselves: on the last spread, everything finally comes clear. The idea may be limited, but the accompanying illustrations are comical and composed with remarkable skill. Offbeat but fascinating. (Picture book. 3+)*justify no*"
In this visually sophisticated look at a boy who assertively debates with a doctor who points out that he needs glasses, the mildly witty text is secondary to a wonderful series of out-of- focus illustrations of various visages equipped with specs: not just Mom, Sis, inventors, and `' `monster-movie' stuntpeople,'' but pink elephants, planets, and potatoes. Read full book review >

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JOHN, PAUL, GEORGE & BEN by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Still, this may serve as an entry point for kids who think that history is dry as dust, and 'Ye Olde True or False Section' really is pretty funny. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Despite the Beatles-reminiscent title, this offering concerns itself with not four, but five of the Founding Dads: John (Hancock), Paul (Revere), George (Washington), Ben (Franklin) and Tom (Jefferson). Read full book review >

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PINOCCHIO, THE BOY by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

Poor Pinocchio: suddenly everyone, even his friends, is treating him very oddly. Read full book review >

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THERE IS A TRIBE OF KIDS by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Smith soars in this earnest, meditative work about longing, the joy of interaction, and family. Absolutely radiant. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A lone child explores the natural world and its many animal tribes, collective noun by collective noun, ultimately finding a place of belonging. Read full book review >