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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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RETURN TO AUGIE HOBBLE by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"Great fun, with hardly a trope or theme left unspun. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The award-bedizened illustrator offers up his first novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDPA GREEN by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Though this book has lots of adult appeal, it will also be a wonderful bridge to exploring family history with the very young. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An adoring great-grandson and a topiary garden tell the stories of one man's life. Read full book review >

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THE HAPPY HOCKY FAMILY MOVES TO THE COUNTRY! by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"The language moves a little past the prequel's 'Dick and Jane' primer level, but the twists are still sudden, sardonic, and as diverting to children as they are to grown-ups. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The Hockys get a taste (and a smell) of rural living in this belated sequel to Smith's deliciously post-modern primer, The Happy Hocky Family (1993). Read full book review >