Search Results: "Helen Knode"


BOOK REVIEW

WILDCAT PLAY by Helen Knode
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 24, 2012

"Knode's second entry is complex both in plot and setting, equal parts mystery and primer in the art of drilling for oil."
A film reviewer leaves Hollywood for the rough-and-tumble world of the San Joaquin Valley. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TICKET OUT by Helen Knode
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"A promising start down the mean streets of Culver City."
Movies are the stuff nightmares of made of in this debut noir thriller. Read full book review >

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A PIPKIN OF PEPPER by Helen Cooper
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 6, 2005

"Cooper's Pumpkin Soup (1999) won the Kate Greenaway medal; this one's at least as charming. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Cat, Squirrel and Duck, who live in a tea kettle-shaped house, are back to making their pumpkin soup when they discover they are out of salt—the only solution is to go into the city to buy more. Read full book review >

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IT'S MY BIRTHDAY by Helen Oxenbury
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"The pencil and pale wash illustrations are also distinctive Oxenbury: amiable, affectionate, and like old pals by the end of the story. (Picture book. 2+)"
A sweet young epicene sets out to bake a birthday cake. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNWITTING WISDOM by Helen Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Turning the perfectly simple into the ostentatious, Ward has forgotten that 'fine feathers do not make fine birds.' (Picture book/folktales. 7-12)"
The title of this overblown exercise is just wrong: whoever Aesop was, that teller was deeply aware of the wisdom in the fables. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY WHO WOULDN'T GO TO BED by Helen Cooper
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 1997

"As always, Cooper's artwork can't be faulted: The sumptuous, imaginative watercolors are replete with dreamy intent. (Picture book. 3-7)"
After a promising start, this bedtime book from Cooper (Little Monster Did It!, 1996, etc.) runs out of gas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAGUAR by Helen Cowcher
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Central and South American hunters. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When the cover is spread to its full width, two huge eyes stare from behind broad green leaves, perhaps the most striking painting in this entry from Cowcher (Tigress, 1991, etc.), who continues to address the issue of coexistence between humans and nature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLARA'S CRAZY CURLS by Helen Poole
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Skip this; for celebrations of curly splendor, get bell hooks' Happy to Be Nappy, illustrated by Chris Raschka (1999), and Carolivia Herron's Nappy Hair, illustrated by Joe Cepeda (1997), instead. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little girl's very large curls cause chaos in this clunky lesson. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DESERT ELEPHANTS by Helen Cowcher
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Visually appealing, but more likely to puzzle than inform. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Desert-dwelling elephants journey south through the "Elephant's Doorway" toward Burkina Faso when the dry season begins in Mali. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLEABAG by Helen Stephens
ANIMALS
Released: July 20, 2010

"Just dazzling. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Two kindred souls find friendship and home in this heartwarming tale. Read full book review >

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THE ROOSTER AND THE FOX by Helen Ward
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"Younger readers may skip over the final section (particularly as it's printed in vanishingly tiny type)—no matter: they are sure to linger over the sumptuous art and to get the point of this ageless fable. (Picture book/folktale. 7-10)"
Virtuosic animal portraits adorn this lively retelling of Chaucer's "Nun's Priest's Tale." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ANIMALS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL by Helen Ward
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"The story is a gentle tribute to the animals' role in the Nativity, and a reminder that even the smallest and lowliest have gifts to give that are fit for a king. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The wise men were not the only ones who gave gifts to the newborn Jesus. Read full book review >