Search Results: "Helen Stevens"


BOOK REVIEW

SPIRIT OF THE SNOWPEOPLE by Diane Keyes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A beautiful tale on its own, with a deeper message of the connectedness of the seasons. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Celebrating the rhythms of the land, the villagers plant in the spring, tend in the summer and harvest in the fall. Read full book review >

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BLACK MOSES by Alain Mabanckou
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"This tightly contained, densely packed story issues a challenge that never loses its urgency: how does a person cling to a sense of autonomy when it's under siege by so many powerful forces?"
This ribald, acerbic, and poignant coming-of-age story throws open a window to an African nation's struggle for maturity. Read full book review >

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JEALOUSY by Catherine Millet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Remarkably honest. There is something both sad and deeply satisfying about watching this legendary mistress of emotional bravado crumble."
The famously sexually open memoirist grapples with jealousy. Read full book review >

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THE MISSING PIECE by Antoine Bello
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2003

"Though with some longueurs, Bello's ride is generally swift, funny, and sharp—and, speaking of sharp, a 'Solution' at end discloses method, motive, and murderer."
An American-born Parisian's debut is a high intellectual entertainment about jigsaw-puzzles: a galloping satire that's also a murder mystery to boot. Read full book review >

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THE LIGHTS OF POINTE-NOIRE by Alain Mabanckou
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"A tender, poetic chronicle of an exile's return."
Beset by memories, a Congolese writer revisits his native village. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BROKEN GLASS by Alain Mabanckou
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"Important, entertaining and subtly moving."
The award-winning African author (African Psycho, 2007) returns with a novel about Africa and the West. Read full book review >

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ANNE HELEN PETERSEN
by Megan Labrise

When Anne Helen Petersen pitched Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman in 2015, famous female iconoclasts were having a massive moment.

Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck led the box office. Broad City and Girls ruled TV. Serena Williams dominated tennis. And Hillary Rodham Clinton on her way to becoming the 45th President of the ...


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BOOK REVIEW

The Sixties in Black and White by Elisabeth Stevens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"These line drawings create a spirited monument to a rocky era in American history."
A debut book offers a collection of drawings from the artist's time working at various magazines. Read full book review >

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FACING DOWN FEARS WITH HELEN OXENBURY
by Julie Danielson

If you are a fan of the work of British illustrator Helen Oxenbury, now is a good time. “Helen Oxenbury has charmed generations of children with her award-winning illustrations,” says one. “Helen Oxenbury is among the most popular and critically acclaimed illustrators of all time,” says another. I refer to the jacket-flap bios of two brand-new Oxenbury-illustrated picture ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE RED PEN by Janet Stevens
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2011

"Teachers will certainly find themselves wishing for their own arsenal of supplies to help them with their grading, and students may take a second glance at that innocuous-looking red pen on the teacher's desk. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Obviously inspired by "The Little Red Hen," this goes beyond the foundation tale's basic moral about work ethic to explore problem solving, teamwork and doing one's best. Read full book review >

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PLAIDYPUS LOST by Janet Stevens
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Not a bad idea, but busy and bumpy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Nicely drawn pencil, watercolor, and digital collage illustrations are lost in these aggressive, over-designed pages about a girl's habit of losing and finding her favorite toy repeatedly: "Plaidypus lost. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Required reading for all Jacks and Jills. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The creators of Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! (1999) spin off a freewheeling yarn from a familiar nursery rhyme, salting their tale with awful puns and peppering it with folktale references. Read full book review >