Search Results: "Herm Auch"


BOOK REVIEW

BEAUTY AND THE BEAKS by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2007

"Readers will cackle endlessly. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Leaving no yolk uncracked, the Auchs strut their stuff once again with this Thanksgiving tale of an arrogant turkey and the goodhearted hens who take him under their wings. Read full book review >

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I WAS A THIRD GRADE SCIENCE PROJECT by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"A glib, funny novel. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-10)"
Brian, the class brain, has come up with a unique science project to execute with his best friend (and the narrator), Josh, and class "moron," Dougie; he'll hypnotize his dog, Arful, into acting like a cat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POULTRYGEIST by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Predictable, and a bit thin, but good humored throughout. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In the Auchs' eighth "poultry parody," the noisy farmyard animals ignore requests from Clarissa the cow and Sophie the pig to pipe down, until a tall, ghostly figure drives everyone out of the barn the night before Halloween. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHICKERELLA by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 2005

"In a market stuffed with fairytale remakes, this one is a must-have for collections. (Picture book. 3-10)"
Another eggceptional addition to the oeuvre of this feather-brained duo unfolds as in the traditional tale: Mom dies (fox in chicken coop), stepmother moves in with two daughters (Ovumelda and Cholestera), father sent away ("wild goose chase"), Chickerella's life goes downhill. Read full book review >

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SOUPERCHICKEN by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 2003

"Reading teachers and vegetarians alike will appreciate the message and young readers will find lots to laugh about. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What do you call a chicken who saves her aunty chickens from the soup factory? Read full book review >

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THE BUK BUK BUK FESTIVAL by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"This one should fly off the shelf frequently and will be eminently useful in author-visit prep. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The latest pun-filled poultry parody from the Auchs (Beauty and the Beaks, 2007, etc.) explores the travails and triumphs of a hen who strives to be a published writer.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHICKERELLA by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 2005

"In a market stuffed with fairytale remakes, this one is a must-have for collections. (Picture book. 3-10)"
Another eggceptional addition to the oeuvre of this feather-brained duo unfolds as in the traditional tale: Mom dies (fox in chicken coop), stepmother moves in with two daughters (Ovumelda and Cholestera), father sent away ("wild goose chase"), Chickerella's life goes downhill. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NUTQUACKER by Mary Jane Auch
Released: Oct. 15, 1999

Auch (Eggs Mark the Spot, 1996, etc.) offers up an audacious tale starring a unusual band of anthropomorphic creatures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUT OF STEP by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"Jeremy may have some value as a negative role-model, but this heavy-handed story offers little insight into a common domestic situation. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Jeremy, 12, makes himself and his stepfamily miserable until he realizes that other people have feelings too. Read full book review >

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ONE PLUS ONE EQUALS BLUE by MJ Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2013

"An engaging coming-of-age story marked by the somewhat predictable dysfunctional-parent problems that are so common in the type. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Basil and Tenzie both have synesthesia, either a gift or a curse that can make a person into one of life's rejects. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WING NUT by MJ Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Young readers may not become as enamored with the details of purple martin life as Grady and Charlie, but the story of a boy who finally finds a place to call home should resonate deeply. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Grady Flood and his drop-dead gorgeous mother Lila have been on the move ever since he was six and his father, a mechanic, was crushed under a car. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOURNEY TO NOWHERE by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"From Auch (Eggs Mark the Spot, 1996, etc.), good historical details and a rattling good adventure. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In 1815, Mem's father decides that the family will sell their Connecticut farm and nearly everything else they own to load up a wagon and make the long and hazardous trek to a new home in the Genesee Country of upstate New York. Read full book review >