Search Results: "Holly LeCraw"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SWIMMING POOL by Holly LeCraw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 6, 2010

"Whether open or suppressed, passion rules events, but this is not a murder mystery; instead LeCraw reveals the complex moral and psychological mystery within all relationships."
LeCraw's remarkably confident first novel begins seven years after an unsolved murder and explores the ripple effect both of decisions that may have caused the murder and its aftermath. Read full book review >

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THE HALF BROTHER by Holly LeCraw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"The last 50 pages become a rush of plot contrivances that undermine what until then has been a complicated, engrossing study of characters and relationships."
Incest, racial tension, statutory rape, alcoholism—LeCraw (The Swimming Pool, 2010) throws them all into the stew in this melodrama about family secrets and thwarted love among teachers at an elite New England prep school.Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2012

"A broadly appealing mix of the tragic and droll, comforting, disturbing, exotic and universal, with nary a clinker in the bunch. (glossary) (Short stories. 11-13)"
A big but consistently engaging pro bono anthology of authors with direct or indirect Japanese "heritage or experience." Read full book review >

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GUINEA PIG PARTY by Holly Surplice
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Countdown to the next rereading. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Comical, partying guinea pigs who encounter one mishap after another allow readers to count down from 10 to one. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HELP! by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Touches like the rosy blush on Mouse's face when he realizes that Snake has rescued him give the somewhat stylized figures the necessary spark of life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A predictable story with a clear moral lesson. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHARMING OPAL by Holly Hobbie
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Children will be comforted by this warmly humorous take on a familiar dilemma. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Charming" truly is the word for both story and art in this latest Toot and Puddle installment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PRESENT FOR TOOT by Holly Hobbie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The storyline has too many gaps, but Hobbie's watercolors are delightful, and Puddle's search for the perfect present is endearing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Hobbie's porcine characters (Toot and Puddle, 1997) are back in a sweet but disjointed effort. Read full book review >

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PUDDLE'S ABC by Holly Hobbie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Irresistible. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Hobbie's porkers in play clothes return for a fourth episode, just as winning as the previous three. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GERALDINE FIRST by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Keller (Rosata, 1995, etc.) conveys through her cheerful illustrations not only the many moods of her young heroine, but also a subplot involving Mama and Papa's own reactions to the bickering siblings. (Picture book. 4+)"
Geraldine is back and this time her little brother, Willie, trails after her, saying everything she says and doing everything she does. ``Stop copying me, Willie,'' snaps Geraldine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HICCUPS! by Holly Sterling
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2016

"No one ever enjoys this particular affliction, and it's certainly not a new literary device, but young listeners will still gleefully 'Hic! Hic!' hiccup along. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little girl is determined to cure her dog's hiccups. Read full book review >

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HANSEL & GRETEL by Holly Hobbie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A fine addition to the fairy-tale shelves. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-8)"
Hobbie's stripped-down retelling of "Hansel and Gretel" maintains a high degree of fidelity to the classic fairy tale, while her illustrations reveal a rich array of artistic influences on her visual interpretation of the story. Read full book review >

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PEEK-A-BOO BUNNY by Holly Surplice
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"Preschoolers who are just beginning to understand the game of hide-and-seek will find this irresistible. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A gray rabbit plays hide-and-seek with his forest friends in this delightfully illustrated, simple story with a bouncy, rhyming text. Read full book review >