Search Results: "Holly McQueen"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FABULOUSLY FASHIONABLE LIFE OF ISABEL BOOKBINDER by Holly McQueen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 25, 2010

"A shallow, tedious tour through London's fashion scene."
A ridiculous follow-up to The Glamorous (Double) Life of Isabel Bookbinder (2008) in which a young Londoner wiggles her way into becoming a Top International Fashion Designer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNDER THE JEWELED SKY by Alison McQueen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"A richly imagined story of love, politics and fate, but one with a sometimes-jerky narrative pace."
In this ill-fated romance between a British girl and an Indian boy during India's independence, the author opens the doors to a maharaja's palace, follows the bloody massacres of partition and uncovers the sordid secrets of the diplomatic community in Delhi. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOXES FOR KATJE by Candace Fleming
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2003

"As heartwarming and uplifting as a bouquet of tulips. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Katje and her family struggle to make due with substitutions for essentials like soap and sugar in Holland, post-WWII. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE MAMÁ FORGETS by Robin Cruise
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2006

"Warm and wise. (glossary of Spanish words and phrases) (Picture book. 4-8)"
A Mexican-American grandmother may be getting a bit forgetful, but she still remembers what's really important. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2008

"This iteration of the popular 'wagons-west' theme kicks the energy level up a notch above the usual. (afterword, resource list) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Inspired by an actual quilt and armloads of memoirs, this account of an 1859 journey along the Santa Fe Trail bubbles over with verbal and visual vim. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"As vivid a demonstration of community as readers are likely to find. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-7)"
Charity and caring for others—the Jewish concept of "tzedakah"—comes full circle in the story of a big sister who demonstrates generosity to a younger sibling through community outreach. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOP OF THE WORLD by Holly Hobbie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"In Holly Hobbie's world, 'whim' rhymes with 'friend' and readers will forgive her this whim and remain her friend, still eagerly awaiting the next Toot & Puddle adventure. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Every new Toot & Puddle adventure is an eagerly awaited event, and while this one arrives on many levels, it takes a wrong turn somewhere and leaves someone at the station. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOPHIE’S WINDOW by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Simple and understated in both visuals and narrative, yet the blended message of trying one's wings and being disparate friends regardless of size and genus will ring with young listeners. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Caruso is a young bird who's afraid to fly, thinking only of the mishaps that could occur. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROSATA by Holly Keller
by Holly Keller, illustrated by Holly Keller
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Wistful, evocativeand perhaps best for sharing. (Picture book. 4+)"
Camilla comes into the possession of an old hat bedecked with a small bird made of real feathers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MERRY CHRISTMAS, GERALDINE by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"In guileless illustrations and text, Keller (Geraldine First, 1996, etc.) accurately targets toddlers' tastes, but among holiday tales, this one is more heart than plot, and may be overshadowed by flashier Santas, Grinches, and reindeers with red noses. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A shaggy-dog tale about the journey of the biggest Christmas tree on the lot to Geraldine's home. Read full book review >