Search Results: "Iona Opie"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PEOPLE IN THE PLAYGROUND by Iona Opie
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1993

"Unlike the 1992 reissue of Opie's I Saw Esau, written with her late husband, Peter, this has no colorful Maurice Sendak illustrations interpreting the scene—but the text is nonetheless appealing for its heartening picture of children at play. (Two b&w plates)"
Down in the schoolyard, as Opie (The Classic Fairy Tales, 1974, etc.) presents her impressions of exuberant playground life during the English equivalent of recess. Read full book review >

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HERE COMES MOTHER GOOSE by Iona Opie
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Though Wells drops the ball with this last, legitimizing the boys' presence in a kitchen by dressing them as chefs, in general the book is plainly the work of a match made in heaven, and merits as much popularity as its predecessor. (Folklore. 1-6)"
This oversized companion to the much ballyhooed My Very First Mother Goose (1996) will take toddlers and ex-toddlers deeper into the playscapes of the language, to meet Old King Cole, Old Mother Hubbard, and Dusty Bill From Vinegar Hill; to caper about the mulberry bush, polka with My Aunt Jane, and dance by the light of the moon. Read full book review >

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MY VERY FIRST MOTHER GOOSE by Iona Opie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"There's little point in pretending that even prodigious collections of nursery rhymes can do without this one—it's a must. (index) (Poetry. 2-8)"
My Very First Mother Goose ($19.99; Sept. 1996; 108 pp.; 1-56402- 620-5): One glimpse of the merry Wells (The Language of Doves, p. 1159, etc.) characters that caper through these pages—a cast of hundreds—one flip through the pages where Opie (I Saw Esau, 1992, etc.) has arranged almost 70 familiar and not-so-familiar rhymes to an effect of unabashed glee, and readers will be in love again with the original Mother Goose. Read full book review >

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MOTHER GOOSE’S LITTLE TREASURES by Iona Opie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The pictures may suggest scenarios for some of the more abstract lines here, but young goslings will still benefit most not by trying to make sense of the gnomic verses, but just listening to the rhythms of sound and language in them. (Poetry. 4-7)"
"When the rain raineth / And the goose winketh, / Little knows the gosling / What the goose thinketh." Read full book review >

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I SAW ESAU by Iona Opie
FICTION
Released: June 5, 1992

"New introduction by Iona Opic; notes, nicely leavened by Sendak's characters, who reappear among them. (Folklore. 5+)"
A collection of traditional schoolyard verse, winningly grouped in 31 subjects from "Beginning of Term" to "End of Term" ("No more beetles in my tea,/Making googly eyes at me") and including not just "Insults," "Riddles," and "Nonsense" but such creative headings as "Retaliation," "Guile—Innocent," "Book Desecration," and "Lullabies—Adolescent Style"—a book originally published in Britain in 1947 and now given glorious new life. Read full book review >

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IONA MOON by Melanie Rae Thon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1993

"Thon writes capably, but her prose is not yet powerful enough, nor her characters autonomous enough, to make her monochromatic world memorable."
Lives overflowing with pain are what Thon offers in her second novel (following Meteors in August, 1990), this time focusing on three Idaho teenagers. Read full book review >

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Released: May 25, 2012

"Exciting, immersive and authentic."
This historical novel, set in sixth-century Scotland, relates the struggles of St. Columba to establish his monastery and of Aedan mac Gabran to gain a kingship. Read full book review >

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THE CHRONICLES OF IONA: PROPHET by Paula de Fougerolles
Released: Jan. 14, 2013

"This historical fantasy series' latest installment once again brings myth, history, magic and religion to warm and vivid life."
This historical fantasy novel, the second in a series, continues the adventures of warrior Aedan mac Gabran and monk St. Columba in sixth-century western Scotland. Read full book review >

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DOZER'S RUN by Debbie Levy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"Owners of goldendoodles, Maryland residents and families with runners will find this story touching. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this true story, a goldendoodle named Dozer runs away from home and then runs a half marathon, becoming a celebrated canine mascot and fundraiser for cancer in the process. Read full book review >

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ISN’T IT ROMANTIC? by Ron Hansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"An amusement, but no more."
A pleasant diversion from the usually weighty Hansen (Hitler's Niece, 1999, etc.): an amiable account of an ill-matched French couple who get lost in America and discover each other. Read full book review >

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DARK WITCH by Nora Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Magical, romantic, compelling and appealing—Roberts at her best."
Seven hundred fifty years after an evil sorcerer attacks the Dark Witch Sorcha and leaves her children orphans, he comes back, and her descendants must depend on magic, friendship and love to repel him. Read full book review >

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THE BOYS by Toni Sala
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A compelling existential mystery, on one level a sort of Catalan answer to Russell Banks' The Sweet Hereafter, with a closing as haunting as a tale by Poe. Altogether brilliant."
Beguiling, odd story of what happens to a small town when death pays an unexpected visit. Read full book review >