Search Results: "Irene Luxbacher"


BOOK REVIEW

MATTOO, LET’S PLAY! by Irene Luxbacher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Simple and spot-on. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Boisterous girl and quiet cat seem like an awkward match. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. FRANK by Irene Luxbacher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"It's a perfect ending to a perfect book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Outstanding mixed-media collages and a thoughtful text create a distinctive book that rises far above most tributes to grandparental love. Read full book review >

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THE JUMBO BOOK OF OUTDOOR ART by Irene Luxbacher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A minor effort. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
On the premise that anything can be art, and art is anything, the author invites young enthusiasts to combine art materials and natural objects in 57 projects for the backyard, beach and park. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NOT-SO-FARAWAY ADVENTURE by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"This quiet, sweet story is a gift for all—explorers, grandchildren, parents—any who celebrate the gift of discovering the world together. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Theo, the warmhearted heroine from The Imaginary Garden (2009), creates an unforgettable adventure for her beloved Poppa's birthday. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MALAIKA’S WINTER CARNIVAL by Nadia L. Hohn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Hohn contrasts Jamaican and Canadian cultures tenderly, with deep understanding of both, and she and Luxbacher have created a sweet, immersive and loving book that will benefit both young new arrivals to a country and those just meeting them. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Malaika is delighted to see her mother again, but after a brief stay in Jamaica, she's taking Malaika to her new home in Canada, along with her new, white French-Canadian husband, Mr. Frédéric, and his daughter, Adèle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MALAIKA'S COSTUME by Nadia L. Hohn
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"A wholly earned celebration. (glossary) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hohn's debut children's book explores Caribbean culture as it follows Malaika on her determined path to creating her dream carnival costume. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE IMAGINARY GARDEN by Stephen Michael King
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"More than the gardening or even the flowers, the dance of imagination between grandfather and grandchild is sweetly filigreed across the pages. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Poppa lives in an apartment now, with a tiny, windy balcony instead of a garden. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOODNIGHT, IRENE by Jan Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1993

"First of a series."
Back in 1955, O'Connor, a dogged reporter for the Las Piernas News Express, took up the case of Handless Hannah, an unidentified corpse he wrote about every year on the anniversary of her death. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAR IRENE, by Jan Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"All Burke has done is take one of the hoariest clichÇs in the business—the letter-writing serial killer—and make it as fresh and chilling as a winter sunrise."
Somebody calling himself Thanatos, the lord of death, is writing letters to Las Piernas News Express reporter Irene Kelly (Sweet Dreams, Irene, p. 19, etc.), whom he calls Cassandra, obliquely prophesying a series of murders—and then making good on every prophecy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRAVE IRENE by William Steig
Kirkus Star
illustrated by William Steig
Released: Oct. 22, 1986

"A thoroughly satisfying picture book from this producer of both Newbery and Caldecott Honor books."
Irene Bobbin, dressmaker's daughter, tucks her ill mother comfortably in bed and sets out through a storm to deliver a ball gown to the duchess; despite an interfering wind and heavy snow, she makes it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REMEMBER ME, IRENE by Jan Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 21, 1996

"Too much of a good thing in Irene's fourth case (Dear Irene, 1995, etc.)—a big, ambitious novel that sinks under the weight of its evil cargo. (Author tour)"
Old masters of the classic mystery knew how an enigmatic central character can focus tension and raise the stakes. Read full book review >