Search Results: "Jacqueline Mair"


BOOK REVIEW

HORSE HOOVES AND CHICKEN FEET by Neil Philip
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 22, 2003

"An interesting collection that will attract some readers because of the origin of the tales (and the usefulness of the origin notes) but the collection lacks the spice necessary to make it a first choice. (Folktales. 8+)"
These 15 tales are well-documented and authentic in terms of sources, basic plot, and so forth, but the telling is flat and stilted and the finale of each often seems forced and anti-climactic, ending rather unceremoniously. Read full book review >

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I HAVE A NEWS by Walter Jekyll
NATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The sheer exuberance of both the lyrics and the illustrations generally need no explanation. (Music; notes on rhymes) (Folklore/Poetry/Picture book. 5+)"
A refreshing realism pervades this lyrical collection of Jamaican folk tunes. Read full book review >

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BETTE by George Mair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Not so much a tell-all biography as a fawning and amateurish show-and-tell. (24 pages photos, not seen)"
A third-rate biography of a second-rate talent. Read full book review >

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A WEEK IN BOOKS
by Bobbi Dumas

So February has practically flown by and it’s seventy degrees in Wisconsin. Apparently this week has been the warmest in recorded history in the state—that’s the warmest week in winter history, not just February history.

I confess, it makes me a little worried about the climate, but I can’t say that not having to wear a jacket in February isn’t ...


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BOOK REVIEW

The Treasure of Mad Jack Halloran by Malcolm Mair
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"An often lively romp that concludes the adventures of Lucy and her ever-present phantom friend."
A ghost story for middle-grade readers about a young girl and an unlikely crew hunting for a centuries-old pirate's treasure. Read full book review >

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FOR VALENTINE’S WEEK, A HAPPY READING SIGH
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

I’ve been waiting to read Lisa Kleypas’ Devil in Spring since I heard it was coming. Combining her current Ravenel series with the Wallflowers is a stroke of brilliance—and since one of my all-time favorite romance couples is Sebastian and Evie – and this one matches their son Gabriel with the quirky entrepreneur Pandora Ravenel – I simply ...


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BOOK REVIEW

KINDERGARTEN ABC by Jacqueline Rogers
ABC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"This not a primer on the ABCs, but an extension of the letter-learning process, a vocabulary builder that will test readers with the likes of easel, knees, llama, quarrel, and tambourines. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Rogers returns to the class from Tiptoe into Kindergarten (1999) to introduce a flurry of letters and words in the always-winning treasure-hunt format that will have eyes poring over the pages. Read full book review >

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SPRING CLEANING, AWESOME READING
by Bobbi Dumas

Are you a Spring Cleaner? Is this the time you go through closets and boxes, wash windows and pack away clothes?

The weather in Wisconsin has been a little erratic the past couple of months, so I’m hesitant to put away any warm clothes just yet. However my awesome husband has had some time off this month and has decided ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE COMIC BOOK WAR by Jacqueline  Guest
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"Built around a timely (ever timely, unfortunately) theme, this wartime tale featuring young characters with complementary strengths and vulnerabilities shines in a sharply rendered setting. (historical notes) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
A teenager with three brothers fighting overseas in World War II concocts an elaborate coping mechanism that works to keep his anxieties down and his spirits up—until it doesn't. Read full book review >

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THE LEMONADE WAR by Jacqueline Davies
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2007

"Earnest and potentially successful, but just misses the mark. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Told from the point of view of two warring siblings, this could have been an engaging first chapter book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KISS by Jacqueline Wilson
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2010

"Mixed, but diverting. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Small for her age, bright 14-year-old Sylvie is only just experiencing the first longings of puberty. Read full book review >