Search Results: "James Smythe"


BOOK REVIEW

THE EXPLORER by James  Smythe
Released: Jan. 2, 2013

"Readers looking for character-driven fiction and prepared to forgive the ridiculous setting will be gratified; science fiction fans will not."
Space disaster yarn that bears only a nominal resemblance to science fiction, from the author of The Testimony (2012). Read full book review >

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THE ECHO by James  Smythe
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Nicely written and thoughtful, but two more of these literary variations on a morbid theme may be far too much of the same for readers."
Dysfunctional…People…in…Spaaaace! For the second time in a projected four-book series, Smythe demonstrates why it's a bad idea to shut up virtual strangers in a tin can with an unclear directive. Read full book review >

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TOAD HAS TALENT by Richard Smythe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 7, 2017

"A well-meaning book is dragged down by its sad-sack hero. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ah, talent shows. Dancing, acrobatics, contortion—the sky's the limit. Just add a frozen pond on a moonlit winter's night, and there are the makings of an extravaganza extraordinaire. Read full book review >

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WAY DOWN DARK by J.P. Smythe
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"In the end, this is just another in the overflowing 'violently plucky heroine' sci-fi genre, an amiable though not particularly interesting book. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
A British import with dystopian-blockbuster ambitions. Read full book review >

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SNOWBEAR’S CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN by Theresa Smythe
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Though the story itself is simple, it actually conveys quite a few concepts: counting by ordinal numbers, the calendar and passage of time, and the process of preparing for an event through sequential steps. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Cut-paper collage is the artistic medium for this adroitly illustrated story of preparing for Christmas day by day throughout December. Read full book review >

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CHESTER'S COLORFUL EASTER EGGS by Theresa Smythe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"A sweet treat for an Easter basket or for sharing before decorating Easter eggs. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Little Chester is a charming bunny boy getting ready for an Easter egg hunt in this pleasant, thoughtfully designed story just right for younger preschoolers. Read full book review >

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THE RUNAWAY VALENTINE by Tina Casey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Newcomer Smythe's color-shot, meticulous, cut-paper collage illustrations have a slapstick quality that keeps Victor's predicament from ever feeling too down and out. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Victor is a first-class valentine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WATERSONG by Tim McCanna
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Beautiful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A red fox seeks shelter as a rainstorm builds in intensity. Read full book review >

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BEEP BEEP BEEP  TIME FOR SLEEP! by Claire Freedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"Four-wheeled fun, if a little unbalanced. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The big trucks work hard all day, and at night they sleep, just like us. Read full book review >

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DOZY BEAR AND THE SECRET OF SLEEP by Katie Blackburn
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"Just as purposive as the runaway bestseller but significantly more palatable. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Following on the unearned success of Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin's The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep (2015), a slightly more artful take on the same relaxation techniques. Read full book review >

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THE MESSY BOOK by Maudie Powell-Tuck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Powell-Tuck nails it: it was your fun; now it is your mess. Do the right thing, which is the doorway to more fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As reliable as the muezzin's call are the four words that echo in every child's ear: pick up this mess! Read full book review >

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SOME THOUGHTS ON LOVE
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

So many people make New Year’s Resolutions to start the year, but for the second January in a row, I’ll be contemplating memories and saying good-byes.

My husband lost his father this week.

There’s a lot of emotion to visit, of course, though he suffered from memory issues and so, in many ways, his family has said their ...


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