Search Results: "James McAllen"


BOOK REVIEW

Split Rock Road by James McAllen
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"Tracks wide-ranging characters through love, loss, paranoia and desire."
McAllen's short story collection deals with love, death, sex, loss and pain. 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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SPRINGING INTO MUST-READ CONTEMPORARY & SUSPENSE
by Bobbi Dumas

April is here, though you wouldn’t know it from my window view - snow is falling! (sigh) Thankfully it’s not sticking, and according to the forecast, it will be seventy degrees by the weekend. Mother Nature seems to be slightly confused in the Midwest this spring, and the national news can make my heart feel cold, but I’m glad we can ...


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PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES
by Julie Danielson

Well, maybe not exactly planes, trains, and automobiles. But you know those children who get really fired up reading books about things that go vroom? There’s a reason you can throw a rock and hit a children’s book about transportation: they are loved by many a child. Today, I’ve got three new ones worth your time, one an arrival from ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BEOWULF by James Rumford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2007

"What you have heard before is nothing. I will stir up the waters of the old days and shape the long-ago then into now. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DON’T TOUCH MY HAT! by James Rumford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"Hat's off to this one! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Thanks to Sheriff John and his ten-gallon hat, the town of Sunshine is a model of law and order. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIRD, BUTTERFLY, EEL by James Prosek
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2009

"Gorgeous artwork and a wealth of facts nicely combine to create an introductory look at bird, insect and fish migration. (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
In summer, the three titular animals share the same coastal New England farm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAIN SCHOOL by James Rumford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"It's a nifty social-studies lesson tucked into a warm tale of community. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It takes a village to make a school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2003

"A faabbbulous idea for young readers to consider, captivatingly presented. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Playfully reminiscing about a surprise visit to his famous relative in the early 1960s, Warhola (The Bear Came Over to My House, not reviewed, etc.) not only gives readers a decidedly tongue-in-cheek glimpse of the Pop Art icon at work, but illuminates the beginning of his own artistic career too. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CORN CHOWDER by James Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Readers will be grateful he is, too. (Poetry. 7-9)"
In 25 new observations, catalogs, and stray thoughts, all as sweet and chewy as the six previous servings, Stevenson (Corn-Fed, 2002, etc.) invites readers to contemplate how a long, practically unused pencil came to have such a flat eraser or to guess what's in the oversized backpacks lugged by a spread full of schoolchildren (a pumpkin? 200 trading cards? the family dog?). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLYING FEET by James Stevenson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Arranged into brief chapters and festooned with loosely drawn, tongue-in-cheek scenes of unpracticed, but enthusiastic performers, this new episode will bring down the house—or, at least, bring on chuckles from recent easy reader graduates. (Fiction. 7-9)"
In their seventh collective appearance, the multispecies residents of Mud Flat put on a show after getting fleeced, skinned, or otherwise bilked by a pair of tap-dancing con artists. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELLA BELLA BALLERINA AND CINDERELLA by James Mayhew
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Readers will enjoy spotting the parallels between Ella's and Cinderella's tales. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mayhew's pint-sized ballerina returns to explore another famous ballet (Ella Bella Ballerina and The Sleeping Beauty, 2008). Read full book review >