Search Results: "James Otis Thach"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TICKLE MONSTER IS COMING! by James Otis Thach
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"While the rhythms are sometimes clunky, the text moves along swiftly, and there's just enough tame scariness here to thrill very little ones as they lie in wait for tickle monsters to pounce on them in their own bedrooms. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Readers/listeners get fair warning inside and on the back cover of this giggle-inducing rhyming bedtime story to be ever-vigilant for the dreaded Tickle Monster who sees and knows all. Read full book review >

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A CHILD’S GUIDE TO COMMON HOUSEHOLD MONSTERS by James Otis Thach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Fun but forgettable. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Yup—it's another book about a little girl making friends with the monsters who inhabit her house. Read full book review >

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ROCKS IN HIS HEAD by Carol Otis Hurst
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2001

"And through good time and bad, he's like one of them—a real rock—to his family. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A big-hearted true story of a man with rocks in his head (and in his pocket), nourished by the deep humanity in Stevenson's watercolors. Read full book review >

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A KILLING IN PLYMOUTH COLONY by Carol Otis Hurst
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2003

"Though the premise is solid, the story doesn't do it justice. (preface, cast of characters, afterword, glossary) (Fiction. 10-14)"
How does an insular community of Chosen Ones deal with outsiders, especially when one of them is a murderer? Read full book review >

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IN PLAIN SIGHT by Carol Otis Hurst
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"While enjoying the melodrama, they'll also learn a little American history. (Fiction. 11-13)"
News about the California Gold Rush and myths about the wealth "in plain sight" excite 11-year-old Sarah Corbin's delightful but feckless farmer father. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Stuart says that Nureyev's huge fame was the product of an age of mass publicity; so is this hastily assembled (by the author's own admission) biography."
More a celebration of celebrity than a tribute to a great dancer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Girl Who Saved Christmas by William Thomas Thach
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A charming Christmas book for all ages."
In this lovingly packaged illustrated children's book, everyone has been naughty this year, and Santa is ready to exchange toys for coal, until a very good and wise little girl named Molly sets him straight. Read full book review >

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TERRIBLE STORM by Carol Otis Hurst
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Great for sharing and storytelling. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Remember the blizzard of 1888? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"A powerful contribution to the ongoing discussion on health-care reform."
With the assistance of investigative journalist Goldberg (The Final Act: The Dramatic, Revealing Story of the Moscow Helsinki Watch Group, 1988, etc.), Brawley (Medicine/Emory Univ.), chief medical scientific officer of the American Cancer Society, delivers a scathing indictment of the American medical system. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WRONG ONE by Carol Otis Hurst
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2003

"The light-handed spookiness, large print, and quick pace will satisfy younger readers. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When their dad dies suddenly, Kate, 11, her brother Jesse, 9, her adopted Asian sister, Sookan, 5, and their mom have to give up their comfortable brownstone and friends in Brooklyn to move to Massachusetts because money is a problem. Read full book review >

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TORCHLIGHT by Carol Otis Hurst
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"The photo cover of two girls lacks appeal for this serious story, which can pique discussion about times and places when family and friends choose opposing sides. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Novels with the theme of prejudice are often set in the south, but this one takes place in western Massachusetts in 1850 and is based on a real incident in which tensions between white Protestants and Irish Catholics erupted into violence. Read full book review >