Search Results: "Jamie A. Swenson"


BOOK REVIEW

IF YOU WERE A DOG by Jamie A. Swenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Swenson's rhythmic cadences coupled with Raschka's wry, upbeat illustrations yield a title that's a cheery picker-upper. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Addressing both a winsome girl character and child readers, Swenson invites kids to speculate what sort of dog, cat, fish, bird, bug, frog and dinosaur they might want to be. Read full book review >

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BIG RIG by Jamie A. Swenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Youngsters who meet Frankie will be looking for him on every highway, as he's a friend they won't soon forget. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Frankie the semi introduces himself and all the things he can do. Read full book review >

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BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! by Jamie A. Swenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 28, 2013

"A good but not great good-night picture book. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A nighttime thunderstorm results in a crowded bed when a little boy welcomes his pets to snuggle up with him and his teddy bear in this cumulative, rhyming story that is reminiscent of TheNapping House but falters a bit in its pacing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MEET WOOF AND QUACK by Jamie A. Swenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Woof and Quack may not be quite ready to replace Elephant and Piggie, but they are just as much fun. (Early reader. 4-7)"
Beginning readers may not know about stereotypes. They just know that Woof and Quack like to play fetch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2011

"A solid, rewarding book that could have been great with some judicious pruning."
A detailed, angry look at the Crescent City's imperiled players and traditions in Hurricane Katrina's wake. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRETA GARBO by Karen Swenson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 1997

"Well-intentioned, but regrettably garbled. (photos, not seen)"
Yet another biography of perhaps the most iconic of film actresses—this one an awkward accumulation of largely irrelevant detail that leaves Garbo a cipher. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUELL by Wallace J. Swenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2015

"A sturdy oater with more ambitious but less convincing psychopathological overtones."
It's 1873. A gunslinger thrown out of Fort Laramie hooks up with a veteran prospector and heads for the Idaho territory and adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MILES TO GO by Jamie Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Here's hoping there are more roadtrips in his future. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This book proves that good things come in small packages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUNNY VS. MONKEY by Jamie Smart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"More fun—and silliness—than a barrel of monkeys. (Graphic fantasy. 6-10)"
A gentle rabbit and his forest friends are thrown into upheaval when a mischievous monkey moves into their home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MILES TO THE FINISH by Jamie Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2014

"The charm in Harper's Miles books doesn't get old—children using their imaginations, directing their own play, and showing empathy and kindness for all. What could be better? (Picture book. 3-7)"
Highly imaginative preschooler Miles is back, this time competing winningly with his friends in a car race. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YUM YUM, BABY BUNDT by Jamie Harper
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Its companion, Blast Off, Baby Bundt: A Recipe for Playtime (ISBN: 978-0-7636-3777-4), takes the same format. (12 mos.-4)"
As the subtitle suggests, this toddler book takes the form of cooking instructions, from an introductory spread of ingredients ("1 hungry Baby Bundt / 1 bib, washable," etc.) to the narrative itself ("Spread the sauce all around. / Slurp up every bit"). Read full book review >