Search Results: "Jan Wolkers"


BOOK REVIEW

TURKISH DELIGHT by Jan  Wolkers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"An unsettling juxtaposition of beauty and ugliness."
A Dutch sculptor reminisces about the love of his life in this new translation of a 1969 novel. Read full book review >

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THE DOGHOUSE by Jan Thomas
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Thomas's entertaining story and spirited illustrations kick this one right out of the park. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The third time continues the charm for Thomas's latest offering featuring her familiar animal buddies (A Birthday for Cow, 2008). Read full book review >

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THREE LITTLE DASSIES by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Beguiling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mashing up the ever-popular English story of "The Three Little Pigs" with her Namibian experiences, Brett uses her magical watercolor-and-gouache paintings to create a distinctive visual world. Read full book review >

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CAN YOU MAKE A SCARY FACE? by Jan Thomas
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"In a whopper of a twist, reality and imagination blend so subtly that children will find themselves looking around the room to ascertain for themselves just what's happened. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In a series of speech balloons, a buck-toothed ladybug takes readers through a guided visualization of sorts. Read full book review >

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CELEBRATE! by Jan Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"The fascinating photographs are the strong point here, but the short paragraphs that explain the rituals and customs will tantalize readers to find out more. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
The well-traveled author-photographer, who has provided many strongly individual portraits of peoples, now emphasizes similarities in the celebrations that humans have created for the seasons, births, deaths, weddings and histories. Read full book review >

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ON NOAH’S ARK by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Striking in its simplicity of telling, the watercolor and gouache artwork of birds, insects, and mammals breathes life into this apocryphal tale. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Bushels of interpretations of this Bible story exist, from humorous spins to wooden stylized images to an endangered animals slant, but Brett applies her familiar, appealing style and creates a child-friendly, beautifully crafted version. Read full book review >

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DOWN UNDER by Jan Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Still, she does a real service in presenting both groups as they have been; the books are handsome, appealing, and informative. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
One of two new volumes in a series Reynolds initiated in 1991 with books about the Himalayas and the Sahara. Read full book review >

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THE ANIMALS' SANTA by Jan Brett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Brett excels at snowy settings, and her legions of fans will enjoy this well-told tale accompanied by her usual highly detailed watercolor illustrations and skillfully integrated secondary story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Brett's latest holiday offering is set in northern Canada, featuring a cast of forest animals who celebrate Christmas together with handmade gifts left by their own special Santa. Read full book review >

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LET'S SING A LULLABY WITH THE BRAVE COWBOY by Jan Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"A terrific story to read and sing, with a most satisfying finale. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Silliness abounds as a not-very-bright, not-very-brave cowboy croons his cows to sleep. Read full book review >

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BALLET SISTERS by Jan Ormerod
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Though a work with this format is clearly intended for the easy-reader shelves, preschoolers interested in ballet lessons will also enjoy Sylvie's interest in dance. (Easy reader. 3-7)"
In the second entry in this easy reader series, a younger girl named Sylvie begins studying ballet, following in the footsteps of her big sister, Bonnie. Read full book review >

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BALLET SISTERS by Jan Ormerod
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Ormerod's twinkling tale is ideally suited for aspiring prima ballerinas ready to move onto big girl books. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
While Ormerod's beginning chapter book covers familiar territory, she infuses it with enough sparkle and subtle wit to make it refreshing. Read full book review >