Search Results: "Jan Peck"


BOOK REVIEW

WAY FAR AWAY ON A WILD SAFARI by Jan Peck
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"Preschoolers and emerging readers will enjoy picking up their binoculars for a far away wild safari search. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A round-eyed inquisitive little boy bravely takes a safari trip in search of a wild lion. Read full book review >

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WAY DOWN DEEP IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA by Jan Peck
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"Dive on in, the water's fine. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A familiar premise feels unexpectedly fresh in this engaging underwater adventure. Read full book review >

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THE GIANT CARROT by Jan Peck
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"A recipe for carrot pudding tops off this frolicsome adaptation of an old tale. (Picture book. 3-8)"
``It grew and it grew and it grew'' is a familiar chant among readers who know the classic Russian folktale of the giant turnip. Read full book review >

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WAY UP HIGH IN A TALL GREEN TREE by Jan Peck
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"Petrone uses a bold touch in her digitally produced illustrations, placing bright animals and splashes of jungle-green leaves against a starry sky. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this sequel to Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea (2004), a little girl with a huge head and bulgy eyes climbs up a tree at night, greeting various rain forest animals. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"These illustrations invite close inspection, while the poems will be welcomed in schools where going green is a value. (Poetry. 5-9)"
For this collection of 30 poems, not only nursery rhymes but also familiar children's songs ("Yankee Doodle," "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush," etc.) have been given new lyrics promoting energy conservation activities and healthy living. Read full book review >

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THE LOST CITIES by Dale Peck
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

Washed back nearly five-and-a-half centuries by a sudden tsunami in the usually placid Ocean of Time, pre-teen siblings Susan and Charles, first introduced in Drift House (2005), tackle a space/time storm (confusingly mislabeled a "time jetty") that is leaving a trail of destruction stretching from the Twin Towers through Pompeii and Atlantis to ancient Babylon. Read full book review >

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THE LAW OF ENCLOSURES by Dale Peck
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Bleak, challenging, and impressive."
From the widely praised author of Martin and John (1993) comes another grim, affecting, and structurally ambitious work, this a blend of fiction and biography based on the lives of the author's parents. Read full book review >

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THIS FAMILY OF WOMEN by Richard Peck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 1983

"Winey, full-bodied, gossipy, offering both calico and satin: a romantically styled winner."
By the author of Amanda/Miranda and other entertainments: a four-generational set of stout-hearted ladies—tough, wily, dwarfing their men, independent, and passing along their survivalist strengths to their daughters (often at a chilly or chary distance). Read full book review >

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MARTIN AND JOHN by Dale Peck
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Despite powerful, sometimes tender moments, then: ultimately more writing exercise than existential exploration."
Unconventionally structured novel of identity and relationship permutation: narrator John appears in alternate realities that usually involve paternal brutality and a gay lover named Martin—in a promising if somewhat insubstantial debut for a 24-year-old stylist. Read full book review >

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REPRESENTING SUPER DOLL by Richard Peck
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1974

"Velma indeed is a likable girl and, as Sheri says, she doesn't miss much."
Verna is a wholesome farm girl who finds being bused to high school in industrial Dunthorpe a bit of a culture shock, but before long she is in with the girls she had aimed for and even accompanies one of them, beautiful though stupid Darlene, to her appearances in New York City as Central U.S. Teen Super Doll. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST BELONGED TO ME by Richard Peck
FICTION
Released: April 28, 1975

"But Peck throws in enough scary moments to prove that he'd be a winner in any campfire storytelling session, and in that spirit he will keep his audience giggling and just a little frightened at the same time."
"There are several opinions that people hold regarding ghosts, and not one of them would clinch an argument." Read full book review >

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A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO by Richard Peck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Remarkable and fine. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In a novel that skillfully captures the nuances of small-town life, an elderly man reminisces about his annual trips from Chicago to his grandmother's house in rural Illinois during the Depression. Read full book review >