Search Results: "Jan Pottker"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Well-researched, but vulgar and plodding."
Bloated, stumbling account of Janet Auchincloss, her family, and the social world that produced Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2004

"Skims across the surface of a very deep lake. (16 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
A thoroughly researched, though highly chatty and oddly superficial, attempt to rehabilitate the image of FDR's mother, which was besmirched, the author argues, by less sympathetic Roosevelt biographers. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"An uninformed and uninformative take on a pillar of the sweet- tooth trade. (photos, not seen) (First printing of 40,000; author tour)"
This trashy, overstated assault on the proprietors of Mars Inc. 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 >

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WHAT WILL FAT CAT SIT ON? by Jan Thomas
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Shelve this near Mo Willems' Pigeon books. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this comic debut, Thomas has created a cat that puts Garfield to shame. Read full book review >

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THE THREE SNOW BEARS by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Children and adults alike will pore over each page, relishing the richness of Brett's artwork. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Brett sets the familiar story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in the Arctic, replacing Goldilocks with Aloo-ki, an Inuit girl who stumbles upon the snow bears' igloo while hunting for her lost dog team. Read full book review >

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DAISY COMES HOME by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The lesson of standing up for oneself is very gently etched in a read-aloud that will reward lots of poring over pictures. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This popular author visits Asia for a charming tale of a plucky hen. Read full book review >