Search Results: "Jane Chapman"


BOOK REVIEW

ME TOO, GRANDMA! by Jane Chapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"Hoo doesn't love a sweet story about grandmas? (Picture book. 3-6)"
A child fears the loss of his grandmother's love. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IS IT CHRISTMAS YET? by Jane Chapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A story with a youngster getting ready for Christmas with just his dad should be a welcome choice for single fathers to share with their children. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little bear named Teddy gets ready for Christmas with his father, Big Bear, in this decidedly cheerful British import. Read full book review >

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VERY SPECIAL FRIENDS by Jane Chapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"This soothing ode to the power of friendship reveals that a lazy day is always better spent with the ones you love. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The grass is always greener when you have companions to share your time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"From 'Hey Diddle, Diddle' to 'Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat,' this is a bountiful treasury of gems. (Anthology. 2-5)"
You can judge this book by its cover. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NO MORE CUDDLES! by Jane Chapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A fully rounded, easily associative, and visually inviting story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As everybody knows, a bigfoot likes his privacy, even if he is built to cuddle: snuggly, soft, and silky (at least those bigfeet like Barry, who evidently knows about bathing). Read full book review >

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I'M NOT SLEEPY by Jane Chapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"An ideal story for those who prefer softer edges to their bedtime shenanigans. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little owlet employs a big bag of tricks when Grandma tries to get him to settle down to sleep. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2010

"Flashes of originality, wit and vivid imagery bring the story to life intermittently, but the distracting improbabilities pull readers out of the story again and again. (author's note) (Fiction. 15 & up)"
Retelling a classic as contemporary fiction is a tricky business, as demonstrated in this uneven rendering of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre as chick lit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEATH AND THE CHAPMAN by Kate Sedley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A strong debut."
A septuagenarian recalls his youth, when, in 1471, he quit the Benedictines (no calling), became a chapman (a wandering peddler), and discovered his affinity for detective work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A respectful, exciting and disarming update of one of the last century's most oft-told tales."
The old "Me Tarzan, You Jane" dynamic established in Johnny Weismuller movies gets a radical update by shining the spotlight on adventuress Jane Porter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 9, 2004

"Slightly marred by the author's tendency to wandering wordiness, but lovers of the genre will certainly forgive her."
A sordid case that spread sensation like wildfire across an 1830s America just beginning to flex its national brand of jurisprudence. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NOT-SO SCARY SNORKLUM by Paul Bright
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Brisk and bright, yet subtle in its message. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What can little creatures do to protect themselves from the forest bully? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE WHITE OWL by Tracey Corderoy
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Corderoy's prose is lyrical (if treacly) and Chapman's illustrations are pretty enough. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In the middle of a snowy wilderness, there lives a little white owl, all by himself, with just his teddy bear. Read full book review >