Search Results: "Jane Cutler"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CELLO OF MR. O by Jane Cutler
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Though the setting and characters have a modern, European look, neither locale nor enemy is specified, or, in fact, relevant. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In a shelled, rubble-strewn city, women and children huddle indoors and wait—for the war to be over, for the men to come home, for the fear to end. 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 >

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SUSAN MARCUS BENDS THE RULES by Jane Cutler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"World War II, segregation and prejudice in a book that feels decades old in its approach. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
The summer before fifth grade brings changes for a Bronx girl. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

'GATOR AID by Jane Cutler
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"The baby alligator is caught, of course; this humorous romp is deft at giving readers a realistic glimpse of the difference between fact and fiction—and silly characters lighten the lesson. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Cutler's comedy examines truth and exaggeration, and takes shots at public hysteria and how it's created, in this third book about the Fraser brothers (No Dogs Allowed, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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MY WARTIME SUMMERS by Jane Cutler
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"So much for happy endings. (Fiction. 10+)"
Ellen Parker finishes fifth grade in 1942 and spends that summer playing with kids on her block, attacking unsuspecting German refugees (they could be spies, she argues), and waiting for her young Uncle Bob to be drafted. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPACEMAN by Jane Cutler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

Gary is a student with learning disabilities who is tormented by his classmates and berated by an unsympathetic teacher. 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 >

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COMMON SENSE AND FOWLS by Jane Cutler
ANIMALS
Released: April 11, 2005

"Rachel and Brian ultimately learn that gathering all the facts is essential to any fair plan and that having an open mind will always serve everyone best. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Mrs. Krnc is feeding the pigeons again and this makes Mr. Gioia angry. Mr. Gioia and the neighbors wonder if Mrs. Krnc is slightly crazy. Read full book review >

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DARCY AND GRAN DON'T LIKE BABIES by Jane Cutler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"In a crowded field, with such treats as Henkes's Julius, Baby of the World available, an acceptable additional offering. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Like many newly upstaged children, Darcy isn't much interested in her baby sibling, for the familiar reasons: his smell, his attention-grabbing ways. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAMILY DINNER by Jane Cutler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Caswell's precise soft-pencil illustrations are unusually perceptive and creatively staged to dramatize relationships. (Fiction. 10-13)"
When Great-uncle Benson roars in on his motorcycle for a long visit, ten-year-old Rachel discovers a soul mate: he listens to her, cares about the things she cares about, and, like her, treats everyone, adult or child, with intelligent respect. Read full book review >