Search Results: "Jane Monroe Donovan"


BOOK REVIEW

TRASH MOUNTAIN by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2015

"Though there's a suggestion the story is meant as fable, Nutley's adventure stands alone as a satisfying animal fantasy. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When young Nutley's parents are attacked and killed by the violent members of an invading "inferior race" living nearby, Nutley must leave his babyhood home and learn to make it on his own. Read full book review >

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MONKEY WITH A TOOL BELT AND THE SEASIDE SHENANIGANS by Chris Monroe
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Fact-filled fun for the curious fixer-in-training. (Picture book. 4-8) "
Chico fixes a whole bunch of stuff at the beach and solves a mystery, too. Read full book review >

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SNEAKY SHEEP by Chris Monroe
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Fun for all. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Rocky and Blossom are sheep who have a reputation for disobedience and mischief. Read full book review >

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MONKEY WITH A TOOL BELT AND THE SILLY SCHOOL MYSTERY by Chris Monroe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"This is one detective/Mr. Fix It that readers will love to apprentice to. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Chico Bon Bon is back, his tool belt is strapped on, and he's ready not only to fix anything that's broken, but to solve a puzzling mystery at school, too. Read full book review >

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COOKIE THE WALKER by Chris Monroe
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Moral: Fame isn't all that it's cracked up to be, even if it does come with a fanny pack. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A canine parable about the dangers of fame. Read full book review >

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MONKEY WITH A TOOL BELT AND THE MANIAC MUFFINS by Chris Monroe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"The silliness still feels fresh, even in Chico's fourth outing. (recipes) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Runaway muffins attack the town! Can Chico Bon Bon, the titular monkey with the tool belt, get them back and help Clark with his pancake party? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEWFANGLED by Debra Monroe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Overburdened with flashbacks, which slow the pace, but a debut that nonetheless raises pertinent questions about the fate of modern-day families, and offers some answers in an agreeably sardonic tone. (Author tour)"
An incisive, if at times overly complex, view of the disintegration of a modern family—in a first novel from the author of two story collections (A Wild, Cold State, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2010

"Occasionally disjointed—some parts were previously published as magazine pieces—but this tale of trials and triumph is an engaging, poignant read."
A single woman's spunky memoir about the hazards and rewards of building a home and a family outside a small Texas town. Read full book review >

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FIND ME by J.S. Monroe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Fast-paced, satisfying, and, ultimately, life-affirming."
Monroe's debut thriller is a paranoiac's dream with plenty of twists. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUG ON A BIKE by Chris Monroe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Snappy and exuberant, this rhyming picture book is sure to be a hit in a read-aloud. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A fun-filled and humorous picture book about friendship and sharing. Read full book review >

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MONKEY WITH A TOOL BELT AND THE NOISY PROBLEM by Chris Monroe
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"A winner. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Industrious monkey saves mistaken elephant. Read full book review >