Search Results: "Jane Simmons"


BOOK REVIEW

BERYL by Jane Simmons
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2010

"Overall, however, this is too grim to be a great read-aloud for her usual audience and too lacking in nuance to captivate older fantasy fans, so it's likely to have difficulty winning a wide readership. (Animal fantasy. 8-11)"
A brisk tale with black-and-white illustrations sprinkled throughout, this features talking animals, unlikely coincidences, a breathless narrative style and a message about the value of diversity. Read full book review >

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COME ALONG, DAISY! by Jane Simmons
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

"The dramatic images can be viewed from a distance, making this an appealing read-aloud for story hours. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This cautionary tale from Simmons explores no new terrain, though the duckling Daisy does. Read full book review >

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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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EBB & FLO AND THE BABY SEAL by Jane Simmons
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2002

"The third in the Ebb and Flo stories (Ebb and Flo and the New Friend, 1999, etc.), this is a delight to the eye and soul—and a welcome return of a charming character. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ebb dashes to the beach to find the source of an intriguing "wah wah" sound; there, she meets a lost but frisky baby seal, who unlike Mom and Flo, does not object to a romp on the beach in a downpour. Read full book review >

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THE DREAMTIME FAIRIES by Jane Simmons
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Just like a sprinkling of fairy dust, this magical adventure will sweep little ones off to slumber. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young girl weaves an enchanted tale to soothe her younger brother to sleep. Read full book review >

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QUACK, DAISY, QUACK! by Jane Simmons
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"And, as usual, her experience is sure to be in the repertory of nearly every adventuresome toddler and post toddler. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Impulsive everyduckling Daisy gets into and out of another pickle. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Edges are soft, the figures have button features, and Ebb and Bird are invested with rich personalities. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The sweet pun of the title is reflected in this understated but engaging tale from Simmons (Daisy and the Egg, p. 229, etc.). 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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DAISY AND THE EGG by Jane Simmons
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"The artwork is equally open-hearted, capturing Daisy's wait through a succession of lovely paintings that have a variety of entertaining, quite striking perspectives. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Daisy, the duckling who learned a thing or two about paying attention in Come Along, Daisy! (1998), returns in a story of anticipation, persistence, and faith. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 26, 1996

"We breathe the exhalations of the trees, and as Lembke testifies, they fuel a hundred more poetic concerns. (line drawings, not seen)"
Arboreal musings—learned, canny, homespun, graceful—from one of our better natural history writers. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 12, 1993

"Unless you're one of Simmons's clients, it's hard to imagine reading straight through all 40 cases; but just as crowds apparently turn out to greet the famous shape-changer on his visits, you can count on followers seeking inspiration from these upbeat reports."
The word from experts is that lost weight rarely stays off, but TV fitness-guru and bestselling diet-book author Simmons (Richard Simmons' Better Body Book, 1983, etc.) never gives up on those desperate souls who write to him in despair, then successfully shed pounds in his program—or so he says. Read full book review >