Search Results: "Jane Vandenburgh"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WRONG DOG DREAM by Jane Vandenburgh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2013

"Sincere and at times even lyrical, but not especially compelling."
Novelist and memoirist Vandenburgh (Architecture of the Novel, 2010, etc.) tells the story of her relationships with two family dogs while exploring her own inner emotional landscapes. Read full book review >

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FAILURE TO ZIGZAG by Jane Vandenburgh
Released: March 7, 1989

Like Mona Simpson's Anywhere But Here, this disturbing first novel concerns the strained relations between a loony mother and her long-suffering daughter at large in the madness of modern California—and does so with a sense of humor. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2009

"Effectively employing the author's fiction-writing talents to tell her life story, this memoir will likely cause readers to seek out her novels."
Novelist Vandenburgh (The Physics of Sunset, 1999, etc.) writes lyrically about her chaotic life. Read full book review >

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JANE FOSTER'S 123 by Jane Foster
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"A fetching and effective introduction to the world of numbers. (Board book. 3 mos.-2)"
A simple and stylish counting book. Read full book review >

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COLD, CRUNCHY, COLORFUL by Jane  Brocket
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"Teachers and parents eager for their children to experience the world in a different way will be thrilled. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Brocket's latest in the Clever Concepts series uses photographs to explore the five senses. Read full book review >

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DUCK SOCK HOP by Jane Kohuth
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2012

"A webbed-foot folly that makes a tale most jolly. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Put on your jazziest socks and get ready to bop, ‘cause it's duck hop time! Read full book review >

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THE APPLE-PIP PRINCESS by Jane Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Ray's trademark illustrations of vibrant scenes and delicate details enliven this satisfying, original fairy tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Since the queen's death, the heart has gone out of the kingdom. Read full book review >

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OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM by Jane Cabrera
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2008

"Nothing particularly original here, but a bright enticement to the very young to sing along, and learn about the farm animals. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Eye-catching illustrations enliven a children's musical classic. Read full book review >

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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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LITTLE BROWN BEAR AND THE BUNDLE OF JOY by Jane Dyer
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"All the animals wear greeting-card clothing and are beyond cheerful, although older sibs may wonder about the whole I-go-for-a-walk-and-a-baby-sister-appears business. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Dyer's signature sunny, summery watercolors illustrate a fairly pedestrian take on the whole new-sibling genre, albeit with series regular Little Brown Bear. Read full book review >

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MOMMY, CARRY ME PLEASE! by Jane Cabrera
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"Sure to carry the day. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Cabrera's latest offering details the many ways, and in some cases, the reasons why, animal Mommies carry their babies. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCESS AND THE PAINTER by Jane Johnson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Johnson's concept and pictures are marvelous, but they don't compensate for this ineptly written tale. (Historical fiction/Picture book. 3-8)"
Johnson (Bertie on the Beach, 1981, etc.) had a great idea: Take one of the world's most famous paintings and create a story around the characters portrayed in it. Read full book review >