Search Results: "Jane Watson Hopping"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1992

For fans of the ``Pioneer Lady,'' another nostalgic collection (after The Country Mother's Cookbook, 1991) of country-style recipes (heavy in the sweets department), sentimental verse (by James Whitcomb Riley and the like), memories of simple pleasures and special celebrations from a Thirties childhood (with family anecdotes from further back), and old illustrations to match. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MERCY WATSON by Kate DiCamillo
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"No matter, though—young readers will clamor for more adventures with this irrepressible retro pig and her lovable family. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Everyone's porcine wonder is back, and just in time for Halloween. Mrs. Watson knows just what Mercy should be for the holiday—a tiara-and-pink-tulle-clad princess. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPANKING WATSON by Kinky Friedman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Solid gold for fans, and the only Kinky adventure non-fans will ever need."
Since he already shares so many of the hallmarks of that other Sherlock Holmes—drug use, sexual confusion, and his own Village Irregulars—why shouldn't Kinky Friedman, the Sherlock of Vandam Street, have his own Dr. Watson? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MERCY WATSON by Kate DiCamillo
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"No matter, though—young readers will clamor for more adventures with this irrepressible retro pig and her lovable family. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Everyone's porcine wonder is back, and just in time for Halloween. Mrs. Watson knows just what Mercy should be for the holiday—a tiara-and-pink-tulle-clad princess. 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

Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"As always, for those attuned to Austen, and to Aiken's imaginative, respectful variations, simply charming."
Another of Aiken's playful yet hearty romantic fancies, with a cast lifted (respectfully) from the luminously peopled novels of Jane Austen. 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

BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1995

"By ignoring the moral issues involved in the pursuit of scientific discoveries, Sherrow shortchanges readers; a more balanced account of this partnership can be found in Joyce Baldwin's DNA Pioneer: James Watson and the Double Helix (1994), geared to the same age group. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
A flawed entry in the Partners series of biographies, this book explores the unique relationship between Watson and Crick, who (along with Maurice Wilkins) were awarded a Nobel prize for solving the mystery of the structure of DNA. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MERCY WATSON FIGHTS CRIME by Kate DiCamillo
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Silly crime-solving for the growing number of Mercy's young fans moving on from easy readers. (Fiction. 6-8)"
Mercy is back in this fun third installment of merrymaking, buttered-toast eating, and crime solving. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOPPING BIRD by Grant Alexander Dossetto
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A well-developed baseball novel with a feel-good ending."
Dossetto's novel adds a few twists to a familiar plot: a ragtag minor league baseball team with an over-the-hill manager struggles for one last shot at glory. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MRS. WATSON WANTS YOUR TEETH by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Bliss's artwork gives the story additional buzz, like a shot of espresso, in both the immediate interpretation and in a brilliant company of sly marginalia, hitting toothy notes that sit comfortably between Charles Schulz and Charles Addams. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A second-grader puts the willies into a first-day first-grader in this very fun mock thriller. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MERCY WATSON TO THE RESCUE by Kate DiCamillo
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"However, the pacing and the action easily make it right for shared reading. (Fiction. 6-8)"
Hilarity and hijinks abound in this tale about a voracious swine with an overweening yen for hot buttered toast. Read full book review >