Search Results: "Jane Wattenberg"


BOOK REVIEW

NEVER CRY WOOF! by Jane Wattenberg
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"No explicit moral, but there's a lesson here somewhere. (Fable. 6-8)"
Using the same sort of wild collage and typography that revved up her Henny-Penny (2000), Wattenberg recasts The Boy Who Cried Wolf as a "Dog-U-Drama," featuring an all-canine cast (except for the sheep) photographed in a variety of human headgear and strewn across decidedly unnatural-looking greensward. Read full book review >

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HENNY-PENNY by Jane Wattenberg
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"Sure to evoke lots of giggling at story hour. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
'Tis the season for sassy retellings of classic tales, as in Marjorie Priceman's Froggie Went A-Courting (see above). Read full book review >

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THE DUCK AND THE KANGAROO by Edward Lear
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Top marks for visual exuberance; this is the first separate edition of the verses available in this country in decades. (illustrator's notes) (Picture book. 6-9)"
A lesser-known romantic lyric from the author of "The Owl and the Pussycat" is set to suitably wild photo-collage illustrations. 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

THIS IS THE RAIN by Lola M. Schaefer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"As essential to library collections as rain is to summer sunflowers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"This is the ocean, / blue and vast, / that holds the rainwater from the past." 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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WISTERIA JANE by Amber Harris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A valuable lesson about tact for any age. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little girl who takes telling the truth too far learns to temper her tongue and make up with a friend. Read full book review >

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JANE & MIZMOW by Matthew S.  Armstrong
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A whimsical, gentle reminder that even the best friendships occasionally wobble, especially if a quirky, but endearing monster's involved. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little girl and her rather unusual pal quarrel, but they know just how to make up, too, in this charming paean to friendship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JANE ADDAMS by Louise W. Knight
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2010

"A sympathetic portrait of—and tribute to—a brave and committed human being."
Biography of social reformer and peace activist Jane Addams (1860-1935). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JANE EYRE by Amy Corzine
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Distinctly subpar. (Graphic classic. 13 & up)"
Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre may seem a fairly innocuous choice for a graphic-novel adaption, but Corzine proves otherwise. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

"Still, it's an important work that will introduce an important American to a new generation of readers. (afterword, bibliography, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In her day, Addams was one of the most famous women in America and was known around the world as a social activist, a pacifist, the author of 11 books and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOSTON JANE by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"We can only hope that the endearing and occasionally improbable adventures of Boston Jane, with their nicely blended mix of real events and characters inspired by actual pioneers, will continue. (Fiction. 10-14)"
It's now several months since Boston Jane (Boston Jane: An Adventure, 2001) arrived in Shoalwater Bay, Washington Territory, having traveled from proper Philadelphia to marry William and having found William married to another. Read full book review >