Search Results: "Janet A. Holmes"


BOOK REVIEW

BLUE SKY, YELLOW KITE by Janet A.  Holmes
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2017

"Conscience wins out, in the end, as does the willingness to forgive that waging peace requires. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A neighbor's soaring, swooping fish kite touches off a sharp conflict between desire and conscience in a young girl. Read full book review >

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ME AND YOU by Janet A.  Holmes
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A perfectly lighthearted gesture of a tale that illustrates—with charm and subtlety—a child's pride in his or her accomplishments, mutual appreciation of different abilities and the power of friendship and acceptance. (Picture book. 2-5)"
There are many things this bunny is proud to be able to do—sit still, jump, somersault, ride a bike, make sand castles and dig holes, for a start. Read full book review >

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ANANSI AND THE TALKING MELON by Eric A. Kimmel
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 1994

"Good-spirited tomfoolery, with storytelling that reels along with the ease of a seasoned prankster. (Picture book. 4-8)"
For the third time, Kimmel (Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock; Anansi Goes Fishing) lightly treads the path of the trickster spider. Read full book review >

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ANANSI GOES FISHING by Eric A. Kimmel
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1992

"Sure to delight the picture book crowd. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
In what the author describes on the jacket as ``a variation of a [West African] tale found in Joyce Cooper Arkhurst's The Adventures of Spider,'' the spider trickster is roundly tricked by his friend Turtle. Read full book review >

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ANANSI AND THE MAGIC STICK by Eric A. Kimmel
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"Let's hope not—his stories are too amusing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Anansi the Trickster meets the Sorcerer's Apprentice in this story loosely based on a Liberian folktale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND by Kathryn Holmes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Vivid, gripping and believable from beginning to end—a strong debut. (Fiction. 13-16)"
Hallelujah thought that if she kept her head down, pastor's son Luke, the popular boy she once crushed on, would stop bullying her and spreading humiliating lies about what happened between them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Throw in some smugglers, a few villagers, and a trusty stable lad, and you've got yourself a tale that quite a few readers will like, but shouldn't. (Fiction. 10-15)"
An archetype of children's horse literature is the child (abused/ignored/misunderstood, preferably also an orphan) who rescues and tames the untamable horse (abused/misunderstood/ignored) and by doing so achieves glory. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANGEL FALLS by W.A. Holmes
Released: March 27, 2012

"A techno/supernatural mystery that doesn't demand too much of the reader."
A teenage boy must decipher his mysterious past as he battles a supernatural evil that threatens not just his town, but possibly the world, in Holmes' debut novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Daddy Will Fix It by Arlie Holmes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2015

"A bleak book with a sympathetic protagonist."
A debut novel about the trials and tribulations of a gifted, sensitive boy growing up in the bleak, unforgiving environment of the Virginia Mountains. Read full book review >