Search Results: "Janey Louise Jones"


BOOK REVIEW

SUPERFAIRIES by Janey Louise Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"An aesthetically pleasing fairy-fix. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
A team of fairies rescues forest animals in distress. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BALLERINA DREAMS by Janey Louise Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"A sugary dessert for preteen readers who love ballet, with a spoonful of whipped cream thrown in for pony fans. (Fiction. 8-11)"
In her third outing, Katie faces disruptions to her well-ordered life from the new girl in class. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JANEY by Charlotte Zolotow
Released: May 30, 1973

"Janey it's lonely all day long since you moved away" . . . and so as the soft brown and yellow drawings show a little girl walking alone reading at home or being tucked into bed, the text proceeds with the memories she mentally addresses to her absent friend: how Janey's voice sounded, how she skipped rocks in a pond, how they could sit together without talking, etc. There is no false cheer in the form of a new friend at the end, only the vague hope that "maybe some day we'll grow up and live near each other again" — and the consolation for similarly lonely readers that someone shares their feelings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TALE OF LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by Janey Louise Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2012

"The wolf isn't the only one who should be embarrassed by this misguided, pedantic, poorly designed rendition. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
A thoroughly sanitized retelling (sandwiched between pop-up advertisements for another app) linked to stylized illustrations that are probably intended to be sweet but are actually strange and eerie. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOUISE by Louise Krug
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2012

"There are fine moments here, but also considerable padding, so that, like so many other books, this is really a magazine article—interesting and readable, but an article all the same."
Memoir of a life turned upside down by illness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY LOUISE by David Collins
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"Artistically rather bumpy, but Collins's earnestness will touch most readers all the same."
Collins's debut memoir chronicles his wife's losing battle with breast cancer and his subsequent struggle to raise their two-year-old daughter alone. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE REASON FOR JANEY by Nancy Hope Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"An unusually compassionate, well- crafted, and entertaining novel. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The author of Bringing Nettie Back (1992) weaves another thoughtful story exploring some of the same themes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLEASE, LOUISE by Toni Morrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"An ode to reading that raises too many concerns. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young girl sets out on a solitary walk to a surprise destination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JASPER JONES by Craig Silvey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 12, 2011

"A richly rewarding exploration of truth and lies by a masterful storyteller. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Charlie is catapulted into adulthood when Jasper Jones knocks on his window on a blisteringly hot Australian night and leads him to a hidden glade where a girl is hanging from a tree, bruised and bloody. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKIPPYJON JONES by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Both feline hero and story are full of beans (more Mexican-jumping than pinto) but ay caramba, mucho fun. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Skippyjon Jones insists he's not a Siamese cat despite ears too big for his head and a head too big for his body. Read full book review >