Search Results: "Janey Louise Jones"


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

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

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

SHOOT 'EM UP by Janey Mack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Without more information about the book's context, the heroine's full personality doesn't shine; readers will have to focus more than they should on trying to piece together her back story."
A scrappy Chicago cop seeks her own personal justice when her brother is shot. Read full book review >

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6 BOOKS FOR EARLY 2017
by Ana Grilo

Who’s excited that 2016 is coming to an end soon? I know I am, and I already started wish-listing all the awesome-looking 2017 releases and preparing my challenges and goals for 2017. One of them is to continue my Time Travel Project (in which I read as many books featuring time travel as I can, old and new) and the ...


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BOOK REVIEW

DOG LOVES COUNTING by Louise Yates
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"A worthy addition to the ranks of animal-themed counting books. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Yates' lovable Dog—of Dog Loves Books (2010) and Dog Loves Drawing (2012)—is back for some counting fun. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SMALL SURPRISE by Louise Yates
ANIMALS
Released: May 12, 2009

"Small children who feel they aren't big enough to do anything will appreciate the message, while their adults might be inspired to look for the hidden talents. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Small children may not be able to walk far, wipe their noses or tie their own shoes, but they have their own special talents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPORT by Louise Fitzhugh
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 30, 1979

"And—where the characters in the first book were memorable, larger-than-life caricatures—Sport's mother here is merely a predictable and uninteresting stereotype; Kate is too perfect an answer to the Rocques' prayers; and Sport's three friends—one Jewish, one black, and one Hispanic—seem an unrealistic vestige of naive Sixties didacticism."
You'll remember Harriet the Spy's friend Sport Rocque as the eleven-year-old who keeps house and account books for his impractical writer father. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOBODY'S FAMILY IS GOING TO CHANGE by Louise Fitzhugh
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1974

"All in all, this is more like a muted manifesto than anything else, but Fitzhugh's approach to family dynamics is certainly child centered, and Emma's observant sketches of her parents' and her peers' behavior, along with her own abrasive contributions to the agitation, provide some flashes of life and recognition."
If Paula Fox as a white author was criticized for writing of black experience in The Slave Dancer, even though her hero was white, Fitzhugh makes herself even more vulnerable by telling a black family's story from the viewpoints of the two children—Emma (short for Emancipation), about eleven, and Willie, seven. Read full book review >

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DOG LOVES DRAWING by Louise Yates
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Dog makes it easy to share his passions. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Crockett Johnson's Harold and Purple Crayon (1955) is a fruitful progenitor, and this descendent gleefully incorporates three distinct visual styles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOG LOVES BOOKS by Louise Yates
ANIMALS
Released: July 27, 2010

"This is the true, exact depth of purpose any avid reader, even the doggy ones, wishes—sharing the joy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Yates uses words and illustration sparingly to set the pace for this jaunty tale book lovers will lap right up. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HARRIET THE SPY by Louise Fitzhugh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 1964

"Whether some adults will find this morally unregenerative, still it's a thoroughly realistic story with lost of very funny scenes and commentaries, and it features one of the hardest to handle, easiest to like heroines in a long time. Illustrations by the author not seen."
Harriet is an 11-year-old snub-nosed gamin with an elephant child curiosity and, let's face it, a noticing eye that runs to nastiness. Read full book review >