Search Results: "Janice Levy"


BOOK REVIEW

UNCLE JANICE by Matt Burgess
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Is it possible that Burgess is doing for Queens what Junot Diaz is doing for New Jersey? No easy answer just yet, but this novel will make you wait for one to show up."
The multicultural stew pot that is contemporary Queens is served up steaming in this pungently uproarious novel about a frenzied young policewoman advancing her career one drug buy at a time. Read full book review >

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TOTALLY UNCOOL by Janice Levy
Released: Feb. 2, 1999

"Dad's new girlfriend is weird. Totally uncool," declares the young female narrator. Read full book review >

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GONZALO GRABS THE GOOD LIFE by Janice Levy
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"The few Spanish words and phrases add just a hint of cultural gusto. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A winning lottery ticket spurs a rooster to kiss off his job on don Chucho's farm in this spirited if predictable outing. Read full book review >

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THE RITES & WRONGS OF JANICE WILLS by Joanna Pearson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2011

"Serve to readers who like their chick lit with a side of humor. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Who better to study adolescent behavior than Janice Wills, a budding anthropologist and teenager herself? Read full book review >

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THOMAS THE TOADILLY TERRIBLE BULLY by Janice Levy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2014

"Like Thomas himself, Levy seems intent on sabotaging her own effort to connect and find a warm welcome. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The serious topic of bullying gets a light treatment in this tale of limited social skills and accidental friendship. Read full book review >

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RUNAWAY RADISH by Janice Levy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2011

"The Runaway Radish (who, spoiler alert, doesn't exactly make it out of the story intact) is entertainingly chaotic, and this 'Gingerbread Man' variant is a good effort in both Spanish and English. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
Although markedly different in tone and style from most iPad storybook apps (though no less worthy), this English-and-Spanish tale of a food sculptor and a mischievous, fast-moving root vegetable is fun and has some features that make it worth multiple readings. Read full book review >

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CELEBRATE! IT’S CINCO DE MAYO!/¡CELEBREMOS! ¡ES EL CINCO DE MAYO! by Janice Levy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Perfectly targeted at young listeners and readers who may have been celebrating Mexico's favorite national holiday without knowing why. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Levy's central text combines a celebration of Cinco de Mayo with a brief recounting of the date's significance: the Mexican army's victory in 1862 over an invading French force. Read full book review >

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CLAIRE AND THE BAKERY THIEF by Janice Poon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"And while the recipes in the back of the book look yummy, there is a self-righteousness to this sketchily drawn story that will leave a bad taste in the reader's mouth. (Graphic fiction. 8-10)"
In this middle-grade graphic novel, young Claire is distressed to discover that her family is about to move from their home in the city to the all-too-rural town of Bellevale. Read full book review >

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CLAIRE AND THE WATER WISH by Janice Poon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"The girls' conflict is horribly banal; coupled with the flimsy mystery and the uninspired art, it makes this a hard sell to even the most dedicated female reader. (craft instructions) (Graphic novel. 9-12)"
Fresh from solving her last crime (Claire and the Bakery Thief, 2008), the bespectacled young sleuth is on the case again. Read full book review >

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GOLDILOCKS by Janice Russell
adapted by Janice Russell, illustrated by Janice Russell
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A good, simple edition. (Picture book. 2-4)"
An unembellished retelling of the enduring tale. Read full book review >

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THE RULES DO NOT APPLY by Ariel Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"Unflinchingly candid and occasionally heartbreaking."
An award-winning journalist tells the story of how her formerly charmed life in which "lost things could always be replaced" came to a brutally abrupt end. Read full book review >

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DIRTY BLVD. by Aidan Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A valuable study of Reed, further cementing his totemic influence as the high priest of art rock."
A biography of legendary rocker Lou Reed (1942-2013). Read full book review >