Search Results: "Janice Levy"


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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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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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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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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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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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SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE by Joanne Levy
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 3, 2012

"Droll middle school drama. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A lively preteen develops the "superpsychic" ability to converse with the dead, complicating her seventh-grade life in this lighthearted debut. Read full book review >

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SEVENTH GRADE TANGO by Elizabeth Levy
Released: March 1, 2000

"Precocious preteens will find that this humorously empathetic take on budding romance is just right. (Fiction. 10-12)"
PLB 0-7868-2427-1 The content and concerns of Levy's latest is at odds with the young reading level and large type size, which may prevent this novel's natural audience of middle schoolers from finding a fast and funny read. Read full book review >

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THE LAST OPEN ROAD by Burt Levy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1998

"Funny high-octane fuel for fans of the comic nostalgia tales of humorist Jean Shepherd; crowded equally with typecast characters and vivid racing scenes."
Cartoonish coming-of-ager: a year in the life of a bunch of lovable New Jersey palookas on the upper-crusty open-road car- race circuit. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 14, 1996

"A highly readable mixture of true crime and popular science that is much stronger on the former than the latter."
A compelling examination of a frontier where science meets the law. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2005

"An assertive blast, filled with punchy language and vivid images."
An attack on "female chauvinist pigs," women who make sex objects of themselves and of other women. Read full book review >