Search Results: "Janie Baskin"


BOOK REVIEW

PAINT ME A MONSTER by Janie Baskin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"Readers will fall in love with Rinnie; Baskin has crafted a beautiful story about the complexities of family, self-respect and human connection. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Baskin's first novel spans 13 years in the life of an artistic girl torn between perfection and loving herself as she is. Read full book review >

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PIG ENOUGH by Janie Bynum
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"While the ending is a bit too good to be true, it's still a nice little lesson about pride and prejudice that speaks to kids in a way that's easy to understand. (Picture book. 3-7)"
No matter what he does, Willy the guinea pig can't seem to fit in. Read full book review >

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NUTMEG AND BARLEY by Janie Bynum
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"The universal need for flexibility in successful relationships is the core of this simple colorful story. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The setting is Moosejaw County where two neighbors have nothing in common. Read full book review >

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DEATH SPIRAL by Janie Chodosh
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2014

"This science-heavy mystery isn't as smart as it would like to be. (Mystery. 12-17)"
When a junkie dies, no one bothers to ask questions—except her daughter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 6, 1991

"Not the first major Northwest cookbook in recent years, but probably the best."
This latest entry in the Knopf Cooks American series is an excellent advertisement for the food and cooking of the Northwest. Read full book review >

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ALTOONA BABOONA by Janie Bynum
Released: March 1, 1999

"Bynum's watercolors have a breezy ocean air feel to them, as light and buoyant as her simian heroine. (Picture book. 2-6)"
That Bynum comes up with so many lines to rhyme with "Altoona Baboona" deserves some kind of acclaim, even if the rhymes make readers laugh and groan at the same time. Read full book review >

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RIPE FOR REVENGE by Janie Bolitho
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 24, 1995

"Despite a climactic letdown, though, low-level tension makes this a good choice for village-mystery fans, who'll feel they've come to know every last soul in the troubled shire of Little Endesley."
A particularly ugly case for Inspector Ian Roper (Kindness Can Kill, 1994): the smothering of eight-year-old Sharon Vickers in the woods owned by Ipswich solicitor Gerald Langdon. Read full book review >

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KINDNESS CAN KILL by Janie Bolitho
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"British writer Bolitho's generous way with clues—plus her low- key, dispassionate view of her hotblooded characters—makes this a promising debut in the manner of Peter Robinson's ice-cold studies of passion."
Everyone loved the late Julia Henderson, and that's what makes everyone's wives in Rickenham Green such good suspects. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THREE SOULS by Janie Chang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Historically and politically compelling, yet the three-soul plot device is contrived."
Revolutionary and domestic politics collide in this tale of a woman's ghost attempting to understand her life decisions and make amends for her transgressions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DID YOU SAY GHOSTS? by Richard Michelson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"Some are done up in ways that are almost comically crude, which, together with Michelson's teasing tone, gives young readers the option of laughing or shivering. (Picture book. 6-8)"
An anything-but-soothing bedtime rhyme for two voices: ``Everything will be all right./There aren't any ghosts in sight...'' ``GHOSTS! Read full book review >

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SLIPPERS AT SCHOOL by Andrew Clements
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"The storyline is simple (and sometimes a little stilted), but Bynum's illustrations present an additional layer of warm humor, with an engaging cover illustration of Slippers with a pencil in his mouth, all ready for his big day at school. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this third offering about Slippers the puppy, the appealing pooch slips into a backpack for an unauthorized visit to his young owner's classroom. Read full book review >

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ROCK-A-BABY BAND by Kate McMullan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"A CD is included. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ten babies boogie down in McMullan's ebullient offering. Read full book review >