Search Results: "Jean Ayer"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 27, 2012

"Finely nuanced hymn to the world before Ikea, and the stout West Virginians who peopled it. Recommended."
Ayer (Tales of Chinkapin Creek, 2011) returns with more sparkling sketches of rural West Virginians who lived by their hands, hearts and wits before the age of machines. Read full book review >

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TALES OF CHINKAPIN CREEK by Jean Ayer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 2011

"An accomplished, creative memoir by a writer with serious literary tools—West Virginia, we hardly knew your soulful depths."
Veteran short-story writer Ayer strikes gold with these enchanting sketches of the motley relatives and neighbors who peopled her mother's rural West Virginia girlhood—back when the 20th century was young and spry. Read full book review >

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DEAD DRUNK by Jean Ayer
Released: April 17, 2014

"A fine murder mystery, in the style of Agatha Christie, with a hawk-eyed protagonist and bevy of suspects."
In Ayer's (Tales of Chinkapin Creek, Volume II, 2012, etc.) mystery novel, the accidental death of an affluent alcoholic may, in fact, be a simple case of murder. Read full book review >

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THE WORDSMITH by Alan Ayer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 2017

"A suspenseful, imaginative, and well-told horror story."
In Ayer's debut supernatural-horror novel, a world-famous novelist seemingly has it all, but he still wants much, much more. Read full book review >

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WATER WOW! by Antonia Banyard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"Refreshing and essential, like its subject. (source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
An effervescent dive into water's nature, use, misuse, and conservation. Read full book review >

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READY, SET, KINDERGARTEN! by Paula Ayer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2015

"A celebration of independence that will have soon-to-be kindergartners counting all the ways they are ready for school. (Picture book. 3-5)"
One little girl tells readers the many things she knows how to do and the ways those everyday activities help her to be ready for kindergarten. Read full book review >

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THE MOON CAME DOWN ON MILK STREET by Jean Gralley
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A gentle, heartfelt tribute to those who work together in emergencies. (Picture book. 4-6)"
There's a touch of In the Night Kitchen to this dreamlike, comforting episode. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING'S FISHY by Jean  Gourounas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2017

"This quirky narrative leads to a surprising (although not immediately obvious) denouement. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A lone penguin fishing attracts a crowd of polar inhabitants. Read full book review >

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TEN LITTLE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS by Jean Marzollo
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Teachers and librarians will find this a good fit for story hours about counting or Christmas presents, although its trim size limits its use to smaller audiences. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Marzollo, the author of the clever rhymes in the I Spy series, offers a reverse counting book for toddlers and preschoolers. Read full book review >

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DANIEL IN THE LION’S DEN by Jean Marzollo
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"2004). (Nonfiction. 3-8)"
Marzollo, author of the I Spy series, here turns her hand to illustration as well in the first of a new series of Bible story retellings for young children. Read full book review >

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BR’ER RABBIT CAPTURED! by Jean Cassels
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"EWSLUGp1986, illustrated by Barry Moser, Julius Lester's Tales of Uncle Remus (1987), illustrated by Jerry Pinkney and their sequels. (Picture book/folktales. 7-9)"
Hoping to add Br'er Rabbit's to the suite of familiar folk-tale character portraits exhibited in The Mysterious Collection of Dr. David Harleyson (2004), the porcine painter sets out for rural Sandy Creek. Read full book review >