Search Results: "Jean Camden"


BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO MAKE A PLANET by Scott Forbes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"A lively and original approach to a complex subject. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A boy who looks like he's visiting from a digital cartoon film provides step-by-step instructions so his friends can build a planet just like the one we inhabit. Read full book review >

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Murder by Masquerade by Camden Wyatt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 2, 2014

"A wild one that could set the screen ablaze."
A movie superstar's shocking on-set death gets the wheels rolling in this increasingly bizarre Hollywood thriller. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERIOUS COLLECTION OF DR. DAVID HARLEYSON by Jean Cassels
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"However, the implication that readers can themselves solve the bulk of the mystery is misleading and may cause some disappointment. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Clever gouache paintings and lovely, attractive design can't save this beckoning "mystery" from a fundamental problem: despite an invitation to help solve it, readers don't have much left to do after the characters do their work. 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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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 >

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VERY BORING ALLIGATOR by Jean Gralley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"And the artwork crackles, too, wild gestures and electric colors streaming from margin to margin. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Gralley (Hogula: Dread Pig of Night, 1999, etc.) sends up the flag in salute of that time-honored system for sending unwanted guests on their way: screaming at them to go. Read full book review >

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THE TARANTULA IN MY PURSE by Jean George
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"The book is brimming with similar stories, all narrated with humor and warmth, and all of which will show George's many fans yet another aspect of her life and work. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Over the years, George (There's an Owl in the Shower, 1995, etc.) and her three children moved a lot, but wherever they went they gave succor, shelter, and affection to a succession of injured or homeless wild creatures, from ferrets to falcons, spiders to salamanders, bats to box turtles. Read full book review >

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THE CHUPACABRA by Jean Flitcroft
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"Scary and informative. (Horror. 10-12)"
An Irish teenager's Mexican vacation takes a turn for the terrifying. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BETWEEN by Jean Thesman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 2002

"Ably done, but without the spark of The Other Ones (1999). (Fiction. 11-13)"
Thesman (Sea So Far, 2001, etc.) proposes an inglorious take on human origins in this tale of a teenager caught between an array of magical creatures protecting one of the last "Darkwoods" on earth, and Hunters bent on destroying it. Read full book review >

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WILLOW AND TWIG by Jean Little
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Emotionally absorbing, with a somewhat convenient ending, but satisfying all the same. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A sad and unfortunate situation of child abandonment and abuse is turned around in a consuming story that offers realism, hope, and psychological fortitude. Read full book review >