Search Results: "Jeanie Franz Ransom"


BOOK REVIEW

WHAT DO PARENTS DO? (WHEN YOU’RE NOT HOME) by Jeanie Franz Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Giggles abound as this cheerful tale of imagined role-reversal plucks at the seams of conventionality and lets out a little stuffing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this rollicking flight of fancy, a boy and his sister are spending the night at their grandparent's house. Read full book review >

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GRANDMA U by Jeanie Franz Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Kids might get a chuckle out of the baby doll whose head falls when Molly forgets to give it enough support, and the diaper episode is good gross fun, but the reading level for this item really ought to be 50. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Though the punch line in Ransom's story of a grandma's formal education in grandmahood is groaningly predictable, the buffed and cheery illustrations elevate what is essentially a picture book for grandmothers. Read full book review >

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THE CROWN AFFAIR by Jeanie Franz Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Genuinely clever. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Noir whodunit in the land of Mother Goose. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COWBOY CAR by Jeanie Franz Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Go west, young car. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An urban auto finds fulfillment in the not-so-wild west. Read full book review >

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WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO HUMPTY? by Jeanie Franz Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"While done with a bit more polish and 'tude by Margie Palatini and Richard Egieski in 2001's The Web Files, this nursery-rhyme caper will please. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Humpty Dumpty's hard-boiled brother tackles the mystery of his infamous fall. Read full book review >

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GOING FOR OYSTERS by Jeanie Adams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"To include a glossary. (Picture book. 5-10)"
An affectionate picture of Australia's aboriginal people on a traditional outing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMERICAN SOUL by Franz Schurmann
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 9, 1995

"Like Niebuhr, Schurmann can be both insightful and critical but is ultimately seduced by the very myths of the national character he seeks to critique."
Eloquent and occasionally touching reflections on the meaning of America by the son of immigrants. Read full book review >

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HOLLOW CITY by Ransom Riggs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Less a straightforward horrorfest than a tasty adventure for any reader with an appetite for the…peculiar. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Along with picking up the action where it left off in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2011), Riggs fills in background detail while adding both talking animals and more children with magical powers to the cast. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REBEL MCKENZIE by Candice Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2012

"Spunky and sassy, Rebel redefines beauty pageants in this rollicking tale. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Twelve-year-old Rebel McKenzie is aptly named. Read full book review >

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MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN by Ransom Riggs
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 7, 2011

"A trilogy opener both rich and strange, if heavy at the front end. (Horror/fantasy. 12-14)"
Riggs spins a gothic tale of strangely gifted children and the monsters that pursue them from a set of eerie, old trick photographs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOLE HILLS by Jeanie Herold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2013

"A readable but occasionally awkward set of starter poems."
A heartfelt debut collection of poetry and photography. Read full book review >