Search Results: "Jen Barton"


BOOK REVIEW

FIONA THORN AND THE CARAPACEM SPELL by Jen Barton
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Young fantasy fans will likely enjoy this richly imagined tale and will eagerly await its next installment."
Barton's explosive middle-grade fantasy debut tells about an orphan's quest to save her magical best friend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I'M TRYING TO LOVE SPIDERS by Bethany Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"Both arachnophobes and arachnophiles will find useful debate fodder squashed within these pages. (Picture book. 3-12)"
What if "trying" not to hate spiders doesn't quite cut it? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY CAR by Byron Barton
by Byron Barton, illustrated by Byron Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"With a dazzling kaleidoscope of energetic hues illuminating the pages, small children will be entranced by this appealing tale. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Fledgling car-enthusiasts can learn all about the wonderful world of automobiles as Sam proudly touts the merits of his zippy red car. Read full book review >

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LOOK OUT FOR BUGS by Jen Prokopowicz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2015

"For appreciation rather than information, this is an interesting addition to the environmental shelf. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Photographs of a series of cut-paper dioramas form this seek-and-find puzzle book starring hidden creatures in the natural world. Read full book review >

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS COOKBOOK by Barton Seaver
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Hands-on kids will find much to appreciate in this compendium of fun and food with an Earth-friendly focus. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
A month-by-month guide to seasonal cooking, green craft projects and enjoyable challenges that has something to offer even the most environmentally conscious kids. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE RED HEN by Byron Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1993

"A likable edition that should be a hit with the youngest. (Folklore/Picture book. 1-6)"
Barton, well known for the simple forms and vibrant, creatively juxtaposed colors in his informational books for the very young (Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs, 1989), stays closer to this familiar text than he did in his retelling of The Three Bears (1991), coming up with a good, well-cadenced version. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY FATHER'S WAR by Barton Sutter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1991

"Not without its flaws, but still a promising launch."
A debut collection of six stories, as well as a title novella: coming-of-age chronicles set in the Midwest in which young men deal with death or the limitations of their masculinity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HESTER by Byron Barton
Released: Sept. 29, 1975

But Barton's first wobbly-lined picture, of Hester's dining room all set for the party, is the very dream of Halloween that any first grader would delight in drawing for himself, the stock haunted house is not only incongruous but warmly inviting and a little sad among all the high rises, and the sweet old witch's welcoming, well-behaved friends are such a grotesque gang of freaks that the whole adventure proves to be a captivating blend of good cheer and satisfying shivers. Read full book review >

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THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"The idea of a woman who stands beside an alleged monster is an intriguing one, and very nearly well-executed here, if it weren't bogged down with other too-familiar plotlines."
A woman whose recently deceased husband was the prime suspect in a horrific crime struggles with how—and if—she wants to step out from behind his shadow. Read full book review >

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THE GOODBYE MAN by Chad Barton
Released: July 5, 2011

"A well-crafted novel that cuttingly tackles vigilantism and vengeance."
A man and his dog slay pederasts from New York City to Florida in this surging thriller from ex-law enforcement investigator Barton. Read full book review >

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THIS MONSTER CANNOT WAIT! by Bethany Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2013

"For youngsters working on self-control (a school-readiness skill), Stewart does…eventually…learn that good things come to those who wait. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Stewart, from This Monster Needs a Haircut (2012), is going camping for the first time, and he (literally) cannot wait. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS MONSTER NEEDS A HAIRCUT by Bethany Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2012

"Neither terrible nor terribly interesting; Elivia Savadier's No Haircut Today! (2005) is a more distilled treatment of the same subject. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Visually energetic but unsophisticated, with pedestrian text, this may be selected more by parents hoping the humor will coax their kids into a haircut than by the kids themselves. Read full book review >