Search Results: "Jen Hill"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY WITH PINK HAIR by Perez Hilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Cheery-looking and well-intentioned, but missing a crucial kid sensibility. (Picture book. 5-8)"
There aren't any direct references to boys liking boys or girls liking girls in this story about open-mindedness; it simply calls for tolerance for those who may be thought of as "different," such as this boy, who in addition to his startling looks also likes to cook. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIANA'S WHITE HOUSE GARDEN by Elisa Carbone
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"An important piece of our history brought down to a child's level. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
Based on a true story, Carbone's story shines a light on the little girl who became the face of the first White House victory garden. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPRING FOR SOPHIE by Yael Werber
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Rural and suburban readers in northern climes will find much to recognize. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl uses all her senses to detect the signs of spring. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOLLY REGINA by Kara LaReau
by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Jen Hill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"'To shanghai' and 'charming' don't usually go together, but here they do. (Adventure. 7-9)"
When two dull-as-dishwater sisters suddenly find themselves working for female pirates, their days of boredom come sadly to an end. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOING HER BIT by Erin Hagar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Crisp dialogue and small dramas propel this story of a young woman's summer of service in wartime and women's emerging power on the homefront. (author's note, web search ideas, bibliography, period posters and photographs) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Based on real events and people, Hagar's story follows college student Helen Stevens during the summer of 1917 as the white "New York City college girl" learns farming to support the war effort. Read full book review >

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GREGOR HENS
by Alex Layman

The first line of Nicotine—Gregor Hens’ meditative exploration on his life as a cigarette smoker—is a stark admission. Over 20 years, Hens proclaims that he smoked more than 100,000 cigarettes. “I’ve even enjoyed a few of them,” he writes. Startling as that number may be, Hens realized upon further thinking that the number in the book is ...


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BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

SIDE EFFECTS by Jen Calonita
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Though it has no redeeming literary value, it may still be popular with fans of the Side Effects series, the first 40-minute 'season' of which has close to 3 million views. (Fiction. 12-16)"
The novelization of a digital series on the AwesomenessTV YouTube channel features musical numbers translated into prose. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BELLES by Jen Calonita
Released: April 10, 2012

"One-note characters act as you would expect in this generic, paint-by-numbers effort. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In the first book of a formulaic new series, a lower-class girl is introduced to Southern high society in all its catty glory. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 7, 2015

"For Clueless obsessives—and perhaps Jane Austen fans."
The legacy of the 1995 movie described as "a Rodeo Drive version of Jane Austen's Emma."Read full book review >