Search Results: "Jenni Desmond"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BLUE WHALE by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2015

"Still, whale lovers will breach with happiness over this rich, artful mix of fact and frolic. (map) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
With playful observations and comparisons, Desmond presents a fount of information about "the largest living creature on our planet." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DESMOND by Ulysses G. Dietz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"And breathe easy, Anne."
A first novel (subtitled A Novel About Love and the Modern Vampire), that hopes to redefine vampire lore by creating an immortal whose life is dominated by human desires and problems. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE POLAR BEAR by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An uneven effort. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
In this companion to The Blue Whale (2015), Desmond introduces the polar bear's habitat, physical characteristics, life cycle, and food sources.Read full book review >

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RED CAT BLUE CAT by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"The plot is familiar, but energetic artwork and a comical twist at the end may make it feel fresh enough to entertain a new generation of feline fanciers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Feline enemies become firm friends in this predictable but potentially pleasing debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ERIC, THE BOY WHO LOST HIS GRAVITY by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"Sturdy children, particularly those with siblings, will respond to the starkness of emotions expressed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a challenge to tales in which children rise in the air when elated, Eric and his toddler sister, Alice, both float upward when "very angry." Happiness literally re-grounds them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FIRST SLODGE by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"From the primordial ooze to the red fruit, the illustrations serve to reinforce the Adam and Eve metaphor, and the whole thing may leave readers rooting for the serpentlike Snawk. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The prolific Willis' offbeat fable of cooperation and sharing features a solitary green, bipedal, two-armed, sluglike being called a Slodge. Read full book review >

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ON THE NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STAR by Amy Hest
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A gentle, empathetic tribute to the value of reaching out to welcome a new friend. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Bunny and Dog live solitary, parallel lives in adjacent homes until their shared glimpse of a shooting star engenders a new and steadfast friendship. Read full book review >

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DESMOND AND THE NAUGHTYBUGS by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A lighthearted look at bad behavior with the most understanding parents in the world. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Desmond is usually a well-behaved little boy—that is, until his house undergoes an infestation of the Naughtybugs. Read full book review >

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VIOLA DESMOND WON'T BE BUDGED! by Jody Nyasha Warner
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"An historical note with a couple of bibliographic citations offers more background. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In 1946 Nova Scotia, Viola Desmond thought to pass an afternoon at the movies while waiting for her car to be repaired. Read full book review >

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DESMOND PUCKET AND THE MOUNTAIN FULL OF MONSTERS by Mark Tatulli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The icing on the exploding birthday cake are the many pages from Desmond's notebook with instructions on duplicating his scary successes. (Humor. 8-11)"
Will monster maven Desmond Pucket get to ride the awesome, animatronic-enhanced Mountain Full of Monsters roller coaster with dreamy Tina Schimsky? Read full book review >

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DESMOND AND THE VERY MEAN WORD by Desmond Tutu
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"A thought-provoking lesson for young readers on the destructiveness of bullying and racism. (letter to readers from Tutu, author's note) (Picture book/memoir. 4-8)"
Archbishop Tutu, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, remembers a life-changing and life-affirming moment from his childhood in racist South Africa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PANOPTICON by Jenni Fagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 2013

"Dark and disturbing but also exciting and moving thanks to a memorable heroine and vividly atmospheric prose."
Critically acclaimed in Britain, Scottish writer Fagan's U.S. debut limns life in a last-resort residence for teen outcasts. Read full book review >