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 >

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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 >

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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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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 >

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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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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 >

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THE SUNLIGHT PILGRIMS by Jenni Fagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"More fine work from this gifted Scottish writer."
There are three suns in the sky and it's minus 6 degrees in Britain as Fagan's gently apocalyptic new novel opens in November 2020. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 26, 1989

An intriguing comparison by Seward (Henry V, Napoleon's Family, etc.) of the lives, careers, and legacies of two of history's most flagrant tyrants. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"This is an unfailingly interesting contribution to the history of science. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A whopping life of Thomas Huxley (182595), who did much to bring Victorian-era science to a lay audience. Read full book review >

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METTERNICH by Desmond Seward
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Timely but tepid, at times merely a patchwork of quotations, but nonetheless highlighting a powerful and controversial presence in the tapestry of modern Europe, still being woven today. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A slender review of the career of Austrian archconservative Prince Klemens von Metternich (1773-1859), whose vision of a Europe united became a reality briefly during the decade 1810-20, from prolific English historian Seward (Henry V, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >