Search Results: "Jennifer Merz"


BOOK REVIEW

PLAYGROUND DAY! by Jennifer Merz
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 17, 2007

"In an era of elaborate schedules for the youngest of children, Merz's simply executed tale is a reminder to return to the basics, encouraging readers to unfetter their imaginations and embrace the creative opportunities unstructured outdoor play affords. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Merz offers a celebratory ode to the splendor of playgrounds, her verses taking readers on an exploration of a child's imagination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RED EMERALD by Dominique Merz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2013

"A compelling tale plagued by awkward prose."
A retired Swiss advertising exec is hired to inspect a wealthy banker's mining outfit in Merz's debut novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DANGER-CLOSE by Jon F. Merz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 16, 2004

"Jake's lickety-split narrative manages to be both gritty and cheeky. Prolific Merz (From the Borderlands, 2004, etc.) overloads his simple tale with dialogue but still pulls off an effective surprise twist."
A wisecracking disabled investigator rousts the Russian Mafia, Boston branch, to find a murderer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLOW YOUR NOSE, BIG BAD WOLF! by Steve Smallman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Even lovers of fractured fairy tales will see straight through these. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Children learn the value of sharing (and tissues) in this remake of "The Three Little Pigs." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FINS, FLUFF AND OTHER STUFF by Bruno Merz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 2, 2015

"Lively, entertaining, and educational to boot. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little boy imagines all the different things he might be...and do. Read full book review >

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WHEN HISTORY IS BURIED ALONGSIDE THE BODIES
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

Cover Story: Big Face Split Screen
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 1
Talky Talk: She Said, He Said
Bonus Factors: Awesome Grownups
Relationship Status: So This Is Love

Cover Story: Big Face Split Screen

As a rule, I generally don’t like Big Face covers, and as with all rules, there are exceptions ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NASREDDINE by Odile Weulersse
by Odile Weulersse, illustrated by Rebecca Dautremer, translated by Kathleen Merz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"This view of the Hodja as a child offers a different pathway into the popular stories. (historical note) (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8)"
The beloved character of Nasreddin Hodja is usually portrayed as a man in Turkish and Middle Eastern folklore, but here, the wise fool is a youngster. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ENGLISH by Wang Gang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 6, 2009

"A loner comes of age in a telling, appreciably non-Western narrative enriched by politics and poetry."
In a remote corner of China, the Cultural Revolution becomes a human drama, observed and acted out by a boy increasingly obsessed with sex and language. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UH-OH, DODO! by Jennifer Sattler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"A charming, cozy read-aloud with lots of visual interest. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A clueless little dodo stumbles into several adventures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A FUNNY LITTLE BIRD by Jennifer Yerkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"This highly original and thought-provoking picture book will appeal to the peek-a-boo sensibilities of the youngest readers and also have aesthetic appeal for parents. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The funny little white bird is almost invisible against his white background, unnoticed and, consequently, sad. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHICK 'N' PUG MEET THE DUDE by Jennifer Sattler
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"Skip this one in favor of Sattler's Uh-Oh, Dodo! (2013) and Pig Kahuna (2011). (Picture book. 3-6)"
Odd-couple friends Chick and Pug return in a nonsensical tale so slender that it barely registers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEE YOU LATER, MOM! by Jennifer Northway
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"This straightforward tale of a boy's adjustment to preschool is not a new story, but the presence of children of various races adds a realistic touch, and it will provide warmth and reassurance to children who may be nervous about starting school. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Many children are anxious about starting school, and William is no exception. Read full book review >