Search Results: "Jenny Offill"


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DEPT. OF SPECULATION by Jenny Offill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"There are moments of literary experimentation worthy of Virginia Woolf here, but in the end, this reads more like notes for a novel than a novel itself."
Scenes from a marriage, sometimes lyrical, sometimes philosophically rich, sometimes just puzzling. Read full book review >

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SPARKY! by Jenny Offill
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"A serene, funny addition to the new-pet genre. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Quietly dry humor marks this story about a most unusual pet. Read full book review >

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WHILE YOU WERE NAPPING by Jenny Offill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Beware the power of older siblings! (Picture book. 5-8)"
A wickedly naughty big sister recounts all the fun her brother misses while he's napping. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 17, 2005

"A book to savor, despite its imperfections. But think twice before giving it to your best friend."
Offill (Last Things, 1999) and Schappell (Use Me, 2000) address the timeless topic of women's friendships from an innovative vantage point. Read full book review >

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11 EXPERIMENTS THAT FAILED by Jenny Offill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Go ahead, break a few dishes in the washing machine, see the humor and enjoy this fine poke at every science fair that ever was. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What would happen if a stand-up comedian—a good stand-up comedian, like Robin Williams or George Carlin (minus those seven famous words)—were to choose the question for a science experiment? This, in these pages, is what would happen. Read full book review >

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17 THINGS I’M NOT ALLOWED TO DO ANYMORE by Jenny Offill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Some readers may find this young envelope-pusher entertainingly spirited, but there are sure to be those who are going to balk at the notion of pretending to be sorry and having it work. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A lass tallies her pranks and ensuing punishments in this Judith Viorst-like plaint. Read full book review >

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YOU'RE A CRAB! by Jenny Whitehead
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"Certainly not new fare, but any opportunity to help children understand emotions is never a misstep. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A marine-themed look at all kinds of moods. Read full book review >

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WHEN IT IS NIGHT, WHEN IT IS DAY by Jenny Tyers
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"The choice of backgrounds and colors evokes many places and moods, leading fans of the artwork to hope for some future, fully developed story from Tyers rather than the portrait gallery in this book. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In her first book, a talented Tasmanian printmaker creates a series of elegantly composed and richly colored etchings of nocturnal and diurnal creatures to illustrate the alternating cycles of activity and rest that occur in a 24-hour period. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT by Jenny Stow
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1992

"A handsome new setting for an old favorite. (Folklore/Picture book. 2-7)"
The traditional cumulative chant is set in the Caribbean by a new illustrator who's lived in Antigua. Read full book review >

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FOLLOWING THE SUN by Jenny Stow
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 12, 1997

"Furthering the appeal of the book is the personality demonstrated in the postures and expressions of the animals. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Stow, in counting-book form, depicts a notably peaceable kingdom, African animals in a gathering parade that follows the sun's course through the day. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN GROWING UP WITH WAR by Jenny Matthews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An effective appeal to child readers as the ones who can stop the continuum of violence. (map, further information, websites, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Through honest photographs and prose Matthews captures what it is like to be a child of war, as well as a photojournalist working in such ravaged countries. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Children will have fun reciting the poems and sharing in reading the notes, jokes and two-line poems that decorate the margins. (Poetry. 6-8)"
This celebration of almost every event in a child's life is arranged by the four seasons. Read full book review >