Search Results: "Jessica Adams"


BOOK REVIEW

TOM, DICK AND DEBBIE HARRY by Jessica Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"The Tasmanian-born author's US debut may not quite know what it wants, but it makes a valiant effort of getting there: Tom, Dick and Debbie Harry should find a respectable following by virtue almost of its name alone."
Goofy goings-on in Tasmania as the aftershocks of a guy's second marriage send tremors through the surrounding characters' lives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I’M A BELIEVER by Jessica Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Skillfully crafted and drolly amusing, but Adams's second novel never quite manages to marry its twin strings of downbeat sarcasm and airy metaphysics."
Clueless teacher's girlfriend dies, leading to much misery and soul-searching. Read full book review >

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JESSICA B. HARRIS
by Maya Payne Smart

Scenic and engaging, My Soul Looks Back recounts the years author Jessica B. Harris spent on the periphery of a circle of friends that included literary powerhouses James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison. The memoir spans the globe and several decades to describe the fascinating group.

Harris was in a relationship with Baldwin’s close friend Samuel Clemens Floyd III ...


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BOOK REVIEW

GARY AND RAY by Sarah Adams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Lovely. (Picture book. 3-8)"
All the other animals seem to have family or friends with whom to interact, but Gary the gorilla has no one. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOING FOR OYSTERS by Jeanie Adams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"To include a glossary. (Picture book. 5-10)"
An affectionate picture of Australia's aboriginal people on a traditional outing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVE AND VIOLET by Sarah Adams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A fitting fable for the very young about friendship and diversity. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Violet's best friend Dave has a hard time fitting in. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHARK DETECTIVE! by Jessica Olien
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Many readers will demand further adventures—or imagine them for themselves. The last page will get them started. Spoiler alert: the cat's name is Watson. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The moral of this story is: dreams can come true. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDMA by Jessica Shepherd
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2014

"Though it lacks the artistry of Mem Fox and Julie Viva's Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge (1989), it has a useful charm. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A little boy adjusts to changes as his beloved grandmother ages and becomes infirm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOXY! by Jessica Souhami
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"A clear and humorous trickster tale for the youngest readers—a treat. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)"
An excellent spin on a familiar trickster story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY IN THE OAK by Jessica Albarn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Will tempt fans of the Spiderwick series and all things Faerie. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Physically slender but long on mystical atmosphere, Albarn's debut features a mix of feathery line portraits and translucent leaves of pale, reworked photos of butterfly-wing and other natural patterns. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIGLET'S PICNIC by Jessica Souhami
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"While the incorporation of synonyms may appeal to adults, for those who are teaching their children not to say 'yuck' to other people's food choices, this may be one to miss—a small quibble. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When Piglet invites nine of her friends to a picnic, young readers are also invited to "unpack" their picnic baskets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CARLO LIKES READING by Jessica Spanyol
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Though Spanyol mislabels a flying insect 'daddy longlegs,' and an extra, unlabeled spread seems to have been tacked on just to fill out the page count—or to show how well-rounded he is—this debut is bright, well-conceived, and infectiously enthusiastic. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In Carlo the giraffe's world, everything has a label, so reading is a constant, continuing activity. Read full book review >