Search Results: "Jessica Meserve"


BOOK REVIEW

ONE BUSY DAY by Lola M. Schaefer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"Hooray for sibling revelry! (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this sequel to their excellent new-baby story, One Special Day (2012), Schaefer and Meserve depict a growing sibling bond between big brother Spencer and little sister Mia. Read full book review >

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CAN ANYBODY HEAR ME? by Jessica Meserve
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2008

"Shout yee-haw for cowboy Jack, who finally finds his voice. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In Jack's boisterous family, ranch life is one noisy stampede with the boy trampled in the shuffle. Read full book review >

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SMALL SISTER by Jessica Meserve
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 21, 2007

"Meserve's digital-media illustrations create the child-like vibrancy and immediacy necessary to bring to life this poignant tale of finding one's strengths and establishing relationships based on empathy and understanding. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Meserve's debut as both author and illustrator will resonate with older and younger siblings alike. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAISY DAWSON IS ON HER WAY! by Steve Voake
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"Meserve's abundant comical sketches add bounce to this already-sweet wisp of a tale that gladdens the heart. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Daisy, small for her age, has a big imagination, one that often leads her to dawdling during flights of fancy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2012

"In a market glutted with books for newbie brothers and sisters, this is one that stands apart. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The never-ceasing flow of new-baby books gets an imaginative jolt in this clever and creative title. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SMOG THE CITY DOG by Adria Meserve
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Simply, Meserve's debut is a taste but not a feast. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Billed as a retelling of an Aesop's fable, The Dog and His Shadow, this update follows the trail of a hungry dog along a city waterway. Read full book review >

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NO ROOM FOR NAPOLEON by Adria Meserve
ANIMALS
Released: April 4, 2006

"It all seems a little too easy, and parts of this, such as how Napoleon recruits a volunteer workforce simply through force of personality, may be over the heads of younger readers, but the idea that reckless development is bad for the environment comes through loud and clear. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this pointed allegory, an aptly named dog "with very big ideas" persuades the animal residents of an idyllic island to convert all of the local resources into a mountain for him to perch atop, then repents when the laborers decamp to the next island paradise over. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Perfectly Good Crime by Dete Meserve
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A first-rate and undaunted protagonist easily carries this brisk crime tale—and ongoing series."
A TV news reporter finds a great story—and a mystery—when someone starts stealing from Los Angeles' wealthiest homeowners. Read full book review >

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GOOD SAM by Dete Meserve
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Somewhat formulaic but still a solid feel-good romance sparked with mystery."
In this novel, a California TV reporter covers a good Samaritan story while deciding whether to pursue a new relationship or go back to her ex-fiance. 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

THE LITTLE, LITTLE HOUSE by Jessica Souhami
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Souhami's rendition doesn't lend itself to audience participation as well as McGovern's does, but figures in the illustrations are more expressively posed, and the cultural context is a little more generic. (brief, non-specific source note) (Picture book/folktale. 5-7)"
In this recast version of an Eastern European tale best known from Ann McGovern's Too Much Noise (1967), Joseph goes to wise Aunty Bella to complain that his house is too small, and she bids him bring all of his livestock inside. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAIRY TALES FOR MR. BARKER by Jessica Ahlberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"A fairy-tale mashup light as a feather and pretty as a sunny morning. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The scion of Janet and Allan Ahlberg continues the family tradition with another novelty fractured fairy tale—actually, make that tales. Read full book review >