Search Results: "Jessica Swaim"


BOOK REVIEW

SCARUM FAIR by Jessica Swaim
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Pair with Frankenstein Takes the Cake, by Adam Rex (2008), or There Was a Man Who Loved a Rat and Other Vile Little Poems, by Gerda Rovetch and illustrated by Lissa Rovetch (2008), for some frightful fun. (Poetry. 7-12)"
Prepare for a deliciously scary and occasionally gross carnival experience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUND FROM THE POUND by Jessica Swaim
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Dog lovers will enjoy the antics of this happy bunch. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A single woman named Mary is lonely in her well-kept stone house, so she adopts a basset hound from the local pound with the assistance of Sam, the resident dog trainer. Read full book review >

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THE SPEECHWRITER by Barton Swaim
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"Candid but not especially compelling."
A former speechwriter for an ex-South Carolina governor offers a glimpse into what it really meant to be a "fashioner of words" for a self-obsessed politician who fell from grace. Read full book review >

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 >

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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 >

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OLD TRACKS, NEW TRICKS by Jessica Petersen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"A jaunty rhyme and inventive toys-come-to-life spin on challenging the status quo, with especial appeal to fans of all things Thomas. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Three sections of wooden train tracks inspire new ideas and fun. Read full book review >

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THE STICKY DOLL TRAP by Jessica Souhami
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2011

"A visually enchanting and aurally engaging retelling of an old, old tale. (author's note) (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
Br'er Rabbit's ancestor, the West African rascal Hare, lives in this vividly delineated retelling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Children who find Tomie dePaola's well-known rendition, Fin M'Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill (1981) a wee bit restrained will have no such complaint here. (source note) (Picture book/folktale. 6-9)"
Souhami (No Dinner, 2000, etc.) dresses up this classic triumph of brains over brawn with bright, blocky scenes featuring broadly gesturing figures, torn paper edges and blazing purple highlights. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CARLO AND THE REALLY NICE LIBRARIAN by Jessica Spanyol
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A wee introduction to libraries for wee folk. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Carlo's library—readers will remember Carlo Likes Reading (2001)—looks like an exceptionally cozy house: toys, posters, mobiles, and flowers all about, along with books and computers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BLOBFISH BOOK by Jessica Olien
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2016

"Fine for a metafictive read-aloud but not so great as science. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
The world's ugliest animal speaks up. Read full book review >