Search Results: "Jill McDonald"


BOOK REVIEW

WHO’S IN THE GARDEN? by Phillis Gershator
Released: April 1, 2010

"Serious gardeners may wince, but it's not for them. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
An oversized format and round die cuts allow a little girl to show off her garden in fine fashion. Read full book review >

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WEATHER by Jill McDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"While McDonald's art is delightful and the Hello, World! series appears to be promising, she should stick to topics that are close to home. (Board book. 2-4)"
Two youngsters learn about weather and the clothing it requires in this simple introduction that launches the Hello, World! series. Read full book review >

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OVER IN THE MEADOW by Jill McDonald
adapted and illustrated by Jill McDonald
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Visually stunning if not always totally successful. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The animals, counting theme and catchy tune make this song a perennial favorite with readers and creators alike, but the illustrations are what make any version stand out from the crowd—and this one does. Read full book review >

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A HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA by Jessica Law
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2013

"The marble-mouthed song, too-cheerful illustrations and disconnect between the song and setting make this one to skip; for a less busy but still child-friendly look at food chains, try Mick Manning's Snap! (2006). (enhanced CD, not seen; sheet music) (Picture book. 3-6)"
A too-long setup leads readers through a repetitious song that enumerates a marine food chain. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NIGHT IGUANA LEFT HOME by Megan McDonald
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"It is full of love, independence, and natural law, and the slice of biogeography can't hurt. (Picture book. 5-9)"
It's not that Iguana is angry or anything. Read full book review >

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THE BONE KEEPER by Megan McDonald
Released: March 1, 1999

"The coloring and textures embody the desert setting in the evening, showing the fearsome cave and sandy shadows that wait to release the mystery of the bones. (Picture book. 5-8)"
From McDonald (Tundra Mouse, 1997, etc.), a haunting, dramatic glimpse of the Bone Keeper, a trickster with special transformational powers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPELLBOUND by Janet McDonald
FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 2001

"Although the ending is a little unbelievable and pat, on the whole it's satisfyingly hopeful. (Fiction. YA)"
Raven Jefferson is 16 and lives with her mother in a housing project in Brooklyn. Read full book review >

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ONE TRUE SENTENCE by Craig McDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 15, 2011

"A rail-thin mystery burdened by an overload of clinical sex."
Hector Lassiter (Print the Legend, 2010, etc.) and his best friend Ernest Hemingway go sleuthing in Paris. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLETCH REFLECTED by Gregory Mcdonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"And the younger Fletch is the dumbest audience-broadening stunt since Paul Drake Jr."
A week after getting his legendary rogue journalist father I.M. Fletcher to help complete and file his exposÇ of the white-supremacist Tribe (Son of Fletch, 1993), Jack Fletcher Faoni is already infiltrating another shuttered little society. Read full book review >

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EVOLUTION'S SHORE by Ian McDonald
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Yet McDonald's tale is also inventive and challenging, despite that disappointing non-ending: a dense, complex, rather weighty, often fascinating piece of speculation."
Optimistic near-future alien-contact yarn from the Ireland resident author of the gloomy The Broken Land (1992), etc. In 2003, Saturn's moon Hyperion unaccountably vanishes, while large meteorites strike Earth's tropic regions. Read full book review >

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EL GAVILAN by Craig McDonald
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"McDonald offers another gritty, violent mystery (One True Sentence, 2011, etc.) in this exploration of both sides of a divisive problem."
An Ohio town is racked by violence in a clash of cultures. Read full book review >