Search Results: "Jimmy Pickering"


BOOK REVIEW

SHIVERY SHADES OF HALLOWEEN by Mary McKenna Siddals
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A bright new addition to the Halloween shelves. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Anyone who thought the colors of Halloween were limited to orange and black is obviously mistaken. Read full book review >

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SKELLY & FEMUR by Jimmy Pickering
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"Kids may enjoy the baroque illustrations of this peculiar undead family, but they're unlikely to ask for it more than once. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Skelly the skeleton girl, of the eponymous 2007 book, has lost her buttons. Read full book review >

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SKELLY THE SKELETON GIRL by Jimmy Pickering
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"Reminiscent of the works of Tim Burton, this gothic treat is perfect for those who like to be scared—just a tiny bit. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Skelly is a little skeleton girl who lives in a spooky house high on a hill. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2009

"Taken individually the poems are pleasantly ghoulish—but all in all, this is Prelutsky in an uncharacteristically dark vein. (Picture book/poetry. 8-11)"
The planets circling distant suns should definitely be avoided, according to these cautionary verses and eerie illustrations. Read full book review >

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HALLOWEEN NIGHT by Elizabeth Hatch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2005

"Hatch's tale of Halloween shenanigans makes a nice addition to the seasonal book shelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
For her debut, Hatch weaves a comical tale of Halloween delight with "The House That Jack Built" overtones. Read full book review >

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SLOOP JOHN B by Alan Jardine
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"A CD of Jardine singing this version is included, but it's as boring as the rest of this package. (Picture book. 4-7)"
There have been a number of quite nifty picture books made of pop or folk songs, but this is not one of them. Read full book review >

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THE DUMBEST IDEA EVER! by Jimmy Gownley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Humble, endearing and utterly easy to relate to; don't miss this one. (author's note) (Graphic memoir. 10 & up)"
The charismatic creator of the Eisner-nominated Amelia Rules! series recounts his beginnings as a cartoonist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LESSONS FOR LIFE by Marianne Pickering
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

Published in cooperation with the Denver Museum of Natural History, this title in the Our Human Family series seeks to explore the human quest for understanding, but it lacks clear definitions and the examples are often atypical or confusing. ``Every human culture has systems to guide the mental, physical, and moral growth of its members,'' states Pickering in her first book, and then describes how cultures around the world, grouped by geographic region (Europe and the Middle East fall under one chapter), provide academic, social, vocational, and personal education. Read full book review >

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CHARLIE PEACE by Paul Pickering
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"A Pilgrim's Progress going nowhere (which may have been the author's intention)."
A mishmash of a tale that mixes the fantastic misadventures of a modern-day hero often mistaken for Christ with stories from the New Testament retold from an offbeat off-putting slant. Read full book review >

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THE BLUE CATERPILLAR by Sam Pickering
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 1997

"His writing is not only a delight, it's also inviting: Flip open to any page and enter the flow."
More essays—clever, observant, sidelong—chronicling the quotidian from Pickering (Trespassing, 1994, etc.). ``I root about in the good muck of daily life,'' confesses Pickering (Literature/Univ. of Connecticut), foraging in wood and field and coffee shop ``in hopes of harvesting a sense of season.'' He's a down-home essayist, opting for celebrating skunk cabbage over lady's slipper, mosquitoes over scarlet tanagers. Read full book review >

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GOLDELINE by Jimmy Cajoleas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A folksy fairy tale bridging The Robber Bridegroom and Beasts of the Southern Wild. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A Bible-loving, magic-using orphan and her reluctant companion plunge into the deep dark woods in this Southern fantasy. Read full book review >