Search Results: "JoAnn Early Macken"


BOOK REVIEW

FLIP, FLOAT, FLY by JoAnn Early Macken
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2008

"Steer readers instead to clearer treatments, such as John Farndon's Seeds (2006). (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
An uninspired look at how seeds are spread by wind, water, animal and human agency. Read full book review >

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BABY SAYS "MOO!" by JoAnn Early Macken
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Sure to satisfy young toddlers with one-on-one reading and entertain preschoolers in an interactive storytime. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Macken carefully structures a seemingly simple picture book about a baby learning animal sounds—or in this case stuck on the popular bovine one—using simple rhyming text, a progressive repetition of previously encountered creatures and the harmonious refrain of, "Baby says, "Moo!" Read full book review >

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WAITING OUT THE STORM by JoAnn Early Macken
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"A soothing read for an angry storm. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A poetic portrait of a young girl and her mother coming in from the rain. Read full book review >

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SING-ALONG SONG by JoAnn Early Macken
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Pham's illustrations bring the cheerful little boy to life, a happy child marching to his own drummer wherever he goes. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This bubbly tribute to the joys of music is narrated by an African-American boy who lives in an old Victorian house with his parents and baby sister. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EARLY WARNING by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Sags a bit, as trilogy middle sections often do, but strong storytelling and a judicious number of loose ends will keep most readers looking forward to the promised third volume."
Opening with the 1953 funeral of patriarch Walter, Smiley follows the Langdon family introduced in Some Luck (2014, etc.) through its second and third generations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Navigating this stunning novel requires thought and concentration, but it's well worth the effort. (author's note, with questions and answers, list of resources) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Returning to themes she explored so affectingly in Moon Over Manifest (2011), Newbery Medalist Vanderpool delivers another winning picaresque about memories, personal journeys, interconnectedness—and the power of stories. Read full book review >

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EARLY BIRD by Rodney Rothman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2005

"Witty and conversational prose, peppered alternately with sarcasm and compassion: easy, enjoyable reading."
A former comedy writer for David Letterman does some up-close research on a common South Florida species—the senior citizen retiree—with "findings" more suited to stand-up routine than anthropological tome. The result: lighthearted fluff with a flair, and not without its educational value. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EARLY MOURNING by Edla Van Steen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"An amazing amount of life is packed into comparatively few pages in this swiftly paced, dizzingly amusing novel. It's just the sort of book you hope will become a movie. . . ."
Early Mourning ($13.95 paperback original; Jan. 1997; 144 pp.; 0-935480-84-6): A prizewinning Brazilian novel, whose author (A Bag of Stories, not reviewed; etc.) has been both actress and writer—and who in fact originally conceived this as a film script—fashions a multileveled portrayal of So Paulo society, high and low, using an ingenious premise: a robbery in a funeral home throws together in various combinations several otherwise unrelated mourners. Read full book review >

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EARLY ELKIN by Stanley Elkin
Released: July 1, 1985

"After all, there's life in this unpretentious little volume, a thread of melancholy woven into the drollery, and a few pieces of early Elkin for those who want to see what they're like, or to make their collection complete."
As the title suggests, this is a small handful of early pieces by Elkin (three short stories and a brief memoir-essay), including his very first published story, "A Sound of Distant Thunder," which appeared originally in Epoch magazine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A welcome addition to the library of books for car buffs—but also to that for art students looking for models of industrial design-centered imagery."
The history of the first generations of automobiles comes to life in popular advertising images, all clean lines and purring motors to set a collector's heart to pounding. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EARLY DECISION by Lacy Crawford
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Much like The Nanny Diaries—sincere and readable."
A struggling young tutor tries to find her destiny among the children of privilege in this cutting peek at the vicious world of college applications. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EARLY BRIGHT by Ami Silber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A middling debut novel, but Silber shows much promise."
In 1948 Los Angeles, a white grifter haunts black jazz clubs and dreams of bebop fame. Read full book review >