Search Results: "JoAnn Early Macken"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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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HEAVEN'S CROOKED FINGER by Hank  Early
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"You won't put down this powerful and painful tale, the first in a planned series, until you've seen its unlikely hero explore all the avenues of love, hate, deception, and faith and unravel a gripping mystery."
A man whose whole life has been colored by the excesses of his father's execrable ministry tries to come to terms with his past. Read full book review >

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ROMEO AND JULIET by Margaret Early
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"Beautiful patterned borders, street scenes, and architectural details are recognizable from the actual city of Verona and some well-known Renaissance paintings. (Picture book. 9-12)"
The warring families, gang fighting, teen passion, and tragic denouement will be too daunting for the conventional picture- book audience; instead, Early (Robin Hood, 1996, etc.) casts the tale of the star-crossed lovers into occasionally lackluster prose accessible to middle-school children with no firsthand knowledge of the story. Read full book review >

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SLEEPING BEAUTY by Margaret Early
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Still, where affordable, a handsome evocation of the tale's courtly origins. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-9)"
An illustrator whose Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1989) was an ALA Notable renders one of Perrault's tales (without the concluding episodes about the ogre mother-in-law) in a similarly sumptuous style. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLESH AND METAL by John Early
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"A compelling debut, with James M. Cain, father of insurance novels, smiling over it."
Though literally about crime, and subtitled —A Novel of Crime,— this debut by a former insurance adjuster now teaching at Moorhead State hints perfectly at melodrama in its terse, elegant paragraphs. Read full book review >

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THE MUHAMMAD ALI READER by Gerald Early
NON-FICTION
Released: June 18, 1998

"While that might be truthfully said about some of the contributions to this anthology (A. Bartlett Giamatti and Mailer offer particularly abstruse and bizarre thoughts), for the most part, this is a pleasure to read and a deserved and elegant salute to The Greatest."
Early (who also edited the recent Body Language: Writers on Sport, p. 168, etc.) compiles a formidable team of contributors to render honor to a man bigger than boxing, bigger than sports. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A TOY SOLDIER by Barbara Early
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"This well-turned mystery, first in a new cozy series, is filled with interesting characters, old-fashioned gaming lore, and a million puns."
A retired police chief still has a nose for crime. Read full book review >

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THE BIG ADVENTURES OF MR. SMALL by JoAnn Adinolfi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The sheer looniness of the premise combines with potty humor for a fairly specialized audience; readers looking for a traditional friendship book may find themselves averting their eyes. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Can eyeballs be characters if they don't have a face to sit in? If you add stick arms and legs, they can. When they link up with a "teeny tiny hamster" who's in search of a big adventure, the result is a goofy plot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRIVATE PLEASURES by JoAnn Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"The motivations often strain credibility, but, still, an engaging romantic read."
Second hardcover from the author of Secret Sins (1990): a contemporary romance that delves into worlds as disparate as auction houses, fashion modeling, and the particular problems of the deaf. Read full book review >