Search Results: "Joan Waites"


BOOK REVIEW

WHAT’S NEW AT THE ZOO by Suzanne Slade
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2009

"The solid math and informative backmatter make this a worthwhile addition to libraries and math programs. (Picture book. 5-8)"
On a visit to the zoo, a young boy counts the animal babies and parents in each enclosure, the accompanying rhyme encouraging readers to do the math along with him. Read full book review >

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AN ARTIST'S NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Joan C. Waites
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Though the rhyming text is sometimes a bit singsong, Henri is an earnest fellow and Santa a kind mentor offering advice that emphasizes the spirit of giving. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An artistic French mouse struggles with his painting style until he receives some helpful advice from Santa on Christmas Eve. Read full book review >

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BONE MACHINE by Martyn Waites
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2008

"Your basic by-the-numbers job, this seventh from British author Waites (The Mercy Seat, 2006, etc.) contains nothing to hate, nothing to alert a pal about."
Joe Donovan is back on the murder beat, but now the investigative work is different. Read full book review >

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MARY’S PRAYER by Martyn Waites
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Waites's The Mercy Seat (2006) was his sixth, but the first to cross the ocean. His overwrought and purplish debut, originally published in 1997, might just as well have stayed home."
Carrying coals to Newcastle proves bloody dangerous for a hack reporter. Read full book review >

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WHITE RIOT by Martyn Waites
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 8, 2009

"Waites's robust storytelling keeps the tale afloat through an early tangle of tenuously connected threads. Though the pitch may be too feverish for some, the climax will pay off for the engaged."
Joe Donovan's team of "information brokers" unravels a tangle of violent crimes that threaten to trigger a race war. Read full book review >

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THE MERCY SEAT by Martyn Waites
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2006

"Unrelentingly dark and more than a little dreary."
Waites's sixth—the first to be published in the U.S.—crosses the pond dripping noir. Read full book review >

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F IS FOR FIREFIGHTING by Dori Hillestad Butler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Informative and intriguing. (Picture book. 6-9)"
More than just showcasing letters, this alphabet text introduces a blend of traditional firefighting terms and lesser known and more advanced elements like intersection control devices. Read full book review >

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MOON’S CLOUD BLANKET by Rose Anne  St. Romain
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"An optional purchase for most libraries. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"

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MILES AWAY FROM HOME by Joan Cottle
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Comical watercolors follow the story, the best being Miles doing the limbo, arms splayed and head thrown back, at a beach party thrown in his honor after his resurrection. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It happens often enough: Your best intentions are misinterpreted, or go awry, and you get nothing but grief for your trouble, nothing but trouble for your acts of kindness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COYOTE SCHOOL NEWS by Joan Sandin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"161;Muy Hermosa!' (glossary of Spanish words with pronunciations, maps, author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
There's a delightful authenticity to this fictional account of the events of 1938 in a one-room school in the ranch country of southern Arizona. Read full book review >

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FIRST DAY by Joan Rankin
by Joan Rankin, illustrated by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Irresistible. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The first day of school is always a difficult transition for both parent and child and Haybillybun and his mother are no exception. Read full book review >

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SCAREDY CAT by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

``I don't like GIANTS,'' reports a small quivering kitten, but Mama Meow reassures her child that this particular giant is their kindly owner, Auntie B. The narrator also dislikes crocodiles (``Auntie B.'s shoes'') and the dark forest that is really the four hairy legs of Auntie B.'s dog, Scratchpooch. Read full book review >