Search Results: "Joanna Carolan"


BOOK REVIEW

A PRESIDENT FROM HAWAI'I by Terry Carolan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Hawaiians do—and should—take great pride in their heritage. This attempt to share it with the world, however, seems like it is piggybacking on celebrity and falls flat. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
Originally published exclusively in Hawaii in 2009, this reissued title is now widely available, just in time for the upcoming electoral race. Read full book review >

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AMOS JELLYBEAN GETS IT RIGHT by Joanna Walsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

Amos Jellybean knows he's bright (his mum says so), but he still always seems to scramble the many instructions he's given: "So I . . . take my bed downstairs, put it on the table, sit down on my breakfast and eat my clothes." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAR BEAR by Joanna Harrison
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 5, 1994

"Katie might just as well have had this correspondence with her parrot. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Katie and the bear who lives under the stairs at her house start a correspondence. Read full book review >

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DID YOU EVER SEE? by Joanna Walsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Science books for the young can and should do better than this. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This new offering from the Tate Gallery's publishing arm asks simple questions about visual perception, challenging readers to make judgments about relationships between familiar objects. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRIZZLY DAD by Joanna Harrison
ANIMALS
Released: May 12, 2009

"In a season full of saccharine, this is the real thing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Dad wakes up one morning, he is in a GRRRRIZZLY mood, and after grrroaning, grrrizzling and GRRRUMPing, he goes back to bed where he can't do any more damage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARRYING THE MISTRESS by Joanna Trollope
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Masterful storytelling and memorable characters combine to give us a wise and gently truthful take on a highly charged subject."
Another splendidly nuanced tale of contemporary family life from the always expert Trollope (Other People's Children, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAD CENTER by Joanna Higgins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Readers may find the machine-gun staccato of nonstop sentence fragments and improbabilities distracting, but Higgins' otherwise lovely writing will keep them reading to find out how this tale of love gone wrong ends."
Higgins (A Soldier's Book, 1998, etc.) takes a fictional look at a real-life case and the effect it has on one family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION

"Solid advice and encouragement for those seeking a gratifying work life."
Penn presents strategies and tips for making the most of your job or finding appropriate, satisfying work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW by Joanna Trollope
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2011

"With conversations between pairs of characters substituting for events, this is a smoothly drawn but comparatively lackluster parable of family dynamics."
Family ties bind rather too tightly in the bestselling author's latest capable snapshot of British middle-class domesticity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEXT OF KIN by Joanna Trollope
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2001

"Still, despite its flaws: a refreshingly unsentimental story about people trying, not always successfully, to do what's right."
The popular Trollope (Marrying the Mistress, 2000, etc.) again deftly profiles ordinary men and women learning to adapt as their lives are disrupted by change and loss. Read full book review >

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SECOND HONEYMOON by Joanna Trollope
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2006

"Modest and unerringly real—a love song to ordinary life."
British author Trollope's tale of confronting life post-motherhood is a masterpiece of the mundane. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CHOIR by Joanna Trollope
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A thin and relentlessly quaint there'll-always-be-an-England story: The passion is as tepid as breakfast toast, but scenes of angelic faces singing sweetly in the choir will no doubt play well on TV. (Author tour)"
From a descendant of the Bard of Barchester, a seventh novel (The Men and the Girls, 1993, etc.) and an upcoming Masterpiece Theatre dramatization that breathlessly chronicles minor intrigue on a venerable English cathedral close. Read full book review >