Search Results: "Joanne Lew-Vriethoff"


BOOK REVIEW

PEACE, BABY by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Excellent advice in a sweet and easy-to-swallow package. (Picture book. 2-6)"
When things aren't going right, what's the best reaction? Peace, baby! Read full book review >

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THE DANCING PANCAKE by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 2010

"Choose readers who'll enjoy, rather than envy, Bindi's parents' reunion at the end. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Eleven-year-old Bindi copes with her parents' separation and an unsettling move, supported by a gently colorful cast of characters. Read full book review >

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SUMMERHOUSE TIME by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2007

"Sophie's humorous outlook, combined with Spinelli's lyrical blank prose, makes for a book that's as light and satisfying as a summer breeze. (Fiction. 7-10)"
All year, Sophie eagerly anticipates the month of August, aka summerhouse time, when her extended family rents a house by the beach. Read full book review >

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BEAUTIFUL by Stacy McAnulty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Celebrated here for their particularity and their diversity, girls are given the space to find beauty in all kinds of ways. (Picture book. 4-8)"
McAnulty and Lew-Vriethoff shatter the cultural definition of "beauty" by showing young girls of all races and abilities studying nature, dressing up as pirates, experimenting in chemistry, and more. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER DAY AS EMILY by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"A witty and endearing story with a timeless message. (Verse fiction. 9-12)"
Spinelli's free verse presents a summer of self-acceptance for one girl. Read full book review >

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BRAVE by Stacy McAnulty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A gentle reminder of everyday challenges and opportunities, told with economy, clarity, and earnestness if not great style. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Every kid faces challenges every day. And the brave persevere. Read full book review >

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HERO DOG! by Hilde Lysiak
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Although entertaining and fast-paced, there is nothing to elevate this effort above a crowded field. (Fiction. 6-8)"
The spunky, smart, but fictional Hilde who cracks a string of pastry thefts before the evening deadline is modeled after a real Hilde—the co-author—who runs her own newspaper. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Not likely to be much help in an actual library, but the concept that there's a system may be reassuring. (basic chart) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
The Great Library Code is deciphered simplistically and, more problematically, in labored rhyme. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY GRANDSON LEW by Charlotte Zolotow
Released: March 1, 1974

"The warm, shimmering pictures will no doubt help to make this as popular as Zolotow's other tender memories, though personally we could do without those 'eye hugs' particularly since William Pene Du Bogs makes them look like maniacal gleams from some bearded, white robed ghost."
Though he was only two when Grandpa died, Lewis at six suddenly remembers him, and calls his mother to his room in the night to tell her about how he misses him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Ripples by Jennifer Lew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2016

"An often pleasing combination of romance and suspense."
A principled young journalist in the early 1990s tackles the case of her career in Lew's debut novel. Read full book review >

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THE MINUS MAN by Lew McCreary
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"But don't expect the usual pleasures of the genre."
A daringly placid novel about—here goes—a quiet, reflective serial killer. Read full book review >

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Marcel Malone by Lew Watts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2016

"A slow, but ultimately rewarding tale of a lonely psychologist and her poetic client."
A novel examines a clinical psychologist, the healing power of verse, and a journey to self-discovery. Read full book review >