Search Results: "John A. Mackie"


BOOK REVIEW

HAZARDOUS GOODS by John A. Mackie
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"A fantasy romp set in the world of occult parcel posting—who knew it could be so perilous to ship enchanted objects?"
Mackie's novel, the lively start of metaphysical mystery series, is a witty mix of the magical and the mundane. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIFTING THE SKY by Mackie D’Arge
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Generally strong with the occasional misstep. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Shuffled from place to place without a say in where she goes, 12-year-old Blue and her Mam lead a wandering kind of life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWIN PICKLE by Ann Doro
by Ann Doro, illustrated by Clare Mackie
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

Doro poses the pickle of which lively, identical twin sister- -Jenny or Ivory—is doing what in a doting, rhythmic litany of their exploits, aided immeasurably by Mackie's witty illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RED CAT, WHITE CAT by Peter Mandel
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Snappy and humorous, encouraging of many return visits. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-7)"
In keeping with Bill Martin Jr.'s worldview (the book is published under his imprint) that the imagination is unlocked through the sheer joy of language and further fired by strong imagery, Mandel (The Official Cat I.Q. Test, not reviewed) has written a simple, playful text—much like Martin's work, with two words per page and the couplets rhyming on every other page—to accompany Mackie's cats. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PETER PIGLET by John A. Rowe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1996

"The attention he pays to their expressions is highly entertaining. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Peter Piglet's life changes irrevocably when he chances upon a pair of golden shoes secreted under a pile of sticks, acorns, and blackbird feathers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABY CROW by John A. Rowe
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"An unusually dark picture book that is probably too subtle for its intended audience. (Fiction/Picture book. 5- 8)"
Both Rowe's (Jack the Dog, not reviewed) story and his illustrations are strangely brooding. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SMUDGE by John A. Rowe
by John A. Rowe, illustrated by John A. Rowe
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1997

Rowe (The Gingerbread Man, 1996, etc.) presents another delightfully eccentric character from his bestiary: an old storytelling rat named Smudge, who recalls his childhood abduction by a bird. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SMILE by John A. Rowe
by John A. Rowe, illustrated by John A. Rowe
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"In the end, however, while the story may elicit some smiles among readers, with so little actual plot, this is a bland and predictable effort. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Grumpy Land isn't a fun place to be. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I WANT A HUG by John A. Rowe
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The absence of a Mama Hedgehog may ruffle more convention-minded children (and adults), but the message that differences should be embraced—literally, in this case—is always worth an iteration. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Between endpapers filled with couples kissing and embracing among floating hearts, Rowe places a cozy tale of a baby hedgehog in need of a touch of intimacy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MOUNTAIN READER by John A. Murray
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"On the whole, then, a satisfying compendium about mountains and the role they and the outdoors play in human life."
The third of a series of nature-writing anthologies published in conjunction with the Nature Conservancy and edited by Murray (Seacoast Reader, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >