Search Results: "Jonathan Ashley"


BOOK REVIEW

OUT OF SHAPES by Ashley G.
by Ashley G., illustrated by Ashley G.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Best when used or displayed alongside the blocks, where it might inspire young children to build their own shape-based creations. (Board book. 18 mos.-4)"
The basic shapes—circle (in yellow), triangle (in red), square (in blue), rectangle (in orange)—combine to form easily recognizable objects. Read full book review >

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BINKY by Ashley Spires
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Fans will be pleased (if sad to say goodbye), and new readers will beg for the indomitable space cat's earlier adventures. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
Disaster on Binky's space station comes in the shape of "SUITCASES!" Read full book review >

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BABY BEAR SEES BLUE by Ashley  Wolff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"Imbued with a spirit of exploration, fostered by parental protection, Baby Bear's colorful adventures will enrich repeat bedtime read-alouds. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Inspired by the mother bear and cub in Blueberries for Sal, Wolff creates a gentle story for toddlers that introduces colors and images from the natural world. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET DIARY OF ASHLEY JUERGENS by Ashley Juergens
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 22, 2010

"There's enough standard-issue teen and domestic drama here to keep fans of such fare reading, but devotees of the show may be disappointed at the lack of significant new content, either in the narrative itself or in the e-book's media features. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Ghostwritten for a fictional 13-year-old character on the ABC Family network show Secret Life of the American Teenager, this September-to-August journal recaps the first season and part of the second—from 15-year-old sister Amy's revelation that she's pregnant through her parents' divorce and the news that her mother herself is expecting. Read full book review >

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WHEN LUCY GOES OUT WALKING by Ashley  Wolff
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"A dog-lover's look at the changing seasons. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Lucy's forays into the outside world give the youngest readers a glance at the typical weather in a northerly clime and activities popular for each of the 12 months of the year, as well as a look at how quickly a puppy grows up. Read full book review >

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THE DISTANCE FROM THE HEART OF THINGS by Ashley Warlick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1996

"Like the river: lovely and languid, but just as winding and elusive too. (Author tour)"
A richly textured but slow-moving southern family story from first-novelist Warlick, who, at 23, is the youngest recipient ever of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 9, 1977

"And if Spider's still singing then they're still dancing'—but to what beat is anyone's guess."
According to an appended note, this is retold from a collection of folklore of the Antilles, but it would be hard to place as it turns up here—with a strutting young man named Spider Ananse playing opposite Granny; a proper melting pot of crops which he tricks her out of; and his comparison of the dancing Granny to, of all things, a tumbleweed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CAT'S PURR by Ashley  Bryan
Released: March 12, 1985

"It's an idea to capture a child's fancy, and touch a cat-lover's heart—with a measured, word-wise text satisfying to read or read aloud."
Or, why cats eat rats—quietly and effectively adapted from a West Indian folk tale by an accomplished compiler/illustrator (The Ox of the Wonderful Horns, Beat the Story-Drum, Pure-Pure). Read full book review >

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THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF AWESOME COMIC FANTASY by Mike Ashley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"EWSLUGJK Rowling is far from alone in the making of merry magic."
The Mammoth master's third collection of silly, satiric, ridiculous, cute, pun-packed, cornball fantasy is often fun, but, well, not exactly awesome. Read full book review >

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BINKY TAKES CHARGE by Ashley Spires
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A purrrfect mix of slapstick, deadpan and catpan. (Graphic novel. 8-12)"
Space cat Lt. Binky has been tapped for a new assignment: recruit trainer! Read full book review >

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BINKY UNDER PRESSURE by Ashley Spires
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Fans will celebrate; aliens will quiver in fright. (Graphic fiction. 7-14)"
Binky the Space Cat returns for his third not-so-quite-out-of-this-world adventure. Read full book review >

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BINKY THE SPACE CAT by Ashley Spires
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Details in the muted watercolor illustrations, like mousie Ted covering his nose as Binky releases 'space gas,' will keep readers of all ages giggling, whether they're cat lovers or not. (Graphic fiction. 6-10)"
Pudgy black-and-white kitty Binky lives on a space station, where, like any good member of F.U.R.S.T. (Felines of the Universe Ready for Space Travel), he protects his two humans from aliens. Read full book review >