Search Results: "Joyce A. Stengel"


BOOK REVIEW

ST. PATRICK AND THE THREE BRAVE MICE by Joyce A. Stengel
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"The briefly told tale doesn't quite match Sheila MacGill-Callahan's The Last Snake in Ireland (1999), illustrated by Will Hillenbrand (an entirely different story), for action or lively language, but it does offer a courageous heroine and a good measure of suspense. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this original spin-off of a renowned legend, a snake filches the hand bell that St. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"An intriguing look, rich in detail, at an exotic environment. (map) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
An amazing true-life adventure from Powzyk, on the on the trail of 11 species of lemurs and other exotic animals in Madagascar. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"A highly readable history."
A comprehensive, humorous, and insightful history of man's sycophantic behavior. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 27, 2011

"Business professionals not flummoxed by the book's infomercial aftertaste will find the marketing pep-talk galvanizing."
A global-marketing guru extols the power of idealism in business. Read full book review >

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THE WHALE IN MY SWIMMING POOL by Joyce Wan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Both very silly and very appealing. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A little boy of pleasingly indeterminate ethnicity goes out to his little backyard inflatable pool to find a whale in it. Read full book review >

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BILLY'S BOOGER by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"A zippy piece for readers who share Billy's tastes. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A boy funnels enthusiasm for monster movies, outer space, and snot into making a picture book for a school contest. Read full book review >

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THE MAN IN THE MOON by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"Here's hoping that future installments in this ambitious series will spend less time on back story and more on story line. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A visual feast cannot compensate for lackluster plotting in this first installment of a new mega-series that involves picture books, chapter books and (of course) a movie. Read full book review >

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BENTLY AND EGG by William Joyce
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 1992

"This will never take the place of Dr. Seuss's Horton, but Bently's discovery that watching over the egg makes him care about it provides an interesting contrast to the elephant's more single- minded loyalty. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Bently, an artistic frog, and Kack Kack, a recently widowed duck, are close friends: she takes care of his laundry and admires his drawings; he agrees to watch over her egg when she wants to visit her sister's new ducklings. Read full book review >

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ARE YOU MY MOMMY? by Joyce Wan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A sweet and satisfying quest. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
A small bunny searches for its mother and learns all about barnyard animals along the way. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"You could cut the preciousness with a knife. Next up: Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy armies. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
A long-eared guardian with a corps of fierce, chocolate warriors helps to rescue the kidnapped children of Santoff Claussen village in this sequel to Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King (2011). Read full book review >

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SNOWIE ROLIE by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2000

"Unlike its predecessor, the text is prose, and less sprightly—but the story line is strong and witty enough to hold its own with the quirky, heavily worked visual concept. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Joyce makes a foray into Polar Express territory with this flaky follow-up to Rolie Polie Olie (1999). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2007

"A rough and unsatisfying ride, this is an unimpressive import. (Fiction. YA)"
An English car thief must confront his inner demons after a car accident leaves those involved scarred. Read full book review >