Search Results: "Joyce Lavene"


BOOK REVIEW

SWAPPING PAINT by Joyce Lavene
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2007

"Stock cars and stock characters. Racing buffs will like this latest from the Lavenes (Fruit of the Poisoned Tree, 2006, etc.), though mystery buffs probably won't."
Murder crashes a NASCAR event. Read full book review >

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THE TELLTALE TURTLE by Joyce Lavene
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"This kickoff to a new series from the Lavenes (Perfect Poison, 2008, etc.) should score with both mystery and pet lovers."
A distress call embroils a pet psychic in a murder investigation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOOKED UP by Joyce Lavene
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"NASCAR fans will enjoy the information on racing in this second volume in the Stock Car Racing series (Swapping Paint, 2007); strangers to the Lavenes' backlist will have to pick their way through a confusing plot."
Think NASCAR races provide thrills and chills? How about a murder at the track? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

PEEK-A-BOO FARM by Joyce Wan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"In all, a charming introduction to the familiar animals of the farm for youngsters. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
A "guess who" game for very young children introduces seven animals they might meet on a farm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY LUCKY LITTLE DRAGON by Joyce Wan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"While little ones will not get the analogies, they will be drawn to the playful images and loving message. (Board book. 3-18 mos.)"
A baby's attributes are compared to a variety of animals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2012

"As triumphant in book form as in animated and interactive ones. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Ironically, this book in praise of books first appeared as a much-praised iPad app and Academy Award-winning animated short film. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LEAF MEN AND THE BRAVE GOOD BUGS by William Joyce
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"Small scale, grand adventure. (Picture book. 7-9)"
As an old lady lies abed and her garden fails with her, a doughty band of doodlebugs—`` `Tiny of body but brave of heart, we will finish what we start!' ''—climbs the tallest tree in search of the elusive Leaf Men, hoping they can set things right. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SANTA CALLS by William Joyce
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

"Read quickly; linger over the art. (Picture book. 7+)"
Joyce's version of a ride on the Polar Express is more style than substance. Read full book review >