Search Results: "Joyce Van Haren"


BOOK REVIEW

On Woodward by Joyce Van Haren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2014

"A conventional but often pleasurable look at a family during a turning point in American history."
As the Great Depression pummels the United States, a Kentucky family moves to Detroit to start a new life in Van Haren's debut novel. 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 >

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 >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU ARE MY PUMPKIN by Joyce Wan
Released: June 28, 2016

"While this is not an essential purchase, most little pumpkins will love being told, 'Baby, I'm batty for you!' (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
Young children won't understand the metaphors but will appreciate the sentiment made clear by the repeated, Halloween-themed declarations of love in Wan's latest board book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SANDMAN by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"The art makes a bigger impression than the story, but the overall tone is appropriately dreamy, and as for that creeping nightmare: 'you know it's not real.' (Picture book. 5-9)"
At the behest of the Man in the Moon, shooting-star captain Sanderson Mansnoozie takes on a new responsibility—guarding Earth's children from the evil Pitch and his Dream Pirates. Read full book review >