Search Results: "Judy Finchler"


BOOK REVIEW

TESTING MISS MALARKEY by Judy Finchler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Finchler (Miss Malarkey Won't Be in Today, 1998, etc.) conveys the hubbub surrounding the 'test of no import' with dash and humor, while O'Malley's drawings of the hang-dog teachers work just right for the fraught atmosphere. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Finding humor in standardized testing is no easy task, but the creators of Miss Malarkey and crew know just where to look. Read full book review >

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MISS MALARKEY WON'T BE IN TODAY by Judy Finchler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"O'Malley's artwork, filled with humor and strong on facial expressions, conveys all the anxiety a teacher can muster as she speculates about her absence and its consequences. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A worthy sequel to Finchler and O'Malley's Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10 (1995). Read full book review >

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YOU’RE A GOOD SPORT, MISS MALARKEY by Judy Finchler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"It couldn't hurt. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Another installment in this ongoing author and illustrator collaboration (Testing Miss Malarkey, 2000, etc.) explores Miss Malarkey's sojourn as the new soccer coach. Read full book review >

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MISS MALARKEY DOESN'T LIVE IN ROOM 10 by Judy Finchler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 1995

"On the whole, though, the spare language and bright, expressive pictures make it a rewarding read. (Picture book. 4-6)"
As the narrator knows (the rest of the world has been misinformed), teachers don't go home after school, but spend their lives sleeping in the classroom, roaming the corridors, and taking meals in the lunchroom. Read full book review >

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Released: April 8, 1965

"An excellent outlet for exuberant young comedians, and an ideal introduction to the always popular art of puppetry."
JUDY: Well, what do you want, old lobster nose? Read full book review >

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CONGRATULATIONS, MISS MALARKEY!  by Judy Finchler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"While the climax is decidedly anticlimactic—she returns after her honeymoon and tells the narrator to call her 'Mrs. Malarkey'—the emotional journey of the children is both very real and rarely seen in books for this age. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"Miss Malarkey has been acting really strange lately." Read full book review >

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JUDY MOODY, MOOD MARTIAN by Megan McDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Even new Moody fans will find diving into the series this late in the game a pleasure. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Back again for her 12th outing, Judy tries to take the "moody" out of her name, with mixed results. Read full book review >

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SWEET JUDY BLUE EYES by Judy Collins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"Despite Collins' tendency to lapse into high-toned idealism and compulsive name-dropping, this is a fascinating and even harrowing musical and personal reflection."
Famed folk singer's candid memoir about her survival in the music business despite a 20-year battle with booze. Read full book review >

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MISS MALARKEY’S FIELD TRIP by Judy Finchler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2004

Fledgling teacher Miss Malarkey's real education continues in another spot-on slice of school life. Read full book review >

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JUDY MOODY GETS FAMOUS! by Megan McDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"New chapter-book readers will enjoy watching Judy's moods, and the ensuing complications, unfold. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Envious of classmate and spelling-bee champ Jessica's picture in the local paper, the irrepressible third grader introduced in Judy Moody (2000) tries for her own 15 minutes of fame. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUNCH WITH JUDY by Avi
by Avi, illustrated by Emily Lisker
ADVENTURE
Released: April 30, 1993

"Lisker's incisively sketched figures lighten the format. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In a dark tale like the verso of one of Sid Fleischman's comic adventures of traveling performers, Avi explores the idea that great clowns derive power from a profound sense of the tragic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUDY MOODY by Megan McDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"Surefire fare for Cleary, Kline, and Hurwitz fans. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Changeable skies arch over a third-grader's moodscape in this easy-reading chapter book from the versatile McDonald (The Night Iguana Left Home, 1999, etc). Read full book review >