Search Results: "Judy Hoffman"


BOOK REVIEW

SKIPPYJON JONES IN THE DOGHOUSE by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Más, por favor. (CD read by the author) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Holy Jalapeño! Read full book review >

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SKIPPYJON JONES CLASS ACTION by Judy Schachner
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2011

"Children will find much to laugh at in Skippyjon's latest adventure, and although much of the wordplay will go over kids' heads, adults who are asked for repeated readings will appreciate it. (Picture book. 5-8)"
That irrepressible, big-eared Siamese cat with an identity complex is back, this time desperate to go to school just like the dogs. Read full book review >

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ALL AROUND THE BLOCK by Judy Pelikan
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 4, 2008

"The absence of story line and its compact format makes this more an object of intimate contemplation than anything else, and repeated examination will reap dividends. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Effective use of color intensifies the intricate illustrations featured in Pelikan's diminutive alphabet. Read full book review >

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SKIPPYJON JONES IN MUMMY TROUBLE by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A bonus is the CD read by the author. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When Skippyjon Jones, the Siamese boy kitty who thinks he's a Chihuahua, reads about cat mummies in National Leographic ("thinking outside the [litter] box"), his overactive imagination whisks him off to Egypt (via his closet). Read full book review >

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BOW WOW by Judy Reinen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An author's note describes the specific breeds in each photograph. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Reinen is an award-winning animal photographer who uses her amusing photos of dressed-up dogs to illustrate her first children's book in the style of William Wegman. Read full book review >

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COLOR BEARS by Judy Palaferro
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"Just don't ask it to make a one-to-one correlation with reality. (Board book. 3 mos.-1)"
High-contrast black-and-white patterning combines with fanciful color scenes for some surreal stimulation. Read full book review >

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STRAVAGANZA by Mary Hoffman
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2005

"Bonus: Fans should flock to the history section to investigate the fascinating setting. (Fantasy. 11+)"
A crackerjack conclusion to a superior historical fantasy trilogy. Read full book review >

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STRAVAGANZA by Mary Hoffman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The tidy resolution seems to leave little room for sequels; still, some intriguing minor characters and glimpses of other cities hint at a richer world than so far revealed. (Fantasy. 11+)"
Political intrigue unfolds against the glittering backdrop of an alternative Venice, in the first of a promised trilogy. Read full book review >

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WILD THORN by William Hoffman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"A bit heavy on the backwoods caricatures, but a good read all the same: fast, and as fresh and unvarnished as a newly whittled stick."
Hoffman's latest excursion into the backwoods of Appalachia (Blood and Guile, 2000, etc.) continues the adventures of Charley LeBlanc, black sheep of a First Family of Virginia. Read full book review >

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THE RIVER KING by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2000

"A host of complex, well-drawn characters and a strong story make up for a slight tendency to overdo the magic realism in a novel sure to please Hoffman's many fans."
Hoffman, a gifted writer who's been treading water lately (Local Girls, 1997, etc.), is in much better form with this compelling portrait of class tensions and personal longings in the small-town Massachusetts. Read full book review >

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HALF THE HOUSE by Richard Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"But the timing and self-serving nature of the confrontation with his father seems merely cruel and has all the logic and cathartic profundity of a 10-minute segment with Oprah or Geraldo."
This memoir is most effective when it recounts the horrors of a childhood of fear, sexual abuse, and the illness and death of siblings. Read full book review >

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SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT by Beth Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

"Humor, wish-fulfillment and buckets of sentiment bulk out an innocent, innovation-free debut that would work well for teenage readers."
Sunshine enters an unhappy child's life in a Southern getting-of-wisdom novel as uncomplicatedly sweet as one of Oletta's famous cinnamon rolls. Read full book review >