Search Results: "Julia Noonan"


BOOK REVIEW

THE VERY BEST DOLL by Julia Noonan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"The short text, simple plot, and large, appealing illustrations make this a good choice for younger preschoolers as well as for story hours with a theme of dolls or toys. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In this sweetly old-fashioned story, little Nell is a soft cloth doll with a polka-dot dress and button eyes who accompanies her little owner everywhere. Read full book review >

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MOUSE BY MOUSE by Julia Noonan
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

"Softly muted and whimsical watercolor illustrations accompany the inventive and lyrical text that offers more emphasis on adventure than counting. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Ten mice, sporting a variety of outfits, come together one by one for an exciting afternoon of fun. Read full book review >

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WHEN THE MOON IS HIGH by Alice Schertle
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Softly smudged and shaded illustrations focus on the snuggly child and the wonderful creatures enjoying the moonlit night. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Teary eyes and a pouting lip encourage Daddy to scoop up a restless baby and take him on a soothing walk through the night. Read full book review >

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BABY BAT’S LULLABY by Jacquelyn Mitchard
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Cozy and comforting, Mitchard offers a perfect tale for settling youngsters down for the night—whether in a warm bed or along the eaves of a hayloft. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A mother bat serenades her sweet baby in this tender lullaby. Read full book review >

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OVER THE RAINBOW by E.Y. Harburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2002

"Nice to see in print, despite the bland pictures. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Noonan (Breakfast Time, not reviewed, etc.) transports a dreamy-eyed child and her purple, plush kitty onto a pale rainbow arcing across a pastel sky in this rendition of the classic song. Read full book review >

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EMMA AND MOMMY TALK TO GOD by Marianne Williamson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 1996

"By trying in good faith to show no favoritism toward a particular faith, this book should be useful in institutions that receive requests for spiritual books for young children. (Picture book. 2-8)"
It is difficult for a picture book of prayer that attempts to fit almost any monotheistic religion to be successful. Read full book review >

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TINY BABY JESUS by Dandi Daley Mackall
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Noonan's illustrations use soft colors that complement the style of the text, with many appealing views of Baby Jesus and his parents on the first Christmas Day. (Picture book/religion. 3-7)"
This tender Nativity story begins with the birth of Jesus and ends with the Holy Family leaving the stable. Read full book review >

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A PLACE FOR ANGELS by Clyde Robert Bulla
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Still, the angels have enough presence to please angel-lovers, and Claudine shows more insight and independence than her aunt. (Fiction. 8-10)"
A child and her aunt learn to let go in this intense novella by Bulla (Singing Sam, 1989, etc.) about death, grief, and angels. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1989

From a sometime contributor to Esquire and Sports Illustrated, a crisp, humane, and very involving briefing on those who tackle disease in the human nervous system. Read full book review >

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MEMOIRS OF A CADDY by David Noonan
Released: Aug. 27, 1991

"Although covering familiar territory—small-town America and a young man moving from childhood certainties to the ambiguities of adult life—first-novelist Noonan (the nonfiction Neuro, 1989) writes so well that it's worth the trip."
With humor and pathos, a young caddy from a large, middle- class Catholic family tells what it was like to come of age in the mid-60's, when America was beginning to fall apart. Read full book review >

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PLENTY PORTER by Brandon Noonan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2006

"This first novel occasionally has the feel of a writing exercise, but it is also smooth and compelling reading for long stretches, even if the end doesn't adequately match the beginning and middle. (Fiction. YA)"
Plenty Porter is the youngest of 11 children ("eleven is plenty," said her parents) in rural Illinois, in this story told mostly in the first person in the years 1952-53 as Plenty approaches and then turns 13. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"Overall, his work stands out as exemplary in its grasp of complex historical and social issues. (12 b&w illustrations and 1 line drawing, not seen)"
A thoughtful examination of American religious freedom from a US circuit court judge and retired law professor (Univ. of Calif., Berkeley). Read full book review >