Search Results: "Karla Firehammer"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FLEA’S SNEEZE by Lynn Downey
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"And kids will clamor to hear it read again and again. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A tiny little flea with a great big cold disrupts the slumber of the barnyard animals in this rollicking tale with a fitting end. Read full book review >

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SAKES ALIVE! by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"Readers are bound to hope that these two cousins to the bovine troublemakers introduced by Doreen Cronin in Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type (2000) haven't finished sowing their wild oats. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Giving new meaning to "cattle drive," bovines Molly and Mabel lift the farmer's keys one day and take the pickup for a joy ride. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF THE SHOE FITS by Alison Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Pastel colors and barely hidden details fit the realm of nursery rhyme books perfectly. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The hunt for the perfect abode is the premise for this romp through the world of nursery rhymes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FROM THE DOGHOUSE by Amy E. Sklansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The final page includes additional facts about the beadwork and short bios with tiny self-portraits of the bead artists. (Poetry. 5-9)"
The stunning, beaded illustrations are clearly the best-in-show winners of this thematic collection of 25 poems celebrating canines. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CITY DOG by Karla Kuskin
ANIMALS
Released: March 21, 1994

"Any child who's been blessed with a similar release- -whether from school, city, or something less concrete—will relate to the dog's euphoria. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Repeating this gentle, lyrical poem—about a city dog's response to being at large in the country—on a single page at the end is a nice touch; seeing the lines reassembled, readers can better appreciate the play of sound and sense. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TALES OF THE LAVENDER MENACE by Karla Jay
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1999

"Thoughtful, witty and informative, this memoir captures the fervor and exuberance of those years when young idealists stenciled T-shirts and marched to change the world—and perhaps they did. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Oh, to be young and a radical lesbian in the late 1960s and early '70s—here is a sharp and funny account of what it was like. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOAP SOUP by Karla Kuskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1992

"The cheerfully unassuming illustrations, often interspersed with the words, make a perfect complement. (Poetry/Easy reader. 4-8)"
``Ice and cream./Sleep and dream./Some words seem/to go together,'' remarks Kuskin early in this casual-seeming but carefully crafted cycle of verses, whose ideas move as smoothly from one to the next as the ``Wind and weather'' on the first page. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE EXTRAORDINARY MR. QWERTY by Karla Strambini
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A picture book that celebrates creativity and imagination…and the courage to share them. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Imaginative illustrations and spare words present deep themes in this picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

A thorough survey of the innovations introduced into the American synagogue in the 19th century by the Reform movement, focusing on the Jewish woman's gradual religious emancipation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 8, 1995

"The essays themselves, however, are both entertaining and thoughtful."
Although loosely organized, this collection of writings on lesbian life is striking in its intellectual and experiential diversity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Speaking in Tungs by Karla Jay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 2015

"An often intriguing story, despite a few too many plot elements, that shows the disparate ways that speech therapy can help people regain their voices."
In Jay's debut novel, a speech therapist moves to the small town of Tungston, Pennsylvania—locally known as "Tungs"—and finds colorful characters and a little mystery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARCHLANDS by Karla Kuban
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"Kuban, a recent Pushcart-winner, provides some lovely descriptions of the western landscape; it's too bad her characters aren't equally vivid."
A polished but unpersuasive first novel about a teenager coming to grips with her family and her pregnancy. Read full book review >