Search Results: "Kate Furnivall"


BOOK REVIEW

SHADOWS ON THE NILE by Kate Furnivall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Furnivall populates her book with memorable characters, but the story's just so-so."
Furnivall's plucky-as-usual heroine finds adventure and love from London, England, to Luxor, Egypt, in this formulaic romance/adventure (The Russian Concubine, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE WHITE PEARL by Kate Furnivall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2012

"Although the characters are thinly motivated, their adventure story, a pleasing mélange of a vintage movie and a Pacific Theater version of Lost, is riveting to the last."
An English matron flees the Japanese with her family, in Furnivall's ripping World War II yarn. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KATE GLEESON'S BEST FRIENDS by Kate Gleeson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Next to Sandra Boynton's board-book apps, this diaper needs changing. (iPad toddler app. 6 mos.-18 mos.)"
Several promising ideas gone wrong or buggy mar this digital version of a 1998 board book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WINGS ON THE WIND by Kate  Kiesler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 2002

"This is the only anthology of collected bird poems currently in print, although Douglas Florian's On the Wing: Bird Poems and Paintings (1996) and Jane Yolen's Bird Watch: A Book of Bird Poetry (1999) cover similar avian territory from single authors. (Poetry. 4-9)"
This beautifully designed and illustrated anthology offers 23 poems about birds of many types engaged in many sorts of behavior. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE GUINEA PIG IS NOT ENOUGH by Kate Duke
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"The numerals appear as big as life in the middle of the scenes, in a book that is warm and playful from beginning to end. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This is not a counting book, but an adding book; Duke (Archaeologists Dig for Clues, 1997, etc.) uses number-driven events to introduce simple addition, thereby reinforcing the learning of numbers, and in the process creating an interesting story that shows off the personality of each character. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MERMAIDS' LULLABY by Kate Spohn
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"To all this Spohn adds a judicious icing of golden glitter that, for once, is less a gimmick and more a suggestion of the sparkle of light. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Spohn's mermaid babies and their mer-parents flatter the lilt of the text, and bring an engrossing otherworldliness to each page of this lullaby. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWENTY IS TOO MANY by Kate Duke
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2000

"Duke doesn't disappoint, characteristically lavishing the book with her carefree and fun-filled watercolors of irresistibly cute critters in whimsical situations that can't but inspire chuckles while teaching a thing or two. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In this sequel to One Guinea Pig is Not Enough (1998), Duke serves up a romp with subtraction instead of addition concepts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BROKEN UMBRELLAS by Kate Spohn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"But there's an elemental lesson in humanity here. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-8)"
A gem of a book about the gradual transformation of an intelligent professor into an intelligent homeless woman. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KING BABY by Kate Beaton
Kirkus Star
by Kate Beaton, illustrated by Kate Beaton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Long live King and Queen Baby! (Picture book. 3-8)"
King Baby rules. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAGPIE'S TREASURE by Kate Slater
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"The message is presented with a deft touch in this colorful and appealing tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
When a burglar bird goes after the object of his dreams, he learns a valuable lesson. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BY WORD OF MOUSE by Kate Spohn
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"An author's note reveals that the sisters are Dorothy and Gertrude Lathrop and that the author met them before they died—this slight homage is heartfelt, but alas, has no more substance than a sugar lace cookie. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Once upon a time, two sisters—artists—lived in a house by some woods. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KITTEN'S NAP by Kate Spohn
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Spohn's illustrations are an intentionally naive set of images; she uses the thickness and opacity of the paint to convey the cuddly awkwardness of these young animals. (Board book. 1-3)"
A kitten tries and tries to take a cat nap but there are too many noisy interruptions; first a bee, then a chickadee. Read full book review >