Search Results: "Kathleen Merz"


BOOK REVIEW

Krazy Kathleen by William Tellem
Released: Feb. 10, 2016

"A lighthearted ode to books featuring eye-catching, funny pictures of an eccentric character."
A children's librarian who keeps everything in seemingly random piles teaches local residents a lesson in this tale by Tellem (Zen the Zebra, 2015, etc.), featuring illustrations by Coules. Read full book review >

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NASREDDINE by Odile Weulersse
by Odile Weulersse, illustrated by Rebecca Dautremer, translated by Kathleen Merz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"This view of the Hodja as a child offers a different pathway into the popular stories. (historical note) (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8)"
The beloved character of Nasreddin Hodja is usually portrayed as a man in Turkish and Middle Eastern folklore, but here, the wise fool is a youngster. Read full book review >

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KATHLEEN, PLEASE COME HOME by Scott O'Dell
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1978

"Of course this sort of material has an enduring fascination for daydreaming stay-at-homes."
The diary of a runaway girl, whose dismal experiences are attributed largely to "going along" with a bad companion. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Those who crave innovation should look elsewhere, but Raine's work will please readers with more conservative tastes."
Quiet strength and humility infuse the oeuvre of this British nonagenarian, whose first book of verse appeared in 1943—although this volume really should have been called "selected," as the poet has chosen to exclude many poems from the books that comprise it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLAYGROUND DAY! by Jennifer Merz
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 17, 2007

"In an era of elaborate schedules for the youngest of children, Merz's simply executed tale is a reminder to return to the basics, encouraging readers to unfetter their imaginations and embrace the creative opportunities unstructured outdoor play affords. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Merz offers a celebratory ode to the splendor of playgrounds, her verses taking readers on an exploration of a child's imagination. Read full book review >

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RED EMERALD by Dominique Merz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2013

"A compelling tale plagued by awkward prose."
A retired Swiss advertising exec is hired to inspect a wealthy banker's mining outfit in Merz's debut novel. Read full book review >

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BLOW YOUR NOSE, BIG BAD WOLF! by Steve Smallman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Even lovers of fractured fairy tales will see straight through these. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Children learn the value of sharing (and tissues) in this remake of "The Three Little Pigs." Read full book review >

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DANGER-CLOSE by Jon F. Merz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 16, 2004

"Jake's lickety-split narrative manages to be both gritty and cheeky. Prolific Merz (From the Borderlands, 2004, etc.) overloads his simple tale with dialogue but still pulls off an effective surprise twist."
A wisecracking disabled investigator rousts the Russian Mafia, Boston branch, to find a murderer. Read full book review >

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FINS, FLUFF AND OTHER STUFF by Bruno Merz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 2, 2015

"Lively, entertaining, and educational to boot. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little boy imagines all the different things he might be...and do. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ENGLISH by Wang Gang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 6, 2009

"A loner comes of age in a telling, appreciably non-Western narrative enriched by politics and poetry."
In a remote corner of China, the Cultural Revolution becomes a human drama, observed and acted out by a boy increasingly obsessed with sex and language. Read full book review >

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THE HOUR OF OUR DEATH by Alison Joseph
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 11, 1997

"Readers might hope that in Sister Agnes's next appearance the plot will flow half as well as the conversation."
A second outing for the author's chic, impulsive Sister Agnes (Sacred Hearts, 1996)—once married, long divorced, now working with friend and mentor Father Julius at St. Read full book review >