Search Results: "Kathleen Merz"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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PICTURE PUZZLER by Kathleen Westray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Thoughtful commentary and intelligent sequencing make this a lucid and beautifully designed book that will be useful for assignments but will also be enjoyed simply for its presentation. (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
Westray (A Color Sampler, 1993, ALA Notable) creates 26 artfully rendered optical illusions in an attractive array of subtly muted colors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A precious but good-humored recasting of the classic fable. (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)"
Wandering considerably afield from the original, Bart changes the mice to teddy bears, removes most of the danger, and adds a more felicitous ending. Read full book review >

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THE RABBITS ARE COMING! by Kathleen Bullock
ANIMALS
Released: June 28, 1991

"A thoroughly enjoyable romp. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In an appealing wordless book, a score of rabbits, each with a balloon, leave Mom and their home in the woods for a joyous escapade, hopping over the fields and into the house of an astonished family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SCHOOL FOR UNUSUAL GIRLS by Kathleen Baldwin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 19, 2015

"Baldwin's tale lacks the fizzy pop of Sarah Zettel's Palace of Spies series, but romance readers who prize both brains and valor in a heroine will be pleased to make Georgie's acquaintance. (Mystery/historical fiction. 12-18)"
A romantic adventure set amid the chaos of the Napoleonic era. Read full book review >