Search Results: "Kathleen T. Pelley"


BOOK REVIEW

INVENTOR MCGREGOR by Kathleen T. Pelley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2006

"The sprightly pastel drawings are as lighthearted as the text, which bursts with energy and inventiveness. (Picture book. 5-8)"
McGregor lives in a higgledy-piggledy house "with a cheery wife, five children, and a hen called Hattie." Read full book review >

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RAJ THE BOOKSTORE TIGER by Kathleen T. Pelley
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Nice nourishment for the blossoming bookworm. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Is Felicity's bookstore big enough for two territorial felines? Read full book review >

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MAGNUS MAXIMUS, A MARVELOUS MEASURER by Kathleen T. Pelley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 13, 2010

"Pelley's text is brightly humorous and musical—'Now that he was the town's official measurer, Magnus Maximus had to measure all kinds of NESSes, from the wobbliness of a jellyfish to the itchiness of an itch'—and that goes for Schindler's illustrations as well, with their busily elegant line work, their lustrous washes of color and, best of all, their high and brilliant tomfoolery. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Magnus Maximus has a walrus mustache, a benign countenance and a preoccupation: measuring and counting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HAPPY MAMAS by Kathleen Pelley
Released: Oct. 10, 2016

"A warm, sweet, beautifully illustrated book that's great for reading aloud, although it leaves dads out of the parenting equation."
This illustrated children's book celebrates the joy of mothers taking care of babies across the animal kingdom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CONSERVANCY by T. T.  Escurel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2013

"Suspenseful, efficiently written YA."
Entertaining, plot-driven YA sci-fi that blends time travel with ethics and humor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A COLOR SAMPLER by Kathleen Westray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Solid, useful information in attractive format. (Nonfiction. 6-8)"
A straightforward explication of color basics, telling how primary colors are mixed to make secondary and intermediate colors; how other hues are created, including the darkening, lightening, and muting effects of black and white; and how pattern and juxtaposition change the eye's response and create optical illusions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HANDSIGNS by Kathleen Fain
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 1993

"Not as imaginative as Laura Rankin's The Handmade Alphabet (1991), but a useful addition to a small field and a fine illustration debut for Fain. (Picture book. 3-9)"
To introduce American Sign, ``the fourth most-used language in the United States,'' a simple alphabet, from anteater to zebra, in a generous square format that nicely accommodates appealing, handsomely designed color portraits of the animals- -quietly escaping their boundaries into the surrounding white space—plus, on each page, the appropriate letter (cap and l.c.) and a clear depiction of its handsign. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BORN FOR ADVENTURE by Kathleen Karr
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"Karr's story has plenty of humor and gives readers a front-row seat in one of Stanley's thrilling yet perilous expeditions. (author note) (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
Karr's latest is a fictionalized account of Henry Morton Stanley's Expedition for the Relief of Emin Pasha of 1887. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FORTUNE’S FOOL by Kathleen Karr
ADVENTURE
Released: May 13, 2008

"Fortune at least seems to be smiling on him at the end, and his distinct narrative voice and sturdy optimism will put readers solidly on his side. (Historical fiction. 11-13)"
Wearied of whippings and scorn, a young Fool escapes his overlord and sets out in search of a more congenial employer in this robust 14th-century tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FANTASY
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"Absorbing and unwaveringly suspenseful. (Fantasy. YA)"
Thrumming with dense, meaningful tension from first page to last, this middle installment in the Resurrection of Magic trilogy follows the two plotlines established in the first volume, Skin Hunger (2007), through despair, oppression and rare moments of hope. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BONE DRY by Kathleen Karr
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Still, readers with a willingness to surrender their disbelief will enjoy this offering for the swashbuckling, occasionally bloody, and frequently hilarious adventure it is. (Fiction. 10-14)"
It isn't easy being assistant to Dr. Asa B. Cornwall, phrenologist, flimflam artist, and genius. Read full book review >