Search Results: "Kathy Osborn"


BOOK REVIEW

THE EMPEROR'S GARDEN by Ferida Wolff
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A fine little cautionary tale, complemented by Osborn's pictures: smart, flat stylizations, rich in color and detail. (Picture book. 5+)"
It was a poor but agreeable village in China, where all could call each other a friend. Read full book review >

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THE SOUTHERNMOST CAT by John Cech
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Osborn's vibrant, evocative gouaches—in frames featuring cirrus, cumulus, and stratus clouds in a variety of configurations—sail right along with the narrative's fanciful tack. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Off the coast of Key West, Florida, drifting on a sea of memories, floats Ernesto the cat, wetting his line in hopes of a meal. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"That aside, this is an amusing compilation of strange truths that can be enjoyed despite its confusing presentation. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
What at first appears to be a collection of urban legends is instead a list of 16 amazing animal tales from around the world. Read full book review >

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ONCE UPON A PRINCESS AND A PEA by Ann Campbell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1993

"Not essential, but fun. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Concocting an awkward title based on the original plus the musical's Once Upon a Mattress (1959), Campbell updates the tale (bent on self-determination, ``Princess Esmerelda'' runs away to escape marriage to a toothless older man; ``Prince Hector'' drives a red sports car; etc.) and extends it from Andersen's page or two to a lengthy story full of whimsically satirical descriptions. Read full book review >

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THE JOKE'S ON GEORGE by Michael O. Tunnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A handsome, entertaining glimpse of times past. (Picture book. 5-9)"
...Washington, that is, in a delightful vignette narrated by Rembrandt Peale—in whose father's remarkable museum the incident took place and on whose memoirs this account is based. Read full book review >

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A PLACE FOR KATHY by Henry Denker
Released: May 1, 1997

"Sad stuff in a thin telling."
In Denker's popular novels (To Marcy, With Love, 1996, etc.), where bad things happen to good-to-saintly people, there's often a dollop of medical matter; here, in the story of a widow and mother confronting AIDS, there's a good deal of powerful information concerning the disease. Read full book review >

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Kathy, Wait For Me! by Morelle Forster
Released: Oct. 12, 2015

"A well-crafted coming-of-age novel that skillfully chronicles the trials of a lonely orphan who joins a street gang."
Forster tells the story of a girl's tumultuous life in London in this YA debut. Read full book review >

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Released: March 21, 2012

"An entertaining story with religious overtones and a vivid sense of good and evil."
First-time author Johnson's multicolored, rhyming, free-associating story for teens centers on a loyal girl gang's encounter with an evil schoolmate. Read full book review >

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DURATIONS by Carolyn Osborn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Monotonous personal history coupled with interesting essays on world travel."
A Texas-based author shares her family history and travelogues. Read full book review >

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BETWEEN EARTH AND SKY by Karen Osborn
Released: March 1, 1996

"The letters here, though richly detailed, are secondary to the landscape that Osborn, a poet and novelist (Patchwork, 1991), renders as a splendidly vital presence, vying with Abigail for center stage. (Author tour)"
An epistolary novel that, while not scanting the hardships and tragedies of pioneer life, luminously evokes a pristine northern New Mexico. Read full book review >

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PATCHWORK by Karen Osborn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1991

"But her story is essentially undramatic, which is what keeps it from achieving the cathartic resonance of the tonally similar novels of Alice Walker."
A carefully crafted first novel by poet Osborn that touches in on the lives of three sisters raised in a dusty South Carolina milltown. Read full book review >

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MURDER ON THE CHESAPEAKE by David Osborn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1992

"Excellent depiction of boarding-school life, and Margaret, immensely toned down after Murder on Martha's Vineyard, is a likable, middle-aged sleuth—though the plot she perambulates through is still silly and implausible."
Hot-air balloon enthusiast Margaret Barlow returns to her alma mater, the snobby Brides Hall, to check up on her granddaughter after the death of a scholarship student, Mary Hughes, who was found hanged (murder? suicide?) in the bell tower. Read full book review >