Search Results: "Kathy Pories"


BOOK REVIEW

NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTH by ZZ Packer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

"A few clunkers, a few gems and many readable, very human slices of life."
According to the introduction by PEN/Faulkner finalist Packer (Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, 2003), these 20 stories from American magazines represent "southerners" rather than "Southerners," the dividing line between realism and (mythic) stereotype. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTH 2009 by Madison Smartt Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

"Just uneven enough to make seeking out its several gems an entertaining and rewarding reading experience."
Thematic imbalance and wan lyricism figure rather too prominently in this 24th installment of the annual series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAMA LOVE by Kathy Mallat
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Little chimps of the human variety will willingly crawl into a parental lap to share this visual and verbal hug. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Despite opening with a frame just the right size for a baby picture, followed by big, close-up paintings of a mother chimpanzee in the wild holding, carrying, grooming, and otherwise showing devotion to her child, this makes a less sappy variant than usual on the "how much do you love me?" genre. Read full book review >

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THE WIMP by Kathy Caple
by Kathy Caple, illustrated by Kathy Caple
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Caple (Fox and Bear, 1992, etc.) has written a ho-hum book about sticking up for yourself with boxed-in, cartoon-style illustrations to match. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Arnold the piglet is a classic wimp. Read full book review >

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HILLARY TO THE RESCUE by Kathy Caple
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Talk about a feckless boob: a story could be built on his irresponsibility alone. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"Be prepared" is the message in this sweet but nearly catatonic tale. Read full book review >

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FOX AND BEAR by Kathy Caple
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

"(Easy reader. 4-8)"
Four mildly amusing episodes in the life of two friends: each in turn gets annoyed with the other for a well-intentioned trick; they pack so much stuff for camping that the only sensible thing to do is stay home and have a picnic; etc. Nothing extraordinary, but Caple's amiable text and her gentle, cartoon- style illustrations in varied frames make this a good choice where more easy readers are needed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY WASHINGTON, DC by Kathy Jakobsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Nevertheless, the visuals and rather challenging hide-and-seek component will make this a popular introduction to or souvenir from the nation's capital. (map, facts, websites, artist's note) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
From Union Station to the Lincoln Memorial, Jakobsen's double-page spreads depict the monuments and structures in Washington, D.C., that are highest in child appeal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A NIGHT AT THE ZOO by Kathy Caple
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Young animal lovers will find much to laugh at here. (Early reader. 3-6)"
One boy, one dad, one cellphone and one ill-timed nap add up to one crazy trip to the zoo. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TROUBLE ON THE TRACKS by Kathy Mallat
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Fans of Van Allsburg's Bad Day at Riverbend (1995) or David Macaulay's classic Black and White (1990), as well as young trainiacs, will want repeated rides. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Mallat (Brave Bear, 1999) plays with the viewer's perception of scale in this brief but eventful train ride. Read full book review >

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MY NEW YORK by Kathy Jakobsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Endpaper map. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A tour of ``my favorite places,'' described in a letter from Becky to a friend who's moving to New York from the Midwest. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOOST by Kathy Mackel
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Although the author tries to muddy the waters with an undercooked subplot that involves possible past malfeasance on the part of Savvy's coach, the final revelation is heavily foreshadowed, making the most surprising thing how readily Savvy forgives. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Against the odds, 13-year-old, 6'2" Savvy, the psychologically tough heroine of Mackel's engrossing story, makes it onto a competitive basketball team for older girls. Read full book review >