Search Results: "Kennedy"


BOOK REVIEW

THE KENNEDY CHRONICLES by Kennedy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 30, 2013

"Mildly entertaining but superficial and unremarkable."
One of the original video jockeys waxes nostalgic on her time with the MTV network. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIRATE PETE’S GIANT ADVENTURE by Kim Kennedy
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Not the most rousing of pirate adventures, but a relatively nonviolent addition to the fleet. (Picture book. 6-8)"
With a touch of Disney-style Little Mermaid in the cartoon pictures and a bit of Br'er Rabbit in the story, this follow-up to Pirate Pete (2002) should keep young mateys anchored to their seats. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. BUMBLE by Kim Kennedy
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Yet it is Mr. Bumble, like the hero in M.K. Brown's Let's Go Swimming with Mr. Sillypants (1986), who steals the show, a winning dweeb with pluck and heart enough to inspire readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A motivational tale starring ``the clumsiest bee that ever buzzed.'' Bumbling, fumbling, tumbling, Mr. Bumble drops his freight of pollen every time, returning to his queen with a bucket full of dents. Read full book review >

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HEE-HAW-DINI AND THE GREAT ZAMBINI by Kim Kennedy
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"Doug Kennedy's acrylics really pop—the mustachio'd Hee-Haw-Dini is a treat to behold—but his illustrations seem aimed at a younger audience than sister Kim's ample text. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A farm odd couple becomes a magical team. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CASE OF THE FATAL PHANTOM by Emma Kennedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2012

"Ghost story, detective adventure and good fun—but readers are advised to begin this entertaining series with volume one. (Humorous mystery. 8-12)"
In this episode, apprentice detective Wilma Tenderfoot and her beagle, Pickle, meet a phony phantom and a genuine ghost, and Wilma moves a step further in her quest to solve the mysteries of her own origin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ORDER OF ODD-FISH by James Kennedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

"This may find an audience, but probably not a young one. (Fantasy. 10-14 & adult)"
Kennedy's debut sets a confused but game teenager down amidst a Monty Pythonesque cast that ranges from the titular Order of Knight-Scholars—dedicated to the study of all things pointless and speculative—to a corps of oversized, unutterably vain cockroach butlers. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE FROZEN HEARTS by Emma Kennedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"With plenty of loose ends for further installments, this is a promising beginning for a mystery series. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Ten-year-old Wilma Tenderfoot, whose life's ambition is to be a great detective, finds an opportunity when the Katzin Stone is stolen and several people are murdered on tiny Cooper Island. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE PUTRID POISON by Emma Kennedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Both familiar and fresh, this English import is likely to appeal to American readers as well. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Now a proper apprentice with a badge, 10-year-old Wilma enrolls in the Cooper Academy of Detection and Espionage and helps Detective Theodore P. Goodman find the perpetrator of a series of murders at the Valiant Vaudeville Theater. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ME AND THE PUMPKIN QUEEN by Marlane Kennedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"The psychologizing of Mildred's grief is unsubtly telegraphed, but withal it's a warmhearted and genuine offering that demands little and gives much. (Fiction. 8-12)"
"I don't think I'm abnormally obsessive. I mean, Daddy hasn't taken me to the doctor or anything to find out for sure, so I prefer to describe myself as focused." Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO LOVED ALLIGATORS by Barbara Kennedy
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"The quiet story realistically captures Jim's pain and his ultimate relief; a revelatory moment when he first sees a photo of his parents is especially poignant. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Since his parents died when he was a baby, Jim—13 and woefully homely—has lived with his grandmother in Tampa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPINSTERS by Pagan Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 1995

"In short: a deeply flawed, if admirable, first novel."
A slim novella that—like the author's story collection (Stripping, 1993)—chronicles the dramatic loss of innocence of its female lead: Here, the narrator and her sister take to the road, though not quite in the manner of Thelma and Louise. Read full book review >