Search Results: "Kerry Argent"


BOOK REVIEW

INDIA THE SHOWSTOPPER by Kerry Argent
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"The plot doesn't really hang together, but the all-animal cast, which is posed on two legs, dressed in circus garb and placed right up front in every scene, will draw young audiences out of their seats to check out the circus action. (Picture book. 6-8)"
India the harmonica-playing elephant is so used to being the star of the Big Top that even though the circus is failing, she doesn't take kindly to the arrival of a new trainer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WOMBAT! by Kerry Argent
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1991

"Just right. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The friends introduced in Wombat and Bandicoot (1990) are back in a charming ``Lift-the-flap Book.'' With the help of some other Australian animals, Bandicoot hides a present and prepares a surprise party; Wombat, meanwhile, less sleepy than he seems, searches unsuccessfully for his gift. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHTY NIGHT! by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A delightful bedtime treat that could stir up 'little rascals.' (Picture book. 3-5)"
Wild (The Pocket Dogs, p. 423, etc.) scores again with a barnyard of animal babies who won't go to bed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOO LOUD LILY by Sofie Laguna
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Her depiction of Lily on opening night—performing in an emerald green gown, with pink gloves, painted toenails, and polka-dotted briefs, revealed as she leaps across the stage—is particularly effective. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Lily Hippo can't keep quiet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THANK YOU, SANTA by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"An unusually amiable Christmas offering. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In January, Samantha writes Santa a friendly thank-you note, confiding her pleasure in the knitting needles and yarn he brought and asking after his reindeer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DINNERTIME! by Sue Williams
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"However, while younger readers may be slightly alarmed, older preschoolers will enjoy the gasps and starts of this rousing tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A passel of roly-poly bunnies eludes the ravenous clutches of a sly fox. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UP CLOSE: HARPER LEE by Kerry Madden
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2009

"Extensive source notes and an excellent bibliography round out this superb biography, one of the best in the Up Close series. (foreword, index) (Biography. 12 & up)"
Not believing in biographies of living writers, Harper Lee declined to be interviewed for one, but Madden draws on extensive research—including trips to Monroeville, Ala., and interviews with classmates, colleagues and town residents—to explore how Lee's life and times inspired her masterpiece. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GENTLE’S HOLLER by Kerry Madden
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Though some of the plot elements strain credibility, the graceful, spirited and, above all, sensory richness of the writing make this work stand out. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In her debut for young readers, Madden creates a warmhearted, compelling family drama about the Weems, circa early 1960s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MEDEA by Kerry Greenwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2013

"Greenwood, best known for her Phryne Fisher mysteries, has written historical novels as well (Out of the Black Land, 2013, etc.). The first of her three Delphic Women series to be available in the United States is an enthralling, sensual, tragic tale packed with historical detail."
A feminist take on Greek legend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GREEN MILL MURDER by Kerry Greenwood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2007

"Despite the joys of traveling Australia with the delightful Phryne, readers may be somewhat less satisfied by this messy mystery."
Elegant Phryne Fisher visits the Green Mill jazz club with a foppish acquaintance and is once again a witness to murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AWAY WITH THE FAIRIES by Kerry Greenwood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Greenwood (Murder at Montparnasse, not reviewed, etc.) crafts a passable whodunit, but terrific historic color (complete with a three-page bibliography) and the blithe proto-feminist heroine are the real highlights here."
In 1920s Melbourne, an emancipated sleuth solves a murder at a woman's magazine and rescues her shanghaied lover. Read full book review >