Search Results: "Kristina Stephenson"


BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Plenty of comic twists and crude details (nose picking, drool, cat sticking out its tongue) overflow the pages, making a droll romp out of many a young boy's fantasies. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and his "faithful, fearless cat, Envelope," set off for a really BIG adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STORY ABOUT ME by Miriam Schlein
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Occupying a middle ground between Robie Harris's almost clinical Happy Birth Day (1996) and Debra Frasier's abstract On the Day You Were Born (1991), this offers one version of a universal experience in tones of unalloyed joy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Here's a story that most children love to hear over and over: snuggled together in a cozy chair, a grandma tells her granddaughter once again about how much of a fuss everyone in the family made while waiting for her to be born. Read full book review >

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NEW KID IN TOWN by Claire Freedman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"The more useful one is that sometimes the conventional wisdom is just plain wrong. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Mouse rides into town sporting a cowboy hat, boots with spurs and riding a pony on a stick. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THANK YOU FOR ME! by Marion Dane Bauer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 2010

"Though God is not actually mentioned in the text, this understated offering can serve as an introduction to prayer for toddlers and their families. (Picture book/religion. 1-3)"
Bauer offers a simple celebration of self suitable for babies and toddlers that identifies basic body parts and functions with gentle, rhyming text that uses just a few words per page. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGONFLY'S TALE by Kristina Rodanas
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1992

"A fine addition to Native American folklore collections. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Rodanas (The Story of Wali Dad, 1988) retells an ancient Zuni tale, scrupulously noting her source as an 1884 transcription that she has ``simplified...[adding] some details of my own [in] the way of storytellers.'' The result is a blend of cautionary tale and why story: Celebrating an abundant harvest, the Ashiwi stage a mock battle—literally, a food fight- -that angers the Corn Maidens; they refuse their blessings, and famine follows. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BLIND HUNTER by Kristina Rodanas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Library shelves are well-stocked with tales from West Africa; this one, equally suitable for contemplation or discussion, arises from a different, more southerly, tradition. (source note) (Picture book/folktale. 5-9)"
Rodanas bases this story of a blind hunter who "sees" better than his sighted companion on a tale from Zimbabwe. Read full book review >

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DANCE OF THE SACRED CIRCLE by Kristina Rodanas
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"It's not easy to hit the right note of both substance and etherealness when myth-making, but Rodanas comes comfortably close. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
The buffalo herd diminishes, and a prairie tribe goes hungry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRAVEMOUTH by Pamela Stephenson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"More fan fodder, enlivened by Billy's witty observations."
Further incisive revelations distinguish actress-turned-psychologist Stephenson's follow-up to her perceptive biography of husband Connolly (Billy, 2002), a noted Scottish comedian and actor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CONFUSION by Neal Stephenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 2004

"Packed with more derring-do than a dozen pirate films and with smarter, sparklier dialogue than a handful of Pulitzer winners, this is run-and-gun adventure fiction of the most literate kind."
Stephenson's Baroque Cycle grows streamlined in a hefty but propulsive second volume. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CRYPTONOMICON by Neal Stephenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 1999

Stephenson's prodigious new yarn (after The Diamond Age, 1995, etc.) whirls from WWII cryptography and top-secret bullion shipments to a present-day quest by computer whizzes to build a data haven amid corporate shark-infested waters, by way of multiple present-tense narratives overlaid with creeping paranoia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A MILLION TIMES GOODNIGHT by Kristina McBride
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 5, 2016

"Clever, taut storytelling helps to overcome bland characterization. (Thriller. 13-17)"
Hadley spends the night of her life facing two different but equally dangerous paths. Read full book review >