Search Results: "Lauren Metz"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PROM BOOK by Lauren Metz
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 15, 2013

"There's limited value in this book, but teen girls who want to be part of the crowd will snatch up this cookie-cutter guide nevertheless. (Nonfiction. 14 & up)"
This slim guide, clocking in at barely 150 pages, will be helpful for prom neophytes who don't get their questions answered by the prom issues of Seventeen and Teen Vogue. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"An intense treat for armchair adventurers and renegade backpackers. Hopefully the publisher will include a map in the finished book."
A seasoned wilderness survivalist takes on Alaska's backcountry in his most daring trek to date. Read full book review >

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RAVEN’S POINT by Melinda Metz
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Not scary; just disgusting. (Fiction. YA)"
Love defeats evil in mediocre gross-out horror. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 9, 2009

"Neither revelatory nor magnanimous."
Upon discovering that her late husband cheated on her with multiple women, the author began researching his affairs. Read full book review >

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FLORIDIUS BLOOM AND THE PLANET OF GLOOM by Lorijo Metz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Whimsy—gone wrong. (Picture book. 4-7)"
With an explanatory verse that feels tacked on to compensate for an abrupt start, this well-intentioned fantasy about the need for companionship is a flop. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NANA IN THE CITY by Lauren Castillo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A sweet story for country-mouse readers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A child learns to appreciate Nana's urban environs. Read full book review >

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BUT EXCUSE ME THAT IS MY BOOK by Lauren Child
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Adding a melancholy but realistic touch to a familiar interchange, there is no sign of a librarian (or other adult) among the shelves of generic books in this natural follow-up to Marc Brown's D.W.'s Library Card (2001) and similar exploratory visits. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Charlie and his relentlessly verbal little sister Lola, now licensed TV characters, take a trip to the library in this script-based episode, illustrated with stills from the show done in Child's distinctive photo-and-cartoon collage style. Read full book review >

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THE NEW SMALL PERSON by Lauren Child
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"How nice to see a familiar story made new with a family of color and a little brother as hero. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A familiar theme—a big brother feels displaced by a new baby—seems fresh in Child's latest. Read full book review >

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SLIGHTLY INVISIBLE by Lauren Child
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2011

"Adults will recognize a spot-on portrayal of children's imagination games, while kids will recognize the underwater, outer-space and mountainous territories that their homes become every day through play. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Newcomers and devoted fans alike will cheer for clever, likable siblings Charlie and Lola in their newest outing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WINTER IS THE WARMEST SEASON by Lauren  Stringer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Prolific illustrator Stringer's first try at text is slight and unexceptional, but the pictures, many on double-page spreads, in gorgeous glowing acrylics on watercolor paper, capture the warmth and vibrancy of her unique premise. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A child rhapsodizes over winter's warmth. Read full book review >

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TATTERHOOD AND THE HOBGOBLINS by Lauren Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"An attractive presentation of an entertaining, little-known tale that could be a folkloric precursor of Pippi Longstocking. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
Not the English ``Tattercoats'' (a Cinderella variant) but a long tale, from Asbjornsen and Moe, about twin sisters—pretty Isabella and feisty, independent Tatterhood—born after the queen eats not only the flower she's told will bring her a baby, but also the weed growing beside it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YELLOW TIME by Lauren Stringer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Lovely, indeed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Autumnal bliss is at the heart of this poetic celebration of yellow foliage. Read full book review >