Search Results: "Leigh Fondakowski"


BOOK REVIEW

STORIES FROM JONESTOWN by Leigh Fondakowski
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Hours of taped and edited interviews do not add up to a satisfying book."
A collection of sympathetic interviews with members of the Peoples Temple and others who were connected with the mass suicide/murders of more than 900 people at Jonestown, Guyana, in 1978. Read full book review >

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OLD TOM, MAN OF MYSTERY by Leigh Hobbs
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"It just might not win Tom any new ones. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Angela Throgmorton has had it with lazy Old Tom. Read full book review >

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OLD TOM’S HOLIDAY by Leigh Hobbs
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Fans as well as newcomers to the series will love this slightly rude but lovable cat and his sweet but dim owner. (Picture book. 3-9)"
Old Tom is not the most congenial or mannerly cat, but his owner Angela Throgmorton loves him dearly. Read full book review >

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LIMELIGHT LARRY by Leigh Hodgkinson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Prereaders should be captivated by this cacophony of type and images, and they will certainly identify with the willful peacock. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Larry the peacock finds adventure in... his very own book. Read full book review >

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TROLL SWAP by Leigh Hodgkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"Appealing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Family...is right where we belong. Read full book review >

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GOLDILOCKS AND JUST ONE BEAR by Leigh Hodgkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Cute, but readers may wonder how a bear who grew up in the cottage that Goldilocks visited could have not a 'crumb-of-a-clue' about porridge, chairs and beds. (Fractured fairy tale. 3-8)"
A sequel to the traditional fairy tale finds a bear lost in a big city. Read full book review >

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BORIS AND THE SNOOZEBOX by Leigh Hodgkinson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"An abundance of visual activity adds to the overall confusion and challenge of following Boris. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A homeless kitty seeking a catnap takes some unexpected side trips before settling down. Read full book review >

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SMILE! by Leigh Hodgkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Hodgkinson's vivid artwork and story capture the colorful, intricate and comedic inner workings of a child's imagination. (Picture book. 2-6)"
When her mom says no to more cookies, chipper little Sunny loses her smile and searches the whole house hoping to get it back. Read full book review >

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THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Leigh Grant
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Other versions of the song abound, but this may well supersede them all. (Picture book/folklore. 9+)"
An enlightening rendition of the holiday song, enhanced by generous historical notes and elaborate, festive illustrations. Read full book review >

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A PLACE TO READ by Leigh Hodgkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"Kids are likely to want to mimic the pseudo musical chairs device, and the story will be just as much fun to share with a group as one-on-one. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Finding the perfect comfortable place to read can be a problem, as a young reader discovers. Read full book review >

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TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR KISSING GLORIA JEAN by Britt Leigh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"A nicely balanced, believable and interesting view into adolescence, sex education and the power of faith. (Fiction. 11-14)"
A 14-year-old girl tries to follow her Catholic faith but wants to get her first kiss too. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REAPER by Kyra Leigh
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"An also-ran in the genre; for a far more nuanced, philosophical examination of life and death, readers interested in reaping should consider Neal Shusterman's erudite Scythe (2016) instead. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
A white teenage girl discovers she must reap souls after she dies. Read full book review >