Search Results: "Leonie Lord"


BOOK REVIEW

DING DONG! GORILLA! by Michelle Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Read it with a little fibber and just laugh and enjoy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The mayhem begins with a pizza delivery, but blame it all on the gorilla. Read full book review >

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THE SUPER HUNGRY DINOSAUR by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Super good. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In this sure candidate for many, many repeat read-alouds, young Hal puts up a stout defense when a Super Hungry Dinosaur crashes into his backyard and bellows that he's going to eat him, his father, his mother and his dog Billy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 2, 2013

"Richly researched and deeply complex—at times sufficient to bemuse as much as inform."
A biographer delivers the scholarly yet very human story of some talented women who held surprising sway in the incredible clutter of city-states that composed Renaissance Italy. Read full book review >

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CATHERINE DE MEDICI by Leonie Frieda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 21, 2005

"Persuasive rehabilitation of Catherine, not as a nice woman, but as a shrewd leader who did what she had to."
Scholarly but lively biography of the Italian-born queen who ruled France as regent during 30 years of bitter religious warfare. Read full book review >

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LOOK SEE, LOOK AT ME! by Leonie Norrington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Diane Adams and illustrated by Nancy Hayashi (2009), for a triple celebration of toddlers' and preschoolers' increasing independence. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A joyful celebration of a toddler's new capabilities. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"The story is mostly well told, with atmospheric watercolors from Marks, but the phrasing of the last sentence clanks horribly and nearly ruins the happy ending: 'love is perfect only when it will give up even the thing which it loves, for that thing's sake.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mark's watercolors add a misty flavor of magic to Picard's tender telling of her own fairy tale, in which a hero's true love for his bride is put to the ultimate test. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THREE BAGS FULL by Leonie Swann
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 2007

"All these problems are handsomely solved at the unsurprising cost of making the human characters less interesting than the sheep. But the sustained tone of straight-faced wonderment is magical."
Just when you thought you'd seen a detective in every guise imaginable, here comes one in sheep's clothing. Read full book review >

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SQUABBLE AND SQUAWK by Claire Freedman
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 2006

"Shearing's light and lighthearted watercolors fit nicely with the simple story about friendship. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When best friends Piglet and Yellow Hen get into a big argument, the other animals intercede. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I, LILITH by Elizabeth Leonie Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 1991

"Impeccable though conventional prose and potentially provocative ideas—but all undercut by flat characters and pedestrian storytelling."
A feminist reworking of the Fall, by Simpson (Notes on an Emergency, 1982), that makes the exciting and provocative sound dull and ho-hum. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A HANDFUL OF STARS by Cynthia Lord
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 2015

"This sensitive coming-of-age tale compassionately explores prejudice and multiculturalism. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Lily, an orphaned 12-year-old who lives in a small eastern Maine town, becomes fast friends with Salma, a Latina migrant worker who has come with her family to pick blueberries. Read full book review >

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OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 19, 2014

"Lord successfully adapts classic elements of adult romance novels into a love story gentle enough for younger readers. (Romance. 12-18)"
Reagan joins her best friend Delilah's summer concert tour to escape some poor decisions and break some bad habits, finding romance and complication instead. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"An eloquent and important dispatch."
An alarming report from Alaska and Northwest Canada, ground zero for climate change. Read full book review >