Search Results: "Lesley Simpson"


BOOK REVIEW

A SONG FOR MY SISTER by Lesley  Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2012

"A neat melding of religious traditions into the familiar new-sibling story. (Picture book. 3-8)"
There is no specific Jewish ritual for naming a daughter, so many families invent their own. Simpson has invented an entire book to go with it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YUVI'S CANDY TREE by Lesley  Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Uncomplicated language expressed in a direct and honest voice plus vibrant illustrations make Israel's Operation Moses easily accessible for early-elementary children. (afterword) (Picture book. 5-8)"
The hardship many Ethiopian Jews faced to successfully reach Israel is recounted in the voice of a 5-year-old girl who escapes with her grandmother, determined to reach their destination. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS VALIANT
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for The Valiant (The Valiant #1) by Lesley Livingston

Cover Story: Can’t Unsee
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 7
Talky Talk: Modern History
Bonus Factors: Female Gladiators, Cleopatra
Relationship Status: Swords Drawn

Cover Story: Can’t Unsee

At first, I was going to talk about how the young woman on this cover looks like a gladiator, which is ...


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BOOK REVIEW

PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN IN THE MAGIC STORM by Dana Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Weathering this storm should leave readers on cloud nine. (glossary, appendices) (Graphic fantasy. 6-11)"
In their sixth adventure, Phoebe and her best pal, Marigold the unicorn, must determine the cause of a magical storm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNICORN VS. GOBLINS by Dana Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Fans of the series may appreciate its untiring comedic banter, but the endless sparkles and running jokes start to lose a bit of their luster, making this feel a bit like a one-trick pony—er, unicorn. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
In this third installment, Phoebe and her unicorn find themselves encountering yet more whimsical hilarity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TYRANNY  by Lesley Fairfield
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"A well-proportioned volume with a haunting story and characters—both literally and figuratively. (Graphic fiction. 14 & up)"
This searing portrait of a teenager with an eating disorder is a slim comic stuffed with weighty issues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CARLOS AND LITTLE WOLF by Lesley Harker
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 15, 1996

"White scratchboard outlines and delicately colored watercolor washes fluidly complement the text. (Fiction. 4-7)"
As Carlos waits for his pomegranates to get big enough to eat, Little Wolf waits for himself to get big enough to eat Carlos. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLYAWAY by Lesley Barnes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2016

"Towers and stairways and lots of curlicues will intrigue some viewers, but this sweet concoction of a gift book may have a limited audience. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Feeding the princess craze, this lift-the flap book features a young royal whose bird with beautiful singing voice breaks free from its cage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STRANGE ORBIT by Margaret Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1995

"This deus-ex-machina conclusion seems fitting for this unlikely, incredible adventure, which loses its excitement and any realism just when the fun should really begin. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Jessica Baron is a smart and likeable British teen who leaps at the chance to join the crew of the first children's moon landing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANCIENT ROME by Judith Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"The text is clear and interesting, but brief; the book is an introduction, and readers who want more in-depth coverage will have to look elsewhere. (maps, charts, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-13)"
A portrait of ancient Rome, divided into four sections: ``The Roman World,'' ``Living in the Empire,'' ``Expansion and Empire,'' and ``The Fall of Rome.'' Along the way it covers the usual topics for this type of book—family life, education, farming—as well as more unusual topics, including the siege of Masada, appearing in a beautifully done four-page fold-out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAKE THE DEAD by Dorothy Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 1992

"Wordy but solidly reasoned plotting and mildly interesting characters provide another in Simpson's leisurely, literate series in the British Traditional mode."
Inspector Thanet and sturdy aide Sergeant Lineham are faced once more with a stubbornly resistant puzzle (Doomed to Die, 1991, etc.)—this time when elderly, autocratic Isobel Fairleigh is found smothered to death in her sickbed while the annual charity fàte surges busily outside, on the grounds of Thaxden Hall. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Not every story has an environmental undercurrent, but it's hard to miss the warning in the collection as a whole."
Short and sharp, the latest stories from the award-winning British author are as pointed as ever, with many of them pointed toward imminent ecological disaster. Read full book review >