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 >

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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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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN by Dana Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A sweet, spun-sugar confection just right for unicorn fans. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
A pink, bubble-gum bonbon of a tale spun of a likable, albeit self-centered, fourth-grader and her magical, self-obsessed, although sometimes-kind, unicorn. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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FOUR BARE LEGS IN A BED by Helen Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Simpson's talent should improve with age."
Beautiful young Englishwomen and the men who disappoint them populate this tart and bitter debut collection by a former model and Vogue staff writer living in London—winner of the Somerset Maugham Award. ``I lay on the bed looking over my shoulder through a tangle of hair, across my dipping breast down to thighs like swan's wings. Read full book review >

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DEAD AND GONE by Dorothy Simpson
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Straightforward and absorbing, deftly written and adroitly plotted: another quiet winner for Simpson."
Another of the author's literate explorations of life and death in the town of Sturrenden and environs, where Inspector Luke Thanet and his faithful Sergeant Lineham bear the brunt of infrequent murder investigations (Once Too Often, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERY OF BEAUTIFUL NELL CROPSEY by Bland Simpson
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 1993

"Don't be disappointed, though, if you never do find out who killed beautiful Nell Cropsey. (Five illustrations)"
On the evening of November 20, 1901, Gibson girl Nell Cropsey, oldest daughter of a transplanted Brooklyn family, stepped out into her family's front hall in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, to join her suitor Jim Wilcox—and was never seen alive again. Read full book review >