Search Results: "Leslie Dunton-Downer"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"An ardent, spirited look at what is increasingly considered the world's language."
An exploration of the English language via the study of specific words that have "gone global." Read full book review >

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HATCHING MAGIC by Ann Downer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"However, the pace quickens near the end, and several delightful closing details produce a satisfying finish. (Fiction. 8-11)"
An earnest 13th-century wizard follows his pet dragon through a time/space bolt-hole into contemporary Boston in this lightweight, pleasant fantasy. Read full book review >

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THE BOOKS OF THE KEEPERS by Ann Downer
FANTASY
Released: April 30, 1993

"There's not the dominant major plot found in the earlier books; but that hardly lessens the pleasure of exploring a world where the suspension of disbelief comes so easily. (Fiction. 12+)"
In the third in a series (The Spellkey, 1987, etc.), the author interweaves four main stories and many minor ones in an intricate braid of elves, humans, and their offspring the goblins, all linked by love and magic. Read full book review >

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THE ANIMAL MATING GAME by Ann Downer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A unique and well-organized survey of reproductive behaviors that belongs in every middle and upper school library but will probably not last long on the shelf. (notes, glossary, selected bibliography, index, acknowledgements) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
"Without animal sex there would be no animal life." Read full book review >

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SMART AND SPINELESS by Ann Downer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Science facts more surprising than science fiction for teen readers. (endnotes, glossary, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
The lack of a spine, or even a brain, doesn't keep invertebrates from learning, remembering, and solving problems. Read full book review >

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MADAME SADAYAKKO by Lesley Downer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2003

"A lukewarm portrait of a red-hot international star of a century past."
Hot on the heels of Mineko Iwasaki's Geisha (p. 1198) comes this biography of a once-renowned but now-forgotten Japanese courtesan, dancer, and actress. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1995

"The Tsutsumis await a savvier Boswell to bring them to life."
British journalist Downer has bitten off appreciably more than she can chew in this interpretive history of the house of Tsutsumi, one of the wealthiest and least conventional families in conformist Japan. Read full book review >

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SHARK BABY by Ann Downer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2013

"Highlights a side to sharks not often found in picture books, but readers can find better, notably Surprising Sharks, by Nicola Davies and illustrated by James Croft (2003). (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
This tale of an anthropomorphic baby shark trying to find out who he is has shades of both "The Ugly Duckling" and Are You my Mother?Read full book review >

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THE DRAGON OF NEVER-WAS by Ann Downer
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"Harmless, but not especially gripping. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Downer should have left her likable 12-year-old protagonist alone rather than dragging her through this mediocre sequel. Read full book review >

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DOGGONE FEET! by Leslie Helakoski
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Alas, that perky pup can't quite save the limping story, doggone it. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A smiling, spotted dog relates to her owners only through their legs and feet in this visually appealing but rather confusing story about a dog's place in the world. Read full book review >

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FAIR COW by Leslie Helakoski
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"A good addition to collections in need of some new barnyard or self-esteem titles. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Effie the cow's not dissatisfied with her farm, the grazing or giving milk, but she's always dreamed of being a blue-ribbon, award-winning, state-fair cow. Read full book review >

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THE ANIMAL ABC by Leslie Baker
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 2003

An alphabet of rare simplicity. Read full book review >