Search Results: "Lin Oliver"


BOOK REVIEW

OLIVER by Birgitta Sif
Kirkus Star
by Birgitta Sif, illustrated by Birgitta Sif
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"A lovely gift—aglow with warmth and welcome—for those who feel, or have ever felt, different. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A delightful tale about a boy who is different and his discovery of a kindred spirit, gracefully written to celebrate dreamers and readers—and those who need not change to find friends. Read full book review >

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OLIVER by Christopher Franceschelli
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"The back of the book proclaims that what happens in this story is '[b]ecause miracles happen.' Children may not be so sure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Picture-book minimalism is taken to an almost unnatural extreme with this avant-garde presentation of a very familiar concept. Read full book review >

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OLIVER by Judith Rossell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Next time your child asks to shove a banana down the drain, go for it. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Young Oliver goes down the drain, literally… maybe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TAM LIN by Jane Yolen
Released: Oct. 1, 1990

"The result—despite the excellent efforts of both collaborators—is somewhat stultifying, especially for such a vivid story."
The prolific Yolen's latest is a pretty tale based on Scottish lore: Young Jennet MacKenzie vows that she'll reclaim Carterhaugh, a great estate fallen into disrepair, for her family. Read full book review >

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MAYA LIN by Jeanne Walker Harvey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Overall, a fine celebration of a renowned woman artist. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
A concise biography introduces the Chinese-American artist and designer Maya Lin, best known for her architectural plan for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TAM LIN by Susan Cooper
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 29, 1991

"A rich comparison for readers lucky enough to see both."
Another excellent presentation of the Scottish legend, quite different in flavor from the recent Yolen/Mikolaycak version (p. 1255/C-227), Cooper makes more of a feminist point of her heroine's independence, introducing "Margaret" as a rebel who remarks that she is "not a flower waiting to be picked. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHEE-LIN by James Rumford
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2008

"An annotated map at the end graphically dramatizes Tweega's journey. (author's note) (Picture book. 7-10)"
Rumford presents the remarkable story of an African giraffe that was captured and sent to China in 1414. Read full book review >

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TAM LIN by Pamela Dean
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 24, 1991

"But the energetic prose carries the dithering plot along comfortably, and when the Otherworld does intrude, it is as creepy, seductive, and threatening as it is in the ancient tales themselves."
Despite their titles, the novels in the Fairy Tales series (Patricia C. Wrede's Snow White and Rose Red, 1989) are not simple retellings of familiar stories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE POEMS FOR TINY EARS by Lin Oliver
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A tenderly crafted collection that captures the joyous individual moments of infant discoveries. (Picture book/poetry. 6 mos.-2)"
Twenty-three original, first-person poems for the very young. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOUND BENDER by Lin Oliver
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Ultimately, readers will feel this has all been done before. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
A young adolescent boy discovers secret, amazing powers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2008

"Book #2, Escape of the Mini-mummy, is due in September. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When Granny Nanny's goulash brings on a shrinking spell, Daniel Funk discovers an identical twin brother who has always been the size of his fourth left toe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"The celebrity co-author may draw some of the former. (Fiction. 9-11)"
A clunky but well-meant series kickoff featuring, as the subtitle has it, "The World's Best Underachiever." Read full book review >