Search Results: "Lisa Hanawalt"


BOOK REVIEW

BENNY'S BRIGADE by Arthur Bradford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"A perfunctory plotline, buried among visual wonders that more than compensate. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this bland but surreal tale two children find a tiny walrus in a nut. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Richly illustrated with black-and-white medieval maps, drawings, illustrations, photographs, documents, and artifacts, this impressive history captures an era—its glory and its breadth. (chronology, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 12+)"
A scholarly but involving history of the Middle Ages, roughly covering the 5th—15th centuries. Read full book review >

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LISA CAREY
by Megan Labrise

The Stolen Child may be set on a fairy-filled Irish island, but it is “Magical realism of the best kind, utterly devoid of whimsy,” according to Kirkus’ starred review.

“My friends loved that quote, ‘utterly devoid of whimsy,’ ” says author Lisa Carey, who was recently abroad in Turkey, where we reached her by phone. “They said that ...


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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Exemplary scholarship that blends traditional, painstaking research with contemporary approaches and understandings. (Ten halftones)"
In a densely informative, fluid, and often charming study, Hanawalt (History/University of Minnesota) dashes the widely accepted notions that medieval society lacked the concepts of childhood and adolescence as we understand them, and that it disallowed the cultural space for the expression of these states of development. Read full book review >

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LISA BUNKER
by Megan Labrise

Some of the best advice Lisa Bunker received for writing a book had nothing to do with writing a book.

“The best advice I ever got for naming a child was ‘use all the names you love,’ ” says Bunker, author of Felix Yz. “By the time the next kid comes along, you’ll love different names—don’t hold one for ...


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FOR VALENTINE’S WEEK, A HAPPY READING SIGH
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

I’ve been waiting to read Lisa Kleypas’ Devil in Spring since I heard it was coming. Combining her current Ravenel series with the Wallflowers is a stroke of brilliance—and since one of my all-time favorite romance couples is Sebastian and Evie – and this one matches their son Gabriel with the quirky entrepreneur Pandora Ravenel – I simply ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE ABOMINABLE SNOW TEACHER by Lisa Passen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

Passen once again mines B-grade monster movies, as Irma Birnbaum—dubbed "the toughest teacher in town," but "most obsessive" would be more like it—undergoes a third form- and character-altering transformation. Read full book review >

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THE ALIENS ARE COMING! by Lisa Thiesing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Rock on. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
In this lighthearted riff on both Beatlemania and Orson Welles's "War of the Worlds" broadcast, Peggy—cast in Thiesing's high-energy cartoon illustrations as a pig with a period wardrobe headlined by a pink poodle skirt—becomes increasingly alarmed at media reports that "Aliens" are taking over the world. Read full book review >

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THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING TEACHER by Lisa Passen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Expect the unexpected in this purely pleasurable tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Miss Irma Birnbaum, "the toughest teacher in town" and star of Passen's Attack of the 50-Foot Teacher (2000), returns in this hilarious end-of-the-school-year adventure. Read full book review >

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FAT, FAT ROSE MARIE by Lisa Passen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Like Claire, readers may not be sure that her assertiveness takes the best form, but that—plus the incisive caricatures in Passen's colorful illustrations—makes the story all the more thought-provoking. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Though everyone else teases new girl Rose Marie because she's fat, narrator Claire (freckles, heavy glasses) likes her company, and the two become good friends. Read full book review >

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PROFESSOR WHISKERTON PRESENTS STEAMPUNK ABC by Lisa Falkenstern
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 15, 2014

"Though just a context-void bagatelle for actual children, perhaps teen and adult steampunk enthusiasts will take a look. (Picture book. 12 & up)"
Here's another ABC book that takes an unusual theme and manipulates the device for a very sophisticated audience. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF BEANBOY by Lisa Harkrader
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2012

"With a full comic adventure that includes a farting superhero, this is an excellent recommendation for kids transitioning between graphic novels and traditional books. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Can drawing the winning entry for a comic-book contest solve all of Tucker MacBean's problems? Read full book review >