Search Results: "Lisa Slabach"


BOOK REVIEW

DEGREES OF LOVE by Lisa Slabach
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An engaging story that shines an honest light on what it means to be truly happy."
A realistic, engaging portrayal of love, marriage and second chances. 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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

EXCUSE ME! by Lisa Kopelke
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

The plot of this literally explosive debut may be perfunctory, but the premise will set off fits of giggles. Read full book review >

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QUIET BUNNY & NOISY PUPPY by Lisa McCue
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"For those toddlers who crave more of a story than traditional opposites books offer, this just may fit the bill. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Quiet Bunny's third outing (Quiet Bunny's Many Colors, 2011, etc.) explores opposites as he makes a new friend who is his different from him in every way. Read full book review >

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SQUAWKING MATILDA by Lisa Horstman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"The story chickens out, but the artwork is worth a look. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Mae is always working on a new project, to the detriment of unfinished previous ones, like making Dog glow in the dark or covering cows' cold udders. Read full book review >