Search Results: "Lydia Monks"


BOOK REVIEW

NO MORE EEE-ORRH! by Lydia Monks
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"They should attract young listeners. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The braying of Dicky Donkey annoys everyone in town, but are they better off without it? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AAAARRGGHH! SPIDER! by Lydia Monks
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 30, 2004

"Monks's cartoonish illustrations are lively and offer some genuinely funny moments, but they don't save what is essentially a very lightweight story about how spiders are people, too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The resident spider in a human family's home would much prefer to be a pet than a silent bystander, but when she tries to dance fetchingly by the couch or show how clean she is (by hanging out in the bathtub), the family screams "Aaaarrgghh! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CAT BARKED? by Lydia Monks
Released: April 1, 1999

"Readers will be firmly converted to the superiority of the cat's life, and pleasingly distracted by the high-wattage collage artwork. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This candy-colored tribute to cats starts with a particular cat bemoaning, in verse, its lot compared to a dog's life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT THE LADYBUG HEARD by Julia Donaldson
ANIMALS
Released: May 11, 2010

"Read-it-again fun. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Ten googly-eyed farm animals (cow, hen, goose, duck and others) all say just the right things ("Moo," "cluck," etc.) while the ladybug simply listens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAKING BEAUTY by Leah Wilcox
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"This irrepressible read-aloud will have the audience shouting directions at the poor hapless Prince—who could ask for a better endorsement than that? (Picture book. 3-8)"
The team that created the hysterical Falling for Rapunzel (2003) now tackles Sleeping Beauty. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAD DOG MCGRAW by Myron Uhlberg
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2000

"A delightful story, but children shouldn't take its lesson too seriously when dealing with strange 'mad dogs.' (Picture book. 3-8)"
Love conquers fear in a charming story about a boy and a fearsome dog. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FALLING FOR RAPUNZEL by Leah Wilcox
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"And the twist on 'happily ever after' spins a reality-based meaning on the phrase 'falling for you' that kids should find funny. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)"
"Once upon a bad hair day, a prince rode up Rapunzel's way." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SCARIEST MONSTER IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD by Pamela Mayer
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"Will appeal to monsters everywhere. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Thea Dewhickey's parents might be a couple of potato-heads, but they are also overachievers of the worst type: They overachieve for their daughter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FIRES BENEATH THE SEA by Lydia Millet
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"A lush and intelligent opener for a topical eco-fantasy series. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Nature and science in a vivid Cape Cod setting create layers of meaning as 13-year-old Cara and her brothers confront the puzzle of their mother's disappearance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CASANOVA by Lydia Flem
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A thoughtful and intelligent examination of the great lover, but more effective as analysis and literary criticism than as biography."
Flem, a Franco-Belgian psychoanalyst and author, takes a bit of a busman's holiday with this biography/critique of the 18th century's most famous rake. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"Ch†vez skillfully shows the upside and downside to each argument and each outcome, and her ability to turn the subject of a plebiscite into a compelling, widely relevant, and instructive study is admirable."
paper 0-520-21344-0 A strong yet impartial look at the beginning of the end of affirmative action in the US, by a self-proclaimed recipient of its benefits. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SLAVERY INC. by Lydia Cacho
NON-FICTION
Released: May 13, 2014

"It's clear that Cacho, with such passion for her subject, understands far more than her audience will. Unfortunately, she fails to make the connections for those who don't have her background knowledge."
Award-winning El Universal journalist Cacho has a history of crusading for human rights through her work. Here, she chronicles her global travels to document the world of human trafficking. Read full book review >