Search Results: "Lynne Chapman"


BOOK REVIEW

DEATH AND THE CHAPMAN by Kate Sedley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A strong debut."
A septuagenarian recalls his youth, when, in 1471, he quit the Benedictines (no calling), became a chapman (a wandering peddler), and discovered his affinity for detective work. Read full book review >

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LOOKING FOR LYNNE by John L. Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2014

"Moore's deep familiarity with his characters makes this latest novel a pleasure to read."
Times change, eras end, and memories bleed into the present in Moore's (The Breaking of Ezra Riley, 2012, etc.) slice-of-life novel set in the contemporary West—the fourth entry in his Ezra Riley series. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"The short length of the poems, humorous illustration and, of course, those ever-popular flaps all combine to make this a sure hit…but beware—exposure to these poems could transform children into Againosauruses. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
The team of Mitton and Chapman present dinosaur lovers with another collection of poems (Gnash, Gnaw, Dinosaur!, 2009). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"With great vocabulary, verses that scan well and a large trim size, this fits well into dinosaur-themed storytimes. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
While seemingly light fare at first glance, Mitton's rhyming verses impart a fair amount of information about their dinosaur subjects, reflecting their behavior, food and eating habits and habitats. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MULE SCHOOL by Julia Rawlinson
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2008

"Chapman's bright, cartoonish chalk pastels heighten the humor. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this quirky but direct take on the "it's okay to be different" theme, Stomper, a polite and caring mule, struggles with his school's curriculum, which focuses entirely on mastering stubbornness skills. Read full book review >

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BIG BAD WOLF IS GOOD by Simon Puttock
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Chapman's hammy pastels, with their hangdog wolf and frantic fowl, ably carry this story of just how hard it is to unsully a bad reputation and that intentions are good only if you keep following through. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The more the Big Bad Wolf tries to shed his big bad reputation, the more he gets the same terrified response from the local bird population. Read full book review >

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CLASS TWO AT THE ZOO by Julia Jarman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Just the ticket for reading prior to a class trip. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A visit to the zoo turns suddenly perilous for a rambunctious class in this bouncy cautionary tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A valuable personal look at what can be a horrendously complex process."
A three-year-long, tear-and-wine-soaked correspondence between two women in hot pursuit of motherhood—-evoking a daunting world of fertility treatments and adoption attempts while offering evidence of the power of determination. Read full book review >

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KANGAROO’S CANCAN CAFÉ by Julia Jarman
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Still, this should amuse young listeners and prompt them to shake it. (Picture book. 3-6)"
After an inspiring trip to Paris, a kangaroo starts his own dance troupe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN COWS COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by Dori Chaconas
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Her cows all have their own personalities, right down to little cousin Dale, who hangs a golden star on Moosha's tail and solves the family's dilemma. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Three amiable bovine sisters always hoof it back to the ranch each year for the holidays, only this year they have a little problem. Read full book review >

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A LARK IN THE ARK by Peter Bently
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"There is no religious content beyond the Noah's Ark premise; this version of the story is just for the fun of peeking behind the 25 flaps. (Religion/picture book. 3-5)"
This British import offers an amusing look at the Noah's Ark story, in a design for preschoolers with sturdy coated pages and a lift-the-flap format well suited to the hide-and-seek theme. Read full book review >

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ROCKY AND THE LAMB by Greg Gormley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"June 2006), illustrated by Nate Lilly. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this unexceptional bully tale, a wolf as "mean and cowardly as a dog at bath time" changes his ways after snatching a box from a cute little lamb in a pink coat, and discovering the literal truth of her claim that it contains a beautiful crown guarded by "the scariest, hairiest monster you could possibly imagine." Read full book review >