Search Results: "Maggie Callanan"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1992

"No lugubriousness or false cheerfulness here, but acute observations and astute advice on a difficult topic."
Impressive insights into the experience of dying, offered by two hospice nurses with a gift for listening. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUG DETECTIVE by Maggie Li
by Maggie Li, illustrated by Maggie Li
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"For readers who can get beyond the use of the generic 'bug,' this could be an engaging invitation to explore the world of small creatures. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Curious facts about familiar invertebrates are packaged with a magnifying glass for extended observations. Read full book review >

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PAISLEY by Maggie Smith
by Maggie Smith, illustrated by Maggie Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2004

"However, humor aside, Smith's tale of true bliss discovered and dreams achieved sends a heart-warming message that younger readers can treasure. (Picture book.5-8)"
Smith's hilarious tale recounts the misadventures of a stuffed elephant's search to discover his "Perfect Match." Read full book review >

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THE CLOUD ATLAS by Liam Callanan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2004

"A haunting story that will remind many of Ondaatje's The English Patient—and that merits the comparison."
Georgetown professor, NPR commentator, and first-novelist Callanan expertly fictionalizes one of WWII's least-known stories. Read full book review >

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ALL SAINTS by Liam Callanan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"A misfire, but interesting for its realistic understanding of the goals we set for ourselves and the survival skills that enable us to live with our failures."
A thrice-divorced theology teacher wrestles with her own and others' human weaknesses in this earnest successor to the Wisconsin author's highly praised debut, The Cloud Atlas (2004). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHOCOLATE MOOSE by Maggie Kneen
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 20, 2011

"The sweet message of friendship and sugary illustrations cannot overcome the book's basic illogic. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A chocoholic moose misreads "mouse" on a help-wanted sign and ends up working at Mrs. Mouse's bakery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN YOU'RE NOT LOOKING by Maggie Kneen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The soft pictures have appeal. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Young imaginations are tempted in this counting book that invites readers to invent stories to go along with illustrations and captions, sort of a version of Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (1984), with its sinister quality counterbalanced by greeting-card pretty double-page spreads. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AND I HAVE YOU by Maggie Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Very sweet but not particularly fresh. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A celebration of the mother-child bond. Read full book review >

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PIGS IN PAJAMAS by Maggie Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2012

"Practicable if not peerless practice for picking up plosives. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Presenting a precious piggy pajama party. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS YOUR GARDEN by Maggie Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 1998

"Perhaps best of all, in the gathering exuberance of the little girl's flowerbed, there is real provocation to get a garden going, to see if the glorious raucousness of Smith's pages can be duplicated in the earth. (Picture book. 5-8)"
PLB 0-517-70993-7 A primer for young gardeners, tuning them in to the basics for starting a garden and then maintaining it. Read full book review >

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WE KNOW IT WAS YOU by Maggie Thrash
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Don't just skip this, run from it. (Mystery. 13 & up)"
An elite Atlanta prep school harbors shocking and deadly secrets. Read full book review >