Search Results: "Maggie Shipstead"


BOOK REVIEW

ASTONISH ME by Maggie Shipstead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2014

"Perceptive and well-written though marred by its peculiar chronology."
After satirizing privileged WASPs in her prize-winning first novel (Seating Arrangements, 2012), Shipstead investigates another rarefied world: ballet. Read full book review >

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SEATING ARRANGEMENTS by Maggie Shipstead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2012

"Despite Shipstead's flair for language and scene setting, her characters are worse than cartoonishly unlikable—they are, with the exception of Dominique, yawn-provokingly uninteresting."
New England blue bloods suffer through three days of wedding festivities in Shipstead's debut, a bleak comedy of manners—think a modern-day Edith Wharton on downers. Read full book review >

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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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MY BLUE BUNNY, BUBBIT by Maggie Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"New older siblings won't be blue for long thanks to this sweet, if special, offering. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Part special-stuffed-animal tale, part new-baby story, part craft extravaganza, this picture book has a little something for everyone, so long as that "everyone" enjoys sewing narratives. Read full book review >

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ONE NAKED BABY by Maggie Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"A great addition to any collection. (Picture book. 1-5)"
A day's activities negate the result of a toddler's morning bath in this delightful counting adventure. Read full book review >

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DEAR DAISY, GET WELL SOON by Maggie Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"There is also a refrain—'and sent it over to Daisy'—that will give young readers an opportunity to chime in. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Smith (This Is Your Garden, 1998) tucks a primer of the days of the week and the numbers one through five into the grand notion of being a good friend. Read full book review >

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ANGELS ON ROLLER SKATES by Maggie Harrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Adequate, but not essential. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Six episodes feature familiar childhood experiences with three enterprising siblings and their parents, who manage to transform conflict into good cheer despite the circumstances. Read full book review >

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BIG CITY EXPLORER by Maggie Li
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"Problematic for libraries due to the detachable token, but like Mary Javins' 3-D World Atlas and Tour (2008), the gimmick isn't indispensable to the journey. (review quizzes) (Informational novelty. 6-8)"
A penguin guide conducts prospective tourists on a whirlwind flight over 28 world cities. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING DINOSAUR DETECTIVES by Maggie Li
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"Dinosaur fans will have no trouble digging up better surveys. (glossary, quiz) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A barrage of dino names and facts, with fanciful cartoon illustrations. 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 >