Search Results: "Margaret Chamberlain"


BOOK REVIEW

PLEASE DON’T TEASE TOOTSIE by Margaret Chamberlain
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

"Eyebrows resume contented position. (Picture book. 3 & up)"
Tootsie's angry eyebrows on the cover say it all: Don't mess with the cat. Read full book review >

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BOOM, BABY, BOOM BOOM! by Margaret Mahy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"One cool Mama, one cunning baby and five opportunistic animals—yum, yum, fun. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This reissue of Mahy's 1997 publication illustrated by Patricia MacCarthy rings with her familiar, infectious rhythm and repetition and is rejuvenated with new illustrations. Read full book review >

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A BUSY DAY FOR A GOOD GRANDMOTHER by Margaret Mahy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"A delight. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Urgently, Scrimshaw telephones his mother for help: Wanda's left him with Sweeney, who's teething, and only some of his grandmother's cock-a-hoop honey cake will mollify him. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"But fun's the main event, in the form of an incredibly intricate plot and continuous wordplay and hilarity- -enough for a dozen more ordinary books. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In the antic spirit of The Blood-and-Thunder Adventure on Hurricane Peak (1989), another from the irrepressible New Zealander's past—published abroad in 1983, a farce involving a young man who escapes managing "Ye Olde Pyratte Shippe Tea Shoppe" to set sail with his staff, already suitably costumed, in the shop/ship, now christened the Sinful Sausage in honor of their hoped-for exploits. Read full book review >

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MISS BUTTERPAT GOES WILD! by Malcolm Yorke
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

Curled up in the teachers' room with her knitting and tea, Miss Cushy Butterpat is the epitome of dull; when she tells her class that, during vacation, she ``might stow away on a ship to South America, explore the jungle, live with a tribe of Indians, canoe down the river...'', they say, ``You do tell whoppers.'' But that's what she does, though her adventures, which comprise most of the book, are even more exciting, especially in Chamberlain's lively, cartoony illustrations. Read full book review >

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MARGARET THATCHER by Jonathan Aitken
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"More than serviceable, but best for readers of conservative views themselves. Others will want to turn to more critical commentators."
An admiring biography of the Iron Lady by a former "Tory back-bencher" who played a role in her government. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 28, 1998

"Scoop-seekers are somewhat better off with Thatcher's memoirs."
The most comprehensive and representative collection to date of the former British prime minister's landmark speeches, edited by longtime Thatcher adviser Harris. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Chronology; notes; index. (Biography. 12+)"
Fuller was a unique woman in the 19th century: a friend of Emerson and his circle, one of the first woman journalists in the US and its first ``female'' foreign correspondent; her tract, Woman in the Nineteenth Century, had a seminal influence on the early feminist movement. Read full book review >

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I'M ME! by Sara Sheridan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"This is a fine way to spend the day, no doubt, but in a story that seems intended to celebrate the imagination, it provides a most contradictory and unsatisfying conclusion. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When Imogen arrives at her Aunt Sara's house for the day, she announces that she is ready to "play pretend." Read full book review >

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PINK! by Lynne Rickards
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"For another look at unconventional penguins, pair with And Tango Makes Three. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Whoever heard of a pink penguin?" and "BOYS CAN'T BE PINK!" exclaims Patrick when he inexplicably wakes up covered in the pastel hue. Read full book review >

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MY TWO GRANNIES by Floella Benjamin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Chamberlain's bright, childlike illustrations capture all three worlds and add a gently humorous touch. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Alvina loves her two grandmothers more than anything. Read full book review >

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THE WHEELING AND WHIRLING-AROUND BOOK by Judy Hindley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Logic doesn't always prevail (if a quantity of water were dropped into space it would become ice, not a spherical drop of liquid), but on the whole the ubiquity and utility of round things are explored engagingly and broadly. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-10)"
This addition to the Read and Wonder series is a lighthearted survey of round shapes and, particularly, different types of circular motion. Read full book review >