Search Results: "Margaret Spengler"


BOOK REVIEW

THE HAPPIEST HIPPO IN THE WORLD by Danielle Steel
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Well-intentioned, perhaps, but utterly forgettable. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Pedestrian writing, a predictable plot laden with well-meaning didacticism and a not-entirely-believable happy ending prevent this effort by prolific novelist Steel from living up to its limited potential. Read full book review >

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READY OR NOT, DAWDLE DUCKLING by Toni Buzzeo
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Though Hide-and-Seek Daisy (2001), with its lift-the-flaps, was a bit more engaging, toddlers will identify with this friendly duckling who does things his own way. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The American cousin to Come Along, Daisy! (1998) returns in this sweet sequel to his eponymous debut. Read full book review >

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DAWDLE DUCKLING by Toni Buzzeo
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"In the end, the duckling follows his mother's directions for the first time, just in time to save himself from the toothsome creature lurking at water's edge, making Buzzeo's gentle lesson just right for the preschool set. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In her sophomore outing, Buzzeo (The Sea Chest, p. 949) introduces a duckling that likes to do his own thing: "Across the bay / on the blue waves rolling, / one Mama Duck / paddles and quacks. / One, two, three ducklings / swim behind / But the fourth little duckling / dawdles and dreams." Read full book review >

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WHAT’S THAT AWFUL SMELL? by Heather Tekavec
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"EWSLUGp2003 will enjoy this nose-wrinkling barnyard romp, though most would propose an earthier punch line. (Picture book. 6-8)"
After a terrible odor in the barn knocks back Duck, Sheep, and other sometime residents, they decide that the culprit has to be the piglet—but no matter how much they wash, fumigate, or otherwise try to freshen up the little guy, the stench remains. Read full book review >

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STORM IS COMING! by Heather Tekavec
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

A clever suspense story for very young children also gently shows them the face(s) of silly fears. Read full book review >

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ANIMAL STRIKE AT THE ZOO. IT’S TRUE! by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"Young readers will not only stumble over the text's markedly irregular metrics, they are also likely to wonder how animals on strike are different from those on the job, as standing or sitting idly about is what real zoo residents usually do anyway. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Sunny scenes featuring dot-eyed, shiny-surfaced zoo animals give this otherwise ill-conceived outing visual polish, at least. Read full book review >

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LITTLE LOON AND PAPA by Toni Buzzeo
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"SQUEEZE the air out, TUCK his feathers tight, WIGGLE his feet, and WAGGLE his wings, which, after a third reading, lap-sitters will enjoy repeating. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Like many a human youngster, Little Loon resists his father's efforts to teach him how to dive—until scary encounters with a moose eating weeds, a bear eating a fish, and a beaver gnawing down a tree send him swimming and diving away from the dangers just like his Papa taught. 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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MARGARET THATCHER by Charles Moore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Moore will probably not change minds about the Iron Lady, but readers inclined to be as fair-minded as he will find much of interest in his account of her years in power."
British historian/writer Moore delivers the second volume in his authorized biography of the pioneering—and divisive—prime minister. Read full book review >