Search Results: "Marie Lafrance"


BOOK REVIEW

OSCAR LIVES NEXT DOOR by Bonnie Farmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Farmer grew up in Little Burgundy, decades after Oscar. The underlying focus here is the longing for that neighborhood, since destroyed by an expressway, even more than the music. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Farmer's fictionalized account of Canadian jazz great Oscar Peterson riffs on his childhood in Montreal's Little Burgundy neighborhood. Read full book review >

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THE TWEEDLES GO ELECTRIC by Monica Kulling
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 2014

"A fine joke, well-delivered, and as clever as it is timely. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Mr. Tweedle springs for a new car in this impish tale. After all, it is a new century: the 20th. Read full book review >

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BUNNY THE BRAVE WAR HORSE by Elizabeth MacLeod
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Emotionally charged but never manipulative, Bunny's story and the story of World War I bravery will not be soon forgotten. (map)(Picture book. 6-10)"
Can a horse named Bunny ever be a war horse? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A WIZARD IN LOVE by Mireille Levert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"Both verbally and visually entirely funny—the swooning evil cake is a sight to behold—this offbeat import is a sophisticated treat. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Don't be misled by the flowers on the title page: The story opens to present Hector, a retired wizard, and Poison, his cat, lying on a crumby (as in cookies) bed in a disheveled blue room. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO LIKES THE RAIN? by Etta Kaner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A winner with nature lovers, puddle jumpers, curious young scientists and teachers. (Nonfiction. 4-7)"
A multicultural cast of characters gives their many reasons for liking the rain in this fourth in the Exploring the Elements series (after snow, sun and wind). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A HEN FOR IZZY PIPPIK by Aubrey Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Steadfast and quietly amusing, Shaina is a girl to admire. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Shaina discovers an unusual hen sporting "emerald green feathers with golden speckles," she strives to find its rightful owner. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FIREHOUSE LIGHT by Janet Nolan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 25, 2010

"The bulb has its own website and webcam. (afterword) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
At 109 years old and still burning (and in the Guinness Book of World Records), a real light bulb hanging in a California firehouse not only merits admiration for its durability but also provides a natural anchor for a look at how a small settlement grows over a century into a city. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TWEEDLES GO ONLINE by Monica Kulling
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"No spam, no robocalls, no fundraising appeals…those were the days. Maybe it's time for a crokinole comeback, too. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Riding the cutting edge of change continues to bring mixed blessings for the Tweedles, a turn of the century—the 20th century—clan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARIE CURIE by Elizabeth MacLeod
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Although this offering may not inspire them, readers will discover plenty to appreciate in the subject. (chronology, list of museums, index) (Biography. 8-12)"
A fairly breathless biography delivers the facts in workmanlike style but without the spark of brilliance one might hope would be attached to the subject. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1996

"A perceptive and informative biography. (b&w illustrations, diagrams, chronology, bibliography, index) (Biography. 13+)"
In the Portraits in Science series, an intelligent chronicle of Curie's life, from her struggle to educate herself in Russian-occupied Poland to her successes in France; her pioneering work with her husband; and her troubles and triumphs after his death. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARIE CURIE by Isabel Sánchez Vegara
by Isabel Sánchez Vegara, illustrated by Frau Isa, translated by Emma Martinez
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 2, 2017

"Like other tributes in the series, adequate fare for cluing newer readers in on some worthy role models. (Picture book/biography. 5-7)"
A very first introduction to the great scientist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TI MARIE by Valerie Belgrave
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"The result is a lush period romance in a troubled tropical paradise."
Racism, revolution and love roil the Caribbean island of Trinidad in this sprawling historical melodrama. Read full book review >