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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

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 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

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

THE LITTLE BLUE DOGGY by Lionel Daunais
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2012

"A decent offering in terms of music and illustrations, but the bizarre storyline and the complete lack of interaction sink the ship. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
A loosely knit doggy meets his demise when his parents lock him in the bathroom closet for the day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE BLUE DOGGY by Lionel Daunais
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Sublime for some, for others not so much. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The lyrics to the first song of the enclosed 13-song CD comprise this book's illustrated text and provide its title. 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

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 8, 2011

"By unveiling the complexity of something as simple as a smile, the author provides surprising insights into culture and psychology."
A winning smile is widely recognized as social currency even by our primate cousins, but—as LaFrance (Psychology/Yale Univ.) shows—its meaning is not always so obvious. Read full book review >

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FUTURES MADE OF VIRTUAL INSANITY
by Mandy Wan

BOOK REPORT for Warcross by Marie Lu

Cover Story: Technicolortastic
BFF Charm: Heck Yes!
Swoonworthy Scale:
 6
Talky Talk: Absolute Sci-Fi
Bonus Factors:
 Team Tournament, Cat-and-Mouse, Hackers, Easter Eggs
Relationship Status: Game On

Cover Story: Technicolortastic

Sure, I could dissect the issues I have with this cover. (Why do the innards of the title look like a digital ...


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