Search Results: "Marjorie Dennis Murray"


BOOK REVIEW

DON’T WAKE UP THE BEAR! by Marjorie Dennis Murray
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"The pitch-perfect text is skillfully told with repeated phrases and a polished rhythm that will make this a natural addition to story hours with themes of bears, winter, or animals seeking shelter. (Picture books. 3-6)"
In the cumulative-tale tradition of creatures sheltering in a small space, Murray packs five wild animals into a snow-covered cave with a hibernating bear. Read full book review >

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HIPPO GOES BANANAS! by Marjorie Dennis Murray
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"A communal nuzzle provides a cozy closing note, but such similar tales as Helen Ketteman's Armadillo Tattletale, illustrated by Keith Graves (2000), or Jonathan Meres's Big Bad Rumor, illustrated by Jacqueline East (2000), will play better, even with uncritical readers. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Wasting his considerable talent on a clumsy, illogical tale, O'Malley casts big, rotund, comically frantic-looking animals knocking down trees, dashing hither and yon or tumbling down a steep hillside. Read full book review >

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MY NINE LIVES BY CLIO by Marjorie Priceman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

The whimsical journal of a cat, chronicling its nine lives, lived through the ages. Read full book review >

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HOW TO MAKE AN APPLE PIE AND SEE THE WORLD by Marjorie Priceman
ADVENTURE
Released: May 2, 1994

"Still, fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What if the market was closed when you wanted to bake a pie? Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE THAT ZACK BUILT by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Perfect for giggling and sharing and right on target for lap-time reading. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A new version of a beloved classic. Read full book review >

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I CAN RUN  by Murray Head
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A book new readers will want to take a peek at. (Early reader. 5-7)"
A day in the life of a squirrel for new readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO MAKE A CHERRY PIE AND SEE THE U.S.A. by Marjorie Priceman
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"The rustic, lush illustrations, however, are as delicious as a cherry pie right from the oven, and for readers who really want to make one, there's a simple recipe included. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The visuals take the cake, or rather the pie, in this folksy jaunt across the country. Read full book review >

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HICKORY DICKORY DOG by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2014

"Flawed internal logic mars this slight tale. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Following One Two That's My Shoe (2012), Murray again riffs on a traditional nursery rhyme, keeping its cadences while focusing on a day in the life of Zack and his faithful dog, Rufus. Read full book review >

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ONE TWO THAT'S MY SHOE by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 2012

"Count on repeated readings of this fun and frisky tale. (Picture book. 18 mos.-5)"
In a companion to Apple Pie ABC (2011), Murray reworks another familiar rhyme into a drama pitched perfectly for preschoolers. Read full book review >

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HOW TO MAKE A BIRD by Martine Murray
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2010

"First published in Australia in 2003, the novel offers an especially vivid sense of place—the harsh but open rural landscape and densely populated yet lonely, urban Melbourne. (Fiction. YA)"
Setting off at dawn, carrying a backpack and wearing a long evening gown, Mannie aims to escape her troubled life in small-town southern Australia. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT GARDENER by Marjorie Sandor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Sandor might see her life as Mozart his music, a 'passion for comedy in the midst of the sublimely sad,' but she brings ruefulness, not play, to the endeavor."
There's a distracted, plangent tone to Sandor's (A Night of Music: Stories, 1989) memoir, which unspools in episodic glimpses of bruised sensibilities, indigo moods, and moments when she wakens to brief pleasures. Read full book review >

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SEASONS OF SUN AND RAIN by Marjorie Dorner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Indistinguishable characters harm what could have been an absorbing account of friends accepting their own aging and death."
In mystery writer Dorner's latest foray into literary fiction (Winter Roads, Summer Fields: stories, 1992; etc.), a group of six middle-aged women come to terms with the diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's in one of their own. Read full book review >