Search Results: "Martine Gourbault"


BOOK REVIEW

PETER AND THE PIGEONS by Charlotte Zolotow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Not to be mistaken for a primer on prejudice (Peter is tolerant of the other animals; he just prefers pigeons): a pleasant outing of familiar proportions, just child-sized. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Peter loves everything about pigeons. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY FATHER IS IN THE NAVY by Robin McKinley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 1992

"An attractive vignette. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A popular novelist (The Hero and the Crown, 1985 Newbery Award) makes her picture-book debut with a perceptive glimpse of an experience that has the autobiographical feel of Yolen's All the Secrets of the World (1991). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE GIRL AND THE DRAGON by Else Holmelund Minarik
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 1991

"The whimsically offbeat story makes a good vehicle for Gourbault's debut; her greedy dragon is just scary enough and not very bright, the child refreshingly assertive and self-possessed. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The author of Little Bear (1957) concocts a wry modern fable. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KETURAH AND LORD DEATH by Martine Leavitt
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Keturah's quest is lovely if (given its folktale style) not so original, but her unexpected solution to the puzzle leads to a thought-provoking and unabashedly sentimental conclusion. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
This lyrical tale adds surprises to the search for true love. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HECK SUPERHERO by Martine Leavitt
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 15, 2004

"The lightness of her language yet carries a moving story of a spunky kid who learns he has to live in the real world. (Fiction. 12-14)"
This splendid comedy-drama about a 13-year-old boy who finds himself on the streets when his incapable mother abandons reality, will appeal to both reluctant and serious readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VIRTUALLY HUMAN by Martine Rothblatt
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A thoughtful philosophical exploration of the role of virtual humans in our future."
Computers cannot mimic human consciousness, and human-level artificial intelligence may not be possible for centuries, according to many scientists—but not according to the author of this ingenious book, who commissioned a "mindclone" of her spouse, which contains memories and has the ability to talk and express emotions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A TASTE FOR NIGHTSHADE by Martine Bailey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"For fans of conniving—and not particularly lovable—rogues and roguesses."
A novel set in northern England in the late 18th century, with plenty of local color, romance, intrigue, and deception. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

MARTIN ON THE MOON by Martine Audet
Kirkus Star
by Martine Audet, illustrated by Luc Melanson, translated by Sarah Quinn
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"No classroom clichés here. Rather, creativity and inspired teaching in full bloom. (Picture book. 4-7) "
Daydreams on the first day of school lead to a happy ending thanks to a refreshingly responsive teacher. Read full book review >

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MOLLY & PIM AND THE MILLIONS OF STARS by Martine Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Warm and wise for middle-grade readers who appreciate just a hint of the fantastic. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When her mother is accidentally transformed by a powerful potion, Molly learns to accept the magic in her own life. Read full book review >