Search Results: "Martine Perrin"


BOOK REVIEW

COCK-A-DOODLE WHO? by Martine Perrin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"For die-cut surprises read Laura Vaccaro Seeger's Lemons Are Not Red (2004) or Hervé Tullet's The Book with a Hole (2011) instead. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Die-cuts and a rhyming question-and-answer format showcase animals and patterns. Read full book review >

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AT THE SAME MOMENT, AROUND THE WORLD by Clotilde Perrin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"A very fine working of story, information, art and culture. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Published first in French in 2011, Perrin's elegant construction looks at children and young people around the globe eastward from the Greenwich meridian. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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A CHILD'S DELIGHT by Noel Perrin
Released: Nov. 7, 1997

"Despite the periodic lapse into cuteness, this is quite a delight itself and should send parents and kids alike scurrying to library shelves in search of Perrin's picks."
Perrin (First Person Rural, 1990, etc.) follows up his popular collection A Reader's Delight with a similar garland of essays on underappreciated children's books. Read full book review >

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CHATTER by Perrin Ireland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"Self-conscious analysis of a cooling marriage fails to work as a metaphor for world affairs."
Literary fiction picks apart politics and a marriage, often confusing the two. Read full book review >

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ANA IMAGINED by Perrin Ireland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"Even Ireland's division of her unsettling evocation into a brief 'beginning' and a long 'middle' acknowledges that stories like Ana's, and Anne's, can have no end."
A novel-within-a-novel whose author chooses a Sarajevo woman glimpsed on a TV newsreel as a way of exorcising her own long-suppressed demons. Read full book review >

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COOL'S RIDGE by Ursula Perrin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1996

"Any writer pounding out the same thematic chords in successive works risks redundancy, but here the notes sounded seem to sink deeper in, giving characters a worn but comfortable feel, and their personalities a subtle, complex texture that comes from aging well."
Pursuing themes and situations near to the heart of her five previous novels (The Looking-Glass Lover, 1989, etc.), Perrin here places a troubled young woman on an upstate New Jersey communal farm, where she must cope with an inadequate marriage—as well as with her severely dysfunctional family—before discovering who she is and what she really wants from life. Read full book review >

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CALVIN by Martine Leavitt
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Equal parts coming-of-age tale, survival adventure, and love story, this outstanding novel also sensitively deals with an uncommon but very real teen issue, making it far more than the sum of its parts. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Calvin's personality seems to have been destined: he was born on the day comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes" ended, his grandfather gave the infant a Hobbes-like tiger toy that was his constant childhood companion, and his best (and only) friend was always Susie. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Readers will be gobsmacked that this first effort at a longer work can be this good. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Her father has died (of a heart attack, her mother says), her brother Barnaby has run away, and her mother loves her but is not home much, but Cedar B. Hartley, 12, is a feisty heroine with a "green thumb for people." Read full book review >

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RISING FROM THE DUST by Martine Carlsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"A fantasy that, despite some uneven prose, offers some fresh characters and unique twists for the genre."
Carlsson weaves gritty realism and mystical lore into an epic fantasy about classic themes of love and war. Read full book review >