Search Results: "Mary Ann Rodman"


BOOK REVIEW

MARY ANN by Betsy James
by Betsy James, illustrated by Betsy James
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A note offers sensible advice on keeping a mantis. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When her best friend moves away, Amy feels bereft: ``I wish there were hundreds and hundreds of Mary Anns,'' she tells Daddy, imagining that it wouldn't matter, then, if one moved away. Read full book review >

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MARY ANN IN AUTUMN by Armistead Maupin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"Agreeable entertainment until the ridiculous denouement."
Maupin continues his popular Tales of the City saga (Michael Tolliver Lives, 2007, etc.) with the return to San Francisco of Mary Ann Singleton after 20 years in the cushy Connecticut suburbs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MALLORY AND MARY ANN TAKE NEW YORK by Laurie Friedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Slight and formulaic. (Fiction.7-10)"
Mallory's friendship with Mary Ann is tested in this latest installment of the long-running series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YANKEE GIRL by Mary Ann Rodman
FICTION
Released: April 11, 2004

"An important addition to the field. (author's note) (Fiction. 10+)"
"Living in Mississippi was like living in a foreign country" to 11-year-old Chicago native Alice Ann Moxley. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JIMMY’S STARS by Mary Ann Rodman
ADVENTURE
Released: May 7, 2008

"Readers will find this emotionally gripping story of love and loss profoundly moving. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In this beautifully crafted story about World War II on the home front, 11-year-old Ellie McKelvey is terrified of losing her beloved brother Jimmy when he is drafted and the family hangs a blue star service flag for him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRST GRADE STINKS! by Mary Ann Rodman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"For young readers approaching this or any other significant transition with trepidation, Rodman's humorous tale serves as a gentle reminder to search for the silver lining. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Rodman's witty take on the harsh realities of first grade, as perceived by those in the trenches, will tickle readers' funny bones. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Ann Mary, Contraception and the Pope of Rome by Nancy Taforo-Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Taforo-Murphy is a born storyteller with a poet's ear and eye, making every line of her hilarious, biting, and vengeful book a pleasure to read."
A debut novel about a religious family that will pack a real wallop for Catholics (or ex-Catholics) of a certain age. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ROLLER COASTER KID by Mary Ann Rodman
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2012

"This gentle book provides a good starting point for conversations about death and how people react to it. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Life can be like a roller coaster. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAMP K-9 by Mary Ann Rodman
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2011

"This empathetic tale should calm the nerves of all novice campers-to-be. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Can skittish Roxie keep her big secret from fellow summer campers? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY BEST FRIEND by Mary Ann Rodman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Lovely. (Picture book. 4-7)"
At the pool each week, six-year-old Lily tries to impress and emulate seven-year-old Tamika. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SURPRISE SOUP by Mary Ann Rodman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"Functions better as a story for picked-on little brothers than for new siblings. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rodman does surprise readers by introducing a big subject (Mom's coming home with a new baby) and switching a bit abruptly to the subject of, well, soup. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A TREE FOR EMMY by Mary Ann Rodman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"A fine introduction to the pleasures of trees, well suited for group and home reading. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Freckled, red-haired Emmy loves trees—her grandmother's impressive mimosa in particular. Read full book review >