Search Results: "Mary Hoffman"


BOOK REVIEW

DAVID by Mary Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Nonfiction masquerading as a novel and failing as either sort of narrative. (character list, historical note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
The author of the Stravaganaza series reveals the muse behind Michelangelo's David. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT BIG GREEN BOOK by Mary Hoffman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2015

"Far too hard a sell for the intended audience. (glossary, websites) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Busy, colorful cartoons accompany text meant to encourage environmental activism in children. Read full book review >

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THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A pleasant retelling enhanced by a truly original presentation. (Fairy tale. 7-10)"
A traditional Grimm tale is retold, with mixed results, in chapter form for "confident readers." Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: April 1, 2007

"Lightly historical and heavily fictional. (Historical fiction. YA)"
In Hoffman's latest, readers will have to suspend plenty of disbelief, and endure a few instances of deus ex machina, as well as the author's lighthearted treatment of many of the tenets of Catholic doctrine that even nonbelievers may find offensive. Read full book review >

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TROUBADOUR by Mary Hoffman
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Serviceable, but it could have been so much more. (Historical fiction. YA)"
Intertwining narratives of the 13th century add up to less than the sum of their parts. Read full book review >

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BRAVO, GRACE! by Mary Hoffman
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"A nice addition to the easily read British series. (Fiction. 8-10)"
The spirited Grace is back with her gang and quite a few changes, in her fourth outing, tackling a host of issues including divorce, moving, her mother's wedding, a new baby, a friend's eating disorder, jealousy and bullying. Read full book review >

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STRAVAGANZA II: CITY OF STARS by Mary Hoffman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A fine read on its own, and a compelling entry in an addictive series. (Fantasy. 11+)"
This second exploration of the dimension of the "stravagantes" sets their wider political intrigues in a more intimate personal context. Read full book review >

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THREE WISE WOMEN by Mary Hoffman
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Deep blues, glowing reds, and rich purples spill over the spreads, lending visual depth to an otherwise disappointingly shallow story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Three Wise Women (32 pp.; $16.99; Oct.; 0-8037-2466-7) This uninspired retelling of the gifts of the magi adds little to the original version. Read full book review >

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WELCOME TO THE FAMILY by Mary Hoffman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Laudable in its inclusivity and content, imperfect in execution. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
In a companion to The Great Big Book of Families (2011), Hoffman and Asquith tackle the myriad ways families are made in the 21st century.Read full book review >

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KINGS AND QUEENS OF THE BIBLE by Mary Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A concluding page locates the stories within the books of the Old Testament. (Picture book/religion. 6-9)"
Hoffman, author of the Amazing Grace and Stravaganza series, offers her third entry in her series of Bible story collections with this thematic exploration of the kings and queens of the Old Testament. Read full book review >

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HENRY'S BABY by Mary Hoffman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

Henry yearns to be one of a group of boys who seem to be special: Skif is ``trendy''; ``The Prof [is] a computer-head''; ``Zip'' is a whiz at sports; Jake is really tough. Read full book review >

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BOUNDLESS GRACE by Mary Hoffman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"Scenes of the Gambia show painstaking research in every lush scene. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A poignant challenge to the myth of the Ozzie and Harriet- style nuclear family and answer for the pain of those who feel their families don't fit the mold. Read full book review >