Search Results: "Mary Jane Auch"


BOOK REVIEW

THE NUTQUACKER by Mary Jane Auch
Released: Oct. 15, 1999

Auch (Eggs Mark the Spot, 1996, etc.) offers up an audacious tale starring a unusual band of anthropomorphic creatures. Read full book review >

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OUT OF STEP by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"Jeremy may have some value as a negative role-model, but this heavy-handed story offers little insight into a common domestic situation. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Jeremy, 12, makes himself and his stepfamily miserable until he realizes that other people have feelings too. Read full book review >

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EGGS MARK THE SPOT by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 1996

Eggs Mark the Spot ($15.95, March 15, 1996; 32 pp.; 0-8234-1242-3): A companion to The Easter Egg Farm (1992), this one places Pauline (a hen that can concentrate on a likeness and duplicate it on the next egg she lays) and Mrs. Pennywort at an art museum where they foil an art thief. Read full book review >

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JOURNEY TO NOWHERE by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"From Auch (Eggs Mark the Spot, 1996, etc.), good historical details and a rattling good adventure. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In 1815, Mem's father decides that the family will sell their Connecticut farm and nearly everything else they own to load up a wagon and make the long and hazardous trek to a new home in the Genesee Country of upstate New York. Read full book review >

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAKS by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2007

"Readers will cackle endlessly. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Leaving no yolk uncracked, the Auchs strut their stuff once again with this Thanksgiving tale of an arrogant turkey and the goodhearted hens who take him under their wings. Read full book review >

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PEEPING BEAUTY by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1993

"Grand fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Would-be ballerina Poulette practices constantly. Read full book review >

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POULTRYGEIST by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Predictable, and a bit thin, but good humored throughout. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In the Auchs' eighth "poultry parody," the noisy farmyard animals ignore requests from Clarissa the cow and Sophie the pig to pipe down, until a tall, ghostly figure drives everyone out of the barn the night before Halloween. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCESS AND THE PIZZA by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2002

"With its can-do heroine and its message of 'marriage isn't everything,' this will appeal to everyone—but should definitely be required reading for young girls. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Auch husband-and-wife team (I Was a Third-Grade Spy, 2001, etc.) successfully collaborate on their first picture book, a delightful fairy-tale hodgepodge with a wonderful message about happily-ever-after. Read full book review >

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FROZEN SUMMER by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Readers will have to wait for the third book to see if the surprising outcome—Papa plans to return to Connecticut—holds, making this a refreshing, highly realistic entry in pioneer fiction. (Fiction. 9-14)"
The second installment of a frontier trilogy that began with Auch's Journey to Nowhere (1997) is the vivid story of courageous Mem Nye, who faces responsibilities that would tax a strong adult. Read full book review >

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I WAS A THIRD GRADE SCIENCE PROJECT by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"A glib, funny novel. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-10)"
Brian, the class brain, has come up with a unique science project to execute with his best friend (and the narrator), Josh, and class "moron," Dougie; he'll hypnotize his dog, Arful, into acting like a cat. Read full book review >