Search Results: "Mary Jane Auch"


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THE EASTER EGG FARM by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1992

"A one-idea story, developed with humor and imagination; the vibrant, comical illustrations are sure to appeal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Auch's illustrations for her first picture book have as much humorous verve as her popular books for older children (Mom is Dating Weird Wayne, 1988). Read full book review >

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A DOG ON HIS OWN by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 2008

"A delightful little romp for boys and girls alike. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In this tale told from the mutt's point-of-view, spunky serial-adoptee K-10 believes in his ability to make it on his own without humans, whom he charms but always leaves. Read full book review >

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THE ROAD TO HOME by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2000

"Hold My Hand & Run , by Margaret McAllister (p.717) tells a similar tale set in 17th-century England. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Remembrance "Mem" Nye is delighted to finally leave her father's New York State farm for Connecticut and family. Read full book review >

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ASHES OF ROSES by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Those who stay with the story, though, will be mesmerized by its gripping finale and the loss of so many Roses. (extensive author's note) (Fiction. 11-14)"
Sixteen-year-old Margaret Rose Nolan spends two endless weeks in steerage, coming to New York with her family from Limerick in 1911. Read full book review >

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SEVEN LONG YEARS UNTIL COLLEGE by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"The straightforward plot has likable characters but isn't very compelling; still, Natalie's appealing narration compensates, and the story goes down smoothly. (Fiction. 9-13)"
When Egg McMuffins become the centerpiece and main course of a wedding reception, can other idiosyncrasies be far behind? 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 >

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THE BUK BUK BUK FESTIVAL by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"This one should fly off the shelf frequently and will be eminently useful in author-visit prep. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The latest pun-filled poultry parody from the Auchs (Beauty and the Beaks, 2007, etc.) explores the travails and triumphs of a hen who strives to be a published writer.Read full book review >

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CHICKERELLA by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 2005

"In a market stuffed with fairytale remakes, this one is a must-have for collections. (Picture book. 3-10)"
Another eggceptional addition to the oeuvre of this feather-brained duo unfolds as in the traditional tale: Mom dies (fox in chicken coop), stepmother moves in with two daughters (Ovumelda and Cholestera), father sent away ("wild goose chase"), Chickerella's life goes downhill. Read full book review >

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DUMBSTRUCK by Sara Pennypacker
FICTION
Released: April 15, 1994

"With suitably zany illustrations. (Fiction. 8+)"
In a crackerjack first novel written with the verve of Margaret Mahy at her most sportive, Ivy Greene finds herself inexplicably abandoned by her normally conscientious parents. Read full book review >

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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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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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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 >