Search Results: "Mary McQuillan"


BOOK REVIEW

BARE BEAR by Miriam Moss
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"McQuillan's textured paintings are friendly and fun, but even they can't rescue the bland, forced rhymes and downright silly story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's best to have a change of clothes, as evidenced by this bear whose line-drying garments are blown away, leaving him . . . bare. Read full book review >

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IT’S NOT FAIR! by Anita Harper
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The pictures are great fun with soft, colorful pages showing skewed perspectives, humorous touches and a plethora of anthropomorphized animals. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Here's another entry into the sibling-rivalry pantheon, made different only by the quick understanding of the younger sibling's issues by his big sister and McQuillan's genuinely appealing illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLUCK O’CLOCK by Kes Gray
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Funny stories that make the potentially boring subject of telling time more interesting are welcome any time in the kindergarten and first-grade classroom, and teachers and librarians will be happy to give this tale a few minutes in story hours about chickens or clocks. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A busy day down on the farm is the premise for this lesson in telling time, focusing on a coop full of perky hens with names such as Jane, Marge, and Freda, and their resident rooster, Colin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HAVE YOU SEEN MY POTTY? by Mij Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"This is a sure winner for the toddler and preschool set. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A stolen potty is a disaster for young Suzy Sue, "who had something very important to do." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SQUEAKY CLEAN by Simon Puttock
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"McQuillan (Get Well Soon Book, not reviewed) illuminates the story with her brushstroke textures of pudgy cuteness brightened with sparkling colors on silky paper. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The three little piglets in this rambunctious tale, like most wee ones, have a knack for getting downright filthy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ACHOO! by Mij Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Still, McQuillan's whimsical cartoon animals are full of personality, and her bright colors and humorous details are sure to have readers poring over the illustrations. (Picture book. 3-6)"
After learning to use the potty (Have You Seen My Potty?, 2007), Suzy Sue and her farm-animal friends are back, this time teaching the very young some manners in rhyming verses with a catchy beat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUR TWITCHY by Kes Gray
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"An easy and comforting look at a different kind of family. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Twitchy, a soft white rabbit, is startled to discover the reason his parents don't hop like he does: they aren't his Bunnymom and his Bunnypop, but his adoptive parents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELEPHANT'S GRAVEYARD by Karin McQuillan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1993

"Unforgettable depictions of elephant slaughter, baboon mating habits, etc. An intelligent, at times lyrical, African adventure, told from a moderate feminist perspective."
Impassioned defense of Kenyan wildlife from second-novelist McQuillan, whose heroine, Jazz Jasper (Deadly Safari, 1990), now calls on longtime friend Emmet Laird, champion of the Save the Elephant cause, only to find him dead at his camp in the African bush, while his estranged wife Alicia and her latest lover Greg waffle about what they're doing at the site. Read full book review >

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THE CHEETAH CHASE by Karin McQuillan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"As usual, Jazz makes a blundering but appealing detective whose investigation is wrapped, like Godiva chocolate, around a sumptuous tour of sub-Saharan Kenya."
Jazz Jasper (Elephants' Graveyard, 1993) hasn't had a client for her Kenyan safaris in two months, but she's not exactly idle: She's hunting down whoever left a deadly Saharan scorpion in the loo to sting her friend and host Nick Hunter, a journalist who'd retreated to a private preserve among the Samburu. Read full book review >

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MARY MILLER
by Stephanie Buschardt

Despite its title, there’s not a lot of happiness going around in Mary Miller’s new collection, Always Happy Hour. “There is nothing more disgusting, really, than people enjoying themselves so thoroughly when you’re miserable,” writes Miller in the book’s opening story, a rather grim yet appropriate introduction to the morbid hilarity that’s to come in the following pages. More ...


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CABINS IN THE WOODS
by Leila Roy

There were twenty-five letters in all. They went to girls who lived in apartment buildings in cities and farmhouses in the country and condos in the suburbs. Each letter invited its recipient to spend a week at Camp So-and-So, a lakeside retreat for girls nestled high in the Starveling Mountains, on a merit scholarship. Each letter came with a registration ...
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BOOK REVIEW

SAY HELLO LIKE THIS by Mary Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A hoot (pun intended). (Picture book. 1-4)"
Toddlers and their adults nationwide will welcome with open arms this clever coupling of animal sounds and lift-the-flap elements. Read full book review >