Search Results: "Mary Winstead"


BOOK REVIEW

RUBY AND BUBBLES by Rosie Winstead
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"Accompanied by typeface that sometimes varies to reflect the text, they are comic and cute enough, but they can't quite get this lightweight story off the ground. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Ruby is a little girl with an active fantasy life: Her pretend full-time job, twins and TV chat show keep her well-occupied and content, but all it takes is one well-delivered dis from her mean-girl neighbors to rock Ruby's world. Read full book review >

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SPROUT HELPS OUT by Rosie Winstead
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2014

"High, sly entertainment for troublemakers and helpers alike. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Big sister Sprout happily takes on any domestic duty (babysitting, housecleaning, laundry, dishes), but she leaves merry mishaps and minor misbehaviors in her wake. Read full book review >

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LIZZ FREE OR DIE by Lizz Winstead
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2012

"Intermittently interesting—if only there were more evidence of the 'observational humor' through which the author long made a living."
An odd book that falls into the gap between memoir and essay collection and one that lacks the amount of laughter or revelation that readers expect from an author who is known for comedy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMEDAY by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"Charmingly depicted and child appealing, kids will respond to the subtle message that it's okay to dream big. (Picture book. 4-7)"
What little girl (or boy) doesn't fantasize about what the future may bring? 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

CAT & BUNNY by Mary Lundquist
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Listeners will definitely relate to the pain of being left out; this gentle tale offers an opportunity to contemplate one's own role in a solution. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The dedication page's strategic placement of acorns attached to a branch—two intertwined and one, alone, sprouting in the opposite direction—foreshadows the conflict in this story of fluctuating friendships. Read full book review >

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DRAGON PIZZERIA by Mary Morgan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2008

"This playful addition to any fairy-tale collection will be a hit in storytimes. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Two dragons in Fairy Tale Land decide to open a pizza shop. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I IS FOR INUKSUK by Mary Wallace
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A stimulating look at an oft-overlooked culture. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Wallace once again pays tribute to the Inuit people and their Arctic home (The Inuksuk Book, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUEEN OF EASTER by Mary Engelbreit
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Includes a separate paper-doll sheet of Ann Estelle. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Engelbreit's signature character, Ann Estelle, is the star of this Easter story, the fourth in a series with the theme of being a "queen" of various holidays and situations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUEEN OF THE CLASS by Mary Engelbreit
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"Disappointment is majestically turned into exuberance as this protagonist puts her best effort into everything she does. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Ann Estelle is back in school, all excited about the upcoming class-play auditions, certain that she is perfect for the Queen's role. Read full book review >