Search Results: "Meghan O'Rourke"


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Released: March 1, 1986

"McDermott is working on an animated film, to include this story and two others."
A lighthearted romp of a nightmare, retold with simplicity and an engaging lilt. Read full book review >

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JAMIE O'ROURKE AND THE POOKA by Tomie dePaola
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

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JAMIE O'ROURKE AND THE BIG POTATO by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 1992

"Attractive and amusing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lazy Jamie O'Rourke doesn't lift a finger, even after his wife hurts her hack digging the "praties" they depend on; but he does catch a leprechaun, who gives him a seed that grows into a potato so large that it takes the combined efforts of the village to dig it and, subsequently, to eat it—"until no one wanted to see or hear of potato again." Read full book review >

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THE INCREDIBLE LIFE OF BALTO by Meghan McCarthy
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"An intelligent read-aloud for those not quite ready to tackle the existing independent readers. (maps, author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Every dog has his day, but Balto's life is comparable to an early 20th-century movie star's. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2006

"It's a lighthearted but well-researched glimpse into one of our country's quirkier collective moments, and readers will (justly) come away wondering whether it could happen again. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 9-11)"
Sandwiched between a look at Depression-era radios and a set of fanciful period advertisements, McCarthy delivers a semi-serious account of the 1938 "War of the Worlds" broadcast, illustrating both passages from the script and briefly told descriptions of widespread panic with smudgy cartoon scenes featuring bug-eyed monsters and equally bug-eyed people. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF PATTY AND THE BIG RED BUS by Meghan McCarthy
ADVENTURE
Released: March 8, 2005

"In the final scene, the sisters' blocky conveyance turns out to be up on cinderblocks—but that makes its travels no less exciting, nor less hilarious the disconnect between the pictures and big sister's slanted version of events. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Two siblings travel from a high mountaintop to the sea's deeps, from a circus to deep space, in this tongue-in-cheek tribute to little sisters, and to red VW minibuses, everywhere. Read full book review >

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THE WILDEST RACE EVER by Meghan McCarthy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"Solid research underpins whimsy in McCarthy's latest historical foray. (historical note, photographs, selected bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
In time for the 2016 Summer Olympics, McCarthy spotlights the men's marathon at the first Olympic Games hosted by the United States, held at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Read full book review >

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101 Things I Want to Say to My Daughter, Meghan, on Beginning College by Douglas J. Wood
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 24, 2013

"Endearingly written and easy to read, parents unsure about how to talk to their college-bound kids may find this slim, conventional book helpful."
Wood's (101 Things I Want to Say to My Son, Joshua, on Graduating College, 2013)latest is acollection of wisdom, warnings and reminders for young adults and their parents. Read full book review >

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CITY HAWK by Meghan McCarthy
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"Although this story appears in the lengthy author's note (along with a 'Learn More About Central Park' featurette and a jam-packed bibliography), its curious absence from the body of the text leaves readers with little to care about. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
The year's second book to shine the spotlight on New York City's most famous red-tailed hawk provides fun images but misses the narrative mark. Read full book review >

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SEABISCUIT THE WONDER HORSE by Meghan McCarthy
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 28, 2008

"A winning introduction to the sport of kings for the read-aloud set. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
In the late 1930s, when times were tough and people went to the races to escape, they fell in love with a small, funny-looking, underdog horse gentled and trained so well he beat the elegant War Admiral with an unfamiliar jockey in the saddle. Read full book review >

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THE LONG FIRE by Meghan Tifft
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2015

"An unusual, strikingly written novel about a young woman's desire for understanding and love and how that longing remains familiar in even the most eccentric of circumstances."
A debut novel about a strangely appealing heroine whose lonely search for understanding plunges her into the dark weirdness of her family history. Read full book review >