Search Results: "Melanie Williamson"


BOOK REVIEW

MASHA AND THE BEAR by Lari Don
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Wit, humor and a resourceful heroine come together in an irresistible folk tale for early readers and young listeners to savor. (Early reader/folk tale. 4-7)"
Who's afraid of a big bad bear? Read full book review >

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THE GREAT NURSERY RHYME DISASTER by David Conway
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Reminiscent of the craziness of Jane Breskin Zalben's Hey, Mama Goose, illustrated by Emilie Chollat (2004), and Alison Jackson's If the Shoe Fits, illustrated by Karla Firehammer (2001), this fits the genre with zany precision. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Little Miss Muffet turns a series of familiar nursery rhymes on their heads when, sick of that scary spider, she escapes into the pages of the book to find a new rhyme. Read full book review >

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THE WHEELS ON THE BUS by Stella Blackstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Why settle for ordinary? Ride a 'chicken bus' in Guatemala! (Picture book/song. 3-6)"
The familiar song gets a new setting in this trip to a Guatemalan market. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEVER TRUST A TIGER by Lari Don
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"An excellent addition to both the folk tale genre and the early-reader shelf. (Folk tale/early reader. 4-7)"
Does one good turn deserve another? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT FAIRY TALE DISASTER by David Conway
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Children may get a giggle or two but may find the lackluster ending unsatisfying. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Old Big Bad Wolf is tired and wants a more relaxing fairy tale to be in, so he leaves the pigs behind. The results are not good. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THAT PESKY DRAGON by Julie Sykes
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Appealing and quirky, if slight. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Little Izzy saves the farm from a medieval threat. Read full book review >

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THE TORTOISE'S GIFT by Lari Don
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"This Zambian tale adapts well to the early-reader format. (Folk tale/early reader. 5-7)"
Is a tortoise too small and slow to be of any help? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HUNGRY WOLF by Lari Don
retold by Lari Don, illustrated by Melanie Williamson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Youngsters will laugh along with the lovable lamb in this Wile E. Coyote prototype. (Early reader/folktale. 5-7)"
There's nothing as tasty as lamb for dinner…. Read full book review >

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THE FLIGHT OF THE GOLDEN BIRD by Duncan Williamson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"Sit back and listen to the words of the old folks and their bygone ways. (glossary of Scottish words) (Folk tales. 8-12)"
More traditional tales from Scotland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MORTAL SINS by Penn Williamson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2000

"Except for a superfluity of sentences like `He took her there on the floor, with swift, rough lust,` this is quality hokum, aided immeasurably by outrageously melodramatic characters and amusingly hard-bitten dialogue. Don't miss the miniseries."
Hot-blooded sex, hoodoo, and homicide in the Queen City (during the Roaring Twenties) are the savory ingredients of this turbulent potboiler concocted by The Romance Writer Otherwise Known as Penelope Williamson. Read full book review >

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SINGING WITH THE TOP DOWN by Debrah Williamson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"Pauly's voice has some charm, but even 13-year-olds might find the story cloyingly innocent and optimistic."
A young girl deals with her parents' death while driving with her aunt from Oklahoma to California in this work of spiritual uplift from romance novelist Williamson. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RES PUBLICA by Alan Williamson
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"It's hard to decide what's more annoying: Williamson's strange sense of the 'us' in history, or his fanlike idolatries."
Williamson, a professor at Univ. of Calif. Read full book review >