Search Results: "Melinda Long"


BOOK REVIEW

HOW I BECAME A PIRATE by Melinda Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2014

"A lively alternative to the 2003 print version, with judicious audio and interactive tweaks but blessedly free of games and like silly distractions. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
Pans, zooms, gruff vocals and piratical sound effects add even more swash to the buckles of young Jeremy's first encounter with Braid Beard and his disreputable crew. Read full book review >

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PIRATES DON’T CHANGE DIAPERS by Melinda Long
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2007

"Like Colin McNaughton's similarly themed Captain Abdul's Little Treasure (2006), this will engender rousing cheers from mateys of every stripe. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Though "pirates don't change diapers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW I BECAME A PIRATE by Melinda Long
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"This isn't likely to turn pirate wannabees into landlubbers, but it will inspire a chorus of yo-ho-hos. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Thanks to parrot-toting Braidbeard and his gloriously disreputable crew, a lad discovers the ups and downs of a pirate's life in this rousing mini-epic. Read full book review >

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HICCUP SNICKUP by Melinda Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Wickstrom's decidedly cockamamie characters, pop-eyed and slightly frantic, work wonders with the text, yet even still the real magic of this book comes in a read-aloud. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Long presents a fairly charming, old family cure for the hiccups. Read full book review >

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WHEN PAPA SNORES by Melinda Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Lively fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In this hoot of a picture book, a young girl describes the racket created whenever her grandparents snore. Read full book review >

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WILD AND WONDERFUL
by Julie Danielson

At the end of John Cage and Lois Long’s Mud Book, we see a birthday cake made out of mud with dried dandelions for candles. To boot, we’ve been instructed prior to that precisely how to make a mud cake. “Make a wish,” this last page states with unequivocal glee.

I love this. Could there be a better antidote ...


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BOOKS I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO IN JUNE 2017
by Leila Roy

Here we are, at the beginning of summer! (Well, supposedly we’re at the beginning of summer—it’s been cold enough here in Maine that we’re still making fires!)

Anyway! Here are a few of the books I’m looking forward to this month:

Saints and Misfits, by S.K. Ali

This book is easily—EASILY—at the top of my June Want List. I’ve ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE SLEEPING PRINCE by Melinda Salisbury
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 31, 2016

"A tale of monsters—mortal and mythical—that intersects with the previous installment but offers no happily-ever-after conclusion. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
A sensible young woman runs afoul of fairy-tale figures in this high-fantasy sequel set in a typical, white, medieval-ish kingdom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"A worthy concept brought low by abrasive style and slapdash organization."
Feral dogs have their day in this overextended exploration of East St. Louis and its #1 Dog Lover. Read full book review >

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WILLEM’S FIELD by Melinda Haynes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2003

"Uneven mix of silliness and insight that doesn't quite coalesce."
The third from Haynes (Chalktown, 2001; and Oprah-pick Mother of Pearl, 1999) is a family drama mixed with gothic comedy set in rural Mississippi circa 1974. Read full book review >

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THE SIN EATER'S DAUGHTER by Melinda Salisbury
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A slow but satisfying read with impressive depth and emotion. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A peasant girl transplanted to the royal court repeatedly confronts death in her new life as executioner, entertainer and bride. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAVEN’S POINT by Melinda Metz
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Not scary; just disgusting. (Fiction. YA)"
Love defeats evil in mediocre gross-out horror. Read full book review >