Search Results: "Melissa Bay Mathis"


BOOK REVIEW

EARTHSONG by Sally Rogers
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"The music is included on the back of the jacket. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Olive Wadsworth's well-known verse, ``Over in the Meadow,'' has been adapted into a folksong by Rogers; now that song becomes a rollicking read-aloud counting book that glows with rich, jewel-like colors. Read full book review >

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GRANDAD BILL'S SONG by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 1994

"An unusually sensitive and carefully wrought evocation of the impact of a death on a loving family.(Picture book. 4-8)"
Jon asks a question of the others who were close to Grandad too: "What did you do on the day Grandad died?" Read full book review >

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WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY TO BE A COW by Carolyn Lesser
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 23, 1995

"Month by month, Lesser and Mathis create an exuberant paean to life. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What a wonderful way to teach children the months of the year, on a farm where every living thing is snug and secure. Read full book review >

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THE TURTLE AND THE MOON by Charles Turner
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

"A lovely idyll, with just enough story to hold attention. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A solitary turtle observes a daily round of sunning, swimming, and withdrawing into his shell for the night—until one evening he finds an unusual companion: the moon. Read full book review >

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THE LEGEND OF MESSY M'CHEANY by Kathie Lee Gifford
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"Skip. (CD unheard) (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this pointless parable of the sexes, Victorian gender roles—portrayed as inborn—compete with poor scansion for the most awkward element. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TWELVE TRIBES OF HATTIE by Ayana Mathis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"An excellent debut that finds layers of pathos within a troubled clan."
The legacy of the Great Migration from the 1920s to the 1980s infuses this cutting, emotional collection of linked stories. Read full book review >

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THE FIFTH LEVEL by Edward Mathis
Released: April 1, 1992

"Mathis builds up the mystery skillfully before unveiling a secret—and a bloody climax—that should've been left on the cutting- room floor."
Two cases for moody Texas p.i. Read full book review >

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BABY PENGUINS LOVE THEIR MAMA by Melissa Guion
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2014

"A sweet, if uneven, penguin picture book. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Mama Penguin loves her babies, but keeping up with all of their activities has her plain worn out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2011

"This clever marriage of information and illustration soars high. (bibliography of adult sources, quote sources, acknowledgements, period photo) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
This bright, brimming picture biography commemorates Tony Sarg, a brilliant, self-taught artist whose innovative helium balloons delighted legions of Macy's parade watchers from 1928 on. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRISM by Austin Bay
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 17, 1996

"Implausible but readable fantasy for Soldier-of-Fortune fans."
James Bond lives again in a wildly improbable, marginally absurd military thriller that forges high-tech hardware and ESP. Read full book review >

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TO TELL THE TRUTH FREELY by Mia Bay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2009

"Bay's intelligent, hard-hitting study puts Wells' achievements in context and will certainly solidify the standing of this brave activist and writer."
Finely honed feminist biography of an impassioned crusader for civil rights in an era of vicious racial discrimination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 6, 2007

"If climate change means more violent weather, this will make a good primer for those not already vulnerable to the wrath of Mother Nature."
A ferocious day of twisters spotlights the fight to boost survival odds in Oklahoma's "Tornado Alley." Read full book review >