Search Results: "Melissa Suber"


BOOK REVIEW

TOUGH CHICKS by Cece Meng
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 16, 2009

"Sublime and original. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mama Hen's three new chicks just won't be cute—or good, much to the dismay of all the barnyard residents, except their proud Mama. Read full book review >

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MILO THE REALLY BIG BUNNY by Stephen Krensky
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"For a clearer take on the same theme, there are any number of other choices. (Picture book. 6-8)"
This tale of a clumsy, oversized rabbit who comes through in the clutch is a flop from start to finish. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO SHOULD MELISSA MARRY? by Doris Cassiday
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"But there's no denying that fashion writer Cassiday's moderately interesting son-of-Silhouette romance is easier to take than the telegraphic, wildly formulaic demises of the Robinses."
That publicity-surfing entrepreneur Bill Adler, who created and decimated the Robins family (Who Killed the Robins Family?, 1984, etc.), is at it again, this time with another contest novel. Read full book review >

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MELISSA PARKINGTON’S BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL HAIR by Pat Brisson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

Melissa's long, thick, shiny black hair impresses everyone. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOME WRITER! by Melissa Sweet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A masterful biography that will enchant young readers. (author's note, afterword, timeline, source notes, bibliography, about the art) (Biography. 7-12)"
A celebration of the life and work of New Yorker writer and children's-book author E.B. White. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIZZA DAY by Melissa  Iwai
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Yummy! (Picture book. 4-7)"
In a summertime parallel to Iwai's warmhearted Soup Day (2010), while mother is at work, a father and child spend the day making pizza using homegrown vegetables and homemade dough. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POPPY’S PANTS by Melissa Conroy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2009

"A marketing tie-in does not literature make. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Penelope, a pink rag doll with pink yarn hair, struggles to mend a hole in the khaki pants her grandfather, a pink rag doll with gray yarn hair, likes to wear, eventually patching them with just the right aquamarine thread. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CARMINE by Melissa  Sweet
ANIMALS
Released: April 4, 2005

"Includes Granny's recipe for alphabet soup. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The illustrator tries her hand at words and images in this delightful alphabet and fairytale twist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THIRD CHILD by Marge Piercy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"In all: simplistic politics, convoluted plot, and a heroine too whiny and self-centered to pity."
The message of the prolific Piercy's latest (Sleeping With Cats: A Memoir, 2002, etc.) seems to be that conservative politicians make bad parents as well as bad leaders. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FINISHING TOUCH by Betty Rowlands
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1992

"Charmless, with gooey romantic twinges and predictable swipes at greeting-card artist-students, faculty wives, and the like."
Melissa Craig, the most successful crime writer since Agatha Christie (A Little Gentle Sleuthing, 1991), is now offering a course at the Mid-Cotswold College of Arts and Technology, where the usual faculty types abound: the stodgy dean; the Lothario lecturer; the soul-tormented tutor; and the gorgeous, sexy faculty secretary—here, Angelica, who's promoted (just like that) to replacement art teacher. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >