Search Results: "Michael Oatman"


BOOK REVIEW

TINY PIE by Mark Bailey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2013

"A muddle. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ellie the elephant learns to make a tiny apple pie. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BARN SAVERS by Linda Oatman High
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Lewin's realistic, detailed watercolors portray both the hard work involved in recycling old barns and his own respect for such buildings and their heritage. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Readers will look upon old barns with new eyes after they encounter this straightforward picture book from High (The Beekeepers, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOUND HEAVEN by Linda Oatman High
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Somehow, in the act of abandoning all credibility, High (Maizie, 1995, not reviewed) endows her story with sneaky, knock- you-over charm. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Orphaned Silver Nickles lives with her crusty grandfather, Pawpaw, in a tar-paper shanty. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: April 1, 2004

"So bad it's almost campy. (Fiction. YA)"
Plot summary alone cannot convey the awfulness of the poetry in this over-the-top melodrama. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAIZIE by Linda Oatman High
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1995

"The narrative veers unconvincingly between hillbilly colloquialism and lofty imagery; not that a girl from the Pennsylvania mountains can't have a poetic notion, but nothing Maizie says indicates that such thoughts are forthcoming, and so they always jar. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Maizie, 12, is older than her years; her mother left the family four years ago, right after sister Grace was born, and her silent, gloomy father has a drinking problem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A HUMBLE LIFE by Linda Oatman High
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Illustrations and prose magically come together in this rich view of a culture that's reminiscent of a peaceful dream. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a poetic look at life in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, High (Under New York, p. 184, etc.) takes the reader through the seasons, illuminating the existence of Plain People. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OTHERWISE by Linda Oatman High
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"More likely to confuse than to provoke thought. (Dystopian romance/verse. 12-16)"
In a near-future United States, unisex gender presentation becomes mandated by law. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEENY LITTLE GRIEF MACHINES by Linda Oatman High
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"So swiftly do the pages turn, however, the story may stay with readers, but the poetry probably won't. (Verse fiction. 12-18)"
An outcast at school and within her own family, "Lexi / (rhymes with sexy) / Mcleen, sixteen," articulates a life of desperation and determination in this verse novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE AMAZING ELEPHANT by Linda Oatman High
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Interesting but uneven. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A middle-grade friendship and family story plays out against a circus backdrop. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLANET PREGNANCY by Linda Oatman High
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Irregular, sing-songy rhyme may distract readers at times, but the realistic pull of both Sahara and her pregnancy will keep teens engaged, wondering if she'll end up calling the baby her own. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
When she sees that fateful pink line, 16-year old Sahara knows that life as she knew it, life as a West Texas Dixie Queen, is over. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COOL BOPPER’S CHOPPERS by Linda Oatman High
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Not the weightiest tale on the shelves, but still good silly, be-boppin' fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
When Cool Bopper, the saxophonist of the Snazzy Catz Jazz Club, loses his false teeth during a particularly impassioned scat, he loses his bop at the same time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CHRISTMAS STAR by Linda Oatman High
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"Whatever readers surmise from the text—that this is either the person who has stolen the gifts and had second thoughts (along the lines of How the Grinch Stole Christmas) or another person entirely returning stolen goods—it's more odd than magical. (Picture book. 4-6)"
From High (Hound Heaven, 1995, etc.), a Christmas story set in the Depression features an element of mystery that may leave readers more puzzled than uplifted. Read full book review >