Search Results: "Miriam Moss"


BOOK REVIEW

GIRL ON A PLANE by Miriam Moss
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Nonetheless, a quality nail-biter, if other sources are available to help with the history. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
This thinly fictionalized tale recounts a hijacking the author survived in 1970. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BARE BEAR by Miriam Moss
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"McQuillan's textured paintings are friendly and fun, but even they can't rescue the bland, forced rhymes and downright silly story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's best to have a change of clothes, as evidenced by this bear whose line-drying garments are blown away, leaving him . . . bare. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS THE REEF by Miriam Moss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2007

"A handsome, if not completely accurate, addition to the shelf of similar introductions. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)"
For the latest in a string of visits to natural habitats that began with Arctic Song (1999) and This Is the Tree (2000), Moss and Kennaway dip into the Great Barrier Reef to introduce its huge variety of wildlife and to express concern over its vulnerability. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCRITCH SCRATCH by Miriam Moss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Parents may not find this all that amusing—but it is a painless way to bring up an unpleasant topic, and the accurate representation of how easily nits and lice spread will help children (and adults) understand the necessity of vigilance. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Making a brave effort to pair hilarity with head lice, Moss and Durand (The Snoops, 1998) follow a tiny six-legger "no bigger than a freckle," as she (we know because she sports a pink bow) drops into a teacher's frizzy head and proceeds to sing a happy tune—"Oh . . . no one knows from where I came, / A nit, a nibbler with no name . . . Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SNOW BEAR by Miriam Moss
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A warm tribute to the love of a child for its mother with a gimmick that doesn't detract. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Soft snow falls on this delightful story of a young bear's trust that his mother will find him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BABYSITTER FOR BILLY BEAR by Miriam Moss
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

"The appeal of the tale is in its simplicity; there is much that is universal in Billy's story. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Moss's latest is a sweetly reassuring tale about Billy Bear's first time with a babysitter: Mama's friend Lucy is going to look after Billy while Mama goes to pottery class. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUNGLE SONG by Miriam Moss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"As back matter, there's a note from author David Bellamy explaining the ecological importance of rain-forest preservation. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Seduced by a spider, Little Tapir ventures away from his sleeping mother and into the rain forest in this rhythmic coming-of-age ode. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS THE TREE by Miriam Moss
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Until Barbara Bash's Tree of Life (1989) comes back into print, if it does, consider this a useful, attractive placeholder. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
The text may not be quite up to the pictures in this lyrical tribute to the baobab, but children will come away with at least a glimpse of the astonishing biological microcosm that grows on and near these monumental fixtures of the African plains. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JIGSAW by Miriam Moss
by Miriam Moss, illustrated by Tony Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The book is suddenly pointless, and a use of gaudy typefaces and a jarring page design cannot compensate for the lack of drama. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The book's cover declares, ``Piece together the mystery!''- -but readers' hopes for some sleuthing are never realized in a series of sentences with internal rhyme: ``In a wood beneath a hood—/something stirred.'' Jigsaw-puzzle pieces on each page echo aspects of the full image in the double-page spread. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD HARE DAY by Miriam Moss
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"The best part of this is the title—and that's not even original. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A weak outing from the creators of the Smudge books (A New House for Smudge, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER by Miriam Moss
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: April 30, 1991

"Of some limited use as a vocational introduction; anyone interested in hard information of any depth will need to go elsewhere. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
In the new ``Fashion World'' series—brief overviews of aspects of the fashion industry—an introduction to what it takes to begin and carry on this career, with sharply reproduced color photos and the outlooks of some important photographers presented in brief quotes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS THE MOUNTAIN by Miriam Moss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Overall: lovely. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The great mountain supports a complex system of flora and fauna. Read full book review >