Search Results: "Pat MacEnulty"


BOOK REVIEW

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE by Pat MacEnulty
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 27, 2006

"Less backstory and more prominent roles for the bad guys might have given this more edge."
Fast-paced thriller gives a new twist to the familiar premise of the past catching up to an escaped killer with a new identity. Read full book review >

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WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW by Pat MacEnulty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2011

"An inspiring story of love, loss and the ravages of aging."
Novelist MacEnulty (Picara, 2009, etc.) shares the experience of becoming her 86-year-old mother's caretaker in 2004—a time she describes as "gut wrenching, sometimes grief-filled" but also unexpectedly "rewarding and soul stretching." Read full book review >

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THE LANGUAGE OF SHARKS by Pat MacEnulty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2004

"Once again, novelist MacEnulty (Sweet Fire, 2003) knows how to get your attention, and she's a natural writer. More of her occasional humor, however, would be welcome."
Nineteen dark debut stories, set mostly in Florida. Read full book review >

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SWEET FIRE by Pat MacEnulty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2003

"A frank, moving depiction of a nightmarish slice of American life."
Precisely plotting the slippery slope of a heroin addict's existence, MacEnulty's somewhat autobiographical debut paints a bleak picture but still manages to include a ray of hope. Read full book review >

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PIE FOR CHUCK by Pat Schories
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Fine for a read-alone but like dynamite for a read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-8) "
A pie cooling on a windowsill and passing miscreants of all stripes make for an inexorable combustion. Read full book review >

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TEN RED APPLES by Pat Hutchins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2000

"A welcome addition to the counting-book genre, Hutchins's playful tale is an edifying and energetic romp. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A farmer's bountiful apple tree is besieged by his hungry livestock in this lively countdown from the author of countless clever concept books. Read full book review >

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MY BEST FRIEND by Pat Hutchins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1993

"A deceptively simple story with real insight, refreshing as a bright spring day. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The narrator—a dark-skinned preschooler—describes the many ways her friend surpasses her: she runs faster, climbs farther, eats spaghetti neatly, can do her own buttons, and even knows how to read. ``I'm glad she's my best friend,'' the child reiterates; still, when the friend sleeps over, at bedtime her host is the one who knows that there's no monster blowing the curtains—only the wind. Read full book review >

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MOUSE AROUND by Pat  Schories
ANIMALS
Released: May 9, 1991

"An unusually strong debut. (Picture book. 2-8)"
There's plenty to discover and discuss in this carefully devised wordless story: A baby mouse, awakened by a dripping pipe, falls into the plumber's pocket to begin an adventurous journey that takes it out the door in the resident paperboy's doughnut and to various places around town before—having made numerous transfers (all unobserved by the humans) from one conveyance to another and survived dangers (including a cat and a garbage truck)—it serendipitously makes its way back, via an oblivious visitor's hat, to drop down the kitchen sink through the still-open-ended pipe, into its basement home. Read full book review >

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PANTS FOR CHUCK by Pat Schories
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Ultimately, since Chuck ends up smartly eschewing the pants at book's end, the title even ends up seeming like a misnomer. (Early reader. 5-7)"
A beginning reader with a silly story that may or may not hold up to interrogation about anthropomorphic animals and story logic. Read full book review >

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HARVEY MOON, MUSEUM BOY by Pat Cummings
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"The illustrations are the strength here: Cummings uses lots of color and humor while cleverly showing the relationships between the museum contents and Harvey's tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Cummings brings Harvey Moon back after far too long an absence. Read full book review >

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CAROUSEL by Pat Cummings
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A likable, deceptively simple story that provides a fine model of clemency strengthening an already loving relationship. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Since Daddy's not back, Alex is too upset to enjoy dressing up for her birthday, or even to appreciate the present he's left. Read full book review >

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LITTLE PINK PIG by Pat Hutchins
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Just right. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Each time Little Pink Pig's mother calls him, he's too busy (in a barrel of apples, knocking over a milk can, etc.) to hear; each time she and the growing band of animals that she asks to help give up and move on, he calls ``Wait for me!'' and they don't hear him. Read full book review >