Search Results: "Penny Ann Lane"


BOOK REVIEW

FIRST SHAPES IN BUILDINGS by Penny Ann Lane
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Worthy but decidedly workmanlike. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Art/architectural historian and former Montessori teacher Lane offers a succession of two-page spreads highlighting a dozen shapes (circle, semi circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, sphere, ellipsoid, cube, cuboid, pyramid and cylinder) that young children can discover in photos and illustrations of a dozen notable structures around the world. Read full book review >

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LET'S NOT DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Cover Story: I Weep for the Big Faced Future
BFF Charm: Meh
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Show and Tell and Tell and Tell
Bonus Factors: Time Travel, The Future
Relationship Status: Hot and (Mostly) Cold

Cover Story: I Weep for the Big Faced Future

I don’t even know ...


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HERE A TROPE, THERE A TROPE
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

Cover Story: Truth in Advertising

BFF Charm: Maybe

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

Talky Talk: The Queen of Dark and Stormy Secrets

Bonus Factor: Mysterious Loner Dude

Anti-Bonus Factor: Dark Secret

Relationship Status: One Date Wonder

 

Cover Story: Truth in Advertising

The cover is a nice callback to ...


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BOOK REVIEW

DINOSAUR ROCKET! by Penny Dale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Combining the popular topics of space and dinosaurs is a surefire recipe for a storytime hit. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Dale continues to put dinos in situations sure to attract preschoolers' attention. Read full book review >

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BETH ANN FENNELLY
by Rachel Sugar

Beth Ann Fennelly’s latest collection defies easy categorization. It is not poetry, though it is like poetry, and not essays, though it bears strong similarities, and it is likewise not fiction, though the pieces are as driven as short stories. “Micro-memoirs,” she calls them; flash-autobiography, prose snapshots as compressed as poems. Some a handful of pages, some ...


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INTERCONTINENTAL LOVE SONG
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

Cover Story: Montell Jordan

BFF Charm: Heck Yes!

Swoonworthy Scale: 8

Talky Talk: Straight Up With a Twist

Bonus Factors: Grunge, Ireland

Relationship Status: First Love

 

Cover Story:  Montell Jordan

This is a pretty clever cover—a denim patch in the shape of Ireland is safety pinned to a ...


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BOOK REVIEW

RETURN TO AUGIE HOBBLE by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"Great fun, with hardly a trope or theme left unspun. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The award-bedizened illustrator offers up his first novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDPA GREEN by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Though this book has lots of adult appeal, it will also be a wonderful bridge to exploring family history with the very young. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An adoring great-grandson and a topiary garden tell the stories of one man's life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HAPPY HOCKY FAMILY MOVES TO THE COUNTRY! by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"The language moves a little past the prequel's 'Dick and Jane' primer level, but the twists are still sudden, sardonic, and as diverting to children as they are to grown-ups. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The Hockys get a taste (and a smell) of rural living in this belated sequel to Smith's deliciously post-modern primer, The Happy Hocky Family (1993). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

D.C. HOPPER by Lane Raichert
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 11, 1992

"Still, a book that will satisfy many young sf fans. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A new author and a new publisher, both experienced in the TV industry, bring care and expertise to presenting a predictable story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABE LINCOLN'S DREAM by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"An adroit blend of humor, compassion and quiet optimism reflects the statesman's character and make this a first choice for February or anytime. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Smith transcends clichés to present a fresh and intimate glimpse of the 16th president. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT'S A BOOK by Lane Smith
by Lane Smith, illustrated by Lane Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Despite Smith's sly title-page introduction of 'jackass' as a legitimate animal label for donkey, this closing gibe refocuses and cheapens the humor into a gratuitous insult that yields no benefit beyond a feeling of superiority. (Picture book. 4-11)"
Saucy hilarity and clever visual characterization make this wide-audience treat delectable until the potentially off-putting final page. Read full book review >