Search Results: "Philippa-Alys Browne"


BOOK REVIEW

A GAGGLE OF GEESE by Philippa-Alys Browne
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"There is also a troubling inconsistency in the use of anthropomorphization and fancy: Badgers blather, squirrels snicker, and finches flirt while the rest of the animal kingdom behave pretty much according to the norm. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Other books have used the theme of collective nouns for animals; this one features a rhyming text—``A leap of leopards jumping/A colony of ants following/A crash of rhinos thumping/A pod of hippos wallowing''—and vividly colored (nearly neon) paintings by Browne (African Animals ABC, p. 1277). Read full book review >

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AFRICAN ANIMALS ABC by Philippa-Alys Browne
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The union of animals and the alphabet is already a fundamentally happy one, but Browne makes them look made for each other. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Newcomer Browne goes on an intrepid alphabet safari, with big and beautiful pictures of wild things in the wild woods, painted in a fauve palette. Read full book review >

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KANGAROOS HAVE JOEYS by Philippa-Alys Browne
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A lavish, informative work. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Browne (A Gaggle of Geese, 1996, etc.) presents a parade of vibrantly colored, intricately patterned portraits of animals and their young. Read full book review >

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THE ANIMALS OF THE CHINESE ZODIAC by Susan Whitfield
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 28, 1998

"A history of the development of the Chinese zodiac follows the story, as does an interpretation of the attributes of each animal's qualities. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Yet another book taking on the story behind the Chinese Zodiac; there have been at least eight since 1991, among them Clara Yen's Why Rat Comes First (1991), Demi's The Dragon's Tale and Other Animal Fables of the Chinese Zodiac (1996, not reviewed) and Ed Young's Cat and Rat (1995). Read full book review >

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ALYS, ALWAYS by Harriet Lane
Released: June 12, 2012

"Controlled and precise, Lane's writing bewitches with its undertones of implied meanings and carefully hidden secrets. This is a gem."
In a dark forest, on a lonely road, in the bleakness of winter, Frances Thorpe sees the strange, illuminated contours of something within the trees. Read full book review >

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PHILIPPA FISHER’S FAIRY GODSISTER by Liz Kessler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Told in the alternating voices of Philippa and Daisy, the tale unfolds with an appealing mixture of tenderness and irony. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
With her best friend moving away and her quirky parents embarrassing her to no end—their camper-van honks to the tune of the Hokey-Pokey—11-year-old Philippa Fisher wishes she had a fairy godmother to change everything about her. Read full book review >

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THE LAWRENCE BROWNE AFFAIR by Cat Sebastian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"In a crumbling castle in Cornwall, two inauthentic men from vastly different registers of Regency society find in each other an authentic and passionate love. Another exquisitely written, deeply romantic novel from Sebastian."
A London swindler falls for his mark, a mad earl, in this Cornwall-set Regency romance. Read full book review >

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PHILIPPA FISHER AND THE FAIRY'S PROMISE by Liz Kessler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Young, bullied Tommy, however, is a new character with some future. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The power of friendship bucks the rules and regulations of the Above the Clouds command center—ATC for short—in this convoluted third installment in Kessler's airy series exploring the gateway between the fairy and human worlds. Read full book review >

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PHILIPPA FISHER AND THE DREAM-MAKER’S DAUGHTER by Liz Kessler
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Kessler addresses hefty themes in this compelling story—nightmares, the scary dad—and allows the girls' friendship to assuage painful feelings of growing up. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In this somewhat darker follow-up to the fanciful Philippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister (2008), lonely Philippa, just shy of 12, is ensconced on a rainy cottage vacation with her lovable hippie parents and faced with some mature issues of grief and death. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2015

"An elegant, pleasantly obsessive study of a 'life of tolerance, humour, serenity and untiring curiosity.'"
A biography of the peerless 17th-century English writer and scientist that finds new relevance in his deeply observant, encyclopedic writings about man and nature. Read full book review >

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THE ENCHANTER’S FOREST by Alys Clare
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2008

"Clare's latest fantasy set in the England of the 1100s (Heart of Ice, 2006, etc.) is better enjoyed as mystical history than detective fare."
A knight, a nun and a mysterious forest dweller combine their talents to solve mysteries. Read full book review >