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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

INTO THE FOREST by Anthony Browne
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Not as whole, perhaps, as Outside Over There, but a fine, unsettling evocation of emotion nevertheless. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little boy's anxieties over his absent father channel themselves into a deeply metaphorical journey through a fairy-tale forest to Grandma's. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO CATCH A MOUSE by Philippa Leathers
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"Clemmie in a trench coat, using what she's learned, is worth the price of admission alone. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Ginger kitten Clemmie keeps her house mouse-free…or does she? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 21, 2004

"No longer outlaws, perhaps, but the author shows enough of these riders remaining wary of selling out to keep their misfit status intact."
Entertainment Weekly music critic Browne (Dream Brother, 2001) takes an informative look at the uneasy interface of alternative sports and corporate America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Readers genuinely interested in exploring both sides of the controversy of women as soldiers will quickly realize they're getting only one here."
Dense polemic arguing that women are unfit to serve in the armed forces will likely convince only those who already agree with the author's contention. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE LADY AGENCY AND THE PRINCE by Hester Browne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Lacks the panache of Little Lady, Big Apple (2007), but Browne's less-than-perfect princess is still a delight."
Third installment in the romantic misadventures of brassy, sassy Melissa Romney-Jones. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE EDGE OF PLEASURE by Philippa Stockley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2004

"Repellent characters redeemed by saucy, vivid writing."
Brazenly romantic debut about a London golden-boy artist who hits the skids but redirects his wayward life with the help of a nice girl from the neighborhood Read full book review >