Search Results: "Phyllis McGinley"


BOOK REVIEW

A BOY NAMED PHYLLIS by Frank DeCaro
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"While DeCaro can be an incisive observer, his book has about as much lasting resonance as one of his newspaper columns."
DeCaro, a humorist, newspaper columnist, and contributing editor of Martha Stewart Living, offers an insistently breezy memoir of growing up gay in New Jersey. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

APRIL FOOL, PHYLLIS! by Susanna Leonard Hill
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"No fooling—here's a lighthearted romp that highlights an often overlooked holiday. (Picture book. 5-8)"
It's evident some things run in the family for the legendary Punxsutawney Phil's niece Phyllis. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIGS AT ODDS by Amy Axelrod
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Fun.' (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this seventh picture-book title about math, Mr. and Mrs. Pig take the piglets to the county fair for a muddled introduction to probability. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRST SNOW, MAGIC SNOW by John Cech
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"More elaborate than Croll's The Little Snowgirl (1989), and for a slightly older audience. (Folklore/Picture book. 7-10)"
A richly illustrated and gracefully narrated version of a Russian tale, ``The Snow Maiden'': A snowbaby made by a childless woodsman comes to life and delights him and his wife all winter; then, coming too near a spring bonfire, ``Snowflake'' vanishes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A list of square-dancing terms and an author's note provide additional information. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The eighth title in the Pigs Will Be Pigs math-concept series by Axelrod and McGinley-Nally (Pigs at Odds, 2000, etc.) finds the pig family taking up square dancing and passing along lessons about spatial sense and direction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY GRANDMOTHER'S JOURNEY by John Cech
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 1991

"A compelling, thoughtful blend of the light and the dark in human experience, skillfully shaped into a tale suitable for sharing with young children. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Basing his narrative on the experiences of his wife's mother, who was born in Russia in 1907 and escaped westward in a harrowing journey during WW II, Cech tells a moving story as it might be told to a grandchild at bedtime. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"McGinley-Nally shows pigs running happily amok, flashing wit, knowledge, and the electric palette of a single-minded crusade against math anxiety. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In another entry in Axelrod's math-concepts series (Pigs in the Pantry, 1997, etc.) Mr. and Mrs. Pig and their piglets visit a miniature golf course for Mr. Pig's birthday, and get a crash course in simple geometry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIGS WILL BE PIGS by Amy Axelrod
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"Still, the math exercise is made genuinely amusing by the domestic details and by McGinley-Nally's vibrant stylized art, which is not only lively and comical but also pleasingly decorative. (Picture book. 6-10)"
The fridge is bare, the Pig family is hungry, and they're down to their last dollar. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BARTLEBY OF THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI by Phyllis Shalant
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"There are no interior illustrations, but the cover aptly conveys the final amiable relationship that is reached between Seezer and Bartleby when they realize they must put aside their opposite natures and work as a team to reach their final destination. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Shalant (The Great Eye, 1996, etc.) presents a delightful fantasy about a pet turtle named Bartleby who wants to return to his home in the Mississippi. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 2, 2001

"For the woman who has recently joined the bereft sisterhood, reading Greene's book is akin to having someone to share a sigh and a knowing smile with."
A new widow shares her thoughts on matters large and small as she gradually adapts to being single after a lifetime as half of a couple. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURES OF THE ARTIFICIAL WOMAN by Thomas Berger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2004

"Still, who wouldn't pay to hear Sinatra with the sniffles? It is Berger, and it's essential reading."
Berger's deliciously deadpan 23rd reworks the vein of satiric fantasy prominently displayed in such predecessors as Vital Parts (1970) and Regiment of Women (1973). Read full book review >