Search Results: "Posy Simmonds"


BOOK REVIEW

GEMMA BOVERY by Posy Simmonds
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"A moody and energetic variation on an old, old tale that seems brand-new."
A graphic novel updates a relationship that's doomed in the manner of Flaubert's tragic heroine's. Read full book review >

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POSY by Linda Newbery
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"Preschoolers and even toddlers may well wish for more substance to support the sophisticated visuals. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A curious kitten tumbles around the house doing such silly cat things as spider-catching and sofa-scratching. Read full book review >

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MATILDA, by Hilaire Belloc
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

A gruesome tale that originally appeared in Cautionary Verses (1941)—a seriocomic fable along the lines of ``The Boy Who Cried Wolf''; the humor is in Belloc's spritely cadence and his preposterous exaggeration. Read full book review >

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POSY THE PUPPY by Jane Clarke
by Jane Clarke, illustrated by Dynamo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 29, 2016

"It's twee, but it will have its audience. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Cuddly animals everywhere are lucky to have Dr. KittyCat on call. Read full book review >

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MEET POSY BATES by Helen Cresswell
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-9)"
A disappointing early chapter book from a gifted humorist (the popular Bagthorpe books, etc). Read full book review >

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POSY BATES, AGAIN! by Helen Cresswell
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A mid-incident conclusion signifies more to come; it will be welcome. (Fiction. 5-10)"
In a second, funnier, appearance, the heroine of Meet Posy Bates (1991) is still as irrepressible as King-Smith's Sophie, with the difference that, where Sophie's determination leads to success, Posy's schemes (despite blameless intentions) land her in hot water. Read full book review >

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THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. SIMMONDS AND DR. GLAS by Dannie Abse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"Shrouded in the foggy malaise of postwar London: Abse works a fascinating riff on the Dr. Jekyll theme without adhering to it slavishly."
A doctor of questionable sanity becomes infatuated with the wife of his least-liked patient. Read full book review >

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THE BIG BALLOON by Axel Scheffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"A mild, recognizable adventure for toddlers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bright, brief, undeniably cute but still rather bland, Pip and Posy's (The Scary Monster, 2012, etc.) third adventure involves a mishap with a red balloon. Read full book review >

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CHASING SHAKESPEARES by Sarah Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 10, 2003

"Literate, polished literary entertainment."
The question of who wrote Shakespeare's plays stimulates a literary detective story, in this generally engrossing fourth from the author of the Vanished Child trilogy (A Citizen of the Country, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE NEW FRIEND by Axel Scheffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"A well-intentioned but not entirely successful beach outing. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Sea, sun, ice cream, and friendship. Read full book review >

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THE GOOD-PIE PARTY by Liz Garton Scanlon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"A must for every child who has to move away and for teachers and parents who want to help children through these times. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Posy Peyton does not want to move away from her secret clubhouse, her books, her bird feeder or her friends. Read full book review >