Search Results: "Rebecca Makkai"


BOOK REVIEW

THE HUNDRED-YEAR HOUSE by Rebecca Makkai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2014

"Makkai strikes a smartly absurdist tone as her characters nervously await impending doom from the uneventful Y2K bug, but while the novel is both funny and smart at times, Makkai fails to make the estate the foreboding character it needs to be to both ground and uproot these privileged characters who can't see how lucky they are and how self-absorbed their lives have become."
Two married couples find themselves cohabitating in a guesthouse on the rich—and possibly haunted—estate of Laurelfield, once an artist and writer's colony. Read full book review >

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THE BORROWER by Rebecca Makkai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2011

"Smart, literate and refreshingly unsentimental."
A children's librarian in Hannibal, Mo., finds herself on a long, strange trip in Makkai's ruminative first novel. Read full book review >

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HANK HAS A DREAM by Rebecca Dudley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2014

"Choose this book for the art, as the dream Hank recounts doesn't make for much of a plot. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Little bear Hank dreams away, watched over by his hummingbird friend. Read full book review >

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BUSY FARM by Rebecca Finn
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2012

"Though bright and busy, it's the movable parts that really make this farm a memorable one to visit. (Board book. 1-3)"
A farming family's work is never done. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU ARE TO ME by Rebecca Doughty
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Minor, but nice. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A pig and a rabbit are best buddies—pig wears stripes, rabbit polka-dots—and the pig, in the simplest and warmest of terms, is trying to explain their friendship in words. Read full book review >

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WHEN MARCUS MOORE MOVED IN by Rebecca Bond
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"In addition to relating the joy of discovering a new playmate, the work validates the anxiety of children being displaced by a move (despite the glossy ending), making it doubly worthwhile. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Although Marcus Moore's moving day begins lonely and empty; it closes with a new best friend found on a bustling block. Read full book review >

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THIS PLACE IN THE SNOW by Rebecca Bond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"A fine, warm addition for wintertime story hours. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The natural beauty and wonder of winter abound in this light and lovely tale, as birds, squirrels, rabbits, a mouse and an opossum arrive at different times during a day and evening to feast on seeds and corn kernels thoughtfully strewn in the snow by an unseen hand. Read full book review >

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IS THAT AN ELEPHANT OVER THERE? by Rebecca Elgar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"The book's construction is sturdy enough to survive repeated safaris. (Board book. 1-3)"
Take veteran searchers for Eric Carle's Spot into wilder country with this laminated board book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE LONELY LION by Rebecca Elgar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Vivid illustrations, cheerful characters, and an upbeat tempo enliven a jovial tale. (Lift-the-flap. 1-4)"
A lonesome lion's search for companionship results in an impromptu animal party in this frolicsome read-aloud counting adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEFORE YOU by Rebecca Doughty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A celebration of friendship that uses metaphors to excellent effect. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Doughty explores the difference one person can make. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ESCAPE FROM BAXTERS' BARN by Rebecca Bond
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"Ironically, by choosing such a dramatic catalyst, the author weakens the adventure's impact overall and leaves readers to ponder the awkward coincidences that propel the plot. (Animal fantasy. 8-10)"
A group of talking farm animals catches wind of the farm owner's intention to burn the barn (with them in it) for insurance money and hatches a plan to flee. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY NO, NO, NO DAY! by Rebecca Patterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Its elemental nature will bring the point home to the youngest readers, though it does not replace the classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bella has a daylong (leading to a long-day) case of the grumps, and she shares them with each and all. Read full book review >