Search Results: "Roberta Baird"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SWAMP WHERE GATOR HIDES by Marianne Berkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"A pleasing introduction to the swamp appropriate for individual exploration or sharing with a group or class. (author's & illustrator's notes, further resources) (Picture book. 3-8)"
This exploration of the creatures of the Florida Everglades is delivered in a familiar, cumulative House-that-Jack-Built style. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SWAMP WHERE GATOR HIDES by Marianne Berkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2014

"It's visually first-rate, but this gator story deserves a few more digital enhancements—something sonic for a start!—to give the swamp the respect it's due. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
Don't let this well-written swamp story with its layered rhyme structure and sleepy narration deceive you: The mysterious gator will not hide forever, because lunchtime is coming…. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VICTORIA by Julia Baird
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A well-researched biography sensitive to Queen Victoria as a woman."
Australian journalist and historian Baird (Media Tarts: Female Politicians and the Press, 2004) draws on previously unpublished sources to fashion a lively, perceptive portrait of the long-reigning queen. Read full book review >

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SONGS FROM NOWHERE NEAR THE HEART by Jon Baird
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"A convincing premise collapses in a farce that celebrates the excess, hedonism, and craven stupidity in a business where music is the last thing anyone cares about."
Coy, smugly assured satire in which Boston rock musicians mismanage their images in order to vie for a fat recording contract. Read full book review >

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ONE, TWO, SKIP A FEW! by Roberta Arenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 20, 1998

"A joyful book. (Picture book. 4-7)"
With exuberant paper and paint collages, Arenson (A Caribbean Counting Book, 1996) illustrates 20 counting rhymes, many of which dance across the double-page spreads and all of which must be read aloud. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CURSES AND WARFARE  by Jeri Baird
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Deepens characterizations as it neatly sets up Volume 3. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Twins Zander and Alexa are faced with the threat of warfare in this second book of the Tokens and Omen series. Read full book review >

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RED LIGHT RUN by Baird Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A somber but consistently intriguing clutch of heartland tales."
A serial killer, car wrecks, suicide, alcoholism—everyday life in a prairie town gets dark in this debut set of linked stories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO MARRY A MATADOR by Ginny Baird
Released: July 3, 2012

"Unremarkable contemporary romance, cleverly plotted but vague and implausible in the details, and lacking the spark that makes travel romance sizzle."
An American woman traveling to Madrid for an acquisition deal wakes up to find herself married to her dramatic and attractive Spanish colleague; she must decide whether she will seek an annulment or give in to her new husband's pleas to stay married. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GUPPIES OF HILLY DALE HOUSE by Anne Baird
ANIMALS
Released: June 28, 1991

"An appealing, useful book. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Five half-pint realistic stories about a day-care group (the ``Guppies''), each genial episode making its small, wholesome point via demonstration: the toddler who naps in the morning is the only one who's wide awake at lunchtime; an inchworm is fun to hold, but will be happiest outside. Read full book review >

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THE PROBLEM OF THE SPITEFUL SPIRITUALIST by Roberta Rogow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1999

"Sporadically entertaining."
A second outing for Dodgson and Doyle (The Problem of the Missing Miss, 1998). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 1996

"It's not for those seeking hope and solace."
Controlled anger suffuses this thorough scrutiny of the state of breast cancer research, prevention, treatment, and attitudes by an activist and survivor. Read full book review >