Search Results: "Sandra Klaassen"


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Scenes and Sequels by Mike Klaassen
Released: April 28, 2016

"A rare and mostly engaging dive into the nitty-gritty of scene construction."
Klaassen (Hansel and Gretel, 2016, etc.) discusses the foundational structures of fiction in this how-to guide to writing.Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE

"The chapters about Gerit's life as a frog in the wild are entertaining, but this retelling adds little depth or nuance to its source material."
This fairy-tale novella retells the Brothers Grimm's classic "The Frog Prince" as a parable on the importance of keeping promises. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"An orderly, no-frills guide to the craft of fiction writing."
Klaassen (Cracks, 2014, etc.) identifies 11 different aspects of writing fiction in this how-to manual.Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE

"An embellishment of an age-old folk tale that adds intriguing elements while remaining faithful to most of the original story."
A novella offers a retelling and expansion of "Hansel and Gretel." Read full book review >

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CRACKS by Mike Klaassen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 2017

"An immersive YA novel about teens attempting to survive increasingly extreme scenarios."
Klaassen (The Frog Prince, 2017, etc.) tells the story of a troubled teenager forced to survive after a natural disaster in this YA novel.Read full book review >

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Backlash by Mike Klaassen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2016

"A captivating tale that should appeal to history buffs, period drama fans, and readers who want to learn about the War of 1812 through the human experience rather than a textbook."
A historical novel intertwines the adventures of an array of characters, recounting important events of the War of 1812 through multiple perspectives. Read full book review >

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TICKLE TIME! by Sandra Boynton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 16, 2012

"Sure to prompt little fingers into joyful action. (Board book. 1-3)"
A favorite baby-and-toddler activity receives an upbeat celebration that will get those fingers going. Watch out! Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: April 9, 2007

"Teachers in the upper-elementary grades will want to enlist Miss Perfect's help in their letter-writing lessons, and parents and grandparents who would like to encourage proper behavior from their own little beasts will find Miss Perfect's approach commendable. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
An articulate bird named Miss Perfect serves as the advice columnist for the Beastly News in this witty collection that entertains while subtly conveying information about manners and letter-writing conventions. Read full book review >

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GROWING UP WILD: PENGUINS by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"Though the text is considerably franker than most, this is patchy, uninspired work, not up to Markle's usual excellent standard. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
The author of the popular "Outside and Inside" series sticks to outsides in this photo album for younger readers—but the verbal and visual messages are definitely at odds. Read full book review >

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OUTSIDE AND INSIDE GIANT SQUID by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Fascinating. (glossary/index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
As long as a city bus, with eyes as large as volleyballs, the giant squid is a thing of nightmares. Read full book review >