Search Results: "Shelley Murphy"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 11, 2013

"Solid writing, remarkable details and the addition of Bulger's fairly recent capture make this a worthy addition to the literature of the mob."
A well-researched book claiming to be "the first complete and authoritative account" of the life of criminal James "Whitey" Bulger. Read full book review >

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SENSES AT THE SEASHORE by Shelley Rotner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"To every sense, there is a provocation at Rotner's seashore. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Say what you will about the seashore, it is a stimulating place, a sensual extravaganza. Read full book review >

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THE BACHELOR AND THE BEAN by Shelley Fowles
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2003

"A much-used theme with a clever twist that will bring smiles during each reading. (Picture book/folktale. 4-10)"
Fowles illustrates her first picture book, a magic-pot variant, with luminous watercolors that simply glow on the page like stained glass. Read full book review >

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THE OLD WOMAN AND THE WAVE by Shelley Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Artful collage paintings, with snippets of maps to conjure terrae incognitae, allow the text to achieve its oblique promise of transcendence in the sudden, severe breach of routine. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In this story of deliverance from Jackson, a curmudgeonly old woman discovers her liquid neighbor has greater things on its mind than raindrops and the occasional proffered fish. Read full book review >

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PARTS by Shelley Rotner
by Shelley Rotner, photographed by Shelley Rotner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Great for reading aloud, too. (Poetry. 3-8)"
Stunning full-color photographs and seven playful, brief poems about everyday objects will delight young viewers and care-givers who are invited to guess the objects described in word clues with several accompanying close-up photographs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEATRICE ZINKER, UPSIDE DOWN THINKER by Shelley  Johannes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A kind child in a book for middle-grade readers? There's no downside to that. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Beatrice Zinker is a kinder, gentler Judy Moody. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MIMI’S DADA CATIFESTO by Shelley Jackson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

"Completely spectacular. (Picture book. 7 & up)"
This engaging picture book delivers a pleasurable story, dazzling artwork and a fascinating introduction to Dadaism. Read full book review >

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WHEELS AROUND by Shelley Rotner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A sparkling contribution to a popular subject. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Paint-box bright photographs of wheeled transportation cover the gamut from skateboards and wheelchairs to fire trucks and backhoes. Read full book review >

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GROW! RAISE! CATCH! by Shelley Rotner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"This volume may even lure children (and adults) back to the farm. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 5-7)"
Engaging color photos depict smiling farmers and fishermen (and fisherwoman) and gleeful children eating their products. Read full book review >

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SOPHIA, THE ALCHEMIST’S DOG by Shelley Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Truly magical. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Sophia's master is alchemist to the King, who gives him a yearly allowance to turn lead into gold, something the little brown dog's master has yet to accomplish. Read full book review >

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ACTION ALPHABET by Shelley Rotner
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, the photos crackle with an energy that brings attention to the accompanying words, which punctuate the page in bold white typeface. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The emphasis here is squarely on action; the alphabet takes a supporting role. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HELLO SPRING! by Shelley Rotner
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"Informative fun; engaging photography. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
The changes from winter into spring—especially in the northeastern U.S.—are illustrated with numerous colored photographs. Read full book review >