Search Results: "Shirley Menendez"


BOOK REVIEW

SHIRLEY by Susan Scarf Merrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2014

"A sidelong portrait of a category-defying writer dovetails surprisingly snugly with the drama of one young woman's coming-of-age."
Fictional newlyweds spend a year living with the author Shirley Jackson in this brooding novel. Read full book review >

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ALLIE, THE CHRISTMAS SPIDER by Shirley Menendez
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"For a better spin on the origin of tinsel, try Shirley Climo's Cobweb Christmas (2001). (Picture book. 4-8)"
With her charming illustrations of a world populated entirely with rabbits, Kneen (Mouse Tail Moon, p. 1479, etc.) succeeds in elevating this rather pedestrian version of an old tale to a higher level. Read full book review >

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SHIRLEY JACKSON by Ruth Franklin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A consistently interesting biography that deftly captures the many selves and multiple struggles of a true American original."
An engaging, sympathetic portrait of the writer who found the witchery in huswifery. Read full book review >

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A LION NAMED SHIRLEY WILLIAMSON by Bernard Waber
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Humor with bite, as it were, given substance by the playful artwork. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lionness bound for a zoo is dubbed Shirley Williamson due to a bad phone connection. Read full book review >

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SHIRLEY JACKSON'S "THE LOTTERY" by Shirley Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A haunting story of humanity's herd mentality, brilliantly rendered."
A stunning graphic adaptation of a chilling classic. Read full book review >

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WELCOME TO SHIRLEY by Kelly McMasters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 21, 2008

"Sincere and expertly researched, but as the story moves away from personal narrative into statistics, history and science lessons, it becomes less compelling."
Powerful though flawed debut explores the author's happy childhood next to a controversial nuclear laboratory that leaked toxic waste into a Long Island aquifer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 16, 1978

"Sparkling."
Through a bathtub drain astride a rubber duck is an unlikely route to a medieval fantasy—for one thing most children's fantasies about drains are nightmares and for another bathrooms and jousting fields haven't the natural association of the pirate ship and beach in Come Away From the Water, Shirley (1977). Read full book review >

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ELLA’S BIG CHANCE by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Hughes has added shimmer to her familiar pen-and-gouache style and elegantly fashioned a delightful, revisionist fairy tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Few illustrators could so stylishly dress up the tale of Cinderella with the dash and glitter of the roaring '20s as Hughes has done here with aplomb. Read full book review >

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THE BIG ALFIE OUT OF DOORS STORYBOOK by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Mom'' and other needless Americanizations, undermining the splendidly evoked British setting. (Young reader/Picture book. 3-8)"
Four longish stories and as many pleasant poems about happy, wholesome experiences for Alfie and his little sister: setting up shop on a cardboard box; camping out with Dad in a real tent near Grandma's (a huge pig provides an amusing midnight disturbance, just scary enough); adopting a rock (``Bonting'') that Alfie invests with so much personality that losing ``him'' at the beach is truly sad (he's found, in the end). Read full book review >

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ALFIE'S 1-2-3 by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2000

"Fans of Alfie will savor this newest adventure while the uninitiated will quickly discover why this series has such enduring popularity with children and adults alike. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Alfie and his little sister Annie Rose are back, this time introducing the numbers one through ten in a playful approach to counting. Read full book review >

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STORIES BY FIRELIGHT by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"As welcome as a cozy blaze on a raw winter day. (Picture book/Young reader. 4-10)"
Another beguiling thematic collection: poems; stories— including a story-within-a-story in which a child convalescing with her mother's artist friend Morag explores a rocky coast, gets on quietly with her own drawing while Morag works, and enjoys Morag's tale of a selkie wife; a wordless ``Midwinter Night's Dream'' in which a young somnambulist sees all kinds of benign fantastical creatures lurking around his home; three fine Christmas entries, notably a British barmaid's harried response to ``A couple requiring a meal and a bed'' (``It's the wrong time of year, as I've already said;/I'd help if I could, with her in that state,/But I'm rushed off my feet and we're so understaffed...''). Read full book review >

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DON'T WANT TO GO! by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Familiar and comforting. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Pleasantly predictable, this new offering from a veteran perfectly captures a typical childhood experience. Read full book review >