Search Results: "Squeaky Oak"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 1997

"Bravin's research on the crucial years is admirable, but his final product is incomplete and only intermittently interesting. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First serial to Buzz magazine; author tour)"
This biography of Lynette ``Squeaky'' Fromme—would-be assassin of President Ford—leaves large portions of her life unexplored, focusing in full only on her years in the Manson Family and her attempt to shoot the president. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OAK by William Bryant Logan
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"The Royal Oak, the democratic oak, an oak for every season and purpose, all respectfully, admiringly and insightfully laid out for readers to marvel at. And marvel they will. (30 illustrations, not seen)"
The biography of a tree that has been collectively embraced for its multifaceted grandeur. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STORY OF MISS MOPPET by Beatrix Potter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 2011

"Potter's story of an abusive relationship between Miss Moppet the cat and Mouse is given short shrift in this shoddy, derivative app. Readers will be left feeling teased and unsatisfied, even if they're unaware far better Potter apps exist. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
There's homage and then there's pure imitation, and in this adaptation of Beatrix Potter's cat-and-mouse tale, the developer has clearly studied the template created by Loud Crow Interactive and created a cheap, off-putting knockoff. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SQUEAKY CLEAN by Simon Puttock
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"McQuillan (Get Well Soon Book, not reviewed) illuminates the story with her brushstroke textures of pudgy cuteness brightened with sparkling colors on silky paper. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The three little piglets in this rambunctious tale, like most wee ones, have a knack for getting downright filthy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOLOMON’S OAK by Jo-Ann Mapson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A tender portrayal of those left behind in the wake of tragedy."
Mapson's quirky, character-driven novels (The Owl & Moon Café, 2006, etc.) explore loneliness under the big skies of the West, and this effort is no exception as a young widow rebuilds her life on her Central California farm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SQUEAKY DOOR by Laura Simms
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"Wickstrom's cartoon-style illustrations are appropriately lively and funny. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A favorite story by a gifted storyteller makes a winning picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SQUEAKY DOOR by Margaret Read MacDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"A historical note on the origins of the tale is included in the end page. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An inventive grandma, a noisy door and a bevy of barnyard animals provide the perfect ingredients for a rib-tickling tale in this adaptation of a Puerto Rican folksong from MacDonald. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SQUEAKY, CREAKY BED by Pat Thomson
ANIMALS
Released: May 13, 2003

"Rather ungraciously, the tale's antecedents are not acknowledged—but like earlier versions, notably Laura Simms's variation, The Squeaky Door (1991), it still makes a fine tale for telling, replete with animal noises and loud cries. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
Thompson adapts a cumulative folktale told by Pura Belpre and others, in which a timorous lad acquires a cat, a dog, a piglet, and a parrot as bedmates to help him get over his old bed's squeaks and creaks. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SQUEAKY AND THE STINKY MOUSE by Sarah Cash
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2017

"A sweet animal tale effectively conveys a basic but important message."
A debut picture book, the first installment of a series, features an adventurous mouse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A GATHERING AT OAK CREEK by Walt Davis
Released: June 22, 2012

"An uneven novel, but readers interested in modern ranching and the history of West Texas will likely find much to enjoy."
A New Yorker, a cowboy, a Mexican and others meet at a West Texas ranch in Davis' (How to Not Go Broke Ranching, 2011, etc.) novel about love, life and cattle raising. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AS AN OAK TREE GROWS by G. Brian Karas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2014

"Young readers may be charmed to realize that the tree sprout near the old oak's stump could by now be a sapling. This will invite repeat visits. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
From acorn to huge tree, an oak provides the focal point for this clear and simple look at over two centuries of change in a single landscape. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1994

"Intriguing stuff—if you can tolerate the author's ghastly blend of pseudoscience, fantasy, myth, gnarled prose, absurd plotting, and general air of self-importance."
Another of Kennealy-Morrison's (previously billed simply as Kennealy) Keltiad yarns and the second installment of a trilogy, the Tales of Arthur (begun with The Hawk's Gray Feather, not reviewed). Read full book review >