Search Results: "Susan Mitchell"


BOOK REVIEW

WHOOSH! by Marilyn Baillie
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"Water babies are sure to wade into this one. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
Filled with onomatopoeia and animals both familiar and new, this book shows children that there are creatures that love water just the way they do. Read full book review >

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DAISY'S BIG NIGHT by Sandra V. Feder
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"Pair this quiet charmer with Eileen Spinelli's slightly more challenging, free verse Where I Live, illustrated by Matt Phelan (2007), for an even broader exploration of poetry. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Back for a third outing, grade-schooler Daisy, a serious collector of words, discovers the joy of poetry. Read full book review >

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DAISY'S DEFINING DAY by Sandra V. Feder
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Transitioning readers, particularly girls, will enjoy seeing Daisy navigate the familiar shoals of elementary school in this better-than-average early chapter book. (Fiction. 5-8)"
What's a girl to do when her young next-door neighbor, Grant, who has just discovered the joy of rhyming, starts calling her "Lazy Daisy" every time he sees her, even at school? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EROTIKON by Susan Mitchell
Released: Feb. 7, 2000

"This is a collection easy to live without."
Mitchell (Rapture, 1992) has published in respected literary reviews in the US and has won awards for her writing, including fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY MOM AND ME by Alyssa Capucilli
ANIMALS
Released: March 24, 2009

"A virtually identical companion, My Dad and Me (ISBN: 978-1-4169-5829-1), will be out in April 2009. (Novelty picture book. 2-5)"
Five different mother-and-child pairs enjoy each other's company in a simple book that makes a stab at multiculturalism without quite succeeding. Read full book review >

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CLAIRE AND THE UNICORN HAPPY EVER AFTER by B.G. Hennessy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"A good entry to the topic of diversity, and an extension to traditional fairy tale collections. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl wonders what it is that makes her fairytale characters happy forever after and takes a magical nighttime journey with her stuffed unicorn to find the answer. Read full book review >

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REACHING by Judy Ann Sadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Ultimately a book that many new parents will reach for as they revel in their love of baby. (Picture book. 1-3)"
This tribute to a loving family will undoubtedly resonate with many doting parents. Read full book review >

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DAISY'S PERFECT WORD by Sandra V. Feder
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"An early chapter book with a pleasantly recognizable cast of characters that, disappointingly, misses the opportunity to gently address a pertinent issue. (Fiction. 5-7)"
Daisy, a collector of admirable words, wants to find the perfect word to give her teacher as a gift. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOO MANY FAIRIES by Margaret Read MacDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Taken alone, master storyteller MacDonald's work shines. (Picture book/folklore. 4-6)"
The magic in this Celtic cognate to "It Could Always Be Worse," summoned by an old woman's complaints about her housework, comes in the shape of crazy-cleaning fairies, who, as soon as they have washed the dishes, swept the floor, made the bed and done the knitting, undo all their work so they can start again. Read full book review >

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TOBY by Hazel Mitchell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Toby is a pleasing pup, but his story doesn't stand out from the crowded pack of dog tales. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
A timid rescue dog learns to get along with his new owners, a lonely boy and his single dad. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The discoveries that compelled their change of heart lend surprising twists to the narrative—one likely to be of great interest to students of Cold War history and true crime."
A former FBI agent and his coauthor spouse revisit a bungled, long-forgotten spy case and turn up the smoking gun. Read full book review >

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THE RAINFOREST GREW ALL AROUND by Susan K. Mitchell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"A lighter, less message-driven alternative to Lynne Cherry's classroom standby, Great Kapok Tree (1990). (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Modeling her text on the folk version of "And the Green Grass Grew All Around" (rather than William Jerome's lurid ballad of the same name), Mitchell tours a tall kapok tree, pointing out for each cumulative verse a cat, a snake, an ant, a frog or other floral or faunal resident of its ecosystem. Read full book review >