Search Results: "Susie Jenkin-Pearce"


BOOK REVIEW

ROSIE AND THE PAVEMENT BEARS by Susie Jenkin-Pearce
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

"Predictable and somewhat overstated, but told with enough realism and verve to hold interest; the author's freely drawn, cartoon-style illustrations are lively and nicely expressive. (Picture book. 4- 8)"
Timid Rosie, smallest in her class, dreads bullies; still, when they taunt her about stepping on the cracks (``The bears'll get you''), she's assertive enough to do just that, on purpose. Read full book review >

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PHOEBE AND THE MONSTER MAZE by Caroline Castle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 1997

"Jenkin-Pearce, known for more comic works, provides in her watercolors the right measures of fire and gentleness that the story demands. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Monsters, big and small, can use a touch of empathy—so learns Phoebe when she finds a small shell and brings it to her mother. Read full book review >

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WRIGGLY PIG by Jon Blake
ANIMALS
Released: May 22, 1992

"Despite the contrived outcome, similar sufferers will enjoy seeing themselves (or their young) so amusingly depicted—especially in the nonstop activity evoked by Jenkin-Pearce's irrepressibly wiggly fine lines and splashes of color. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Wriggly Pig can't keep still: he's a pain in the car, kicks sand at the beach, and distresses other customers in the cafÇ to which his family is foolish enough to take him. Read full book review >

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BILLY THE BIRD by Dick King-Smith
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"The format of short chapters, large type size, and interspersed full-paged illustrations is suited to readers moving into chapter books, but there isn't really enough action or humor here for most kids. (Fiction. 8-10)"
King-Smith's (The Roundhill, 2000, etc.) reliable fantasies usually focus on an animal with a special talent: a green mouse, an alien rabbit, and of course, that famously chatty, sheep-herding pig. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FINDING SUSIE by Sandra Day O’Connor
ANIMALS
Released: June 23, 2009

"Life on a cattle ranch in the Depression must have been adventurous, but this interpretation lacks much excitement or novelty. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The retired Supreme Court justice recounts her experiences with childhood pets in this overlong story that will not hold the interest of most children. Read full book review >

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SUSIE BRIGHT'S SEXUAL STATE OF THE UNION by Susie Bright
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

Insight, rendered with soul and humor, on sex and sexual politics. Read full book review >

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WAKE UP LITTLE SUSIE by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"The governor of Iowa should give veteran Gorman the key to the state."
This prequel to The Day the Music Died (1999) kicks off with Ford dealer Dick Keys's unveiling of the ballyhooed 1957 Edsel, and his discovery of a woman's corpse in the trunk of one of his futuristic new cars, as dead as the Edsel soon will be. Read full book review >

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The Adventures With Andy & Susie by Donna Hall
Released: April 22, 2016

"An unevenly written but fantastically illustrated children's fantasy."
A cat and her boy explore life around their orchard home and get stuck in a terrific storm in this steampunkish debut adventure by veteran artist Hall. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 1995

"Compelling, nonetheless, and for readers who can stick with it, a more valuable guide to turning around a troubled life than yet another self-help staircase."
A curiously illuminating autobiography of a woman who moved from abused and abandoned toddler to Ph.D. teacher of English and credits it all to ``literacy.'' Literacy is in quotes here because as Hamilton (English/Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ., Indianapolis) uses the term, it refers not simply to the ability to read but to how knowledge gained through writing and reading, from fairy tales to bureaucratic records to Proust, can transform a life. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1992

"Revelatory but regrettably dry work with repercussions for today."
In a thorough and important, if often tiresomely repetitive, study, Solinger (Women's Studies/Univ. of Colorado, Boulder) dissects the politics of female fertility in America from 1945-65, when the strikingly different treatments of middle-class white and poor black pregnant teenagers clearly reflected the demands of a racist, family-centered economy. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2005

"Despite the perils the reckless heroes and heroines court, all three stories have at least moderately happy endings—though the plausible chance that they won't shows you how far erotic fiction has come since Bright first hung out her editorial shingle."
Indefatigable pop sexologist Bright has corralled three varied contributions in a sequel to Three the Hard Way (2004) that could mark a new annual series. Read full book review >