Search Results: "Suzanne Duranceau"


BOOK REVIEW

HICKORY, DICKORY, DOCK by Robin Muller
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"There are too many miscellaneous details, the verse isn't especially clever, and the absurdities are neither funny enough nor intriguing enough to be worth puzzling over. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Despite a pretitle vignette of a landscape draped in droopy clocks, the surreal nonsense here is more dada than Dali. Read full book review >

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WITHOUT YOU by Sarah Weeks
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Library shelves tend to be crowded with portraits of penguin life, but this is an unusually appealing one, with particular resonance for families with temporarily absent parents. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"Where would I be, / What would I do, / Who in the world would see me through . . . " croons a penguin hatchling from the feet of its protective father as, huddled together, the two wait long months for mother's return. Duranceau alternates blue-tinged scenes of gracefully posed Emperor penguin fathers and offspring on land, with undersea views of the mothers, all of whom are off braving the ocean's dangers to feed before returning, at long last, to a joyful reunion. Read full book review >

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THE CALLENDER PAPERS by Cynthia Voigt
FICTION
Released: April 21, 1983

"But knowing that doesn't lessen the suspense or the satisfaction to be found in this engaging, aptly plotted, character-centered identity-mystery."
Less ambitious than Voigt's other novels, this conforms to an established juvenile fiction genre, but it is a superior example of its type. Read full book review >

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TREE BY LEAF by Cynthia Voigt
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1988

"Not an easy book nor one destined to be popular, but surely rewarding for thoughtful readers."
In a spiritual companion to The Runner, Clothilde—another child with an angry, paternalistic heritage—emerges from a traumatic summer with the strength and resolve to go on to a productive life. Read full book review >

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PIGGY MONDAY by Suzanne Bloom
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"A needed theme with enough wit to make it palatable. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In this wickedly humorous tale about the importance of manners, Bloom (The Bus for Us, not reviewed, etc.) brings the reader into Mrs. Hubbub's classroom, where the children spend the day learning an unforgettable lesson in respect. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"An excellent report on a relatively new program. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Since 1977, ``Helping Hands'' has been training capuchin monkeys as assistants to quadriplegics. Read full book review >

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A NUMBER SLUMBER by Suzanne Bloom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Count on this as a solid bedtime-book choice. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A bedtime-book/concept-book mashup for little ones. Read full book review >

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NEXT TOP VILLAIN by Suzanne Selfors
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Another clever, comical story filled with fairy-tale characters' teen progeny. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The Ever After High franchise begun by Shannon Hale with The Storybook of Legends (2013) continues with a new companion series and new author.Read full book review >

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HOTEL RUBY by Suzanne Young
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"While fans of supernatural-romance may want to give this The Shining-meets-The Great Gatsby book a try, readers looking for a less-transparent plot and a more-complicated mystery would do better to look elsewhere. (Horror. 14-18)"
Audrey knows her father is grief-stricken over the death of her mother, but abandoning her and her brother at the home of a grandmother they hardly know is almost unforgivable. Read full book review >

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DR. FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTERS by Suzanne Weyn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"This thriller is saddled with such a wildly contorted plot that readers may be more inclined to snort than sigh. (afterword) (Gothic romance. 11-14)"
Abandoned at birth, twin teen sisters Giselle and Ingrid discover that they've inherited a castle in the Orkneys from their father, Victor. Read full book review >