Search Results: "Sylvie Simmons"


BOOK REVIEW

TOO WEIRD FOR ZIGGY by Sylvie Simmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"A keen-eyed depiction of the rock netherworld's denizens is sabotaged by too many over-the-top scenarios."
A practiced observer offers frantic fictions of rock 'n' roll madness. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Taking on a looming subject with intelligence and wit, Simmons manages to take the full measure of her man."
An elegant, deeply researched life of the Canadian musician, poet and novelist. Read full book review >

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I LOVE YOU, MISTER BEAR by Sylvie Wickstrom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Arranged into three discrete mini-episodes, this girl-meets-bear tale is told in simple cartoons over brief snatches of monologue, with a charm that perfectly captures that special relationship and should please all young listeners deeply attached to their plush companions. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Wickstrom draws inspiration from her own family for a Corduroy-like episode featuring a child and a bear with a boo-boo. Read full book review >

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THE VERY TINY BABY by Sylvie Kantorovitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"A laudably candid effort, unafraid to treat its readership with the utmost respect. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Just because a book fills a need, that doesn't guarantee its quality; fortunately, this book both addresses premature birth and succeeds marvelously. Read full book review >

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ZIG AND THE MAGIC UMBRELLA by Sylvie Kantorovitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2015

"For all its seeming strangeness, a comforting and familiar tale about a journey that ends in companionship and contentment. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A magic umbrella transports Zig to a faraway place where adventure and friendship await. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF NIGHTS by Sylvie Germain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Sometimes short on inner energy, but, overall, a gloriously beautiful, gem-studded tapestry of human desire and suffering."
Germain's sixth book is her first to appear in English: a poetic saga that sweeps its way through a century of French history by following the generations of a symbol-rich family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 18, 2017

"A well-researched, if scattered, guide to making positive changes."
A registered nurse, chiropractor, and acupuncturist explores why habits form and how to break them. Read full book review >

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COME ALONG, DAISY! by Jane Simmons
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

"The dramatic images can be viewed from a distance, making this an appealing read-aloud for story hours. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This cautionary tale from Simmons explores no new terrain, though the duckling Daisy does. Read full book review >

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BERYL by Jane Simmons
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2010

"Overall, however, this is too grim to be a great read-aloud for her usual audience and too lacking in nuance to captivate older fantasy fans, so it's likely to have difficulty winning a wide readership. (Animal fantasy. 8-11)"
A brisk tale with black-and-white illustrations sprinkled throughout, this features talking animals, unlikely coincidences, a breathless narrative style and a message about the value of diversity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GO TO BED, MONSTER! by Natasha Wing
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Knowing toddlers will eagerly reach for their own box of crayons. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Lucy, unable or unwilling to go to sleep, takes out crayons and paper and begins to draw. Read full book review >

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MY GUARDIAN ANGEL by Sylvie Weil
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Lovely. (afterword, glossary) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Troyes, France, 1096, and Crusaders are heading to Jerusalem. Read full book review >

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GO BACK TO SLEEP by Sylvie Jones
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Cute despite its flaws. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little boy goes through his bedtime routine with his toy animals, but must do it again in reverse when their ruckus wakes him up in the middle of the night. Read full book review >