Search Results: "Theresa Smythe"


BOOK REVIEW

CHESTER'S COLORFUL EASTER EGGS by Theresa Smythe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"A sweet treat for an Easter basket or for sharing before decorating Easter eggs. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Little Chester is a charming bunny boy getting ready for an Easter egg hunt in this pleasant, thoughtfully designed story just right for younger preschoolers. Read full book review >

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THE RUNAWAY VALENTINE by Tina Casey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Newcomer Smythe's color-shot, meticulous, cut-paper collage illustrations have a slapstick quality that keeps Victor's predicament from ever feeling too down and out. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Victor is a first-class valentine. Read full book review >

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SNOWBEAR’S CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN by Theresa Smythe
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Though the story itself is simple, it actually conveys quite a few concepts: counting by ordinal numbers, the calendar and passage of time, and the process of preparing for an event through sequential steps. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Cut-paper collage is the artistic medium for this adroitly illustrated story of preparing for Christmas day by day throughout December. Read full book review >

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TOAD HAS TALENT by Richard Smythe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 7, 2017

"A well-meaning book is dragged down by its sad-sack hero. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ah, talent shows. Dancing, acrobatics, contortion—the sky's the limit. Just add a frozen pond on a moonlit winter's night, and there are the makings of an extravaganza extraordinaire. Read full book review >

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WAY DOWN DARK by J.P. Smythe
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"In the end, this is just another in the overflowing 'violently plucky heroine' sci-fi genre, an amiable though not particularly interesting book. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
A British import with dystopian-blockbuster ambitions. Read full book review >

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THE EXPLORER by James  Smythe
Released: Jan. 2, 2013

"Readers looking for character-driven fiction and prepared to forgive the ridiculous setting will be gratified; science fiction fans will not."
Space disaster yarn that bears only a nominal resemblance to science fiction, from the author of The Testimony (2012). Read full book review >

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THE ECHO by James  Smythe
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Nicely written and thoughtful, but two more of these literary variations on a morbid theme may be far too much of the same for readers."
Dysfunctional…People…in…Spaaaace! For the second time in a projected four-book series, Smythe demonstrates why it's a bad idea to shut up virtual strangers in a tin can with an unclear directive. Read full book review >

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DOZY BEAR AND THE SECRET OF SLEEP by Katie Blackburn
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"Just as purposive as the runaway bestseller but significantly more palatable. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Following on the unearned success of Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin's The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep (2015), a slightly more artful take on the same relaxation techniques. Read full book review >

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WATERSONG by Tim McCanna
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Beautiful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A red fox seeks shelter as a rainstorm builds in intensity. Read full book review >

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BEEP BEEP BEEP  TIME FOR SLEEP! by Claire Freedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"Four-wheeled fun, if a little unbalanced. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The big trucks work hard all day, and at night they sleep, just like us. Read full book review >

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THE FORESTWIFE by Theresa Tomlinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1995

The traditional image of the maid Marian takes on a faintly pre-Christian cast in this tale of a teenager who flees into the woods to avoid a forced marriage. Read full book review >

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SUMMER WITCHES by Theresa Tomlinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1991

"This fine American debut is introduced by an eminently sensible note explaining some of the British terms and giving readers credit for the ability to figure the others out. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Sarah's discovery that new neighbor Susanna has the makings of a fine friend despite her clunky shoes presages more complex realizations about the unusual woman. Read full book review >