Search Results: "Valerie Littlewood"


BOOK REVIEW

SCARECROW! by Valerie Littlewood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Not as well crafted and informative as Giblin's The Scarecrow Book (1980, o.p.), but a useful visual resource. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A survey of devices (including real people) that have been used to scare away birds (and some other pests): The book's a little repetitious and miscellaneous and not very well organized, but does include a substantial array of interesting facts about ``homemade figures...used around the world to protect precious crops for over three thousand years.'' Best are the detailed crosshatched drawings and more formal paintings depicting a great variety of these appealing or scary figures. Read full book review >

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GREAT GRANDFATHER'S HOUSE by Rumer Godden
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 27, 1993

"A small, charming book. (Fiction. 8+)"
Illustrated with delicate full-color spot and page-size illustrations, Godden's newest has the timeless appeal of much of her work. Read full book review >

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THE GLASS ANGELS by Susan Hill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Without the verve of Rumer Godden's stories, but with similar appeal: a pleasing holiday heartwarmer. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A charming, old-fashioned story of poverty's hardships dispelled in time for Christmas, set in Britain soon after WW II. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STAR GIRL by Karin Littlewood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"Warm and sweet. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Can a little girl keep her favorite star? Read full book review >

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IMMI'S GIFT by Karin Littlewood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The illustrator's skillful painting and the softness of her expressive pencil work beautifully impart this gentle tale about the power of receiving—and of giving in return. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Immi is alone in her icy, white world. Read full book review >

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A DASH OF MAGIC by Kathryn Littlewood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Fantastic fantastical fare. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In this hilarious sequel to Bliss (2012), 12-year-old Rose Bliss and her eccentric family travel to Paris, where she competes in an international pastry competition to outbake her scheming Aunt Lily Le Fey and recover the Bliss Cookery Booke. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HIDDEN PEOPLE by Alison Littlewood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Suitably strange with a twist, but the misogyny of the main character, true to the time period, is off-putting for a modern audience."
When a young woman is brutally murdered, her urbane cousin plans to debunk superstition and find out what really happened. But Yorkshire in the 1800s is a rather mysterious, suggestive place, and soon it's unclear where the line falls between the supernatural and human cruelty. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 1996

"The result is a survey with no more depth or breadth than a reflecting pool."
An Englishman's intermittently intriguing audit of Western attitudes toward Japan and the Japanese, from the first contacts in the 16th century to the present day. Read full book review >

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BITE-SIZED MAGIC by Kathryn Littlewood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Bliss fans will revel in more improbable baking feats, comic action, exaggerated characters and outlandish ingredients in this latest delicious addition. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Picking up where A Dash of Magic (2013) ended, inimitable Rosemary Bliss pits her baking skills against the Mostess Snack Cake Corporation, which is intent on world domination through bite-sized cakes infused with magical ingredients. Read full book review >

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BLISS by Kathryn Littlewood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"Lighthearted bliss. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Rose and her siblings stir up trouble in Calamity Falls when they experiment with some old family recipes after their parents leave the Bliss bakery in their hands. Read full book review >

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ENDANGERED by Ann Littlewood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 3, 2012

"Former zookeeper Littlewood, who certainly knows her animals, adds an informative picture of life behind the scenes at the zoo to Iris and Denny's third case (Did Not Survive, 2010, etc.)."
Life behind those zoo cages is every bit as tense as life inside. Read full book review >

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NIGHT KILL by Ann Littlewood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Mystery mavens may pick out the killer early on, but a wealth of behind-the-scenes detail smoothly integrated into the puzzle makes this a promising debut."
A zookeeper must discover the identity of a murderer before she becomes a lion's lunch. Read full book review >