Search Results: "Valerie O. Patterson"


BOOK REVIEW

OPERATION OLEANDER by Valerie O.  Patterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2013

"Although it deals with an important topic, this effort fails to fully live up to its potential. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Good intentions go horribly wrong when American soldiers dropping off donations at an Afghanistan orphanage are viciously attacked. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER SIDE OF BLUE by Valerie O.  Patterson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"While the heart of the story is true, uneven execution and overwriting keep this tale from hitting its mark. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Cyan travels with her artist mother to the Caribbean island of Curaçao, their yearly vacation destination and the place of her father's accidental death the year before. Read full book review >

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MORDANT'S WISH by Valerie Coursen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Those old enough to know the meaning of Mordant's name may wonder if his wish for a friend is, after all, mere sarcasm. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Mordant the Mole wishes for a friend and gets one in this greeting-card-pretty picture book. Read full book review >

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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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MY NO, NO, NO DAY! by Rebecca Patterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Its elemental nature will bring the point home to the youngest readers, though it does not replace the classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bella has a daylong (leading to a long-day) case of the grumps, and she shares them with each and all. Read full book review >

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THE LION AND THE GYPSY by Geoffrey Patterson
Released: Feb. 1, 1990

Like Ringgold (above), Patterson expands on an idea found in a painting; his inspiration, however, is not his own work but Henri Rousseau's enigmatic The Sleeping Gypsy. Read full book review >

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JONAH AND THE WHALE by Geoffrey Patterson
ANIMALS
Released: March 12, 1992

"An acceptable additional edition. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An accessible but undistinguished simplification of the Bible story, with the gratuitous addition that Jonah is a man ostracized by his neighbors because he's so lazy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAM’S LETTERS TO JENNIFER by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2004

"Love, like, totally conquers all."
Patterson, a former ad man turned megaselling author (The Lake House, 2003, etc.), makes a calculated and obvious appeal to the widest possible reader demographic. Read full book review >

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POP GOES THE WEASEL by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 1999

"Kinky mayhem, a cartoonish villain, regular glimpses of the kindly Cross caring for his loved ones, and an ending that spells a sequel: Patterson's fans couldn't ask for more."
After a flight in fantasy with When the Wind Blows (1998), Patterson goes to ground with another slash-and-squirm psychokiller page-turner, this one dedicated to "the millions of Alex Cross readers, who so frequently ask, can't you write faster?" Read full book review >

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JACK AND JILL by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Even Patterson's most ardent admirers should beware of this dog."
Can D.C. deputy chief Alex Cross (Hide & Seek, 1995, etc.) stop a demented duo thinning the ranks of the Washington elite en route to assassinating the President? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE JERICHO COMMANDMENT by James Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 9, 1979

"Dachau Two' indeed, because, though hero David does ultimately prevent total carnage, the author clearly panders to paranoia and revenge-lust throughout; and this sort of junk hysteria can only be bad news for those with genuine, serious concern about today's anti-Semitism."
The latest, and surely the most confused, in a recent flurry of novels that seem to be competing for selection by the Jewish Defense League (JDL) Read full book review >