Search Results: "Vanessa Cabban"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A cozy book, ideal for story time. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Bertie and his best friend—or more accurately stated, toy rabbit, named Small—are inseparable, embarking upon innumerable adventures together. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NO PLACE LIKE HOME by Jonathan Emmett
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Such similar but more adventuresome quests as Eric Carle's House For Hermit Crab (1987) or Liesel Moak Skorpen's We Were Tired Of Living In A House, illustrated by Joe Cepeda (1999), have far more to offer readers than this bland, superficial outing. (Picture books. 4-6)"
Taking full advantage of the fact that even the most trite sentiments will be new to young children, Emmett and Cabban send the mole introduced in Bringing Down the Moon (2001) off to find a new home that's "BIG and BRIGHT and BEAUTIFUL." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE THERE’S A BEAR, THERE’S TROUBLE! by Michael Catchpool
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"These new friends need more adventures together. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A yellow bee flies low across a meadow attracting the attention of a bear, who imagines the "sticky honey, yummy honey, drippy honey, gooey honey" waiting at the end of the bee's journey. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAR SANTA CLAUS by Alan Durant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

A little girl named Holly corresponds with Santa during the month of December in this holiday offering that includes her hand-printed letters as part of the text and removable notes (and other tiny treasures) from Santa tucked into small, attached envelopes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THERE’S A HOUSE INSIDE MY MOMMY by Giles Andreae
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A sparkling celebration of a wondrous event. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A tot's wide-eyed anticipation of the arrival of his sibling is the focus of this gently humorous tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOOSEBERRY GOOSE by Claire Freedman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"English author and illustrator capture a certain openhearted Brit approach to animal stories that is very attractive, and the double-spread, full-bleed pictures are full of sky and leaf. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The clear light of autumn breezes through these pages, as Gooseberry Goose practices landing, taking off, gliding, and doing loop-the-loops. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRINGING DOWN THE MOON by Jonathan Emmett
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"A sweet lesson in not getting what you want, yet getting what you need. (Picture book. 2-5)"
There is no denying the sleep-inducing qualities of Emmett's (Ten Little Monsters, not reviewed) bedtime tale, so tender and delicate it could be the Platonic ideal for gentleness, while Cabban's (Down in the Woods at Sleepy Time, 2000, etc.) illustrations add the softness of a night warmed by moonlight. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOWN IN THE WOODS AT SLEEPYTIME by Carole Lexa Schaefer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A cozy tale that provides a soothing transition from play-time to bedtime for bustling babies and toddlers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Schaefer weaves an enchanting bedtime tale for rambunctious tots. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIRECTOR'S CUT by Vanessa Acton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A skeleton with no meat to speak of. (Horror. 10-14)"
A cursed landmark complicates the lives of four teenagers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COWARD'S TALE by Vanessa Gebbie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2012

"With the hypnotic charm of her Welsh lilt, natural storyteller Gebbie whittles tales from a hard bone of loss to create a profoundly moving world."
After two collections of stories published in England, Wales native Gebbie sets her first, deceptively loose-limbed novel in a Welsh mining town whose present-day residents remain imprinted by a long-ago mining disaster. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUMMER STOCK by Vanessa  North
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2017

"A steamy book in which nuanced friendships are as central as the romance between two star-crossed lovers."
A moonlighting television actor and a local handyman hook up one drunken night. Will the forces of celebrity, gossip, and their respective pasts get in the way of what could be a beautiful relationship? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An uneven treatment of a topic that merits further study."
An alarming, and often alarmist, survey of how spending by consumers might support terrorist organizations and organized crime enterprises, especially drug cartels. Read full book review >