Search Results: "Vanessa Jane Townsend"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 27, 2012

"A well-intentioned but slender invitation to explore the natural world through sight and sound."
A cheerfully illustrated and alliterative stroll through a child's garden. Read full book review >

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MR. BALL MAKES A TO-DO LIST by Michael Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A wild romp, with the volume turned up to 11. (Graphic early reader. 5-7)"
A manic Pac-Man lookalike loves making to-do lists, but he has a certain amount of trouble (read: major difficulties) following through. Read full book review >

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MR. BALL by Michael Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Expect more from this Pac Man-esque hero and his band of friends. (Graphic fantasy. 5-8)"
Mr. Ball's egg-cellent adventure just may leave him cracked. Read full book review >

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MONKEY & ELEPHANT'S WORST FIGHT EVER! by Michael Townsend
ANIMALS
Released: March 8, 2011

"The heavy-line cartoon illustrations populated by simple, rubber-limbed characters relate the instructive tale with pitch-perfect notes of humor and silliness that never approach the didactic. (Picture book. 4-8)"
One evening, Monkey decides to surprise his best friend, Elephant, with a tray of cupcakes. Read full book review >

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KIT FEENY by Michael Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Lame-tastic! (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
Kit Feeny and Arnold are best friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LET FREEDOM SING by Vanessa Newton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A too-intentionally inspirational muddle. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This volume takes the song "This Little Light of Mine" and makes it an extended celebration of the heroes of the Civil Right Movement, from Rosa Parks to Barack Obama, who "let their lights shine." Read full book review >

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DRAGONS OF THE BOOK OF MORMON by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Another of Townsend's critical but affectionate and absorbing tours of Mormon discontent."
In these sympathetic but subversive stories, Mormons have their faith tested in ways both subtle and severe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GOLEM OF RABBI LOEW by Johnny Townsend
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 15, 2010

"A strong collection, but its internal conflicts—between sensitive depiction of Jewish intellectual life and raunchy tales of porn—ultimately work at cross-purposes."
A collection of short stories set along the connections of gay life, Jewish life and Mormon life. Read full book review >

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GHOST CHILDREN by Sue Townsend
Released: May 14, 1998

"A slim, riveting tale."
A macabre tale of unrequited love and ghostly children, by the British author of the acclaimed Adrian Mole series and, most recently, The Queen and I (1994). Read full book review >

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The Mormon Victorian Society by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2013

"Funny, shrewd and finely wrought dissections of the awkward contradictions—and surprising harmonies—between conscience and desire."
Gay Mormons struggle to reconcile their hearts with their faith in these slyly revealing stories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAINT MONKEY by Jacinda Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2014

"Townsend has attempted a big-canvas novel, but it's only in the close-knit Mt. Sterling neighborhood that she seems at home."
The friendship between two black teenage girls in Kentucky flags when one of them moves to Harlem in this low-energy first novel. Read full book review >