Search Results: "Vera Kochan"


BOOK REVIEW

WHAT IF YOUR BEST FRIEND WERE BLUE? by Vera Kochan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A big miss. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This simple picture book is intended to teach both color awareness—of shades such as blue, green and yellow—and color-blindness in terms of skin tones. It doesn't work. Read full book review >

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VERA'S HALLOWEEN by Vera Rosenberry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Rosenberry has her finger on the pulse of children's anxieties—Vera's unhappy adventure and its comforting resolution is on just the right scale for preschoolers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Little sister Ruthie is going trick-or-treating before dark, but this year Vera gets to join older sisters June and Elaine with their father in "the spooky night." Read full book review >

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VERA RIDES A BIKE by Vera Rosenberry
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"The top-drawer story comes with equally fine artwork—soaked watercolors that unfurl across the page—and characterizations, from Vera's poses to her trim, Botticelli-esque mother's clodhoppers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A welcome return of Vera, Rosenberry's rough-cut alter-ego. Read full book review >

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THE GROWING-UP TREE by Vera Rosenberry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2003

"Unsettling. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this Giving Tree-like parable, infant Alfred and his mother seem to float in a sort of fecund and fantastic Eden, rife with less-than-subtle and sometimes disconcerting symbols of fertility. Read full book review >

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VERA RUNS AWAY by Vera Rosenberry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Vera is a spunky little heroine, with plenty of pluck left for more childhood adventures in a winning series. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Running away to escape an unappreciative family is a nearly universal developmental stage of four- or five-year-olds. Read full book review >

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LEAVE ME ALONE by Vera Brosgol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Understatedly funny, just like the Eastern European folk tales on whose shoulders it stands. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Knitters will find their niches and click their needles—wherever. Read full book review >

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ANYA'S GHOST by Vera Brosgol
FICTION
Released: June 7, 2011

"A book sure to haunt its reader long after the last past is turned—exquisitely eerie. (Graphic supernatural fiction. 12 & up)"
A deliciously creepy page-turning gem from first-time writer and illustrator Brosgol finds brooding teenager Anya trying to escape the past—both her own and the ghost haunting her. Read full book review >

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VERA GOES TO THE DENTIST by Vera Rosenberry
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Now we know why God invented dental hygienists, seat belts, and tic-tac-toe. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Why do you need to go to the dentist if all your teeth are going to fall out anyway? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO IS IN THE GARDEN? by Vera Rosenberry
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2001

"Wait for Vera's next adventure. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Rosenberry's three recent books (Vera Runs Away, 2000, etc.) about an irrepressible little girl named Vera have an undeniable charm with a unique main character, believable illustrations, and strong plot lines. Read full book review >

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SAND RUNNER by Vera Brook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2017

"This book's swift pace and passionate characters make up for a familiar premise."
A young man must brave exceedingly treacherous courses and fierce, deadly competitors to win a popular footrace in Brook's YA dystopian sci-fi debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 22, 2013

"A poignant mother-daughter story that adds a personal touch to the science of suffering."
A blend of scholarly research, spirituality and personal experience shapes this memoir of growth and loss when coping with cancer. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 1999

"Brittains of another time and place, here with their souls bared."
The moving correspondence of five young people whose idealism and dreams are reshaped and ultimately buried in the muddy trenches of WWI. Read full book review >