Search Results: "Victoria Chess"


BOOK REVIEW

CHESS! by Jamie Gilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2008

"Mostly for fans of the series and as a read-aloud to classes learning to play chess. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Sumac School second-grader Richard and pesky rival Patrick from Gotcha! (2006) return with the rest of Mrs. Zookey's class. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COSTUME PARTY by Victoria Chess
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Not a bad way to while away some stuck-indoors time. (Picture book. 6-8)"
After a long rainy spell sets her five bull terriers to tearing up the house, Madame Coco decides to divert them with a costume party. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VICTORIA by Daisy Goodwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Fun, romantic, and suited for both adult and teenage readers. On its way to PBS in January 2017."
The teenage Queen Victoria, raging against her mother, crushing on her prime minister, and not impressed by her loser cousin Albert. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VICTORIA by Silvana Goldemberg
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Teen readers need realistic novels set in contemporary Latin America that capture culture while avoiding stereotypes, but Goldemberg's effort fails to engage. (glossary, song list) (Fiction. 12-16)"
Brutality and poverty threaten the life of a young girl in Paraná, Argentina. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VICTORIA by Julia Baird
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A well-researched biography sensitive to Queen Victoria as a woman."
Australian journalist and historian Baird (Media Tarts: Female Politicians and the Press, 2004) draws on previously unpublished sources to fashion a lively, perceptive portrait of the long-reigning queen. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VICTORIA by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"A robust, immensely entertaining portrait from a master biographer."
A shimmering portrait of a tempestuous monarch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHESS RUMBLE by G. Neri
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"There's plenty of powerful emotion here, but the heavy dose of life lessons leaves the overall effort a few moves short of a checkmate. (Fiction/poetry. 9-12)"
"Battles is fought every day" in 11-year-old Marcus's 'hood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS FOR THAT by Verna Aardema
adapted by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Victoria Chess
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"This rewrite Westernizes the tale as do the illustrations—the portrayal of Africans borders on stereotypical, and the landscape is fairly flat and nondescript—derogating the origins of the material. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
In this Tonga tale from Aardema (The Lonely Lioness and the Ostrich Chicks, p. 1318, etc.), a rabbit connives and trades with her friends for a drink of water, only to discover that a lie ``may travel far, but the truth will overtake it.'' The book opens when Rabbit tries to sneak a drink of water from a hole she didn't help dig. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEN SLY PIRANHAS by William Wise
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Readers of a certain sort will relish this mightily. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The long subtitle—``A Counting Story in Reverse (A Tale of Wickedness—and Worse!)''—explains it all: Ten toothy fuchsia piranhas (``Each a slippery schemer, with a dozen dirty tricks'') ogle and menace and, one by one, devour each other; the last is snapped up by a crocodile. Read full book review >

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SLITHER McCREEP AND HIS BROTHER, JOE by Tony Johnston
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

``Joe won't share his beach ball'' and ``Joe won't let me use his rat robots'' are just two of the complaints that Slither has for his mother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SCAREDY CATS by Barbara Bottner
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"A funny and revealing look at our fears, how they can be blown out of proportion and rob us of life's comforts and pleasures, even if they do bite us on occasion. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The Scaredy Cats have managed to scare themselves into petrifaction in this droll, cumulative tale. Mr. and Mrs. Scaredy Cat wake to the new day; they are cold, but they don't want to shut the window because it might close on their fingers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOOD NIGHT, DINOSAURS by Judy Sierra
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 1996

"Each page has a handsome yellow border, framing the text on one page and the picture on the other, snugging the book like a baby's blanket. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A tongue-in-cheek lullaby book of small good-night poems for dinosaurs. ``Three tyrannosaurus rexes/Once lay dreaming of their breakfasts/In what's now the state of Texas.'' Sierra (Nursery Tales Around the World, 1995, etc.) uses comic neologisms (tyrannograndma and scaredysauruses among them) and ends every poem with a gentle refrain. Read full book review >