Search Results: "Violet Kim"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE GRAY BUNNY by Barbara Barbieri McGrath
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"An amusing tale, especially for children already familiar with the original folk tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
McGrath extends her series of holiday-themed retellings of "The Little Red Hen" with her third entry, this time focusing on Easter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EARTH DAY, BIRTHDAY! by Maureen Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Breezy, with a valuable message tucked inside. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Can "the silliest monkey ever seen" share a birthday...with Earth Day? Read full book review >

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FISHING FOR UNDERSTANDING WITH BAO PHI
by Julie Danielson

Minneapolis-based writer and poet Bao Phi, who has made his way in the world of poetry (he has a poem in 2006 Best American Poetry and is a National Poetry Slam finalist), sees his debut early next month in the world of children’s literature. A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui, is an autobiographical picture book, a tender story striking ...


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BOOK REVIEW

KNIGHTLEY ACADEMY by Violet Haberdasher
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 9, 2010

"With Henry's discovery that the neighboring Nordlands (think Scotland, with a Stalinist overlay) is secretly preparing for war, the author also crafts a continuing plotline for sequels to this pleasant if unambitious opener. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Offering the comfort of familiarity, "Haberdasher" (aka Robyn Schneider) crafts an alternate-world boarding-school tale set in the loosely confederated Britonian Isles and featuring a trio of commoner lads admitted against all custom to the posh academy where Knights of the Realm are trained. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FRANGIPANI HOTEL by Violet Kupersmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"At her best, Kupersmith writes lyrically haunting tales; she's a writer to watch."
In Kupersmith's debut collection, old men shape-shift into serpents, ghostly women lap at bath water, mute twins frighten their own father, a deathly ill man hungers to hear his driver's story, and all have a price to pay. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET PRINCE by Violet Haberdasher
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2011

"Still, as new friendships form and older ones fade, clouds of war gather and Henry and Frankie finally get around to snogging, this muggleverse's characters, settings and themes offer at least the comfort of familiarity to Harry Potter fans. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Plainly averse to messing with a successful formula (albeit one more closely associated with another author) Haberdasher (pen name for Robyn Schneider) returns to the politically tense "Britonian Isles" of her Knightley Academy (2010) for more boarding school pranks and intrigue. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY FIRST OUT AND ABOUT by Violet Peto
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Quibbles aside, this volume should broaden children's verbal skills while providing opportunities for conversation and instruction. (Board book. 1-4)"
Familiar sights of several common childhood excursions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Earnest—but poorly written and tough to digest."
Several years ago, first-time author Franck's brother was convicted of murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TITANIC SURVIVOR by Violet Jessop
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 1997

"She displays the same qualities as a writer. (35 b&w photos, not seen)"
Jessop's transporting backstage recollections of life at sea as a stewardess, including hurried departures from the Titanic and Brittanic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DON'T LOOK ROUND by Violet Trefusis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1992

In spite of the intent to charm, Trefusis's collection of observations, anecdotes, and aphorisms—hitherto published only in England, in 1952—reveals again that deeply disturbed and disturbing personality that appeared in Echo (1990), the autobiographical novel of the author's romance with Vita Sackville- West. ``Places make me happy,'' Trefusis complained, and ``people make me miserable''—which accounts for her annoying mannerism of personifying countries (``France is cerebral, Italy sensuous, Spain passionate'') and objectifying people (hair ``the color of potato chips''). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THINGS THAT GO by Violet Peto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"With its companion, a suitable introduction to the puzzles found in dentist-office magazines, with the same short-term appeal. (Board book. 2-4)"
A busy book tests the patience of young children who are just learning to read pictures. Read full book review >