Search Results: "Wendy Plump"


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VOW by Wendy Plump
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Voyeuristic and base but surprisingly engaging."
A woman's account of discovering her husband of 18 years had a second family and her confessions of her own affairs. Read full book review >

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BOO! IT'S HALLOWEEN by Wendy Watson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"A nicely understated change of pace from the more garish books for this holiday. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Continuing her holiday series (A Valentine for You, 1991), Watson uses here the same appealing characters and New England setting, cozily set forth in an assortment of cartoon-style vignettes and more expansive illustrations; but this time she takes a somewhat different tack with a text that includes less traditional material: While the straightforward narrative describes preparations and kids making their trick-or-treat rounds, the characters (pets, too) in the pictures are asking riddle-jokes that bid fair to steal the show (``What...do ghosts wear?'' ``Boo jeans!''). Read full book review >

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ANTS IN MY PANTS by Wendy Mould
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 17, 2001

"Mould's lovely line-and-wash drawing keep this contest of wills from ever having too sharp an edge. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Talk about imaginary friends—this entire bestiary is conjured to rescue Jacob from a morning of shopping with his mother. Read full book review >

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RABBIT STEW by Wendy Wahman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"A book that forgoes the basics of comprehension in pursuit of purposeful misdirection. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A tale of foxes and rabbit goes for a twist ending. Read full book review >

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A CAT LIKE THAT by Wendy Wahman
ANIMALS
Released: June 21, 2011

"Cat lovers will be instantly smitten, and even those who aren't as immediately enthusiastic may well be won over by this slinky, strong-minded, creature. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Striking illustrations and a pitch-perfect portrait of an unnamed pet's personality combine to showcase charming (and practical) advice on how to make friends with a feline. Read full book review >

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HOLLY’S CHRISTMAS EVE by Wendy Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Though the story is a simple one, the amusing characters, folksy narrative voice, and attractive illustrations combine into a satisfying, if unusual, Christmas Eve tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The ornaments on a glowing Christmas tree have a life and adventures of their own in this tale with a cheerful, retro feeling. Read full book review >

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HURRAY FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY by Wendy Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1992

"A pleasure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In the manner of Watson's other engaging holiday books (A Valentine for You, 1991), a simple narrative of a small-town family's Fourth of July celebration (``Everything is red, white, and blue, even breakfast''), interspersed with lively traditional verse (``Strawberry, blueberry, cream of tartum,/ Tell me the initials of your sweetheartum''). Read full book review >

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DON’T LICK THE DOG by Wendy Wahman
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

Eye-popping colors and exaggerated shapes with sharp edges are the defining characteristics of Wahman's distinctive illustrations for this how-to on meeting new canine friends. Read full book review >

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MUTE SWANS by Wendy Pfeffer
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Without scientific names, sizes, or other vital statistics on the swans, this is an attractive title, though mostly for browsers. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
In this entry in the Creatures in White series, glossy full- color photographs and a brief text document the life cycle of the mute swan, a European native that has been introduced into areas of the eastern US and Michigan. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"Absolutely no villains—even the witch who cast the spell gets to turn herself into a cat to accompany her feline companion—and a bunch of supportive parents, siblings and buddies make for a squeaky-clean read. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A reasonably charming middle-grade version of "Beauty and the Beast" has little bite. Read full book review >