Search Results: "Wendy Varble"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SUMMER OF 1934 by Wendy Varble
Released: Oct. 19, 2012

"Dramatic skill and rich historical details make for a successful YA book, especially for readers with a particular interest in California."
Based on the reminiscences of Varble's late husband, this young-adult novella describes a 6-year-old boy's adventures in Simi Valley in the summer of 1934. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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THANKSGIVING AT OUR HOUSE by Wendy Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 1991

"A welcome addition to Watson's attractive holiday books. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A family prepares for and celebrates a traditional Thanksgiving, with relatives, old and young, coming from near and far. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

POSITIVELY BEAUTIFUL by Wendy Mills
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 3, 2015

"A heartfelt, three-hankie exploration of a topic all too many teens must confront. (Fiction. 14-16)"
High school junior Erin Bailey's whole life changes when her mother is diagnosed with late stage breast cancer. Read full book review >

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BLUE IGUANA by Wendy Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2014

"Readers with a ferocious love of animals will know they've found a kindred spirit. (author's note) (Fiction. 11-14)"
Hypersensitive Clarice isn't just vegan—her empathy for animals runs so deep that she becomes physically ill after witnessing their injury. Read full book review >