Leigh F. (phredhome) - Reviews

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Active Minds Phonice
Active Minds Phonice
Book Type: Board book
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 3/18/2007


Over 60 flaps give your preschooler a chance to explore the world of phonics.


Atonement
Atonement
Author: Ian McEwan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/18/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Well written novel about the devastating consequences of a well intentioned action. It takes a few chapters to get engrossed, but then I couldn't put it down.


B is for Books! (Early Step into Reading)
B is for Books! (Early Step into Reading)
Author: Annie Cobb, Joe Mathieu (Illustrator)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 3/18/2007


Sesame Street characters book with the alphabet, my kids loved this one.


Bee Season
Bee Season
Author: Myla Goldberg
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 339
Review Date: 1/17/2006


Interesting first novel, describing the delicate balance of family relationships and the descent into madness.


Butterflies (A First Discovery Book)
Butterflies (A First Discovery Book)
Author: Gallimard Jeunesse
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 3/18/2007


Beautifully illustrated book about the butterfly life cycle.


Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Author: Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin (Illustrator)
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 45
Review Date: 3/18/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Caldecott Honor Book, hilarious.


Counting (Active Minds)
Counting (Active Minds)
Book Type: Board book
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 3/18/2007


This lift the flap book has more than 60 flaps to help your preschooler learn to count.


Echo Park (Harry Bosch, Bk 12)
Echo Park (Harry Bosch, Bk 12)
Author: Michael Connelly
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 254
Review Date: 11/10/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Another page turner from Michael Connelly....not his best, but still good.


Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
Author: H. G. Bissinger
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 43
Review Date: 3/18/2007


Scathing expose of high school football, and those it hurts.


How to Hide a Meadow Frog and Other Amphibians (All Aboard)
How to Hide a Meadow Frog and Other Amphibians (All Aboard)
Author: Ruth Heller
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 3/18/2007


Wonderful picture book, my kids liked trying to find the creatures in the illustrations.


How to Hide an Octopus and Other Sea Creatures (All Aboard Book)
How to Hide an Octopus and Other Sea Creatures (All Aboard Book)
Author: Ruth Heller
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 3/18/2007


Wonderful picture book, my kids liked trying to find the creatures in the illustrations.


The Itsy Bitsy Spider
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Author: Rosemary Wells
Book Type: Board book
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.
 6
Review Date: 3/18/2007


Board book of the treasured song, kids like to sing along.


The Jar of Fools: Eight Hanukkah Stories from Chelm
The Jar of Fools: Eight Hanukkah Stories from Chelm
Author: Eric A. Kimmel
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 3/8/2006


Ages 4-8. The best retellings of the Fools of Chelm stories, such as Isaac Bashevis Singer's When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw (1968), reveal a wry absurdity in the literal truth. Rooted in daily shtetl life, they cut down our most earnest endeavors and show us as survivors making the best of the worst. Kimmel gets the shtetl setting, the humanity, and the farce; but his collection is uneven. Some tales, such as "Wisdom for Sale," go on much too long, with elaborately contrived fantasy and heavy explanations of the wise-fool paradox. And Kimmel's sources are vague: only two of the stories are traditional Chelm tales; some are adapted from "other traditions," and some are Kimmel's own work. There are, however, some memorable tales. One of the best is "The Magic Spoon," in which the villagers talk themselves into making latkes together. Gerstein's detailed ink-on-oil paint artwork, one full-page picture per story, captures the intricate silliness and slapstick, and it's fitting that the type uses upside-down question marks. Hazel Rochman
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A Jewish Holiday ABC
Review Date: 3/8/2006


Vibrant collages by the illustrator of Annabelle and the Big Slide (1989) portray a straightforward series of objects and celebrations, including not only the usual observances but Yom Ha'atzna'ut, the Israeli Independence Day. The several children in one family provide continuity; some of the entries contain familiar facts (at Chanukah, Maxie eats latkes), but others contain words that will be new to many (when ``Minnie eats lunch in the sukkah, she sniffs the sweet etrog and shakes the tall lulav''). Brief notes on the holidays and a glossary round out the informational value. Attractive and useful. (Picture book. 3- 7)


The Last Great Dance on Earth (Josephine B. Trilogy, Bk 3)
The Last Great Dance on Earth (Josephine B. Trilogy, Bk 3)
Author: Sandra Gulland
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/4/2007


Final book in the Josephine trilogy, detailing the end of Napoleon's rule and subsequent exile.


The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller, Bk 1)
The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller, Bk 1)
Author: Michael Connelly
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 252
Review Date: 2/19/2006


The usual fine fare from Michael Connelly, this time with a new character.


The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. (Josephine B., Bk 1)
The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. (Josephine B., Bk 1)
Author: Sandra Gulland
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/30/2007
Helpful Score: 7


Fictionalized account of the early life of Josephine Bonaparte. (first of a trilogy) Solid historical fiction, extensively researched.


A Million Little Pieces
A Million Little Pieces
Author: James Frey
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/22/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Now controversial, but gut wrenching tale of addiction and recovery.


Minnie and Moo go dancing
Minnie and Moo go dancing
Author: Denys Cazet
Book Type: Unknown Binding
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 3/18/2007


Minnie and Moo are back for another hilarious adventure. Your kids will love this book!


My Friend Leonard
My Friend Leonard
Author: James Frey
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/10/2006


An interesting read, though now acknowledged to be largely fictional.


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