Search Results: "Chronicle Books"


BOOK REVIEW

ABC BOOKS
Released: April 1, 2007

"A handsome volume that will toot the horn of train enthusiasts both young and old. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Billed as a companion volume to A Is for Astronaut (2006), this alphabet text geared toward train lovers also blends bold vintage-style illustrations and historical photographs to present the colorful past of railroading. Read full book review >

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NEW YORK, BABY by Chronicle Books
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Too slight to serve either as guides for newbies or alternatives to keepsake/tributes like Robert Neubecker's Wow! City! (2004) or M. Sasek's This Is San Francisco (updated edition 2003). (Picture book. 3-5)"
This frenzied stroller-level dash through the Big Apple is likely to leave even hardened tourists exhausted. Read full book review >

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PRESS HERE by Chronicle Books
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2012

"An invitation to play that lacks the simplicity of its print forebear but has its own charms. (iPad game app. 4 & up)"
Extending the bestselling print version's ingeniously interactive contents, this somewhat overheated app offers 15 challengingly abstract games built on unevenly colored, frenetically spinning dots and circles in various primary hues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOOKS! by Murray McCain
by Murray McCain, illustrated by John Alcorn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"Garish colors, dated feel, unclear audience. This book is annoying rather than informative. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Designed in a vertical format reminiscent of Victorian billboards and using a plethora of wood typefaces amid a surfeit of magenta and yellow, this book purports to answer the question "What is a book?" Read full book review >

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BOOKS by Larry McMurtry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2008

"A pleasant amble in Bookland and a treat for the bookishly inclined, as well as for McMurtry buffs."
Having written about other aspects of his life, novelist and screenwriter McMurtry (When the Light Goes, 2007, etc.) finally gets around to his bibliomania. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Beautiful and reverent but perhaps not particularly relevant. (thumbnail bios, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
As the subtitle indicates, young bookworms are invited to "Explore the Amazing Collection of the British Library." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 2005

"A worthy companion to Eric Hansen's Motoring with Mohammed (1991), the best recent look at the country."
A season of anthropological fieldwork gone wrong. In this thoughtful memoir, Caton (Anthropology/Harvard Univ.) returns many years later to try to learn why. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 1995

"Too tedious and irritating for even the most avid of anglers. (more than 300 line drawings)"
This sluggish memoir devoutly details the mechanics of fly- fishing, but much else in the narrative remains bewilderingly vague. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FIRE CHRONICLE by John Stephens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Irreverent humor and swashbuckling adventure collide in a fetching fantasy. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Time travel, an Arctic ice shelf and frivolous elves converge in this second installment of The Books of Beginning. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WEBSTER CHRONICLE by Daniel Akst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Such blemishes aside, though: an always-interesting novel of opinions fashioned more to goad than move its readers."
New York Times columnist Akst, in a news-smart and doggedly workmanlike second novel (St. Burl's Obituary, not reviewed), limns an entire country's Reagan-era fall from grace, all starting with the spanking of a preschool child. Read full book review >