Search Results: "Adrian Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

THAT’S NOT FUNNY! by Adrian Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"But probably not. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Johnson lowers the boom—or more precisely, the elephant—on a lad who takes delight in the misfortunes of others in a pointed, if unconvincing, import illustrated in a postmodern, retro-'50s style. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 23, 2011

"Useful tips and inspiring advice for those taking the first steps to gaining control over their personal finances."
A husband-and-wife team offers straightforward financial advice and biblically inspired guidance to help readers change their thinking about money. Read full book review >

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NONSENSE! HE YELLED by Roger Eschbacher
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Buy two copies of One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (the cost will be about the same), and send one to the author for further study. (Poetry. 7-9)"
Television actor/writer Eschbacher proves, as have so many before him, that crafting silly verses with trite rhymes doth not automatically another Seuss make. Read full book review >

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PETE AND POLO’S FARMYARD ADVENTURE by Adrian Reynolds
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"He makes it real that this is the kind of adventure a kid could have on his own, inviting a free association with Pete. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The boy and the stuffed polar bear from Pete and Polo's Big School Adventure (2000) take a trip to Grandpa's farm. Read full book review >

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PETE AND POLO’S BIG SCHOOL ADVENTURE by Adrian Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"While the story doesn't break any new ground, the comforting tale will reassure young children awaiting their own big first day of school. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This cozy debut as an author from illustrator Reynolds (Sammy and the Dinosaurs, 1999) sympathetically addresses the jitters that often herald the transition into preschool. Read full book review >

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LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED by Emily Adrian
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 2, 2015

"Original and intriguing; a powerful debut. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Budding actor Rebecca Rivers knows who she is and where she's going; she's also shadowed by an old, unearned middle school reputation that refuses to die. Read full book review >

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MOONLIGHT DOWNS by Adrian Hyland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"A bit too long, but redeemed by its colorful setting and an in-your-face heroine fetching enough to warrant a series."
A native returns to the Australian Outback and encounters bloody murder in Hyland's debut. Read full book review >

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STALK AND KILL by Adrian Gilbert
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 8, 1997

"An expert treatise on a martial specialty, though repetitive of the author's previous work."
Military insiders would do well to eyeball this stalwart survey of an important yet understudied martial art. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 5, 2004

"Covers the Great Fire like a blanket. (16 pp. b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A robust account from Christopher Wren biographer Tinniswood (His Invention So Fertile, 2002) of the fire that reduced much of Wren's London to ashes in 1666. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"This is an unfailingly interesting contribution to the history of science. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A whopping life of Thomas Huxley (182595), who did much to bring Victorian-era science to a lay audience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAD I WELL MAY BE by Adrian McKinty
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"McKinty, born in Northern Ireland and now Colorado-based, is a storyteller with the kind of style and panache that blur the line between genre and mainstream. Top-drawer."
A breakout second novel (after Orange Rhymes with Everything, 1997) careens boisterously from Belfast to the Bronx, and 'tis naught but Troubles all the way. Read full book review >