Search Results: "Al Yankovic"


BOOK REVIEW

MY NEW TEACHER AND ME! by Al Yankovic
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"Sure to feed imaginations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A by-the-rules teacher and a tall-tale-telling student don't see eye to eye on the first day of school in Yankovic's rhyming salute to the power of the imagination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN I GROW UP by Al Yankovic
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"In children's books, as in satire, less is more—here's hoping Weird Al's next effort is both tighter and funnier. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A disappointing exploration of career options from an entertainer who should know better. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AL by Ronald Stoltz
Released: Feb. 7, 2016

"For some young readers, this level of ridiculousness, along with the unsophisticated illustrations, may make the book a nonstarter, but others willing to embrace the absurd humor will get plenty of giggles.
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In Stoltz's (Deer Run, 2016, etc.) funny and anachronistic picture book, being different can save the day—especially if you're a vegetarian dinosaur. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN I GROW UP by Al Yankovic
by Al Yankovic, illustrated by Wes Hargis, developed by Bean Creative
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2011

"Fans will love that Mr. Yankovic himself provides the optional narration and all sound effects (including all gorilla grunts and snail cheers), injecting just a bit of the 'Weird' that is missing from the print version back into the mix. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
Voiced in rhymed couplets with a conscious tip of the hat to Seuss and Silverstein, this adaptation of the recently published book adds even more elements to an already overstuffed story—with unexpectedly good results. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Indispensable for those who want to understand how news is made in the Middle East."
Portrait of the Arab world's most widely broadcast TV news station, more visible to the West after September 11th. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AL CAPONE by Deirdre Bair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A serviceable addition to the extensive existing scholarship. Though intelligent and thoughtfully documented, considering the source material and colorful subject, the book is a somewhat anemic read, lacking the narrative verve readers expect from Bair."
National Book Award winner Bair (Saul Steinberg, 2012, etc.) examines the life and legend of infamous crime boss Al Capone (1899-1947). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AL CAPP by Michael Schumacher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"Both the light and dark sides of the man who made the country both laugh and gag."
A warts-and-all biography of the creator of "Li'l Abner." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AL GORE by Betty Burford
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Despite the clear bias in her subject's favor, Burford gives a fine account of the Vice President's career to date. (Chronology; chapter notes; further reading; index; b&w photos) (Biography. 11+)"
It's hard not to like Al Gore—he seems such a genuinely nice guy—and this homage does nothing to sully his fine reputation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE'S AL? by Byron Barton
Released: Sept. 21, 1972

"With no words but the few that come in cartoon-style bubbles from the boy's mouth and almost no details on the black-outlined shapes of primary color, this might be described as minimal pop and it's minimally amusing."
Through city traffic that looks like it just emerged a little wobbly and shaken from Anne Rockwell's Thruway, a boy chases his runaway dog as the dog chases a cat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Al-Kabar by Lee French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2015

"An absorbing fantasy novel that delivers many satisfactions."
In French's (Superheroes in Denim, 2016, etc.) fantasy novel, a young woman gains magical powers and sets out to avenge her slaughtered family.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Offers little of interest to anyone who hasn't been living in a cave."
San Francisco Chronicle staff writer Curiel lists a few Middle Eastern influences on American music, culture and politics. Read full book review >