Search Results: "Alan Durant"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"His own story, however, turns out to be mundane. (8 pages b&w photos)"
Alexander sets a standard of thoroughness for future works on Paton, but the treasures unearthed by his impressive research are few and far between in this tell-too-much biography. Read full book review >

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DEAR SANTA CLAUS by Alan Durant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

A little girl named Holly corresponds with Santa during the month of December in this holiday offering that includes her hand-printed letters as part of the text and removable notes (and other tiny treasures) from Santa tucked into small, attached envelopes. Read full book review >

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A DINOSAUR CALLED TINY by Alan Durant
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2008

"Tiny and Archie do have a certain charm, both in their visual depiction and in their play together, but not enough to overcome the several mystifying spreads and the pat ending. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this readable but ultimately forgettable story, a diminutive lime-green dinosaur follows in the literary footsteps of many other small but mighty characters who aid someone larger or more powerful. Read full book review >

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IF YOU GO WALKING IN TIGER WOOD by Alan Durant
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2005

"Sporting die-cut holes, including one through the front cover, this is an outing with a toddler-pleasing combination of danger and safety. (Picture book. 2-5)"
"If you go walking in Tiger Wood, / you'd better be good. / The tigers might be watching . . . "—as indeed they are. In Boon's leafy scenes a pair of anxious children creep along, startling at glimpses of a baboon, a deer and other benign forest residents, while remaining oblivious to the gathering array of smiling, green-eyed felines padding along behind. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUCKY ALAN by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Lethem's humor ranges from rueful to sly to 'big silly,' and his careful, mostly unshowy writing has a gift for charming a reader into almost anything."
These nine stories by a leading American writer almost all bend away from realism, and one goes well into fantasy, while offering choice prose and insights. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALAN LOMAX by John Szwed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2011

"Despite its wealth of detail, this is a portrait left half-painted."
Overdue, hagiographic biography of the folk-song collector. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIG BAD BUNNY by Alan Durant
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Big Bad Bunny is very, very funny. (Picture book. 6-8)"
"Here comes Big Bad Bunny. He's coming to take your money!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALAN JAY LERNER by Edward Jablonski
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 9, 1996

"However, he relies on the standard literature in retelling Lerner's life, barely moving beyond a handful of well-known sources for further insights. (32 b&w photos, not seen)"
Serviceable biography of a noted Broadway and film lyricist/librettist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHESTER ALAN ARTHUR by Zachary Karabell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2004

"A dry life of a dry man, with a few intriguing glimpses into the Gilded Age."
An unmemorable president earns a fitting biography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BURGER BOY by Alan Durant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2006

"Embellished with eventful illustrations that are brimming with delightful comic details, this is a tasty and off-kilter romp. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Fans of modern twisted tales rejoice: Young Benny doesn't like vegetables, but he LOVES burgers. Read full book review >

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MOUSE PARTY by Alan Durant
by Alan Durant, illustrated by Sue Heap
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

Finding an untenanted beachside villa, Mouse moves in and throws a bash. Read full book review >

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ALAN J. PAKULA by Jared Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Like Pakula's films, Brown's biography is specific, carefully assembled and straightforward, but also sometimes tepid and flatly written."
A workmanlike study of a workmanlike filmmaker. Read full book review >