Search Results: "Alan Durant"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >

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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 >

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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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KNOW REGRETS by Tim Durant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2008

"An enjoyable glimpse of a fictional amateur athlete's passion."
One man's dream festers for decades before erupting into a season of physical exhaustion and emotional extremes. Read full book review >

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DEATH AMONG THE FOSSILS by Isadore Durant
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1999

"Apart from the paleoanthropological gossip, though, there's little sustained human interest in researcher Durant's debut, as shapeless subplots and fictionalized local color compete only too successfully for the attention that might have gone to the mystery of who killed Shafer."
Every paleoanthropologist in Africa, it seems, has good reason to hate Dr. Bob Shafer, and quite a few archeologists are unhappy with him too. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2001

"For a good, single-volume introduction to world history, Read J.M. Roberts's History of the World (1993). As history, Durant's posthumous work is choppy, though it's a good introduction to the author."
The result of an unfinished manuscript discovered 20 years after the author's death, here are 21 chapters of world history, from ancient China to Shakespeare. Read full book review >

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FALLEN LEAVES by Will Durant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Short but persuasive commentaries on a diversity of topics from a respected scholar of humanity."
Final messages of wisdom from a well-known scholar. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA! by Alan Snow
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 9, 2013

"There's foolery aplenty, but this is the sort of sequel that offers more of the same rather than any new twists or developments. (partial cast list) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
More cheese-centric shenanigans take the multispecies cast of Here Be Monsters (2006) far from the town of Ratbridge. Read full book review >

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THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS by Alan Snow
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"But even those who dislike cats may not be in the audience for this one—it is too mild to be amusing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This companion to How Dogs Really Work (1993) explains that cats originate on Planet Nip, that they are here in a struggle for world domination, etc. The tone is tongue in cheek throughout, but the text itself is not very funny; the endless explanations will bore preschoolers, and older readers can find funnier stuff on their own. Read full book review >