Search Results: "Alan Zweibel"


BOOK REVIEW

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Adam Mansbach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A mildly enjoyable if open-ended romp. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The author of Go the Fuck to Sleep (2011) joins Zweibel to craft a (somewhat) more conventional tale, featuring a seventh-grader who gets unexpected help navigating middle school rapids.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUNNY BUNNY by Alan Zweibel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"And he will donate all proceeds to Gilda's Club, a cancer support center in New York City. (Pen-and-ink illustrations) (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
In a series of funny, tender, and touching dialogues, former Saturday Night Live writer Zweibel recalls his buddy-and-almost- lover friendship with SNL actress Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE OTHER SHULMAN by Alan Zweibel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2005

"Mildly amusing, but a work from the co-author of Billy Crystal's current Broadway hit, 700 Sundays, could have packed more of a punch."
This comic novel about a lovable loser who runs in a New York City Marathon is an adult first from Zweibel, Emmy-winning TV writer and author of Bunny Bunny (1994), a memoir of Gilda Radner. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUR TREE NAMED STEVE by Alan Zweibel
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Steve's almost-face shines in each illustration of this sentimental tribute. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In a letter to his three children who are visiting their grandparents, a father recalls all the wonderful things Steve the tree has been to their family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUNATICS by Alan Zweibel
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"An antidote, if one is needed, to gritty urban realism."
A novel for those who love one-liners, outrageous characters and loopy plots. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Adam Mansbach
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Who says a middle schooler can't change history? It's all about being in the right place—and time. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Franklin Isaac Saturday mails himself in a box back to the 18th century to help out his pen pal and good buddy, "B-Freezy." Dude! Read full book review >

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ALAN GRATZ
by Megan Labrise

To many Americans, the plight of refugees can seem remote—until you find their boat.

Middle-grade novelist Alan Gratz was vacationing in the Florida Keys when his family discovered an abandoned escape raft during a walk on the beach.

“It was clearly a raft from some other place in the Caribbean, trying to get to America,” says Gratz, whom Kirkus ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE AWESOME, ALMOST 100% TRUE ADVENTURES OF MATT & CRAZ by Alan Silberberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Readers may question Matt's and Craz's intelligence, but if the plot is short on sense, the jokes almost always work, and that's a more important brand of magic any day. (Humor. 9-13)"
It turns out that a book doesn't need to make a lick of sense if it has enough baboons and pirates and aliens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THIEF'S DAUGHTER by Alan Marks
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"The ink-and-watercolor illustrations look suitably long- ago-and-far-away, with Magpie as a perpetually windblown waif. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Known as the illustrator of Paton Walsh's Birdy and the Ghosties, Marks pens his own easy-to-read fantasy, a rather muddled tale of an honest man disgraced and discharged from his court post when he is suspected of theft. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE'S MOUSE? by Alan Baker
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"A visually pleasing book that will appeal to very young children who enjoy simple books about animals. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An accordion-fold book with peek-through pages mimicking holes (e.g., in a hollow tree) through which animal characters can be seen in a three-dimensional effect. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PEOPLE OF THE TOWN by Alan Marks
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 2016

"Ultimately, the uneven presentation makes this Mother Goose collection a supplemental purchase. (Picture book/nursery rhymes. 3-6)"
Over the course of one day, readers are introduced to some familiar and not-so-familiar nursery rhyme characters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UBAC by Alan Thompson
Released: Oct. 7, 2012

"A strong, fast-paced thriller exploring unique facets of the Cold War, with an intriguing international scope."
In his debut, Thompson delivers a Cold War thriller with an unusual twist. Read full book review >