Search Results: "Albert Brooks"


BOOK REVIEW

2030 by Albert Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"The tone is satiric, something Brooks usually does with a light touch, though occasionally he loses the playfulness and shows too heavy a hand."
Actor Albert Brooks has fun imagining a world in the future—though not too far in the future to be wholly implausible. Read full book review >

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LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks

Cover Story: Montell Jordan

BFF Charm: Stuart Smalley

Swoonworthy Scale: 2

Talky Talk: He Said

Bonus Factors: Alternate Dimensions, UMass Amherst

Relationship Status: Be My World-Maker

 

Cover Story: Montell Jordan

Whoever designed this cover just gets this book. This isn’t a cut and dry love story; there’s ...


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BOOK REVIEW

HUMAN BODY LIFT-THE-FLAP by Susie Brooks
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2014

"Still, anatomy books for this age are scarce, and this one is relatively sturdy and amusing to browse, perhaps compensating for its other issues. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
A lift-the-flap board book briefly explores the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Contemporary illustrations (mostly portraits); source notes; extensive bibliography; index. (Biography. 12+)"
Dramatic yet well balanced, a biography framed by chapters outlining Grant's earlier and later life while focusing on his major military campaigns and offering perspectives of civilians in charge as well as of generals and the soldiers who carried out their orders. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POLAR OPPOSITES by Erik Brooks
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"While the anthropomorphized pair has nothing in common with their real counterparts apart from location, the light story makes this a refreshing change from traditional opposite books. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Penpals Alex Polar Bear and Zina Penguin are polar opposites, living on opposite sides of the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GET INTO ART by Susie Brooks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"When enjoyed by adults and kids together, this book will deliver a pleasing, fresh mix of animal-art-inspired projects utilizing varying media and techniques. (table of contents, glossary, art materials checklist, index) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Families may want to ride the DIY wave with this attractive British import, which publishes simultaneously with the similarly conceived Get into Art: People (2013). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CANDY by Kevin Brooks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2005

"Otherwise, this is a psychological page-turner adeptly capturing love's hypnotic feel. (Fiction. YA)"
A gripping, fast-moving love story set in a dangerous underworld. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KISSING THE RAIN by Kevin Brooks
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"Less of an actual mystery than it first seems, but effectively oppressive. (Fiction. YA)"
Despite too many CAPITALIZED WORDS, this Catcher in the Rye-style narrative told by an English teenager pulled into a murder trial is successfully disquieting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SELKIE GIRL by Laurie Brooks
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"But Brooks, a playwright making her novelistic debut, ultimately pulls off this retelling of the selkie myth with compelling, compassionate characters and creatively detailed descriptions of the terrain above and below the surface of the sea. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Life on Shapinsay Island in the Orkneys is tough for Elin Jean. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THROWING SMOKE by Bruce Brooks
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Pushy parents and coaches might find food for thought here, too. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The cerebral Brooks (Vanishing, 1999, etc.) puts a characteristic spin on this Matt Christopher-style tale of a ragtag Little League team that gets some unexpected help. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VANISHING by Bruce Brooks
Released: June 30, 1999

"Rex and Alice speak with wise older voices, but thoughtful readers will glean that character and plot are less important here than the shimmering web of ideas, ironies, motives, and options they convey. (Fiction. 11-15)"
PLB 0-06-028237-1 Framed as it largely is in conversations between two preteen hospital patients, this cerebral meditation on death and independence reads like a converted stage play. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"Excellent, well-placed color photos; useful, discursive glossary; brief index. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
Compared to Predators! and Nature by Design (both 1991), this third in the award-winning novelist's Knowing Nature series shines; now, rather than distracting, the jocular informal tone engages and amuses, while Brooks expresses even complex ideas in a lucid, wonderfully accessible style (``Once you begin to pay attention, the natural world is suddenly a wildly noisy place, and behind each noise is intention''). Read full book review >