Search Results: "Alexander Frater"


BOOK REVIEW

CHASING THE MONSOON by Alexander Frater
NON-FICTION
Released: April 2, 1991

"An unusual adventure, and a fascinating look at modern India."
Frater, travel writer for the London Observer, follows India's summer monsoon to the wettest place on Earth in this eccentric, sporadically entertaining exercise in meteorological nostalgia. Read full book review >

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DEAD SPOTS by Rhiannon Frater
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A novel that offers enjoyable, if sluggish, entertainment for fans of re-imagined horror tropes."
A woman grieving for her ruined marriage and stillborn child finds herself transported to a terrifying place of nightmare and fantasy in this novel by prolific horror writer Frater (The Mesmerized, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2012

"A WWII thrill ride."
The riveting true story of a World War II bomber pilot and the co-pilot who received orders to kill him. Read full book review >

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MILLIE TO THE RESCUE by Alexander Steffensmeier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"While difficult not to compare to Oliver Jeffers' Stuck (2011), this crazy cast of characters certainly holds its own. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Cats get stuck in trees all the time, but how does a whole farm end up there? Read full book review >

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BEVERLY BILLINGSLY TAKES THE CAKE by Alexander Stadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Stadler's party-colored artwork, with its thick, raw, black outlining manages to convey a tender vulnerability in all its guilelessness. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Beverly meets her match in a caramel-candy castle cake, a generous present she's making for a friend's birthday. Read full book review >

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I’LL NEVER SHARE YOU, BLACKBOARD BEAR by Martha Alexander
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A spare and effective vote for sharing (and a good example of how to avoid a pulping), cleverly drawn by Alexander to invest the real world with watercolor dreaminess, while the fantastical bear maintains a concrete—indeed, opaque gray—presence. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Alexander adds a new tale to her much-loved series about the bear who comes to life from a drawing on a blackboard. Read full book review >

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MAGIC THUMBELINA by Alexander Pogrebniak
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 29, 2011

"Not the slickest app ever, but the art is well worth second and third looks. (iPad storybook app. 7-9)"
An alternate track of instrumental rock adds an unusual dimension to this paraphrased version of the classic female-bondage/abandonment tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LILA BLOOM by Alexander Stadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2004

After a bad day at school a little girl named Lila announces to her caretaker aunt and her ballet teacher, Madame Vera, that she wants to quit her strictly run ballet class. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DUNCAN RUMPLEMEYER’S BAD BIRTHDAY by Alexander Stadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"The Message hangs heavy over this, but Duncan's distinctive voice, plus a light touch with the moral, makes it a persuasive exercise in the benefits of socialization. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Stadler's jagged, thick-lined art may resemble William Steig's, but his young narrator is pure Jules Feiffer: "Why share? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEST PART OF DADDY'S DAY by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"A pleasant celebration of father-and-son love. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bertie the beagle wants to grow up to be a builder, just like his dad. Read full book review >

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GHOULISH SONG by William Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2013

"Alexander's storytelling is compelling and clever, and this tale of courage is by turns humorous, poignant and convincing. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A young girl confronts her own death in the river city of Zombay with its ancient magic and new gearwork in a stand-alone companion to National Book Award-winning Goblin Secrets (2012). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GAWGON AND THE BOY by Lloyd Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"I had some reluctance about being educated')—a quietly zany tribute to the power of stories. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A sweet tale of imagination and intergenerational friendship on the cusp of the Depression. Read full book review >