Search Results: "Alexander Wilensky"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WEIGHT OF IT by Amy Wilensky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2004

"Funny and affecting in parts, but on the whole disappointing."
After recounting her experiences with obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette's syndrome in National Book Award nominee Passing for Normal (1999), Wilensky now chronicles her younger sister's struggle with obesity and its impact on their relationship. Read full book review >

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PASSING FOR NORMAL by Amy Wilensky
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 18, 1999

"That it has helped the author in her own journey to self-revelation is abundantly clear."
A compulsive telling of what it is like to have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) combined with the vocal and muscular tics that are characteristic of Tourette's syndrome, a neurological disorder that runs in families. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"A lively journey, though getting back to the Garden turns out to be even more complicated than Joni Mitchell's 'Woodstock' lyrics imagined."
A freelance journalist debuts with a spirited chase through history, geography and religion as she chronicles the myriad and sometimes mad attempts to locate the Garden of Eden. Read full book review >

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HER IDEA by Rilla Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"A perfect storm of ugly imagery, sloppy thinking and subpar writing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The author of The Best Book in the World (2014), a paean to reading, brings to the art of writing the same over-the-top exuberance.Read full book review >

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MILLIE IN THE SNOW by Alexander Steffensmeier
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"Sharp-eyed children will delight in the antics of the other farm animals tucked away in the busy spreads, but 'moo-velous' Millie in her woolen cap is the star of this show. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Millie, the delightfully different bovine star of Millie Waits for the Mail (2007), returns for another adventure, but this time she is helping the mail carrier instead of scaring him. Read full book review >

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LUCY AND THE BULLY by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The foreword, by a staff therapist at Northwestern's Family Institute, provides tips for parents and teachers on using stories in bullying-prevention programs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lucy, a primary grader, is good at art to the delight of all her classmates, except for Tommy. Read full book review >

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CHASKA AND THE GOLDEN DOLL by Ellen Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"A likable, useful contribution. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
The true story of how one Andean village was able to fund a school. 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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >