Search Results: "Allen Estrin"


BOOK REVIEW

HEAVEN’S WITNESS by Joseph Telushkin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 2004

"Telushkin (Words That Hurt, Words That Heal: How to Choose Words Wisely and Well, 1996, etc.) and his TV collaborator Estrin have produced a fleet, pulpy thriller—Mary Higgins Clark with teeth—that's especially good at balancing belief and skepticism about reincarnation."
What happens when the key witness to an old murder was born five years after the events she recounts? Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 2005

"Regrettable proof that love of language isn't enough all by itself."
Dreary, unfocused tale of a part-Jewish Texas high-school football player named Hitler. Read full book review >

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INSECT DREAMS by Marc Estrin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"An impressive debut, notable for a generous sense of fun that never detracts from the serious historical and existential implications of all that it so entertainingly depicts."
Gregor Samsa returns, albeit still in cockroach form, in this survey course of early 20th-century Western history packaged as a sequel to Kafka's "Metamorphosis." Read full book review >

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BALLERINA DREAMS by Lauren Thompson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"Includes information about Ferrara (as well as the girls' helpers) and symptoms and treatments for cerebral palsy. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
This lovely book focuses on five little girls who long desperately to be ballerinas on stage. Read full book review >

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DON'T COPY ME! by Jonathan Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Young children acquainted with the pleasure of conspiring to annoy an older child and those who've suffered the indignity of being made fun of will enjoy seeing just who outsmarts whom. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Here's Little Puffin, minding his own business and enjoying a walk when a trio of impish gull chicks turn up and start mimicking his every move. Read full book review >

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“I’M NOT SANTA!” by Jonathan Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2008

"Allen's simple but effective illustrations, with their heavily outlined characters, are a perfect match to his simple but effective story, and he has toddler sensibilities down to a T. Carry on, Baby Owl, and tell us what else you're not. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Allen continues his amusing series about the ridiculously cute Baby Owl who in previous outings has declared himself "not cute!" and "not scared!" Read full book review >

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PRINCESS PARTY by Joy Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"A relatively harmless if unnecessary purchase. (Picture books. 4-8)"
A sugar-shock of pink coats this perfectly nice if less-than-extraordinary addition to the princess shelf. Read full book review >

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BELINDA by Pamela Allen
by Pamela Allen, illustrated by Pamela Allen
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Australian; perfect to share with a group. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Bessie milks Belinda every day, while Old Tom grows vegetables; but when Bessie goes to visit her daughter, Old Tom is to do the milking. ``There's a good girl,'' he croons, whereupon Belinda declares her intentions with ``one almighty kick.'' She's faster than he is, and also smart enough to snatch the carrot he offers before escaping. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STRANGER IN THE MIRROR by Allen Say
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Readers willing to dig deeply may find here a protest against marginalizing the elderly; most will see it as a transformation story, more stridently earnest than David Small's Imogene's Antlers (1985), Arthur Yorinks's Louis the Fish (1980), or Anthony Browne's entire oeuvre. (Picture book. 8+)"
Thinking about his grandfather, Sam decides that he doesn't want to grow old—but he wakes up the next morning with an old man's face. Read full book review >

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MY CAT MAISIE by Pamela Allen
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

"A perfect blend of text and pictures to make an entertaining story. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The big boy next door has a big dog named Lobo, but Andrew has no one to play with. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"This is silly slapstick for the ears, assured by its engineering to be popular. (Pop-up. 4-8)"
This variation on the Sleeping Beauty story uses sound and motion to good effect—such good effect, in fact, that it may be too raucous for quieter institutional settings. Read full book review >