Search Results: "André Amstutz"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BABY IN THE HAT by Allan Ahlberg
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Hurrah! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Wouldn't it be remarkable if someone caught—in his hat, no less—a baby who had fallen out of a second-story window and then he ended up marrying that same baby many years later? Read full book review >

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THE SHOPPING EXPEDITION by Allan Ahlberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

"And the trip home is accomplished with the turn of a final page—a perfect ending for a child's transformation of a common errand into a decidedly uncommon outing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Leaving dad to paint the kitchen, a child trails her mom, little Harry and Wilf the Wonderdog out to the grocery store in this enticing invitation to take the long way 'round. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANDRÉ CITROEN by John Reynolds
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 20, 1997

"Flat and unrevealing. (b&w photos)"
An uncritical biography of one of France's premier automakers, from a British journalist who takes a far greater interest in machines than in men or women. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANDRÉ MALRAUX by Curtis Cate
Released: April 1, 1997

"Cate provides a rich account of both. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A highly readable biography that endeavors to correct, but not erase, the image of Malraux as a heroic, committed activist/intellectual. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Heavy on the whos, whats, whens, and wheres; much too light on the whys. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Meticulously detailed yet disappointing biography of the French activist/art authority/novelist/politician who began his career by trying to smuggle Khmer sculptures out of Indochina and ended up as minister of culture under de Gaulle's Fifth Republic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 1998

"Reviewing Wilde's familiar rise and fall from Gide's perspective, Fryer finds a few intersections of the two men's interests, and biographical similarities in such matters as that each man indirectly injured his wife. (8 pages of b&w photos, not seen)"
Sticking to biographic routes rather than real literary parallels, Fryer (Dylan: The Nine Lives of Dylan Thomas, 1994) retraces a decade of crossed paths between the notorious playwright and the future Noble Prize—winning novelist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEVER CATCH A COLD by André François
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2012

"A bit of Gallic foolery, just in time for cold season. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A small, witty portrait gallery of colds, originally composed in French for a pharmaceutical company's ad campaign. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AN ACT OF TERROR by André Brink
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Disappointing."
A pretentious megabook with mega themes from South African novelist Brink, already somewhat overtaken by events in South Africa and elsewhere. Read full book review >

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STATES OF EMERGENCY by André Brink
Released: May 17, 1989

Philip Malan is a South African professor who finds himself in over his head with a young graduate assistant, Melissa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

APPLESAUCE DAY by Lisa  Amstutz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Read this aloud to complement apple units or family trips to the orchard. (recipe, additional facts) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Family history reveals itself as applesauce is lovingly made from hand-picked fruit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2002

"An even-handed survey for anyone bewildered by recent events in a once-remote pocket of Europe."
A useful historical overview of "a centuries-long theater of the macabre." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HIDDEN KEYS by André Alexis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A wry and reflective literary puzzle about family, love, honor, and adventure."
A smooth criminal is persuaded to investigate a complex riddle left as a strange inheritance to a junkie in Toronto. Read full book review >