Search Results: "Andrew Larsen"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LUCK OF JUDE by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2011

"Purposeful but not preachy. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Violence paradoxically begets friendship in Larsen's simply told chapter-book debut. Read full book review >

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SEE YOU NEXT YEAR by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2015

"Taken as a whole, the book affectionately captures the nostalgic air of vacations past, seashells gathered and summer friends left behind—a great book for the car ride. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The annual summer vacation reveals familiar patterns and the joy of continuity and tradition. Read full book review >

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IN THE TREE HOUSE by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"A melancholy story of changing relationships rather than a celebration of the excitement of a blackout. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A tale reminiscent, but falling short, of John Rocco's 2012 Caldecott honor book, Blackout, depicts a boy longing for time with his big brother. Read full book review >

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DINGUS by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Heartfelt if not groundbreaking. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An 11-year-old boy feels as though everything around him—his best friend, his parents, his world—is changing. And it sucks. Read full book review >

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GOODNIGHT, HOCKEY FANS by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"While hockey fans are the most obvious audience for this book, it depicts a familiar childhood scene. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A hockey superfan can't get to sleep until he tunes his radio to the big game. Read full book review >

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THE MAN WHO LOVED LIBRARIES by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A useful if uncomplicated way of teaching 'that we can all make a real difference when we choose to give back.' (sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Certainly the world of public libraries would be poorer without the substantial contribution of Andrew Carnegie. Read full book review >

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THE NOT-SO-FARAWAY ADVENTURE by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"This quiet, sweet story is a gift for all—explorers, grandchildren, parents—any who celebrate the gift of discovering the world together. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Theo, the warmhearted heroine from The Imaginary Garden (2009), creates an unforgettable adventure for her beloved Poppa's birthday. Read full book review >

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A SQUIGGLY STORY by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"This book offers a fine mirror for brown boys who aspire to write, but it's also a great pro-literacy story for all children about brown kids who hold reading and writing in high regard. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A positive tale of how a story can emerge organically from an inkling of an idea to an imaginative literary excursion—even at the hands of preliterate kids. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"A lackluster offering, with an abundance of information but little critical distance or depth. (Fifty b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The Larsens (Stephen: The Mythic Imagination, 1990; Robin: a Swedenborg scholar), longtime friends and students of Joseph Campbell (1904-87), team up—with Campbell family permission and full access to his papers—to deliver a hefty but hollow biography of the illustrious expositor of world myths. Read full book review >

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LIAR, LIAR by K.J. Larsen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Fans of Jennifer Crusie will appreciate Larsen's debut, full of breezy comebacks and characters that come off the page."
A private eye searches for a suspect while her mother tries to find her a man. Read full book review >

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THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN by K.J. Larsen
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Light fare, focusing on the heroine's family rather than her burgeoning business or romance, that's more interested in developing her relationships than building suspense."
A private eye's latest case leads her back to her own family of Chicago's finest, giving her a chance to solve the crime while eating her Mama's cooking. Read full book review >

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THE SECOND WINTER by Craig Larsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Larsen creates a darkly sensual world in which evil impulses often triumph, but not always."
Danish resistance fighters are often as brutal as the occupying Nazis in Larsen's (Mania, 2009) luridly dark exploration into the ways that "war can make criminals of heroes…and heroes of criminals." Read full book review >