Search Results: "Ann Wright"


BOOK REVIEW

MY FIRST LIFE by Hugo Chávez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Monster or savior? Norteamericano leaders accustomed to the view of Chávez as evil incarnate may value this alternate, assuredly self-serving presentation of facts and events."
The late Venezuelan leader—or strongman, or dictator, if you like—tells all. Read full book review >

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THE ASSASSINATION OF LUMUMBA by Ludo De Witte
Released: July 1, 2001

"Thoroughly researched, passionately written, deeply disturbing. (1 map, 2 charts, 8 pages b&w photos)"
Indefatigable Dutch sociologist De Witte (Crisis in Kongo, not reviewed) examines the murder of Congolese nationalist leader Patrice Lumumba and unearths a sordid story of corruption, violence, conspiracies, and lies. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Too many dates, places, itineraries, and gastronomical preferences make for a drabness broken only by the odd sexual liaison. (211 halftones, 1 map, 14 color illus.)"
A collective biography of painters, art critics, and writers who evolved from a tight-knit company of Cambridge friends to form the Bloomsbury group—with a particular, generally pedestrian, focus on their visits to France between 1910 and 1940. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A TOWER OF GIRAFFES by Anna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"This brief, exquisite overview may well have readers wishing for a sequel—or consulting reference books to find out more collective nouns. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
From a gaggle of geese to an ostentation of peacocks, a gathering of collective nouns. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET CIRCUS by Johanna Wright
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"A quiet, comforting debut, best shared snuggled close together. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Somewhere, beneath the twinkling lights of Paris, there is a circus. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ORCHESTRA PIT by Johanna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Back at the right pit, the snake twists into a treble clef—a charming endnote. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A snake meandering into "the wrong pit" leads readers through this appealing introduction to an orchestra and its instruments—brass, wind instruments, strings and percussion. Read full book review >

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BUNNIES ON ICE by Johanna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A healthy if impersonal dose of self-affirmation delivered by a cast with long, fetching bunny ears. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Bursting with confidence, a young skater describes what it takes to be a champion (at least in her own mind) in this wobbly but amusing manifesto. Read full book review >

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BANDITS by Johanna Wright
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"An enjoyable take on a nocturnal, urban animal's habits in an accessible story that, with illustrations in better sync, might have resulted in a refreshing outcome. Unfortunately, the result here is pedestrian. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Rascally raccoons plunder and play in the night without consequence in Wright's (The Secret Circus, 2009) latest work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAKE STARTS SCHOOL by Michael Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"The preposterously shaped characters, pithy rhymes and the many emotions expressed by just a few differently drawn lines make this an enjoyable graphic experience. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Bug-eyed Jake is back (Jake Stays Awake, 2007) with another problem in this very funny addition to the canon of stories about starting kindergarten. Read full book review >

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JAKE STAYS AWAKE by Michael Wright
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"Co-sleeping parents who want to reclaim their territory may want to take notes. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Co-sleeping taken to the extreme is the topic of this debut. Read full book review >

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PLOTLESS, POINTLESS, PATHETIC by Joshua Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"Captain's outings so third grade? (Fiction. 9-11)"
Monty Python meets Captain Underpants in a prose/cartoon hybrid from Down Under featuring Sir Glame, a puffed-up, borderline psychopath in armor, and his sarcastic equine sidekick Bill. Read full book review >

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JAKE GOES PEANUTS by Michael Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 17, 2010

"And the quality of the book's color alone makes it stand out; even the dark ones are buffed to radiance. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It matters not a whit that Wright's latest Jake adventure is a story so well traveled there are holes in its elbows, for it delights the ear and the eye. Read full book review >