Search Results: "Arden Johnson-Petrov"


BOOK REVIEW

CABBAGE MOON by Jan Wahl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Johnson-Petrov's evocative pastels strive to bring continuity to the pages, but the book exhibits none of Wahl's usual skill. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This fantasy from Wahl (The Singing Geese, 1998, etc.) suffers from disjointedness; far too many of the sentences are crafted to be pretty rather than to tell a story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOW-WOW BIRTHDAY by Lee Wardlaw
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Maris's friends appear to be so obnoxious that the party can't possibly be that much fun, but the warmth between child and dog will make readers smile. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Bow-Wow Birthday (32 pp.; $14.95; Feb.; 1-56397-489-4): Young Maris throws the grizzled dog, Rambler, a 100th (in dog years) birthday party, but while she and her friends energetically bicker and chow down, he disappears. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"An acceptable, if uneven, read-aloud candidate. (Picture book/poetry. 7-9)"
In short poems arranged for two voices, a dog converses with forest denizens (owl, moth, squirrel) and features (a trail, a brook, a tree): "Woodpecker, / Woodpecker, / what do you see? / Juicy bugs / inside this tree!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOST TOOTH CLUB by Arden Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 1998

"Still, Johnson excels at animal expressions, as in her boisterous dream sequence depicting a gap-toothed menagerie, presided over by a moon with a missing tooth; Olivia's flyaway red hair forms a centerpiece to most of the soft-toned pastel compositions. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A book with an expected ending—a tooth falls out—that unintentionally reaffirms the value of pure conformity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARDEN HOUSE by R. M. Bryan
Released: Oct. 18, 2013

"Despite its prequel feel, there's good groundwork for a sensational, lasting series."
A young bladesmith and a healer journey across a barren, post-apocalyptic world in the author's debut adventure novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAMUEL JOHNSON by David Nokes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Rigorous and scholarly, but an introduction rather than an advancement in knowledge."
A swift life of the author of A Dictionary of the English Language (1755), whose corporal and hygienic eccentricities matched in uniqueness the brilliance of his mind. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PHILIP JOHNSON by Franz Schulze
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 1994

"An expansive view of Johnson's prickly intellect, ambition, and shifting aesthetic core. (125 photos, not seen)"
Spry and readable, this first major Johnson biography delivers the goods on the puckish 87-year-old godfather of American architecture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 5, 1992

"B&w photos. (Biography. 11-13)"
The fantasy world we build around professional athletes took a serious hit when this NBA superstar announced his HIV infection and retirement. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANDREW JOHNSON by Annette Gordon-Reed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Gordon-Reed incorporates views by Johnson's other biographers to create a fleshed-out, many-sided portrait."
A fair-minded, toned-down portrait of a deeply problematic president who could not rise to the country's challenge after the Civil War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAMUEL JOHNSON by Peter Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"From the ordinary clay of words, Martin sculpts an impressive image of an extraordinary man."
Reliable, readable life of 18th-century England's most celebrated intellectual, lexicographer, poet, critic, biographer, essayist, Tory, travel writer and—perhaps most of all—Personality. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL JOHNSON by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Lacks its subject's wit and fire, but displays Johnson in all his grime and glory."
A balanced view of the troubled yet triumphant life of one of literature's and lexicography's not-so-gentle giants. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VAN JOHNSON by Ronald L. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A perfectly pleasant double feature."
The Van Johnson Story. Starring . . . Van Johnson. Read full book review >