Search Results: "Axel Janssens"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BOX by Axel Janssens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"The art is striking, even if the text is a little too preachy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
All those anecdotes about how children prefer playing with a big empty box instead of the present inside pop up in this earnest little tale translated from the Dutch. Read full book review >

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THE BIG BALLOON by Axel Scheffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"A mild, recognizable adventure for toddlers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bright, brief, undeniably cute but still rather bland, Pip and Posy's (The Scary Monster, 2012, etc.) third adventure involves a mishap with a red balloon. Read full book review >

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THE NEW FRIEND by Axel Scheffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"A well-intentioned but not entirely successful beach outing. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Sea, sun, ice cream, and friendship. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"In the end this book is little more than a who-slept-with-whom compendium; further proof of how ultimately unrevealing sexuality tends to be and, at least in Madsen's hands, how trite. (24 pages photos, not seen)"
This trashy, scandal-mongering history of lesbian and bisexual women in Hollywood remains readable in spite of itself. Read full book review >

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THE HOTEL DICK by Axel Brand
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 17, 2008

"Pseudonymous Brand's debut unfolds in leisurely fashion, with many detours. His noir style effectively combines muscle and cheek, and Sonntag is an appealingly laconic sleuth."
A victim with no past, and a murder with no leads. Read full book review >

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THE DEAD GENIUS by Axel Brand
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 20, 2011

"Pseudonymous Brand's third Sonntag caper (Night Medicine, 2011, etc.) rolls slowly, buoyed by Brand's crisp prose and Sonntag's reflexive wisecracks."
An unshakable hunch and a sense of duty keep a dogged detective on the case in a nearly perfect murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FARM by Axel Scheffler
by Axel Scheffler, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, developed by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2012

"If Old MacDonald had an iPad, this might be his favorite book. (iPad storybook app. 6 mos.-3)"
A winning interactive farm adventure that's sure to appeal to babies and toddlers. Read full book review >

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TABBY MCTAT, THE MUSICAL CAT by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"'MEEE-EW and the old guitar, / How PURRRR-fectly happy we are.' Sounds like a hit. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A musical cat—what's better than that? Read full book review >

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THE SPIFFIEST GIANT IN TOWN by Julia Donaldson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

Never was a striptease worked to more beneficent ends as when George the humble and sartorially challenged giant starts taking it off, piece by piece. Read full book review >

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ROOM ON THE BROOM by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Effective use of brilliant colors set against well-conceived backgrounds detail the story without need for text—but with it, the story—and the broom—take off. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Each time the witch loses something in the windy weather, she and her cat are introduced to a new friend who loves flying on her broom. Read full book review >

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A SQUASH AND A SQUEEZE by Julia Donaldson
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 1993

"Where funds permit, a worthy addition. (Picture book. 3-8)"
You may not think you need yet another version of the tale about someone realizing that her house is actually big enough to accommodate a whole slew of animals, after crowding them in—one by one—on the advice of a wise man (he looks as much like a vicar as a rabbi here). Read full book review >