Search Results: "Barbara Laker"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 11, 2014

"All the President's Men it's not, but Ruderman and Laker provide a welcome addition to the shelves of books about the mechanics and logistics of journalistic exposés."
Two newspaper reporters explain how they broke open police corruption in Philadelphia. Read full book review >

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THE VENETIAN MASK by Rosalind Laker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"But her characters are spunky and her plot satisfies, even if it doesn't describe the character behind La Serenissima's mask in anything other than the most simplistic terms."
More old-fashioned historical romance from Laker (The Golden Tulip, etc. etc.), this time set in Venice just before Napoleon forces the declining republic to its knees. Read full book review >

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ORCHIDS AND DIAMONDS by Rosalind Laker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"Conversation here, as in Laker's others, is a shade stiff, but her vision of beautiful clothes is admirably researched and pastry- sweet."
More competently informed period bubbly by the author of The Sugar Pavilion (1994) and umpteen others. Read full book review >

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THE GOLDEN TULIP by Rosalind Laker
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Obviously, lots of research went into this, resulting in a plethora of details about iconography, tulip-breeding, 17th-century guilds, etc. Certainly lovers of Flemish painting will be beguiled- -even though the plot doesn't quite sizzle and Laker's writing is as much decorating as anything else."
An accessory-mad costume drama by one of the genre's leading lights that, like other Laker originals (The Silver Touch, To Dance with Kings, etc.), focuses on an antique trade—in this case, Dutch painting in the days of Rembrandt and Vermeer. Read full book review >

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THE SUGAR PAVILION by Rosalind Laker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 1994

"Leisurely, long, stiff as a board in places, but with some yum-yum desserts."
From period-romancer Laker (The Venetian Mask, 1992; etc.), a tale of smuggling, the plight of ÇmigrÇ aristocrats during the French Revolution, the amours of the future George IV, and the art of the confectionery trade—all in the 1790's seaside resort of Brighton. Read full book review >

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MUSEUM TRIP by Barbara Lehman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2006

"It's a playfully subtle celebration of the possibilities offered by seemingly dry and dusty museums and, like museums, entirely worthy of several lengthy visits. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Following on the Caldecott Honor-winning The Red Book (2004) is another mindbending foray into a wordless metafictive narrative. Read full book review >

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ADÈLE AND SIMON by Barbara McClintock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 7, 2006

"Très magnifique! (Picture book. 5-8)"
Set against scenes of early 20th-century Paris, this engaging, reverse cumulative story follows a girl and her young brother when she picks him up from school. Read full book review >

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THE FANTASTIC DRAWINGS OF DANIELLE by Barbara McClintock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The pen- and-ink-and-watercolor illustrations are beautifully done, especially the ones that show the world magically transformed in Danielle's eye. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Danielle's adored Papa is a rumpled, bespectacled photographer in turn-of-the-century Paris. Read full book review >

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THE BATTLE OF LUKE AND LONGNOSE by Barbara McClintock
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A superb and inventive book by a truly talented illustrator. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
While Luke is asleep, his toy soldiers and elegant cardboard theater blow up and become life-sized. Read full book review >

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CINDERELLA by Barbara McClintock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Charming. (source note) (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)"
McClintock adapts Charles Perrault's version of the familiar tale, taking inspiration from the fashionable pretensions of the court of Louis XIV for her richly detailed watercolor and line illustrations. Read full book review >

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CINDERELLA (AS IF YOU DIDN’T ALREADY KNOW THE STORY) by Barbara Ensor
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2006

A fun modern spin on Cinderella, told by a sassy narrator, that delivers an insider's scoop on this familiar tale. Read full book review >

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FRED'S BEDS by Barbara Samuels
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2014

"Clever and charming. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Fred the beagle loves to nap, and he can sleep anywhere—in a shopping bag or a pile of old newspapers or a slightly soggy bath towel. But even he can't nap through a noisy birthday party. Read full book review >