Search Results: "Barry Moser"


BOOK REVIEW

WE WERE BROTHERS by Barry  Moser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"With masterful narrative control, Moser reveals the narrowness of perspective as well as the limitations of memory."
This boyhood memoir reveals much more than it ever explicitly states, with its tight focus on boyhood, brotherhood, estrangement, and reconciliation. Read full book review >

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POLLY VAUGHN by Barry  Moser
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"A mostly successful attempt to clothe a classic tale in new attire. (Fiction. 8-14)"
As he did with Andersen's The Tinderbox (1990), Moser transplants a traditional British ballad with interesting parallels to Romeo and Juliet to Appalachia, a likely enough setting for the tragedy of a young man who, mistaking his beloved for a deer, shoots her and then is hanged for murder. Read full book review >

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OUTSIDE by Barry Lopez
Kirkus Star
by Barry Lopez, illustrated by Barry Moser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"A stunning volume to be savored in a quiet, reflective mood."
A new edition of six previously published stories by Lopez, with engravings by Moser. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1990

"Kesey's frequent italics aren't essential, but they're expertly placed and remind the reader that this is the sort of lively, comical tale that demands reading aloud—a perfect picture book to share with older children."
This rollicking tall tale, based on a story told to Kesey by his grandmother, was published twice, "in different form," in books for adults; this is its first appearance in a format that will also appeal to children. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JACK LONDON’S DOG by Dirk Wales
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Moser's lovely engravings and a generally high production value give this volume visual interest, but that's not enough to rescue the whole. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Based on an episode from writer Jack London's life, this is a tale of a Yukon dog named Jack, which London may have known during his brief participation in the Alaskan gold rush. Read full book review >

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LOUSY ROTTEN STINKIN’ GRAPES by Margie Palatini
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"The moral is not explicitly stated but then, except for readers of Fox's ilk, it shouldn't need to be. (Picture book/fable. 6-9)"
"I am the fox," proclaims Fox repeatedly. Read full book review >

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ONCE UPON A TWICE by Denise Doyen
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

"This slight cautionary tale is undeniably arrayed in a gorgeous brocade, woven of fresh, inventive wordplay and masterful illustrations. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A foolish mouse is prone to jamming up the line of fellow night-foragers to smell a rose and wandering off to watch a beetle. Read full book review >

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ONE SMALL GARDEN by Barbara Nichol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A lovely, personal look at nature. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Nichol (Trunks All Aboard, not reviewed, etc.) wields a glorious simplicity of language to tell a few true stories and impart a lot of natural history about a garden in the city of Toronto. Read full book review >

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GRANDPA'S GAMBLE by Richard Michelson
Released: March 1, 1999

"Moser's skilled sepia illustrations add an intimate touch to this poignant tale. (Picture book. 7-10)"
A young brother and sister can't understand why their grandfather prays all the time, instead of telling them exciting stories about his past. Read full book review >

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EARTHQUACK! by Margie Palatini
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2002

"No harm done here, except perhaps to lots of funnybones. (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)"
The Archon of Alliteration, Palatini (Tub Boo Boo, 2001, etc.) scores again with this belly-quaking, thigh-slapping, earth-shaking take on "Henny Penny," starring Chucky Ducky, Lucy Goosey, Vickie, Nickie, and Rickie Chickie, Sue Ewe, and other farmyard residents. Read full book review >

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THE THREE SILLY BILLIES by Margie Palatini
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

"Comic flourishes galore in this breezy retelling, though no match for the richness of language and feeling in Patricia Rae Wolff's Toll-Bridge Troll (1995), illustrated by Kimberly Bulcken Root. (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
Though Moser veers off course on one page, this tale of a temporary traffic jam at the local troll bridge will draw fresh bursts of hilarity from fans of Earthquack! (2002) and similar riffs on familiar folktales. Read full book review >

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MOSES by Margaret Hodges
by Margaret Hodges, illustrated by Barry Moser
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Moser's full-page watercolor illustrations on every other page create a strong visual personality for Moses as he ages from confident prince to elderly prophet. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Hodges retells some of the key events from the life of Moses in a well-written, fluid style that makes the ancient stories come alive for young readers or listeners. Read full book review >