Search Results: "Barry Yourgrau"


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MESS by Barry Yourgrau
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 10, 2015

"Yourgrau provides engaging company for most of that span, but the actual decluttering in the book might have taken less than a chapter."
A memoir about decluttering an apartment. Read full book review >

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NASTYBOOK by Barry Yourgrau
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"Fans of the likes of David Lubar's Witch's Monkey and Other Tales (1997) or Paul Jennings's twisted short fiction will be rolling in the aisles. (Short stories. 10-13)"
Continuing the format but toning down the raunchiness of several earlier efforts for adult readers, Yourgrau offers about 50 deliciously macabre sketches and fragments, most of them ideal for reading aloud. Read full book review >

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YET ANOTHER NASTYBOOK by Barry Yourgrau
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"Younger children looking for scary—but not too scary—tales and older reluctant readers will fall on Yourgrau's latest with glad cries. (Short stories. 7-9)"
After trying his hand at a novel, Yourgrau returns to the format of his first NastyBook (2005), offering several dozen surreal mini-melodramas, most running only a page or two with the occasional typographic flight of fancy, deliberately lame poem or (one hopes) consciously ugly line drawing chucked in for variety. Read full book review >

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MY CURIOUS UNCLE DUDLEY by Barry Yourgrau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"An unsuccessful experiment by an author known to take chances in his titles for adults. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Take a world-traveling uncle with a penchant for potions. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER NASTYBOOK by Barry Yourgrau
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2006

"De Jesus inserts occasional pages of comics-style panels, as well as mucky blots or smears intended to give the pages a well-thumbed look that they are unlikely to pick up from actual readers. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Again writing for short attention spans, Yourgrau clambers onto Lemony Snicket's coattails with this circular, surreal tale of a lad who, inspired by a redundantly dubbed "manga comic," stumbles off to the rescue after his shrewish mother is supposedly kidnapped by goblins. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Intellectually provocative, of more interest to scholars than the general public, but accessible to the motivated sub-genius."
An account of the spacey philosophical/mathematical territory charted by 20th-century European über-minds, from the perspective of Austrian-born Kurt Gödel, supported by Albert Einstein. Read full book review >

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BARRY LYGA
by Megan Labrise

What’s Barry Lyga’s secret to writing books teen readers love?

“I don’t write for teens,” says the New York Times bestselling author of I Hunt Killers. “That’s my secret—I write about teens.

“I’m aware that my books are published as YA,” he continues, “and I love that, and there’s a magic to having teenagers tell you a book ...


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GUMBRELLA by Barry  Root
by Barry Root, illustrated by Barry Root
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Deadpan expressions and low-key reactions enhance the ambiguity of this veteran illustrator's faintly offbeat solo debut. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The tone is light, the pictures are bright—but there's a hint of Stephen King in this tale of a big sister who loves playing doctor to small injured creatures so much that she won't let them go when they're healed. Read full book review >

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LET'S LOOK AT DINOSAURS by Frances Barry
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"Dinosaurs, pop-ups and flaps to lift—what could be better? (Picture book. 2-5)"
Barry's latest interactive text appeals to the youngest of dinosaur aficionados, presenting them with some very basic facts about how dinosaurs lived. Read full book review >

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THE RACE OF THE CENTURY by Barry Downard
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"Margery Cuyler's Road Signs: A Harey Race With A Tortoise, illustrated by Steven Haskamp (2000), or Downard's own version of the 'Little Red Hen' (2004), this iteration will appeal most to readers already familiar with the basic story. (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
Once again, "slow and steady" leads to a "Bad Hare Day." 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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DUCKIE’S RAINBOW by Frances Barry
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"A bright and appealing debut for the diaper set. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Duckie hurries across paper collage scenes on double-paged spreads of supersaturated color, each one smaller than the last. Read full book review >