Search Results: "Bernard F. Dick"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"At times breezy, at times complex, always erudite and entertaining. (24 pages b&w photos)"
Film historian Dick (City of Dreams, 1997) uses Paramount Pictures to illustrate the evolution of the motion-picture industry from Thomas Edison to Michael Eisner. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Not everyone may think it worthwhile to analyze the opening minutes of the talking-mule movie Francis; that Dick does so instructively will endear him to Universal's fans. (illustrations, not seen)"
Though not thorough enough to be definitive, this concise account of Universal's transformation from the silent era to the present is a useful resource for anyone interested in James Whale, Deanna Durbin, or Howard the Duck. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

F by Daniel Kehlmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2014

"German writer Kehlmann (Fame, 2010, etc.) takes us on a strange and enigmatic journey here."
An elusive novel whose events remain cryptic and largely unexplained. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BERNARD SHAW by Sally Peters
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Peters offers a rhetorically overloaded version of Shaw's life and work. (29 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A tendentious, trendy reading of Shaw, with an entirely speculative theory of secret homosexuality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Holroyd keeps a lightly even voice throughout so that every word Shaw utters—and he is clearly the greatest wit in the English language—glistens with intelligence against his fading hopes for humanity. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Triumphant closing of Holroyd's massive life of George Bernard Shaw (1856-1951), begun with The Search for Love (1988) and The Pursuit of Power (1989)—a work 15 years in the writing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLUE BERNARD by Nathalie Tousnakhoff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2013

"Bernard's story alone is lovely to look at with too few shades between its primary hues. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
The second in an app series called Colorful World, this follow-up to Zoe's Green Planet (2013) follows Bernard, who is "blue from head to toe" on an all-pink planet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOCHA DICK by Brian Heinz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"A tour de force of design, story and illustration. (Picture book. 5-10)"
This eye-catching picture book presents the history of the legendary sperm whale behind the Herman Melville classic. Read full book review >

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MOBY DICK by Philip Edwards
adapted by Philip Edwards, illustrated by Adam Horsepool
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Other recent illustrated versions outsail this superficial recasting. (Picture book. 10-12)"
Shadowy pictures of larger-than-life figures cast atmospheric gloom over this summary version of the classic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BERNARD WANTS A BABY by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"It's nothing new, but those who enjoy Bernard will sympathize with this easy squeeze-of-the-hand for the youngest with new-sibling jitters, reinforced by the idyllic settings and touches of exotica delivered by Catalano's pastels. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The little elephant last seen in another familiar trial (Bernard Goes to School, 2001) has his life changed once again, this time in a big way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BERNARD GOES TO SCHOOL by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Featuring purple, green, and gold elephants, Catalano's pastels are as soft as the outcome of the story, with Bernard discovering that a friendly face and a new chum go a long way toward taking the dismay out of the new. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The first day of preschool can give even an elephant a case of the shim-shams, as Goodman's little pachyderm learns. Read full book review >

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BERNARD THE ANGRY ROOSTER by Mary Wormell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2001

"2000, etc.) will be drawn to this—and will agree that there's a bit of Bernard in everyone. (Picture book. 4-6)"
What has gotten Bernard's shorts in a twist? Read full book review >

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MOBY DICK by Lance Stahlberg
adapted by Lance Stahlberg, illustrated by Lalit Kumar Singh
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 13, 2010

"Though an also-ran next to the versions of comics legends Will Eisner (2001) and Bill Sienkiewicz (1990), it's absorbing enough—and the biographical introduction and closing pages on whaling ships and sperm whales provide a nice veneer of historical context. (Graphic fiction. 11-13)"
In this slender graphic adaptation of Melville's magnum opus, Ishmael, Queequeg and the rest of the uniformly burly, steely-eyed whalers are strong presences in Singh's art—at least until their pale, gargantuan nemesis shows up to scatter them and their ship as flotsam across the waves. Read full book review >