Search Results: "Bernard Lodge"


BOOK REVIEW

MOULDYLOCKS by Bernard Lodge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Lodge's illustrations have the look of woodcuts, with thick lines and evenly applied color; Mouldylocks, curly hair wriggling beneath pointed black hat like spinach linguini, makes an earnest foil for her mercurial friends. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A surprise birthday party for Mouldylocks the young witch deteriorates into amusing, wizardly warfare when her three adult hosts take to cheating at the games. Read full book review >

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TANGLEBIRD by Bernard Lodge
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"The lesson about channeling chaos into creativity may be somewhat muted, but manipulated; children will like Tanglebird's triumph over those who once mocked him. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Detailed woodcuts colored in soft pastels add visual interest to this didactic story. Read full book review >

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GRANDMA WENT TO MARKET by Stella Blackstone
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1996

"If the verse lacks poetic acrobatics, it is aerodynamic enough to keep the book, and Grandma's escapades, in flight. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Subtitled ``A Round-the-World Counting Rhyme,'' Blackstone's first book opens with the purchase of a flying Turkish carpet that helps transform Grandma into an international shopper. Read full book review >

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NOAH MAKES A BOAT by Pippa Goodhart
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Diverting. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Another attempt at the oft-told story of Noah's Ark. Read full book review >

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CUSTARD SURPRISE by Bernard Lodge
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2007

This I Can Read series entry hits bottom, and just might have Ursula Nordstrom hurling thunderbolts from her office in heaven. Read full book review >

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SONGS FOR SURVIVAL by Nikki Siegen-Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"Despite scattered glosses and a brief note at the end, readers infer only hints of each culture's individual character, but the universal sense that Earth is powerful in some ways and fragile in others comes through clearly. (Anthology/folklore. 6-10)"
A handsomely packaged collection of lyrics and proverbs, subtitled ``Songs and Chants From Tribal Peoples Around the World,'' gathered from several dozen endangered cultures. Read full book review >

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CLEVER CHAMELEON by Ali Lodge
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"An asset in any collection, story-timers will clamor to find the title character in each double-page spread. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The jungle animals, including walking stick, chameleon, parrot, lion, leopard, elephant, crocodile and giraffe, decide to play hide and seek. Read full book review >

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR CROC! by Jo Lodge
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"Some literal jaw-dropping at the climax gives this party-hearty pop-up a big finish. (Pop-up picture book. 1-3)"
Toddlers who find Lodge's Happy Birthday Moo Moo (2001) a touch tame will happily fasten on this toothier follow-up, a British import.Read full book review >

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A MAN OF PARTS by David Lodge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2011

"Readable but ultimately rather pointless."
At his best when he artfully blends comedy and pathos (Deaf Sentence, 2008, etc.), Lodge returns to the fictional biography genre that didn't serve him particularly well in Author, Author (2004). Read full book review >

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PARADISE NEWS by David Lodge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"Narrative tricks aside, Lodge's Catholicism and his gimlet eye make him the true heir of Evelyn Waugh."
Lodge combines his past fictional interests in Catholicism (The British Museum is Falling Down, etc.) and social satire (Nice Work, etc.) to produce this always engaging and clever tale of innocents abroad. Read full book review >

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THINKS . . .  by David Lodge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2001

"As engrossing as Lodge's skillful structuring and bawdy badinage is, this time out he promises more than he ultimately delivers."
Literature and science battle for supremacy in this three-pronged academic satire from Lodge (Home Truths, 2000, etc.) that gets in many a good jab before running out of steam. Read full book review >