Search Results: "Bernard Oberdieck"


BOOK REVIEW

PUSS IN BOOTS by John Cech
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 6, 2010

"Delicious, naughty fun. (Picture book/folktale. 4-9)"
The tale of the clever con artist who just happens to be a feline is retold with flair and a knowing wink. Read full book review >

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THE DANCING CAT by Justine Rendal
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 26, 1991

"Intriguing, especially as extended by Oberdieck's carefully detailed illustrations—a nice blend of satire and sympathy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Since the ``rough little girl'' likes ``friction and fighting and fuss,'' the toy cat wearing a fierce mask looks just right for her, but she's not—she's a gentle soul who yearns to dance. Read full book review >

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BENEATH THE STONE by Bernard Wolf
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Map; pronunciation guide; note about the Zapotecs. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
In appealing, handsomely composed color photos and a brief but informatative text, a portrait of Leodegario Vicente Golan Ruiz (``Leo'') and his large family, whose tapetes (rugs or hangings) are ``famous throughout Mexico.'' At six, Leo is already a weaver of ``small tapetes in simple patterns.'' Wolf details his typical day (including school), tells how his family celebrates ``The Days of the Dead'' and other holidays, and depicts visits to the ancient capital of the Zapotecs (their ``impressive culture'' was one of several that were flourishing when the Spaniards arrived in A.D. 1519) and to a market (Leo's work sells quickly, but the low price two of his mother's tapetes bring is matter of concern to these hardworking people). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COMING TO AMERICA by Bernard Wolf
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Lacking an index or bibliography, this will still provide insight into the daily life of a recently arrived family. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
An experienced photo-essayist, Wolf often takes on difficult topics. Read full book review >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

REMEMBER ME by Romily Bernard
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Reserve this for dedicated fans of the first book. (Suspense. 12-16)"
Wicket Tate returns, her happily-ever-after ending from Find Me (2013) disintegrating into troubles with police detective Carson, boyfriend Griff, and new pal and fellow hacker Milo. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MAGIC BARREL by Bernard Malamud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1958

"The stories have appeared in Commentary, Partisan Review, Harper's Bazaar, etc. - and the critical success of The Assistant may bring them a wider readership than the genre usually attracts."
In this collection of thirteen short stories, four are excellent- Angel Levine, The Lady of the Lake, The Last Mohican, and the title story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CROWNER’S QUEST by Bernard Knight
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2004

"Gleefully renders daily life, circa 1194, from flea bites to lice to pork-and-ale breakfasts. Like The Sanctuary Seeker (2003), this provides a map, a glossary, and a thorough dissection of medieval politics."
Who shall be king, Richard Coeur de Lion or his brother John? Read full book review >

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TO DIE LIKE A GENTLEMAN by Bernard Bastable
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 1993

"The enthralled reader, briskly carried along by the author's literate, subtle, suspenseful narrative, may feel a bit let down by the abruptness of the windup—but the going is sheer delight in the hands of a master of the genre."
Author Robert Barnard, writing for the first time as Bernard Bastable, sets his story in the English countryside of 1842 and in the Elmstead Court household of Sir Richard Hudson—comprised of Sir Richard, his wife, son Andrew, and three daughters, the oldest of whom is rebellious 18-year-old Jane. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 22, 2013

"A concise, easy-to-use guide showcasing a delightfully simple method of exploring, and alleviating, the underlying causes of chronic pain."
In this self-help book, Schatzroots out a single underlying cause for chronic pain and offers a method to treat it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REBEL by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1993

"They hurt."
Cornwell, whose wonderfully entertaining Sharpe series of 18th-century military-sea adventures has entranced readers for years, starts a Civil War series with a great bang. Read full book review >