Search Results: "Bert Dodson"


BOOK REVIEW

LUKE ON THE HIGH SEAS by Bonnie Pryor
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 2000

"This is certainly not The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (1990) but no matter: it will keep 'em engaged—and reading. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Veteran middle-grade novelist Pryor (Thomas in Danger, 1999, etc.) offers another sturdy, appealing entry in her growing series of historical novels set in 18th- and 19th-century America. Read full book review >

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KENTUCKY TROLL by Juanita Havill
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1993

"In Dodson's lively pencil and watercolor illustrations, the overalled troll is appealingly ugly in the manner of the popular toys; the longish tale makes an entertaining analogue to their recent US invasion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Troll—ever curious about people—stows away on a sailing ship from Sweden and ends up in Kentucky, where no one has heard of trolls. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDPA WAS A COWBOY by Silky Sullivan
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"The jacket painting is a little mawkish, but Dodson's fine interior illustrations are as evocative, suggestive, and as unpretentious as the old man himself. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An achingly lovely story of a child's regaining a sense of his family's past. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KAMI AND THE YAKS by Andrea Stenn Stryer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

A deaf Sherpa lad braves lightning and hail to search for his family's missing yaks in this handsomely packaged, original tale. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT BASEBALL CARD HUNT by Daniel A. Greenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Occasional b&w drawings feature young people with puzzled expressions. (Fiction. 9-11)"
The Lotus Pines Youth Baseball League is all abuzz: the outgoing commissioner has announced a treasure hunt with three rare baseball cards as the hidden prize. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AND SO THEY BUILD by Bert Kitchen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

An artist known for his elegant sense of design and meticulous paintings (Animal Alphabet, 1984, ALA Notable) depicts 12 animal-built structures: Australia's mallee fowl make self- warming nests of composting vegetable matter covered with sand, controlling the temperature until their eggs hatch; Africa's Cubeterme termites build columns of soil, riddled with chambers for different functions and topped with an umbrella-like cap to ``divert torrential rain''; a pregnant harvest mouse weaves a nest of still-rooted grasses, so that the nest continues to rise to greater safety. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BADLY DRAWN DOG by Emma Dodson
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"Witty and winsome. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Badly Drawn Dog decides he needs a new look and ends up in an amusing makeover nightmare. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIFE OF THE PARTY by Bert Kreischer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 2014

"The market for this sophomoric book likely consists of men who don't read many others."
Another comedian extends his brand to the printed page. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 2009

"A humane, insightful memoir of elemental composure and meaning regained."
Dodson (Beautiful Madness: One Man's Journey Through Other People's Gardens, 2006, etc.) downsizes his working relationship to golf and upgrades the quality of his life when he returns to his North Carolina hometown. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"Stupid happy raised to an art."
Golf buddies are a man's best friend, explains Dodson (Final Rounds, 1996, etc.)—who may set the standard for mawkish writing but also knows how to unfold a story—in this tribute to the sons of the game. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Important, encouraging reporting."
Eloquent, rational analysis of the social intersections between middle-class working Americans and working-poor Americans, and the surprising daily efforts by bosses, teachers and healers to level this uneven economic playing field. Read full book review >