Search Results: "Bill Basso"


BOOK REVIEW

THE NEW KID AT SCHOOL by Kate McMullan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 1997

"An entertaining confection. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-10)"
In this first of the Dragon Slayers' Academy series, Wiglaf, the put-upon sensitive son in a family of louts, heads off to school along with his faithful pet pig, Daisy. Read full book review >

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NIGHT OF THE LIVING GERBIL by Elizabeth Levy
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Young chapter-book readers may stay up late to finish this, but it won't give them sleepless nights. (Fiction. 8-10)"
After an overlong absence, the all-too-suggestible Bamford brothers (Frankenstein Moved in on the Fourth Floor, 1979; Dracula Is a Pain in the Neck, 1983) again let their imaginations get the better of them. Read full book review >

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BAT BONES AND SPIDER STEW by Michelle Poploff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Basso's funny cartoon illustrations are energetic and will have children snickering over the silliness. (Fiction. 6-8)"
paper 0-440-41440-7 Henry is going home with his new friend, Artie Doomsday, for the first time, and he's worried. Read full book review >

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BILL GOLDSTEIN
by Mark Athitakis

In 1922 the poet Ezra Pound wrote that “the Christian Era ended at midnight on Oct. 29-30 of last year”—that is, the moment James Joyce finished writing Ulysses. Pound’s pronouncement helped stoke a kind of folk tale that has accompanied the novel ever since. Joyce unleashed his experimental masterwork, the story goes, and then the rest of the literary world ...


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BILL ROORBACH
by Gregory McNamee

Bobby Mullendore, a sixth grader, has just committed the perfect crime: he’s excused himself, permanently, from school with a crafty stratagem, and now he’s on the loose, ready to enjoy a Huck Finn existence of wandering in the woods of a country estate. Alas, those woods hold other plans for him, for a man who “smelled of cologne” and “looked ...


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BILL HAYES
by Alex Layman

Bill Hayes was 48 when he moved from San Francisco to New York. His longtime partner had died suddenly, and after a lifetime on the West Coast, Hayes was looking for a place to reinvent himself. In New York, he found exactly that. Shortly after moving, Hayes begins a relationship with famed neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks. What unfolds from ...


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BOOK REVIEW

TRANSFORMED by Bill Slavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Closing with a look at 11 basic substances (plus one process, 'Recycling'), this behind-the-scenes-at-the-factory tour isn't going to dislodge David Macaulay's New Way Things Work (1998) from the top of the heap of similar titles, but it makes good light fare for casual browsing. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Slavin boils down the processing or construction of 39 common products, from baseballs to kitty litter, into a few steps—each of which is illustrated with a cartoon scene featuring a crew of thumb-sized workers in overalls. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH by Bill Konigsberg
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 26, 2015

"Equal parts funny and profound. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A straight, white wisecracking atheist from New York City finds both his mind and heart opened when he spends a summer in Billings, Montana, with his estranged, dying father. Read full book review >

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OPENLY STRAIGHT by Bill Konigsberg
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 1, 2013

"An eye-opening story of wish fulfillment. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
Going back into the closet isn't as easy as it seems. Read full book review >

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A REALLY SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING by Bill Bryson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2009

In this abridged and illustrated version of his Short History of Nearly Everything (2003), Bryson invites a younger crowd of seekers on a tour of time, space and science—from the Big Bang and the birth of the solar system to the growth and study of life on Earth. Read full book review >