Search Results: "Bill Doyle"


BOOK REVIEW

ESCAPE FROM FUNLAND by Bill Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"The opener offers hope that Doyle can do better than this forced effort to capitalize on a solid premise and main cast. (Fiction. 10-13)"
The Talaska family enters a contest to have their ramshackle house made over by a crew of amusement-park clowns. What could go wrong? Read full book review >

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ATTACK OF THE SHARK-HEADED ZOMBIE by Bill Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2011

"Fledgling readers will do better in the hands of Jim Benton's Franny K. Stein series or Bruce and Katherine Coville's Moongobble and Me books. (Horror. 8-10)"
Aimed straight at proto-Goosebumps fans, this formulaic series opener pits two 9-year-olds against a great white shark with legs. Read full book review >

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THE PRIZEWINNERS OF PIEDMONT PLACE by Bill Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 26, 2016

"The hero is really the entire family in this somewhat labored but cockle-warming series kickoff. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Eleven-year-old Cal resorts to extreme measures to rope his reluctant family into taking a chance to win a shopping spree in the local megastore. Read full book review >

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DON'T OPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Bill Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2012

"Seymour's home is one readers will want to visit again, but they can be thankful for now that reading this app doesn't require waiting until December 25th. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
Christmas gifts opened too early come to life and make mayhem in this quirky, lecture-free lesson on the virtue of patience. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"Quick, clean fun; no crampons needed. (Action/adventure. 8 & up)"
An armchair-adventurer franchise goes to Everest. Read full book review >

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NASH SMASHER by Bill Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2010

"Despite some clumsy versifying, as fine and fun a way as ever was to re-channel (temporarily, at least) the beast within. (iPad storybook app. 6-9)"
A destructive lad gets a proper outlet for his energies in a story app positively festooned with funny special effects and side business. Read full book review >

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MY DAD DRIVES A ROLLER COASTER CAR by Bill Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2011

"Hank's family is a blast, and so is this extremely well-designed app. (iPad storybook app. 3-10)"
Dynamic, motion-filled pages and a hip, retro visual style make for a fabulous ride. Read full book review >

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A B SEE by Elizabeth Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 21, 2015

"While the tiny images will make this a challenge for young babies, the large number of objects to identify means they will return to it again and again as their vocabularies expand. (Board book. 1-4)"
Hundreds of tiny, subtly raised images to study and name make a lovely, tactile alphabet book that can be enjoyed far longer than most ABC books. Read full book review >

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OH, PLAY THAT THING by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2004

"An uncharacteristic misstep in a brilliant writer's estimable career."
Terrorist Henry Smart, the memorable IRA antihero of Doyle's superb sixth novel (A Star Called Henry, 1999) makes an imperfect conquest of America in this widely ranging sequel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2011

"Impressive feats from an important soldier, but the book has the ring of an official military account."
The inspiring story of one soldier in Iraq in 2006 determined to make peace with warring tribal factions. Read full book review >

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PADDY CLARKE HA HA HA by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 1993

"A work of maturity and grace."
Irish writer Doyle's fourth novel (The Van, The Snapper, etc.)—and the just-announced 1993 Booker Prize winner: a story that depicts with remarkable acuity that extraordinary intensity of response that is at the heart of childhood. Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN FANTASTIC by Tom Doyle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A great way to better understand the man behind the garish glasses and platform boots."
Veteran rock journalist Doyle (Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s, 2014, etc.) continues his foray into the 1970s music scene with a compelling profile of an unlikely rock star. Read full book review >