Search Results: "Bill Grossman"


BOOK REVIEW

BILL by Chap Reaver
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1994

"Laced with wonderfully dry humor and pungent observations, a grand yarn that begs to be shared aloud, and again. (Fiction. 10+)"
From the late author of Mote (1990) and A Little Bit Dead (1992; both Edgar winners), an endearing story that, despite its compelling climax and some pleasingly melodramatic features, is markedly less violent than its predecessors. Read full book review >

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THE BANGING BOOK by Bill Grossman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1995

"Children will like it, but the one who may enjoy it most may be the parent reading it aloud, tongue planted in cheek. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Grossman (Cowboy Ed, 1993, etc.) employs a series of relentless, repetitive, and noisy rhymes to pound home the message that banging and building trumps banging and breaking every time. Read full book review >

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THE BEAR WHOSE BONES WERE JEZEBEL JONES by Bill Grossman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"What works best here is the eccentric idea of a bear's bones taking a dip; Allen doesn't really explore this in the illustrations, which show a jumble of bones that looks like something the dog dug up, rather than a skinless bear who has been snorkeling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As Grossman (The Banging Book, 1995, etc.) would have it, when a bear hops out of his skin to go snorkeling, Jezebel jumps in, and creates mayhem when people take her for a real grizzly. Read full book review >

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MY LITTLE SISTER HUGGED AN APE by Bill Grossman
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 28, 2004

"The hugging spree ends with a final, aw-shucks embrace of big brother, who's been following along with a camera—a perfect end to the best touchy-feely read-aloud since Grossman's like-themed Donna O'Neeshuck Was Chased By Some Cows (1988), illustrated by Sue Truesdell. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The adventurous younger sibling who Ate One Hare—and so much more—back in 1996 returns, no older, to hug her way exuberantly through an alphabet of flamboozled creatures, from Ape to Zebra. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2003

"A welcome contribution to legal and judicial history."
Cogent biography, at once admiring and damning, that amplifies and corrects the record left by the controversial Supreme Court justice in his memoirs. Read full book review >

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BILL PICKETT by William R. Sanford
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Pickett's stunt will draw readers in initially, but his life story is inspiring enough to keep them. (Nonfiction. 9-15)"
With the superfluous subtitle ``African-American Rodeo Cowboy,'' this entry in the Legendary Heroes of the Wild West series should prove interesting not only to its targeted audience of less-able readers, but to others as well. Read full book review >

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BILL PICKETT by Andrea Davis Pinkney
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

From the creators of Dear Benjamin Banneker (1994), rip-snorting picture-book biography of the first African-American cowboy inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Read full book review >

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BILL CLINTON by Robert Cwiklik
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1993

"Photos; chronology; map of the electoral college vote; index. (Biography. 9-12)"
A less-than-friendly biography with a sturdy binding but not much else going for it. Read full book review >

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GRANDMA'S BILL by Martin Waddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1991

"Johnson's realistic illustrations nicely extend the pathos and joy of Grandma's narrative and the affection she shares with young Bill. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Bill visits Grandma, she tells him about ``my other Bill...Your daddy's daddy,'' showing Bill a photo album that goes back to his grandfather's infancy. Read full book review >

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TIMOTHY TUNNY SWALLOWED A BUNNY by Bill Grossman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2001

"His deep-dish colors mind the music and the footwork of Grossman's highly visual wordplay. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Eighteen slaphappy poems play nimbly with words, names, and crazy situations. Read full book review >

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COWBOY ED by Bill Grossman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1993

"There's plenty of talent here, but it's oddly misdirected. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The author of the ebullient Tommy at the Grocery Store (1989) brings his clever versifying to another nonsense saga. Read full book review >