Search Results: "Bill Shoemaker"


BOOK REVIEW

FIRE HORSE by Bill Shoemaker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Shoemaker's still tossing off plot twists like thrown horseshoes when the printers take the type away on the last page."
Just follow my girlfriend and find out what she's up to, Johnny Rousseau tells his partner, ex-jockey Coley Killebrew (Stalking Horse, 1994); and in no time at all, Coley's up to his neck in murder, fraud, and (of course) horseflesh. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DARK HORSE by Bill Shoemaker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1996

"But instead of a shapely mystery, there's too much undifferentiated derring-do, with incessant kidnappings keeping the female leads tied up."
Even though he's been barred from racing, former jockey Coley Killebrew finds the most resourceful ways to stay in the thick of things. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STALKING HORSE by Bill Shoemaker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1994

"Here's hoping he gives Coley another mount soon."
The doyen of American jockeys, following in Dick Francis's hoofprints for perhaps the first time ever, turns to fiction with this thriller about—what else?—a retired jockey's adventures in the post-riding world. Read full book review >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SHOEMAKER EXTRAORDINAIRE by Steve Light
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"High marks for energy. (author's note) (Picture book. 7-8)"
Wildly terpsichorean collages, constructed from patterned cloth and paper cutouts decorated with bright paint and shoe-sole prints, illustrate this original tale of a clever itinerant cobbler and a nearsighted giant. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER by Jim LaMarche
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Set in an old style, very well-kept town with cobbled streets, but bicycles and electricity too, this timeless tale will leave readers suffused with the pleasure of seeing gifts received and appreciated. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
LaMarche creates a set of honey-toned illustrations that make the familiar Grimm tale less an odd encounter with the supernatural than a warm-hearted exchange of gifts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2011

"With the thumbnail page scroll and the ability to turn wooden text and narrative off, kids can easily navigate and enjoy what this app has to offer. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
This classic tale of karma, retold in rigid rhyme and re-tooled with a different moral than the original, will enchant more with its activities than with its storytelling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER by Mara Alperin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"With whimsical paintings, some racial diversity, and a cat and mouse playfully adding to the visual fun, this retelling is worth considering. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-6)"
The Grimm tale is updated with pastel shades and a terpsichorean spin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SHOEMAKER AND THE ELVES by Ilse Plume
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"An attractive setting for an old favorite. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Plume (The Bremen-Town Musicians, 1980 Caldecott Honor) sets another of Grimm's tales in Renaissance Italy, expanding it with names and a bit of conversation and providing decorative illustrations with appealing, bright colors, sprightly elves, and Tomasina, a cat, who almost steals the show. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Love, Bill by Jan Krulick-Belin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2016

"A touching biography of a World War II soldier that unfolds like a mystery."
A woman doggedly investigates the details of her father's life, a man she hardly knew. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BILL MAULDIN by Todd DePastino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"An engrossing portrait of a cartooning genius."
Entertaining biography of a poor boy who entered the military as a teenager and became perhaps the greatest war cartoonist of all time, thanks to a couple of GIs named Willie and Joe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BILL CLINTON by Nigel Hamilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2003

"Still, for the moment it's the most complete life yet of the man, and though it will at turns puzzle both fans and detractors of Clinton and his legacy, it's well worth reading for all concerned."
An overblown (and this is but the first volume, ending with the crushing defeat of Bush I), often out of tune, but oddly fascinating account of William Jefferson Clinton's pre-White House life and career. Read full book review >