Search Results: "Bill Thomson"


BOOK REVIEW

VIRGIL THOMSON by Anthony Tommasini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"Tommasini had access to the relevant documents and made reasonable use of them, but his book lacks the qualities Thomson's own writings always had: wit, verve, and a sense of history. (photos, not seen)"
A generally informative biography of the influential American composer that suffers, paradoxically, from its author's intimacy with his subject. Read full book review >

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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 TYPEWRITER by Bill Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"Words rule in this intriguing, impressive, imaginative, nearly wordless narrative drama. (Picturebook. 5-9)"
Three kids find an old typewriter, igniting spectacular surprises when they start playing with it. Read full book review >

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BUILDING WITH DAD by Carol Nevius
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"The story is engrossing on many levels to young builders, and the inspiring perspectives and sheer beauty of the artwork will captivate children and adults alike. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Stunning, photo-realistic paintings entice the reader to pore over the vertical pages in this father-and-son construction venture. Read full book review >

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KARATE HOUR by Carol Nevius
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Despite the elaborate illustrations, this offers a more superficial view of karate's inner workings than Anne Rockwell's Chip and the Karate Kick (p. 447), but nonetheless makes an adequate first introduction for prospective karate-kas. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Viewers will definitely feel like participants in this visit to a children's karate class. Read full book review >

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SOCCER HOUR by Carol Nevius
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Although there are plenty of glimmerings as to soccer's mechanics—meeting the punt, trapping he ball, fake out moves and rainbow kicks—and the emphasis on practice making perfect is brightly handled, this is not an instruction book; it is a participatory experience, full of crackling atmosphere. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As per usual (Karate Hour, 2004, etc.), Thomson's artwork grabs the eye first and never lets it go. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 18, 2000

"Hartigan depicts Wilson as not only an organizational genius, but also as an amazingly resilient, largely appealing, and otherwise immensely interesting human being."
A readable, informative, succinct, respectful, but nonreverential biography of Bill Wilson (1895-1971), the guiding spirit and organizer of Alcoholics Anonymous, the hugely successful (millions of members in 140 countries) Read full book review >

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BILL CLINTON by Elaine Landau
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1993

"Notes; bibliography; index. (Biography. 9-12)"
A simply phrased, heavily illustrated introduction to our 42nd president, focusing on his youth and political career but also covering, albeit briefly, his adult private life. Read full book review >