Search Results: "Bill Thomson"


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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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DARK LORD by Jamie Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"That said, the final chapters deftly set up Volume 2, already out in the U.K. It's Lord Sauron, powerless and back in middle school…fun in many ways. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
The Dark Lord of the Iron Tower of Despair at the Gates of Doom...has to go to seventh grade!? Read full book review >

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GUS OPENSHAW’S WHALE-KILLING JOURNAL by Keith Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2006

"Dumb fun, smartly imagined."
A blogger-slash-whaler goes hunting for his prey in the Caribbean—where the waters are shark-infested, the crew is always on the verge of mutiny and absurd plot twists arrive with every other paragraph. Read full book review >

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THE INSULT by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1996

"But there is nonetheless a dark, hugely suggestive power at work here, cumulatively having the visceral impact of a nightmare."
A feverishly imagined tale of a blind man who develops night vision and uses it to search for a vanished lover, this is a surpassingly bleak and defiantly illogical study of obsession from the highly touted Thomson (Air and Fire, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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TRY TO TELL THE STORY by David Thomson
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 4, 2009

"Blends the techniques of film and fiction into a strong, evocative memoir."
Literate film buff Thomson (The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood, 2004, etc.) recalls his early days. Read full book review >

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JEFFERSON'S SHADOW by Keith Thomson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"Lucid and concise descriptions and analyses of an active, creative mind fully engaged with the natural world."
A bright, brisk assessment of the scientific interests and contributions of the Sage of Monticello. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 2007

"A diligent but disorienting work, best suited for readers with a healthy appetite for all things archeological and Andean."
Documentary filmmaker and pre-Colombian historian Thomson (The White Rock, 2003, etc.) journeys to ancient archeological sites in Peru. Read full book review >

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SOFT! by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 1998

"But a full, unnerving control probes the fraying mental states of the story's doomed and damned from beginning to end—a focus that makes for positively riveting results."
, he can't really refuse. Read full book review >