Search Results: "Bill Thomson"


BOOK REVIEW

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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by Mark Athitakis

In 1922 the poet Ezra Pound wrote that “the Christian Era ended at midnight on Oct. 29-30 of last year”—that is, the moment James Joyce finished writing Ulysses. Pound’s pronouncement helped stoke a kind of folk tale that has accompanied the novel ever since. Joyce unleashed his experimental masterwork, the story goes, and then the rest of the literary world ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Better written than the usual teen thriller fare, the series promises to hook readers with suspense, action, and adolescent romance. (Fiction. YA)"
This sci-fi thriller with a dose of high-school angst is the first in a series. Read full book review >

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VISUAL MAGIC by David Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A dandy introduction to the concept of perception. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
An intriguing compilation of optical illusions: images that sort themselves out when studied or that can be read more than one way; op art; an Escher; pictures that gain a third dimension when viewed through the special glasses provided, etc. Several of these have appeared elsewhere, but it's instructive to have them together in this handy eight-inch square book—especially with Thomson's brief but lucid explanations of what is happening when the eye and mind try to decipher images that are designed to confuse them. Read full book review >

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ROSEBUD by David Thomson
NON-FICTION
Released: June 2, 1996

"A mulligan stew of a book that is best read as a complement to, rather than as a substitute for, other books on Welles. (69 photos) (First printing of 50,000)"
Eccentric biography of an even more eccentric genius. Read full book review >

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TRUST FUND KIDS by Tony Thomson
Released: Feb. 3, 2013

"A comedy of human follies that's difficult to enjoy."
A biting satire of cloistered lives in small-town New England. Read full book review >

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AIR AND FIRE by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 1994

"Thomson's surreal sensibilities, challenged by the cross- fertilization of cultures and desire, elevate standard melodramatic fare into a saga richly atmospheric and satisfying."
Fantasy and reality coalesce in a cauldron of passion and pathos, fired by the heat of a searing summer in coastal Mexico: a formidable fin de siäcle tale from the wide-ranging author of The Five Gates of Hell (1991) and Dreams of Leaving (1988). Read full book review >

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SECRECY by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Thomson succeeds on a number of levels here, for the novel works as a mystery, as a love story, as a historical novel and, more abstractly, as an exploration of aesthetic theory."
Thomson (Death of a Murderer, 2007, etc.) takes us to 17th-century Florence, which by definition seems to be full of corrupt politicians, unscrupulous clergy and aspiring artists—and this, of course, long after the Renaissance has ended. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A MURDERER by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 2007

"A penetrating, introspective twist on the morose-British-constable genre."
A policeman reflects on our potential for evil as he guards the corpse of a female child molester and murderer. Read full book review >