Search Results: "Billy J. Kramer"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GOING TO BED BOOK by Sandra Boynton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2011

"Peter Rabbit while styling itself perfectly to Boynton's whimsy. (Ipad board-book app. 1-3)"
Preserving the look of the classic board book—even to the trim size and rounded corners—this makeover folds new into old in such inventive ways that it may take more than a few passes to discover all the interactive features. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRACTOR MAC SAVES CHRISTMAS by Billy Steers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Children who already love the Little Blue Truck series will be ready to move on to a holiday celebration with Tractor Mac. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this entry in the Tractor Mac series, the anthropomorphic red tractor assists with transporting a gigantic evergreen tree into town for the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RAIN FOREST by Billy Goodman
NATURE
Released: March 1, 1992

"Index. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
In the ``Planet Earth'' series, an introduction, from top to bottom, to the rain forest and its inhabitants—plant, animal, and (especially useful) human—discussing the forest's importance for food, medicine, genetic diversity, and maintaining the world climate. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIEVING WEASELS by Billy Taylor
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A diverting caper comedy. (Thriller. 12-18)"
Cam Smith has only one wish: to escape his criminal family. He has managed to get himself into the prestigious Wheaton Preparatory Academy and plans to go to Princeton when his family shows up to ruin everything. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VANILLA by Billy Merrell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Tighter construction might have added more punch to the poetry, but teens will identify with the quest for identity and ground in that most groundless of times. (Verse fiction. 14-18)"
Falling in love was the easy part for Hunter and Vanilla…staying together's the challenge. Read full book review >

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BILLY BRAGG
by Gregory McNamee

Beatles fans know the date as holy writ: July 6, 1957, when Paul McCartney met John Lennon for the very first time and showed him how to tune his guitar. A couple of weeks later, McCartney joined Lennon’s band—and the rest is history.

That band wasn’t playing rock ’n’ roll as such. Instead, the Quarrymen were playing a style of ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NEW FRIEND by Billy Steers
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"A pleasant-enough trip to the farm. (Picture book. 2-7)"
"Plows, harrows, and cultivators!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROOTS, RADICALS AND ROCKERS by Billy  Bragg
Released: July 11, 2017

"Writing with an expert practitioner's appreciation for music, Bragg tells the story of British rock-'n'-roll's forerunner with verve and great intelligence."
Superb account, by British folk-punker Bragg (A Lover Sings: Selected Lyrics, 2016, etc.), of the politically aware, working-class skiffle craze of the 1950s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BASED ON THE MOVIE by Billy Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"The stakes are low here, and the hero's obsessions eventually become tiresome."
Debut novel rife with arrogant directors, pompous directors of photography, pretentious assistant directors, puffed-up producers…and one victimized dolly grip. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 1996

"Frolick's debut effort features some boffo scenes, but it's much too talky, and poor performances and awkward editing will likely limit its box-office appeal. (7 b&w photos, not seen)"
Lights, camera, inaction!—as we follow seven recent, and surprisingly dull, film-school grads trying to succeed in Hollywood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SYMPHONY FOR THE DEVIL by Billy  Flounder
Released: June 19, 2017

"A crunchy, entertaining, occasionally preachy political thriller."
A debut satirical novel tells the story of a reporter investigating a deadly, mind-altering form of music. Read full book review >