Search Results: "Blake Chavez"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 23, 2013

"An unflinching portrait that will surely satisfy Harris' fans."
A candid narrative deconstructs the turbulent personal and professional life of the late Deadliest Catch star Phil Harris. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The sub-subtitle isn't a joke. But it's not much of an epitaph either. (Photographs)"
Why Chavez (Out of the Barrio, not reviewed) claims a liberal past is a mystery, when her memoir clearly shows she had conservative views—on affirmative action, language, education, immigrant assimilation—from the start. Read full book review >

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LOVEYKINS by Quentin Blake
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

Engaging with eccentricity is rarely a smooth road, which is why a pairing of quirky and endearing often rings hollow. Read full book review >

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SIMPKIN by Quentin Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"An entertaining portrait that's also an imaginative lesson in antonyms, presented with panache; once again, Blake's expressive, deftly scribbled drawings, enhanced with sparkling color, are a delight. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A rambunctious boy enacts a series of opposites succinctly set in verse (``Simpkin WARM and Simkin CHILLY/Simkin SENSIBLE and SILLY/And sometimes when we stand and call/Simpkin JUST NOT THERE AT ALL'') and elaborated to hilarity in Blake's happy-go- lucky art—e.g., above, Simpkin's waiting sister abruptly changes the temperature of the shower he's enjoying. Read full book review >

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NEW BABY! by Stephanie Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"It's a well-worn theme, and takes with less risky coping strategies abound, from Kevin Henkes' Julius, the Baby of the World (1991) on. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Young Simon is stunned to learn that his parents aren't planning to send his new little brother back to the hospital. Read full book review >

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A DEAL'S A DEAL by Stephanie Blake
ANIMALS
Released: July 26, 2011

"While Blake's vibrantly colored, childlike pictures are appealing, the text lacks a certain je ne sais quois. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Blake follows her first picture book about Simon the Super Rabbit, I Don't Want to Go to School (2009), with a disappointingly underdeveloped story about two friends and their toys. Read full book review >

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COCKATOOS by Quentin Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Blake's illustrations are, as ever, funny and filled with lively detail; but while this doubles as a counting book, it's as airy and weightless as a feather. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Weary of hearing the same greeting day after day—``Good morning, my fine feathered friends!''—Professor Dupont's ten cockatoos fly the coop. Read full book review >

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ALL JOIN IN by Quentin Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"Blake's ear is as good as his eye: his nifty turns of phrase are as much fun as his daft, hyperactive characters. Subversive, but never mind—''Join In!'' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Seven delightful poems, together with wickedly deft, hilarious illustrations, celebrate noise-generating activities: tantrums, gleeful squeals, sorting pots and pans, yowling back yard cats—even a bit of house cleaning ends in pandemonium here. Read full book review >

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UNGODLY by Kendare Blake
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Nevertheless, it's an above-average addition to the updated-mythology genre and a satisfying conclusion for the series' fans. (Paranormal adventure. 12-18)"
The Goddess War trilogy concludes. Read full book review >

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MORTAL GODS by Kendare Blake
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"The series still intrigues, but it needs tightening. (Paranormal suspense. 14-18)"
This second installment of the Goddess War series continues the modern-day battles originally fought centuries ago, pitting god against god even as all of the Olympians appear to be dying. Read full book review >

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RECOVERY ROAD by Blake Nelson
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"Still, readers will be captivated by the story of Maddie and people in her life, and the strengths and losses that help her succeed. (Fiction. 14-18)"
High-school badass and party girl "Mad Maddie" lands in rehab after pushing herself over the toxicity limit one too many times. Read full book review >

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THEY CAME FROM BELOW by Blake Nelson
FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2007

"Fun, interesting and perfectly pitched to many YA readers. (Science fiction. YA)"
On the hunt for temporary boyfriends, two giddy girls on summer vacation at Cape Cod get involved with aliens from the deep. Read full book review >