Search Results: "Bob Smiley"


BOOK REVIEW

SMILEY by Joanne  George
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"An appealing and upbeat biography of a winsome dog with a plucky and compassionate owner. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Smiley is a rescued, disabled golden retriever with such a mellow and kind disposition that he has become a highly effective therapy dog. Read full book review >

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BOB by Tracey Campbell Pearson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 25, 2002

"A lighthearted, wonderfully illustrated story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bob the rooster is going through an identity crisis in Pearson's (G-Rex, 2000, etc.) clever barnyard tale that combines subtle humor with colorful watercolor illustrations and lively rough-line drawings. Read full book review >

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DON'T MESS WITH TRAVIS by Bob  Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2012

"A freewheeling political satire that does for politics what Texan Dan Jenkins' antic fictions did for golf and football. Smiley's first novel disproves the notion that conservatives can't be really funny."
In this debut novel, Ben Travis, a lowly state senator in Texas, has stumbled into the job of governor. Read full book review >

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BOB, NOT BOB! by Liz Garton Scanlon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"For a book that really comes down to a sick kid yelping for his mother, his nose so clogged it needs dynamite to clear, the story has a lot of adorable acreage. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When you're sick and stuffy, some letters—like T's and L's and M's—disappear. Read full book review >

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BIG BOB, LITTLE BOB by James Howe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Free to be Big Bob, Little Bob, and Blossom. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Friendship transcends gender norms. Read full book review >

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THE SMILEY BOOK OF COLORS by Ruth  Kaiser
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2012

"See the pictures without the treacly text and upload photo contributions to support Operation Smile at SpontaneousSmiley.com instead. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A photographic collection of found faces smiles up at readers, while overly upbeat rhymes try to instill a positive attitude. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOB MARLEY by Garry Steckles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Crosses the line from admiring Marley to uncritical celebrity worship."
Chronological birth-to-death sketch of Jamaica's premier musician. Read full book review >

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BOB MARLEY by Bruce W. Talamon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"As a result, they not only are more interesting but also convey more powerfully a sense of Marley's genuine charisma."
Talamon's duotone photographs capture Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley (194581) with a rough humanity that comes as a relief after Steffens's hagiographic text. Read full book review >

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GROOVY BOB by Harriet Vyner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Spontaneous and emotive, this biography works like a Seurat painting, a welter of fast dabs that fuse into a mesmeric picture. (50 b&w photographs)"
In what amounts to an oral history of Groovy Bob by his friends, documentarian Vyner knits hundreds of interview snippets into an engaging portrait of the 1960s eminence. Read full book review >

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MAXIMUM BOB by Elmore Leonard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Gibbs rolls around like a loose wheel, and the whole affair seems more like a pale Carl Hiaasen imitation than true-blue Leonard: It's all a big disappointment after Leonard's crackling last, Get Shorty (1990)."
Leonard returns to the Florida coastline for his weakest novel since Touch (1987)—a bumpily humorous but unfocused seriofarce about a probation officer and the eccentric judge she gets entangled with. Read full book review >

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BOB STEVENSON by Richard Wiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A romantic comedy with just enough of a philosophical edge."
This slight, sweet novel is haunted—in a good way—by the ghost of Robert Louis Stevenson. Read full book review >