Search Results: "Boris Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

BORIS by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Though subtler and more understated than Dave Crawley's Cat Poems, (see above) neither the language nor the insights here should present challenges for readers, even younger or less practiced ones. (Poetry. 8-10)"
With characteristic sensitivity, Rylant addresses one of her cats in a set of conversational free-verse poems—recalling the day she brought him and his sister home from the humane shelter, warning him about predatory eagles, congratulating him on bonding rather than battling with a new neighbor's cat and on surviving a solitary jaunt into the surrounding woods. Read full book review >

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BORIS GETS A LIZARD by Andrew Joyner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2013

"A fun romp with an anthropomorphized swine will leave beginning readers 'hog wild' at their accomplishments. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Boris, an ugly but somehow truly winsome warthog, is back for another outing. Read full book review >

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THE CHURCHILL FACTOR by Boris Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"Despite the author's drifts into hagiography and occasionally contrived prose ('his dentition was assisted by artifice'), reading about Churchill is always a delight, and Johnson is an accomplished, accessible writer."
London mayor Johnson (Johnson's Life of London: The People Who Made the City that Made the World, 2012, etc.) takes a look at the quintessential British leader and his massively widespread influence on global affairs.Read full book review >

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BORIS ON THE MOVE by Andrew Joyner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"The brief text and a chapter format both make this a manageable and entertaining accomplishment for most young readers as well as an amusing listening experience for those not quite able to tackle it alone. (Early reader. 4-7)"
An early reader shaped just like a chapter book: What's not to love? Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2012

"In this amusing, rah-rah pep rally for the imminent crush of summer tourists, the author shows that there is much more to London than Big Ben, London Bridge and William Shakespeare."
The mayor of London demonstrates that understanding his city requires an acquaintance with key historical personages, from Alfred the Great to Keith Richards. Read full book review >

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TOUGH BORIS by Mem Fox
by Mem Fox, illustrated by Kathryn Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Kids are sure to enjoy puzzling out the real story from the pictures, to which, in the end, the text's childlike stereotyping makes an amusing contrast. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In Brown's swashbuckling watercolors, Boris is tough indeed — hirsute, craggy, grim — but then, "All pirates are tough." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 15, 1994

"It won't leap off the bookshelf, but a kid assigned to read this book for a class report might end up fascinated by this episode in history. (Bibliography, glossary, index, photos, map) (Biography. YA)"
This clumsily written biography of Russian President Yeltsin doesn't hide its political motives. Read full book review >

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BORIS YELTSIN by Vladimir Solovyov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 1992

"Often disjointed and disorganized, as if hastily prepared, but providing remarkable insight into the conflicts in the Soviet Union and the quality of the man who has been called upon to deal with them."
An intriguing and potentially controversial biography of the new President of Russia, by husband-and-wife Russian ÇmigrÇs Solovyov and Klepikova (Behind the High Kremlin Walls, 1986; Yuri Andropov, 1983). Read full book review >

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AMOS & BORIS by William Steig
Released: Oct. 15, 1971

"Amos' feat is perhaps less satisfying than that of Aesop's mouse who gnaws the lion's ropes without any help from his oversized friends, but there is no question that Steig's affectionately witty pictures and perfectly complementary narration make this a durable picture book friendship."
Deftly proportioned and disarmingly matter-of-fact, the story of a friendship between Amos, an adventurous mouse who goes to sea "full of wonder, full of enterprise, and full of love for life," and Boris, the accommodating whale who rescues Amos from drowning and carries him home on his back. Read full book review >

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ANDREW JOHNSON by Annette Gordon-Reed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Gordon-Reed incorporates views by Johnson's other biographers to create a fleshed-out, many-sided portrait."
A fair-minded, toned-down portrait of a deeply problematic president who could not rise to the country's challenge after the Civil War. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL JOHNSON by Peter Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"From the ordinary clay of words, Martin sculpts an impressive image of an extraordinary man."
Reliable, readable life of 18th-century England's most celebrated intellectual, lexicographer, poet, critic, biographer, essayist, Tory, travel writer and—perhaps most of all—Personality. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL JOHNSON by David Nokes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Rigorous and scholarly, but an introduction rather than an advancement in knowledge."
A swift life of the author of A Dictionary of the English Language (1755), whose corporal and hygienic eccentricities matched in uniqueness the brilliance of his mind. Read full book review >