Search Results: "Brett H. Mandel"


BOOK REVIEW

MINOR PLAYERS, MAJOR DREAMS by Brett H. Mandel
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 5, 1997

"While his descriptions and characterizations are evocative, even poignant, the author appears tentative about how to approach his subject, producing a narrative that veers uncertainly from documentary to nostalgic celebration. (16 photos)"
A baseball fan chucks the 9-to-5 world to write about a season in minor-league baseball. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEART AND SOUL by Sally Mandel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2002

"Soap opera with a lot of grating Long Island tough talk, all the way from its obnoxious heroine and utterly implausible hero."
Firefighter's daughter wows 'em at Carnegie Hall, in the third from Mandel (Out of the Blue, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"While the trials and tribulations of uncertainty in economic life are not ignored, Mandel definitely looks at the current and future economy through rose-colored glasses. (12 tables, charts, and graphs, not seen) (Author tour)"
A thoughtful though limited discussion of a puzzling situation: Why, despite relative prosperity, is economic anxiety so high? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NATIVE by Sayed Kashua
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A wickedly ironic but humane collection."
A journalist and novelist's sharp-eyed take on his life as a Hebrew-speaking Palestinian in Jerusalem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILD ABOUT BEARS by Jeannie Brett
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"With its clear text and illustrations, this introduction is just the ticket for younger elementary readers. (map, glossary, bibliography, websites) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Both text and artwork support this book's title: full of facts, but only those emphasizing endearing bear habits; full of gentle watercolors that show peaceful bear-family scenes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ANIMALS' SANTA by Jan Brett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Brett excels at snowy settings, and her legions of fans will enjoy this well-told tale accompanied by her usual highly detailed watercolor illustrations and skillfully integrated secondary story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Brett's latest holiday offering is set in northern Canada, featuring a cast of forest animals who celebrate Christmas together with handmade gifts left by their own special Santa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THREE SNOW BEARS by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Children and adults alike will pore over each page, relishing the richness of Brett's artwork. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Brett sets the familiar story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in the Arctic, replacing Goldilocks with Aloo-ki, an Inuit girl who stumbles upon the snow bears' igloo while hunting for her lost dog team. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAISY COMES HOME by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The lesson of standing up for oneself is very gently etched in a read-aloud that will reward lots of poring over pictures. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This popular author visits Asia for a charming tale of a plucky hen. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE UMBRELLA by Jan Brett
by Jan Brett, illustrated by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Indeed, Brett surpasses herself in this handsomely designed and beautifully executed appreciation of so different a setting. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Carlos makes an umbrella from shiny, green fronds to go into the cloud forest, hoping to see many animals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOR OUR CHILDREN by Jan Brett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 1991

"Most useful as an adjunct to the recently issued musical album of the same title, featuring popular rock and pop performers, and as a sampling of the artists' work. (Nonfiction. 2-10)*justify no*"
Subtitled A Book to Benefit the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, an eclectic group of 19 songs—nursery, folk, popular—with music included for just five, and illustrations (mostly new) contributed by 24 well-known children's illustrators. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TURNIP by Jan Brett
by Jan Brett, illustrated by Jan Brett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Another Brett winner to add to the shelf. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A classic Russian tale gets Brett's signature artwork and a twist ending. Read full book review >