Search Results: "Brian Alderson"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TALE OF THE TURNIP by Brian Alderson
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"The highlight of this one-punch story is Wegner's expressive line drawings, in which the characters' changing emotions are aptly captured; his pen takes in every detail of the squire's estate and the farmer's fields. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When a poor farmer lucks out with a turnip that grows to gigantic proportions, he uses a block and tackle just to yank the huge root from the ground, and takes it to the king. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THUMBELINA by Hans Christian Andersen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A cozily satisfying rendition of the classic. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-8)"
Pint-sized Thumbelina faces danger and despair as she searches for true love. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SWAN'S STORIES by Hans Christian Andersen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Riddell's charmingly appropriate full-color illustrations and black-and-white spot drawings, as well as the meticulous and graceful layout, make the book a welcome addition to any shelf- -but getting children to read it is an entirely different matter. (glossary) (Fiction/folklore. 7-11)"
Alderson (The Brothers Grimm, p. 299, etc.) translates 12 stories, some of which he previously published (e.g., in his edition of Andrew Lang's The Yellow Fairy Book, 1980, etc.). ``The Steadfast Tin Soldier'' and ``The Fir Tree'' are here, but so are stories about the lives of other inanimate objects: darning needle, collar, porcelain toys. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BROTHERS GRIMM by Jacob Grimm
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 15, 1997

"A nicely balanced, mid-sized gathering. (Folklore. 10+)"
In nearly three dozen MÑrchen—``strange little tales''- -newly translated and illustrated, Alderson mixes the usual suspects—``The Bremen Town Musicians,'' ``The Frog King,'' ``Little Snow White,'' ``The Twelve Dancing Princesses,'' etc.- -with less common entries, such as the gruesome, peculiar ``Fitcher's Bird'' and a variant on ``The Three Sillies'' called ``The Sad Tale of Clever Elsie,'' in which the suitor later repents of his marriage and tricks the foolish girl into running off. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUBVERSION by T.A. Alderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2001

"Newcomer Alderson develops a complex plot with real skill, though his laconic style removes the juiciness of a true thriller. And the heroine's matter-of-fact amorality and cynicism fall flat."
Tough-talking lawyer investigates the disappearance of millions from a corporate account—and finds out what happened to her missing father. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUT OF CONTROL by Sarah Alderson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 12, 2015

"Gripping, hot thrills in the summertime. (Thriller. 12-18)"
Two New York City teens flee murderers in this Jason Bourne-style thriller. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PANTS ON FIRE by Maggie Alderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2005

"A lively romp down under. Vibrant characters, a beguiling setting and a plot that engages from start to finish."
A sassy magazine editor searches for romance among flamboyant artists and social climbers in Sydney. Read full book review >

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I CAME, I DANCED, I WENT VIRAL
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Deacon Locke Went to Prom by Brian Katcher

Cover Story: Puttin’ On The Ritz
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: I Came, I Danced, I Went Viral
Bonus Factors: Kick-Ass Gram, Internet Fame
Relationship Status: Drinking Buddy

Cover Story: Puttin’ On The Ritz

This cover is great: it screams “prom,” but ...


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BOOK REVIEW

OWL BOY by Brian Schatell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2015

"An offbeat tale about following your dreams, no matter where they might lead (though older readers will note the cautionary tale of taking your passions a bit too far). (Picture book. 3-7)"
Al loves owls. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVERYTHING GOES: GOOD NIGHT, TRUCKS by Brian Biggs
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"Sweet dreams for young truck lovers. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
A collection of trucks call it a night. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIL' RED by Brian  Main
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2012

"In a sea of interactive homogeny, this is a rare gem. (for iPad 2 and above) (iPad storybook app. 1-5)"
A refreshingly distinctive take on the classic European fairy tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PRINCE'S NEW PET by Brian Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"Creepy, kooky and deftly delivered, this dark story offers a bright ending for readers who might think they've just outgrown fairy tales. (Picture book. 5-10)"
When the Queen died and her bereft king banished color from the kingdom, Prince Viridian's world turned the gloomiest gray. A mysterious present (a cute, colorful creature called a wooglefoof) crashes his birthday party and changes all that, spiriting its garish stripes across the castle and sending the king's Color Snatcher in fiendish, feverish pursuit. Read full book review >