Search Results: "Brod Bagert"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GOOCH MACHINE by Brod Bagert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Jean Marzollo's Pretend You're A Cat (1990), the acting-out potential seems indirect at best. (Poetry. 7-9)"
In these ``Poems for Children to Perform,'' young readers may first elect to scratch their heads: ``Alien Eyes?'' is about looking into another planet's sky; ``The Homework Guarantee'' covers procrastination; and ``Butterfly Fire'' trumpets something about ``the flame of poet-fire/When it burns in children's eyes.'' Budding dramatists can take hints from the chubby-face children who cavort through Ellis's sprawling cartoon scenes; these are usually light in mood, although the image of a man sweating over his taxes is a dismal take on ``Dad's Greatest Fear''—``that someday/I'll grow up just like him.'' Bagert's occasional proficiency, as in ``The Food Cheer''—``Carnivores! Read full book review >

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GIANT CHILDREN by Brod Bagert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Both the poetry and the artwork conspire to make this piece enormously entertaining and rich with wicked humor. (Poetry. 4-8)"
Bagert's (Rainbows, Head Lice, and Pea Green Tile, not reviewed, etc.) collection of children's poetry is a devilishly funny lot that connects to situations familiar to all young readers, the ones the classroom hamster believes to be giants. Read full book review >

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EDGAR ALLAN POE by Brod Bagert
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"The Tell-Tale Heart'' as a deranged Wee Willy Winky. (index) (Poetry. 10+)"
An ambitious but not completely successful entry in the Poetry for Young People series (see Bolin, below). Read full book review >

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SHOUT! by Brod Bagert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"School-age children might not be engaged, but their younger siblings will want to repeat their favorites over and over. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bagert offers recitation poetry for the very young. Read full book review >

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SCHOOL FEVER by Brod Bagert
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"Her attention's all on me'—is buried under a heap of school-related clichés: bad cafeteria food, the wonder of books, the injustice of punishment, too much homework, etc. Ho hum. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A tiresome collection of forced verse follows one young scholar from a reluctant beginning through a school year full of the usual hijinks and out on the other side to summer and the entirely unconvincing assertion that "I'm a kid who loves to know!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"For fans and students of popular sociology, an eclectic and pithy confirmation that many colorful heroes who speak in balloons are, indeed, Jewish."
How comic books' awesome superheroes stormed the mainstream without forsaking their distinctive ethnic character. Read full book review >

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GETTING LUCKY by DC Brod
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"A plucky heroine (Getting Sassy, 2010, etc.), her carping momma and her possibly permanent boyfriend, if they can resolve the kids/no kids issue, are more compelling than the environmental brouhaha. But that sting maneuver is top-drawer."
A scoop becomes an obituary. Read full book review >

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SEEING RED by Heidi Brod
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2017

"Deftly probes a serial-killer case and the equally puzzling lives of a troubled couple."
In this debut thriller, a woman still tormented by a brutal attack years ago endures a volatile marriage and the unnerving feeling that someone's stalking her. Read full book review >

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BROTHERS IN BLOOD by D.C. Brod
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"As puzzles go: only so-so—too many melodramatic family secrets clutter the plot."
A fourth outing for Illinois p.i. Read full book review >

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PAID IN FULL by D.C. Brod
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Quint's and Elaine's relationship has all the drama, pathos, and allure of a country-western song, but they need a less congested plot to mosey around in."
After a seven-year hiatus (Brothers in Blood, 1993), Brod resurrects her romance-impaired Illinois p.i. Read full book review >

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MASQUERADE IN BLUE by D.C. Brod
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 30, 1991

"Sturdy, carefully worked-out plot, with clever twists, believable motives, and a bittersweet romance between Quint and sometime-girlfriend Elaine."
In order to get a claustrophobic reporter friend out of jail (he refuses to divulge sources, etc.), rugged p.i. Read full book review >

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The Essence of Ethical Pragmatism by E. Dennis Brod
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 28, 2016

"Impressively free of political bias, but philosophically slight."
An updated version of philosophical pragmatism, offered as a cure for all that ails the world. Read full book review >