Search Results: "Bruce Kaplan"


BOOK REVIEW

MONSTERS EAT WHINY CHILDREN by Bruce Kaplan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"There's nothing to whine about here. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Cartoonist and TV writer Kaplan delivers a witty, tightly controlled picture-book debut brimming with humor. Read full book review >

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COUSIN IRV FROM MARS by Bruce Kaplan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2013

"Clever, but the sophisticated humor seems aimed at older readers and adults. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sometimes relatives are so weird that they seem to be from outer space. This one just happens to be from Mars. Read full book review >

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MEANIEHEAD by Bruce Eric Kaplan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2014

"While most children will be able to relate to the raw frustration that Kaplan so effectively captures, it will take sophisticated readers who are familiar with dark humor to enjoy this over-the-top fable about the consequences of unfettered will. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Henry and Eve, the constant complainers from Monsters Eat Whiny Children (2010), are going through a "new, terrible phase." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Gourmet reading—rich in ideas, global references and amusing and provocative examples, served with great style."
The mother-son co-authors of Chances Are…: Adventures in Probability (2006) turn their considerable authorial skills and wit to human behavior, from our isolated cave-dwelling ancestors to today's globalized, interconnected world. Read full book review >

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I WAS A CHILD by Bruce Eric Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Childhood memories dominate, but the last years of his parents bring to the fore the melancholy that has been there all along."
Dry, droll observations from the author's childhood, with an undercurrent of understated sadness. Read full book review >

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SWASHBUCKLING SCOUNDRELS by Arie Kaplan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Broad of beam for being so shallow of draft but seaworthy for all its distinctly romanticized picture. (map, index, glossary, endnotes) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A slender but sweeping survey of piracy on the high seas: in real life, from ancient times to today; in legend and fiction, from Long John Silver to Capt. Jack Sparrow and Jacky Faber. Read full book review >

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HANCOCK PARK  by Isabel Kaplan
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2009

"Neither light enough to live up to its Hollywood-style cover and flap copy nor serious enough to compete with the likes of more literary problem novels, this is a forgettable, superficial, all-around disappointment. (Fiction. YA)"
Despite her glitzy surroundings, Los Angeles junior Becky is plagued by troubles. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Remarkable and God-awful."
A surgeon's graphic report on frontline medical work in one war-torn landscape of misery after another. Read full book review >

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THE INTERPRETER by Alice Kaplan
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 12, 2005

"Kaplan illuminates some abhorrent recent history that the Army would likely prefer to forget."
Justice for all? Not in the Jim Crow U.S. Army of WWII, as a French civilian discovered, to his horror. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2006

"A far-reaching portrait of fin de siècle New York, buttressed by the author's assiduous research—even though one can only gasp so many times at the excesses, indulgences and vanities of these two antiheroes."
National Book Award-winning biographer Kaplan (Walt Whitman, 1980, etc.) tells a tale of two cousins, William Waldorf Astor and John Jacob Astor IV. Read full book review >

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THE GRATITUDE DIARIES by Janice Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Simple, effective procedures that can be easily incorporated into even the busiest lifestyle."
How a year of being thankful led to big changes in a woman's life. Read full book review >