Search Results: "Bryan Caplan"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 2011

"Inconsistent and unpersuasive."
An unconvincing appeal to increase our collective birth-rate. Read full book review >

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LET IT SHINE by Ashley  Bryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"Incorporated into these final spreads with the music are concluding illustrations for every song, each focusing on a shining source of light. (Nonfiction. 3-8)"
An extra-large trim size, a vibrant palette and Bryan's glorious cut-paper collage illustrations add up to a marvelous interpretation of three traditional African-American spirituals: "This Little Light of Mine," "Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In" and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." Read full book review >

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ALL NIGHT, ALL DAY by Ashley  Bryan
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: April 30, 1991

"Note on the spirituals. (Nonfiction. 4+)"
Twenty splendid examples of spirituals are provided with simple arrangements by David Manning Thomas (guitar chords also included). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 2, 1997

"High-school teachers take note: Here's an approachable way to get the kids thinking."
Quick takes on a slew of biomedical-ethics issues in down-to-earth, sometimes downright slangy, let-the-chips-fall-where-they-may prose. Read full book review >

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GRACE AND FAVOR by Thomas Caplan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Could have been told just as intelligibly in half the pages—and more enjoyably in a quarter."
A sort of transatlantic Dallas, in which Caplan (Parallelogram, 1987, etc.) portrays a sophisticated young American who climbs high enough on the social ladder to see just how foolish he's been. Read full book review >

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NO PARKING AT THE END TIMES by Bryan Bliss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Thoughtful readers may take interest in Abigail's self-discoveries. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Even though the end of the world didn't happen, it still feels like it to Abigail. Read full book review >

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ETERNITY’S EDGE by Bryan Davis
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Not for everyone, but a good choice for thoughtful readers with a taste for the Baroque. (Christian fantasy. YA)"
The second in this religious fantasy series offers an inventive premise and evocative imagery but a surrealistically convoluted plot. Read full book review >

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WALK TOGETHER CHILDREN by Ashley  Bryan
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Sept. 10, 1974

"In all, this is not quite the ideal format for a 'first book of spirituals,' but Bryan's illustrations have an emotional toughness not usually found in work for children — one which refutes, albeit not very subtly, the misconceived notion that spirituals are either submissive or sentimental."
Stark sobriety of mood and fluid overall design meet in Ashley Bryan's black and white prints which feature African people and motifs, often mixed with biblical subjects. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1988

"Bryan retells the story with vigor and humor; the brush drawings, in shades of gray on buff, are appropriately decorative, although some of the subtleties of the brushwork have been lost in reproduction."
The illustrator here—who is a professor of sculpture at Dartmouth—remembers this Japanese tale from his childhood. Read full book review >