Search Results: "Carter Malkasian"


BOOK REVIEW

WAR COMES TO GARMSER by Carter Malkasian
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2013

"Insightful, knowledgeable account of the 'good war,' intimately informed from the trenches."
Using as a model Jeffrey Race's influential first-person Vietnam War-era analysis, War Comes to Long An, Malkasian (A History of Modern Wars of Attrition, 2002, etc.) evenhandedly examines the Garmser district in southern Afghanistan, where he was stationed as a political officer for the State Department between 2009 and 2011. Read full book review >

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ZORRO GETS AN OUTFIT by Carter Goodrich
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Mark this one 'to read.' (Picture book. 3-7)"
Zorro the pug and his canine pal, Mr. Bud, return for a second adventure (Say Hello to Zorro, 2011), this time focusing on Zorro and an unwanted gift of a hooded cape similar to that worn by the masked outlaw. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HERMIT CRAB by Carter Goodrich
ANIMALS
Released: June 2, 2009

"Cinematic, full-bleed spreads of the sea floor in soft-hued colored pencil and watercolor effectively convey the perspective of a small creature in a big world. (Picture book. 6-8)"
"The hermit crab in this story didn't set out to be a hero." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CREATURE WAS STIRRING by Carter Goodrich
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"The illustrations are spectacular, but these original verses in casual, modern phraseology can't hold a candle to Moore's tried-and-true cadences. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The familiar verses of "The Night before Christmas" are set in shiny gold letters on the left-hand pages of this atmospheric interpretation of the holiday classic, while Goodrich's rhymed quatrains set in a modern typeface serve as a counterpoint on facing right-hand pages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A NEW HOUSE FOR THE MORRISONS by Penny Carter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"With a predictable but satisfying outcome, a briskly amusing text, and sunny illustrations featuring amusingly expressive animal characters and many comical details, a promising debut. (Picture book/Easy reader. 4-8)"
Though little Albert likes their house, his parents are tired of it (``too plain''; ``too much grass to cut''), so they get realtor Mr. Sharkey to show them around—giving Carter a chance for some fanciful exaggeration of houses these alligators declare to be ``too large,'' ``too new'' (Albert writes his name on a modernistic white expanse), ``too old'' (ghosts), unfriendly, overcrowded, etc. At last they spot the perfect house (``Such a big lawn!...We could plant a nice garden'')—their old one. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TALE OF THE SWAMP RAT by Carter Crocker
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Despite a contrived climax, readers may enjoy Crocker's low-key brand of humor and non-preachy philosophizing. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Like its drought-stricken Florida swamp setting, there is a steady but sluggish flow to this folksy, philosophical debut that may lose less patient readers, but those who stick with it may hear echoes of both Wind in the Willows and The Jungle Book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 8, 1987

"Sure to be a biggie, for what it reveals about a political enigma and for its compassionate, caring advice."
A fascinating page-turner, as much for the down-to-earth counsel on getting on with life after a failure as for the personal revelations of the former President and First Lady. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WE FORGOT BROCK! by Carter Goodrich
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Forget Brock. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Phillip and Brock are best friends. They spend all their time goofing around together. The only problem is his parents can see Phillip but not Brock. Read full book review >

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HEAVEN’S ALL-STAR JAZZ BAND by Don Carter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"Short biographies of each of the musicians are included at the end. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Grandpa Jack is a bit shy when he first arrives in Heaven, which, appropriately for a jazz fan like himself, takes the form of a Cotton Club peopled with jazz legends whose music Grandpa loved so much in life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAY HELLO TO ZORRO! by Carter Goodrich
ANIMALS
Released: March 22, 2011

"Goodrich catches them in classic dog behavior—supine with legs akimbo, charging out the door before it is fully open, expectant with chin on the edge of the bed—and he graces them with the kind of appeal that you really want to see them again. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Being a dog, Mr. Bud leads a dog's life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLD MACDONALD DRIVES A TRACTOR by Don Carter
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2007

"This likely offers them a few machines they haven't yet heard of. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Tractors do many different jobs on the farm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BIG TRIP FOR THE MORRISONS by Penny Carter
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Text and illustrations work exceptionally well together; observant readers will find plenty of details to tickle them: the flying saucer taking off at the airport, an alligator-shaped Statue of Liberty, and more. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The Morrisons, a family of friendly alligators (A New House for the Morrisons, 1993) are back, and this time they're off on a world tour. Read full book review >