Search Results: "Cecil Helman"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 18, 1992

"With its sweep, perception, originality, and felicitous use of language—an artistic and intellectual achievement."
Helman—professor of medicine (University College, London), family physician, and cultural historian—draws on his wide-ranging interests to offer a vivid, personable, and insightful exploration of physiology and fiction—of the interaction of the objective functioning of the human body and the subjective experience of it, as well as of the political analogues and social metaphors it inspires in both historic and contemporary terms. Read full book review >

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SAVING CECIL by Lee Mims
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 8, 2015

"Mims' heroine (Trusting Viktor, 2014, etc.) and supporting cast flesh out a rich crew of characters, although Cecil's prominence in the title is a bit too much of a spoiler."
Drilling for natural gas gets a geologist in deep trouble when she finds a body near the drill site. Read full book review >

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WHEN EDGAR MET CECIL by Kevin Luthardt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"This far-out lesson in making friends understands that to the new kid in school, everyone is going to seem scary and weird. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Making friends can be really hard, especially for a little robot who's the new kid in a school populated by extraterrestrials. Read full book review >

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CECIL THE PET GLACIER by Matthea Harvey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Fans of Jenny Slate's Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2011) will find a kindred spirit in the stalwart glacier that eats pebbles and wears a tiara. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The oft-told tale of a child who yearns for a pet and a creature that craves a human gets a new twist when the latter is a baby glacier. Read full book review >

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CECIL B. DeMILLE by Simon Louvish
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2008

"A diffuse, blurry portrait of an American icon."
A biography as sprawling as one of the director's epics. Read full book review >

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LEAVING CECIL STREET by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Heartfelt fourth from McKinney-Whetstone (Blues Dancing, 1999, etc.), who has a true talent for strong characters, effortlessly natural dialogue, and prose that flows."
A West Philly block in 1969. Read full book review >

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CECIL IN SPACE by Sid Hite
Released: May 1, 1999

"Cecil's ongoing discourse on the problems of the universe grow trying, but readers will relate to—and laugh over—his simple struggle to find his way. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Despite the title, Hite's latest is no sci-fi, futuristic effort, but a modern novel with a first-person narrative with echoes of such classics as Catcher in the Rye. Read full book review >

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CECIL AND THE BIG WAVE by Adam W. Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2017

"This beach tale sends the mixed message that kids should feel good about themselves—if they're amazing."
A bullied little ant surfs his way to confidence, proving that small creatures can accomplish great things in this picture book. Read full book review >

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STINKY CECIL IN OPERATION POND RESCUE by Paige Braddock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Bufo buffoonery for fans of the Holms' Squish series and like early graphics. (Graphic fantasy. 6-8)"
Stopping a highway project that threatens his pond is going to take more than Cecil the toad's ability to "toot." Read full book review >

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CECIL BUNIONS AND THE MIDNIGHT TRAIN by Betty Paraskevas
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The rhyming is imperfect, but it may not matter: This is not a book to read at bedtime. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Paraskevases (Gracie Graves and the Kids from Room 402, 1995, etc.) take readers on another foray into bizzaroland. Read full book review >

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HIDE AND SEEK by Andrea Helman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Careless species identification and editing, and the lack of table of contents or index make this no more than an intriguing collection of pictures. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Photographs of living creatures in their natural environment illustrate this introduction to animal camouflage around the world. Read full book review >