Search Results: "Charles Vess"


BOOK REVIEW

BLUEBERRY GIRL by Neil Gaiman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"There is nothing cute or cloying here, just beauty, balance and joy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A rich and beautiful prayer for a girl. Read full book review >

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A CIRCLE OF CATS by Charles de Lint
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

"But as a conscious 'prequel' to the pair's earlier (and out-of-print) Seven Wild Sisters, the story has an unfinished and ultimately unsatisfying quality. (Fiction. 8-10)"
A small tale of magic and mystery is hampered by its dependence on its sequel. Read full book review >

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SEVEN WILD SISTERS by Charles de Lint
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2014

"There is a promise of more stories at the ever-so-satisfying end, which comes with the tiniest hint of romance past and future—readers will be enchanted. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Beautiful bookmaking, lovely storytelling and wondrous illustrations make for a splendid sequel-of-sorts to The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (2013). Read full book review >

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TUMBLEWEED BABY by Anna Myers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An adoption story, a feral child story, a foundling story, a child-of-difference story—perhaps any and all of these; certainly wise and full of delight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A family gets a new addition in a tall-tale sort of way. Read full book review >

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INSTRUCTIONS by Neil Gaiman
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2010

"Roses, trees, land and sea have shimmering life of their own and wind around the words as if made for them, which of course they were. (Picture book. 7 & up)"
A magical, incantatory poem—or perhaps a homily—first published in the Ellen Datlow/Terri Windling collection A Wolf at the Door in 2000 is made new with Vess's art. Read full book review >

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THE CATS OF TANGLEWOOD FOREST by Charles de Lint
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2013

"A satisfyingly folkloric, old-fashioned-feeling fable. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Rather than let Lillian Kindred die of a snakebite, the titular cats turn her into a kitten, and thereby hangs this sweetly magical tale. Read full book review >

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CHARLES DARWIN by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An illuminating new biography of a legendary figure in the scientific world whose legacy continues to draw reappraisals."
The prolific novelist and biographer probes the character and controversies of Charles Darwin's life and the controversial theory that turned the world on its head. Read full book review >

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CHARLES DICKENS by Jenny Hartley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A deft, authoritative, and engaging reappraisal of the great Victorian novelist."
Restless, tireless, and prolific, Dickens "became an adjective in his own lifetime." Read full book review >

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CHARLES ADDAMS by Linda H. Davis
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A bemused and indulgent look at the artist, all in good taste."
Charles Addams, longtime New Yorker cartoonist and creator of "The Addams Family," was a gentle soul manipulated by women, according to Davis's largely anecdotal biography. Read full book review >

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CHARLES DARWIN by Janet Browne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 23, 1995

"An exciting and richly evocative portrait of one of the most important thinkers in scientific history that leaves the reader wishing the second volume were already on hand. (48 pages photos and 4 maps, not seen)"
This first volume of a definitive new Darwin biography is full of insight into both the man and his era. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 8, 1993

"Bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Darwin was an amateur who never received a thorough grounding in biology and never learned how to draw properly; for his last 40 years, he was an invalid. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Brief bibliography (standard adult works; three books for young readers; 14 of Dickens's most familiar works). (Biography/Picture book. 8+)"
The authors follow their splendid Bard of Avon (1992, ALA Notable) with an equally handsome book on the beloved novelist. Read full book review >