Search Results: "Chris Clarke"


BOOK REVIEW

IN THE CAFÉ OF LOST YOUTH by Patrick Modiano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Evocative and perfectly written—trademark Modiano, in other words."
A short, pensive novel of bohemian Paris just after the war, Nobel Prize winner Modiano's (Missing Person, 2015, etc.) favorite time and place.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 2000

"A mellower Bonington, now more enchanted with place than technique, is as compatible with Clarke in the dangerous terrain of writing as on an ice-armored cornice. (90 color photos)"
"Picture two happy men walking up a glorious valley" deep in central Tibet, 20,000-footers rising here and there. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2002

"A sharp taste of Himalayan climbing and the way harsh terrain can make a person disappear as if from the face of the earth."
Two climbing-team members recount a doomed 1982 attempt at Everest from the Chinese side with mounting uneasiness as the expedition falls apart. Read full book review >

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LITTLE GIRL LOST (AND FOUND)
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke

Cover Story: Ripped and Torn
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale: 1
Talky Talk: The Long and the Short
Bonus Factor: Girl on the Milk Carton
Relationship Status: Group Therapy

Cover Story: Ripped and Torn

This is an interesting cover, and fairly effective—two ripped photos juxtaposing the main character’s ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BETTY’S NOT WELL TODAY by Gus Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2003

"This first American edition is well worth the price of a sturdy paperback. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A girl and her doll are sick in bed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

E I E I O by Gus Clarke
adapted by Gus Clarke, illustrated by Gus Clarke
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Good fun. (Folklore/Picture book. 2-7)"
Any new edition of ``Old MacDonald'' needs a compelling novelty to justify its existence; here, the author-illustrator of Eddie and Teddy (1991) comes up with an elaborate scheme of incorporating the animals' ``quacks,'' ``moos,'' etc., in cartoon-style balloons that are cleverly integrated into the text on the verso pages where they are first introduced; on the rectos, the animals assemble in their increasing numbers to issue a comical cacophony for new readers to sort out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW MANY DAYS TO MY BIRTHDAY? by Gus Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Danny's state of mind is not so much exaggerated as emphasized with a wry good humor that just may give kids a clue as to how their elders see them. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Here's a book that's as focused as its small protagonist, who can't wait for the big day. Read full book review >

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TEN GREEN MONSTERS by Gus Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"After he gets his just deserts, young readers are sure to go back to the beginning to check out the preceding byplay once again; fortunately, the sturdy pages and binding should withstand plenty of rereadings. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An unusually appealing book with a number of surefire features, not least of which are the eponymous monsters ``standing on the wall'' who, one by one, ``accidentally fall'' in the classic tradition—as revealed by opening a broad flap on each spread. Read full book review >

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SCRATCH `N' SNIFF by Gus Clarke
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 1998

"Clarke's dry wit is evident in every line of this wry tale; his humorous illustrations of the bumbling but lovable Sniff and the crafty but harmless Scratch enliven an already comical text. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A clever plot masterminded by a shrewd feline is the basis of this engaging olfactory mystery by Clarke (Ten Green Monsters, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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FINDING THE STORY WITH CHRIS BARTON
by Julie Danielson

The “sneaky, stripy” camouflaged ships of World War I, painted with unconventional patterns so as to confuse the enemy, may be the subject at hand in Chris Barton’s new picture book, Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion, but it’s really about so much more. It’s also a book about information overload, changing technology, war strategy, art ...


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BOOK REVIEW

AL CAPSELLA AND THE WATCHDOGS by J. Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 1991

"What's special is Al's mellow tone: he may find his parents inconvenient or incomprehensible, but he views them with an amused tolerance that's both hilarious and endearing (and, one hopes, contagious). (Fiction. 11-15)"
In an engaging sequel to The Heroic Life of Al Capsella (1990), Al continues his affectionate sparring with parents who are almost as outlandish as they seem to his embarrassed 15-year- old eyes. Mrs. Capsella, successful author of romances, has given Al a notably lumpy, badly sewn, homemade beanbag chair that proves to contain all the ``Home Duties presents'' (apron, egg- timer, etc.) her mother had forced on her. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT TRAIN by Judith Clarke
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"A believable, gripping story, unrelenting and tragic. (Fiction. YA)"
Seventeen-year-old Luke struggles to keep his sanity while his family, his girlfriend, and his school tragically ignore, mistreat, or misunderstand his symptoms. Read full book review >