Search Results: "Christian Birmingham"


BOOK REVIEW

MR. PUTTER & TABBY TURN THE PAGE by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A sweet and nicely different take on the pleasure of reading. (Early reader. 6-8)"
The tried-and-true beginning reader series explores the joys of shared reading. Read full book review >

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THE SILVER SWAN by Michael Morpurgo
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Despite beautiful art, a misguided attempt that fails to take flight. (Picture book. 7-9)"
One of the best-known English madrigals is "The Silver Swan," a haunting melody about a swan's dying song written in 1612 by Orlando Gibbons, and familiar to anyone who has spent much time in a choir robe. Read full book review >

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WOMBAT GOES WALKABOUT by Michael Morpurgo
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"Besides its undeniable kid appeal, the wombat is the mascot of at least two online library discussion groups—they are going to love it. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Beautiful book design and illustrations drenched in the red-gold light of Australia enhance the warm-hearted story of Wombat. Read full book review >

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A KITTEN CALLED MOONLIGHT by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Here he has been aided and abetted by the soft-focus chalk pastel artwork, which emits beatitude and patience like radioactive substances, and cat lovers everywhere will swoon. (Picture book 3-6)"
Waddell out-Waddells himself in the honeyed department with this story of a young girl's rescue of an abandoned kitten. Read full book review >

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THE WINDHOVER by Alan Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

In the classic tradition of wildlife stories—from Born Free to Free Willy—a creature is plucked from the wild and caged, then eventually reintroduced to its natural habitat. Read full book review >

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THE DANCING BEAR by Michael Morpurgo
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"However, the Pied Piper theme is thoroughly developed, and the misty black- and-white drawings echo the pervasive melancholy of the text. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Readers of Morpurgo's Waiting for Anya (1990), which also featured an orphaned bear cub, may feel this novella is set in the same tiny, sheepherding village in the French Pyrenees. Read full book review >

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FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON by Mark Haddon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"In a season full of such exemplary offerings as Brian Floca's Moonshot (2009), this import, first published in Britain in 1996, ranks as an additional purchase, though it will strike a chord with other moon-watchers whose childhoods included that momentous small step. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This memory-piece will resonate more with adults of a certain age than with children, but it is a pleasant enough interlude regardless. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SNOW QUEEN by Hans Christian Andersen
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Birmingham's paintings, snow- or sun-dappled according to the scene, have a Turner-esque quality that complements the period, presenting round-cheeked children and a soullessly beautiful Snow Queen in both intimate vignettes and expansive double-page spreads. (Illustrated fairy tale. 7-12)"
Andersen's lengthy, sentimental fairy tale receives respectful treatment in this handsome new edition, which hews closely to the original story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FEET OF CLAY by Ruth Birmingham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 8, 2006

"The plot is so familiar it creaks, but Sunny's sixth (Cold Trail, 2002, etc.) is written with great style and energy. What a savvy charmer she is."
An Atlanta private eye and her flaky cousin work against the clock and a network of good ol' boys to overturn a wrongful conviction. Read full book review >

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FINAL IMPACT by John Birmingham
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 30, 2007

"Most disappointing of all, there is virtually no development of the trilogy's most noteworthy theme: the culture clash between the segregated, buttoned-up, all-male 1940s and the multiethnic, male-female, utterly ruthless 2021."
Last entry in Birmingham's alternate WWII trilogy (Designated Targets, 2005, etc.), wherein a multinational navy flotilla from 2021 is hurled back in time to 1942—right into the thick of the Battle of Midway. Read full book review >

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CARRIAGE TRADE by Stephen Birmingham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 1993

"The author's following—carriage-to-subway trade—is a given."
Latest in Birmingham's infatuations with other peoples' lives (Shades of Fortune, 1989, etc.)—here in another of his popular tales of Manhattan mensch on the move, with shaky pasts and glittery presents, their women and their well-kept secrets. Read full book review >