Search Results: "Christoph Hein"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DISTANT LOVER by Christoph Hein
Released: April 19, 1989

East German Hein's first novel to appear in English—about an affair between a woman who carefully controls her life and a married man addicted to danger—is yet another (albeit successful) exploration of modern existential angst. Read full book review >

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WILLENBROCK by Christoph Hein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"Interesting glimpse of daily life behind the ruins of the Iron Curtain, though a bit ponderous and overheated in the end."
A law-abiding Berliner is pushed over the edge by the Russian punks who have taken over his town in this German Dirty Harry by Hein (The Tango Player, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE TANGO PLAYER by Christoph Hein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A timely, disturbing vision of social and moral collapse."
A chilling depiction of the Kafkaesque dimensions of life in Eastern Europe from prominent German playwright and novelist Hein, echoing the harsh social analysis of his earlier novel, The Distant Lover (1989). Read full book review >

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THE POTATO KING by Christoph Niemann
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2015

"Witty and provocative, the tale provides food for thought in behavior management and governance as well as a great story. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
This German import recounts the intriguing legend surrounding Frederick the Great's potato legislation. Read full book review >

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LOUIS AGASSIZ by Christoph Irmscher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Irmscher makes a convincing case that this egotistical, often wrongheaded figure deserves his reputation as a founder and first great popularizer of American science."
A thoroughly satisfying biography of the almost but not quite forgotten Swiss-born Louis Agassiz (1807-1873), who moved to the United States in 1846 to become a combination of educator, media star and beloved science guru. Read full book review >

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WORDS by Christoph Niemann
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Combining graphic wit and wordplay, Niemann delivers a joyful package. (index, parts of speech) (Picture book. 5 & up)"
The cartoonist and picture-book illustrator offers a chunky book of some 330 or so words, one per page, each illustrated by a cartoon. Read full book review >

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THAT'S HOW! by Christoph Niemann
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"A nifty concept doesn't quite make it in execution. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Bold, brightly colored graphics, big, brushed letters and patent silliness catch the eye but perhaps not the imagination. Read full book review >

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THE POLICE CLOUD by Christoph Niemann
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2007

"Appealing in its simplicity and whimsy, this is a boffo addition to community-helper and weather-related storytimes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Following in the footsteps of New Yorker colleagues Ian Falconer and Maira Kalman (the latter is depicted on the back dust jacket with an endorsement), magazine illustrator Niemann successfully turns his attention to the picture storybook. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Good book! (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
After her father banishes her beloved pet dragon to a cage for breaking a vase, it disappears and young Lin must set out across the Chinese landscape in pursuit. Read full book review >

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SUBWAY by Christoph Niemann
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

"That the meter occasionally strains is the only false step on this fresh, striking subway tour. (Picture book. 3-5)"
"It's cold and wet. What can be done? / A trip on the subway, just for fun!" Read full book review >

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LOLA AND FRED by Christoph “Pül” Heuer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"A sequel is in the offing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Two earthbound buddies—a turtle and a frog, respectively—decide to take up flying in this wordless Swiss import. Read full book review >

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THE FABRIC OF NIGHT by Christoph Peters
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"Confusing at times, disturbing at others, Peters's work rewards the challenge of reading with lasting, moody reflections."
German novel about a sculptor who may have witnessed a murder reveals a disturbing, hallucinatory world in which perception is as fluid as blood. Read full book review >