Search Results: "Christophe Boncens"


BOOK REVIEW

BAND INSTRUMENTS by Christophe Boncens
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"The strongest aspect of this otherwise mediocre offering is the quality of the sound, making it and its companion good options for board-book collections lacking multisensory titles. (Board book. 2-4)"
A brief introduction to five band instruments with accompanying sound. Read full book review >

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MY LITTLE BOX OF ANIMAL BOOKS by Christophe Boncens
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Developmentally dull; there's nothing to cheer about here. (Board book. 2-3) "
This box proves a bust. Read full book review >

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ANNAM by Christophe Bataille
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"This subtle and moving roman (here beautifully translated by Richard Howard) won France's Prix du Premier Roman in 1993, when the author was 21."
Annam ($15.95; Sept. 30, 1996; 112 pp.; 0-8112-1330-7): This skillfully understated first novel describes in muted though harrowing detail the ordeal undergone by an expedition of French clergy sent as missionaries to Vietnam during the late-18th-century reign of Louis XVI. Read full book review >

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THE UNIVERSE IN YOUR HAND by Christophe Galfard
NON-FICTION
Released: March 8, 2016

"A useful book for readers to visualize the complex ideas of modern physics, best read as an accompaniment to a more rigorous treatment of the subjects covered."
Galfard (co-author, with Stephen and Lucy Hawking: George's Secret Key to the Universe, 2007) takes readers on a number of imaginary trips through the universe to help them visualize the strangeness and beauty of our mysterious universe.Read full book review >

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SCHOOL’S OUT by Christophe Duffosé
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2007

"Way funnier than most mysteries, and more thrilling than most comic novels."
This audacious, genre-bending debut novel fuses an academic comedy of manners with an existential murder mystery. Read full book review >

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TRAVEL TALES by Christophe Blain
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"As in the work of Peter S°s or Maira Kalman, the story lines will be easier for children to appreciate than the art, while older readers whose interest is piqued by these experiments will yearn for biographical or bibliographical notes. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Showcasing their talents and styles, ten young European artists send characters on brief, quirky journeys, in play or dreams: Houdart, in the first story, shows how Louise and Pierre add wheels and wings to the sofa and take off; Florence Pinel's Ludo and Remi use different means of transportation to arrive at the same place; GÇraldine Goudard's Pipolito goes—from his bed—to the North Pole, then the Wild West, then mixes the two ("I built an igloo saloon"); and more. Read full book review >

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HUGS AND KISSES by Christophe Loupy
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Rare is the child, parent, or older sibling who will be able to resist this invitation to mix reading with kissing. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A puppy named Hugs sets out one morning to collect kisses, but after receiving tender, affectionate busses from a horse (on his head), a pig (on his nose), a rabbit (on his neck), ducks (on his cheeks), and even a butterfly ("Oh, so fine, a butterfly's kiss! Read full book review >

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LUMINOUS CHAOS by Jean-Christophe Valtat
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A sui generis contraption, rhapsodic and strange; a breathless adventure for bent intellectuals."
The second mind-bending installment of The Mysteries of New Venice. Read full book review >

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CHECKPOINT by Jean-Christophe Rufin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"A novel of war that asks hard questions about what decency demands of us as human beings."
Five aid workers with divergent agendas drive a truck loaded with supplies into the heart of war-torn Bosnia. Read full book review >

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THE EMPIRE OF THE WOLVES by Jean-Christophe Grangé
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 7, 2005

"The author's healthy appetite for merrily killing off any and all of his characters is not enough, alas, to add suspense to his tale."
Fourth novel from French reporter-turned-mystery-writer Grangé (The Stone Council, 2002, etc.), packed chock-full with extreme mutilations. Read full book review >

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3 by Jean-Christophe Valtat
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2010

"Valtat has a nice eye for metaphor, but the book's tone is static. As the narrator considers his youth there's little evidence that he's matured; at best, he's just grown capable of articulating his condescension in philosophical terms."
A man looks back on his awkward, insecure adolescence, specifically his obsession with a special-needs girl, in this novella from French writer Valtat. Read full book review >