Search Results: "Christopher Pennell"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MYSTERIOUS WOODS OF WHISTLE ROOT by Christopher  Pennell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"While this quiet book achieves a timeless feel—being identifiably set neither in our world nor in another—this cannot atone for a history of the magical woods and creatures that sometimes feels nonsensical. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
A strange, whimsical debut that may never quite convince readers why they should care about it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE YOUNG WIVES CLUB by Julie Pennell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A light novel in which women take charge of their own happily-ever-afters."
Marrying young seems romantic to four young Louisiana friends, but their Prince Charmings turn out to have clay feet. Read full book review >

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GOODBYE MY BABY by Christopher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2014

"A complex, powerful concept strained by its own length and ambition."
Ware's debut novel spans decades, taking on the abortion debate from the immediate aftermath of Roe v. Wade to the present day. Read full book review >

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CHRISTOPHER DE HAMEL
by Brianna Jewell

“Stick your nose into other people’s business and it’s considered rude,” Christopher de Hamel says, “but stick your nose far enough back and it’s considered history.” In his latest book, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World, de Hamel turns what he sees as the voyeuristic pleasure of discovering secrets about others’ lives into historical ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE WRATH OF ZOZIMOS by Christopher Ford
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"The jokes are funnier than in volume one, but readers may wish there were more space between them. (Graphic adventure. 11-14)"
This graphic novel is an epic at the speed of a flipbook. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMAL SURPRISE! by Christopher Gunson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Full-bleed backgrounds of bold color that set off the central figure in their equally bright palettes are the perfect accompaniment to this surprising and engaging offering. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Intensely colored vignettes feature a menagerie of animals as they tell their brief and funny tales. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN DENVER’S TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROADS by Christopher Canyon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

Canyon has outdone himself in his second pairing with a John Denver tune, this one about returning home to the place of his roots. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WINGS by Christopher Myers
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Ikarus himself. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Myers (Black Cat, 1999, etc.) comes into his own as a children's-book writer, as well as illustrator, with his second solo picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1994

"A handsome edition, with especially felicitous typography and design. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
A scrupulous note explains that, with ``minimal'' editing, this is the great Russian collector Afanasev's version, ``crafted by Petr Nikolaevich Polevoi (1839-1902), a well-known historian, archaeologist, and Shakespearean scholar.'' In outline, it differs little from Arthur Ransome's text as used in Uri Shulevitz's Caldecott winner (1968); but where Ransome is more literary and humorous, the more straightforward text here is propelled by its energetic cadence. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLY! by Christopher Myers
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"It is, nevertheless, a beautiful exploration of urban friendship in unexpected places. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A lonely boy discovers a world of friendship on his apartment building's roof. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN DENVER’S ANCIENT RHYMES by Christopher Canyon
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A better-than-usual effort in the trend of song illustration. (CD in hardcover, score) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Denver's gentle lullaby comes to life in Canyon's gorgeous paintings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUFF-PUFF, CHUGGA-CHUGGA by Christopher Wormell
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Ending on a peaceful, satiated note, this explosive episode makes a first-rate entry in the annals of picture-book sneezes. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Wormell (Blue Rabbit and the Runaway Wheel, see above) seamlessly blends landscape and playscape in this tale of a wonderfully catastrophic train wreck. Read full book review >