Search Results: "Christopher Cerf"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BOOK OF SEQUELS by Christopher Cerf
Released: Dec. 1, 1990

A truly funny anthology of all-original parodic sequels. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ENCYCLOPEDIA PARANOIACA by Henry Beard
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 20, 2012

"Amusing in short spurts—an entertaining way to pass the time in between worrying about the real issues in your life."
From National Lampoon co-conspirators Beard (Golf: An Unofficial and Unauthorized History of the World's Most Preposterous Sport, 2012, etc.) and Cerf (co-author: Mission Accomplished! Or How We Won the War in Iraq: The Experts Speak, 2008, etc.), a whimsical collection of the sometimes-scary, sometimes-silly things that threaten our modern-day lives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 2002

"Intelligent, thoughtful, and deliciously gossipy: a must for anyone interested in book publishing."
Charming WWII-era letters exchanged by the founders of Random House. 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

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"An exciting bragging-rights adventure on the basketball court, around and beyond planet Earth and back again. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Two teens on a city basketball court start a game of matching each other's shots. Miss five tries and you are out! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MERWIN by Christopher Hart
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Merwin does pull a fast one on the zookeeper by claiming he is Merwin in disguise, giving a small 'what is reality' twist to the story, but it's not enough to elevate it beyond its one-note joke into an entertainment. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Cartoonist and bestselling author of drawing books, Hart's first picture book is goofy all over, but whether or not that is intentional is open to debate. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Not suited to being a child's first Aesop, but likely to be the one he or she lingers over longest. (Picture book/folktales. 5-10)"
Relegating the actual texts of 21 fables to an appendix, Wormell presents a suite of full-page color woodcuts to illustrate them, captioned with titles and morals alone, and printed on buttery paper that really sets off the strong lines and gorgeous hues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Purists will cavil that the starfish ought actually to be called a sea star, but that nit aside, this cloth-bound volume is a perfectly gorgeous piece of bookmaking. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
As the title indicates, here's a variation on the traditional animal counting book: rather than counting multiples of animals, readers are encouraged to counts their parts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE DEE AND THE PENGUIN by Christopher Baldwin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"A must-read for all would-be adventurers. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
A fun-filled, zany story with a serious message about belonging. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEEP IN THE WOODS by Christopher Corr
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 2, 2017

"Corr's artwork is a feast for the eyes. Dazzling. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A variety of woodland creatures live in a house they find in the woods until a bear brings disaster; but together they build anew in this retelling of a classic Russian folk tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT RACE by Christopher Corr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 4, 2018

"Ultimately, Corr delivers a handsomely packaged story that begs the questions, from where did it arise, and whom is it for? (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this retelling of Chinese lunar calendar lore, the animals race to claim a spot in the zodiac. Read full book review >