Search Results: "Christopher Hibbert"


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WELLINGTON by Christopher Hibbert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A useful introduction to a complex, powerful figure. (b&w illustrations, not seen)"
The prolific Hibbert (Nelson: A Personal History, 1994, etc.) offers a lively if unsurprising portrait of a contentious hero. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1993

"Without this information, Hibbert can't escape the besetting vice of much narrative history—that it so often seems like just one cursed thing after another. (Eight-page photo insert)"
A rollicking, if not always enlightening, narrative history of the English Civil War, by the prolific Hibbert (The American Revolution through British Eyes, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE BORGIAS AND THEIR ENEMIES by Christopher Hibbert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Knowledgable but not particularly compelling."
Ill-focused, overstuffed portrait of the powerful Pope Alexander VI and his ambitious children, by prolific British historian Hibbert (Napoleon, His Wives and Women, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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NAPOLEON by Christopher Hibbert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"For students of military history and tactics, this is a modest addition to the huge library devoted to Napoleon. But for general readers, it's a pleasure, full of well-chosen information and juicy anecdotes."
The Little Corporal goes love-happy and receives little but scorn for his troubles. Read full book review >

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NELSON by Christopher Hibbert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"To understand what made Nelson different from his contemporaries, one will have to read elsewhere."
A lively but incomplete biography of Admiral Nelson that keeps most strategy below decks and instead concentrates on one of the more celebrated adulteries in history. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 1991

"A sharply observed biography that catches Elizabeth in all her complexity, but without a coherent vision of her character. (Sixty color and b&w illustrations.)"
A portrait of England's Queen Bess (1533-1603), which, despite its author's considerable storytelling skills, fails to demonstrate that she was central to England's ``golden age''-and fails to explain her character plausibly. Read full book review >

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PEARL'S OCEAN MAGIC by Catherine Hapka
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2016

"Sinks. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Young dolphin Pearl encounters braggarts, bullies, and friends during her first day at magical dolphin school. Read full book review >

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THE THREE BEARS ABC by Grace Maccarone
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"By no means is this an introduction to the fairy tale. The book would be best used as a guessing game or a writing device for kids who already know the story. (Picture book/fairy tale. 6-8)"
Can the classic story of Goldilocks be parsed into an alphabet book—successfully? Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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BLUE RABBIT AND THE RUNAWAY WHEEL by Christopher Wormell
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Not exactly a lesson in taking responsibility, but give Blue Rabbit some points for not trying to shift the blame. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A moment of inattention lands Blue Rabbit in hot water in this simply told follow-up to Blue Rabbit and Friends (2000). Read full book review >

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OVER ON THE FARM by Christopher Gunson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"A final spread presents all the animals for counting in a read-aloud of which adults won't quickly tire. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Gunson presents the numbers from one to ten in a sumptuous book for the very young that toys with the familiar childhood ditty, ``Over in the Meadow.'' ``Over in the field in the green and the blue/lived a woolly mother sheep/and her little sheep two./`Leap,' said the mother./`We leap,' said the two. . . .'' The rhyming builds on the framework of animal babies whose numbers continue to increase. Read full book review >