Search Results: "Christopher Woodall"


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NOVEMBER by Christopher Woodall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2016

"Overlong and a touch undisciplined but rewarding."
Debut novel, set in working-class France, by British writer and translator Woodall. Read full book review >

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THE MASTER OF KNOTS by Massimo Carlotto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"As usual with Carlotto (At the End of a Dull Day, 2013, etc.), there's no suspense, since the characters are never in danger—they go straight from being fine to being dead—and Buratti wraps up the case with a scandalous lack of fuss. But the author shows a sure grasp of the double lives of BDSM devotees for whom unmasking would mean calamity."
Unlicensed private eye Marco Buratti, the Alligator (Bandit Love, 2010, etc.), tracks a missing wife down a rabbit hole even darker and dirtier than his usual haunts. Read full book review >

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Released: July 7, 2012

"A lively, readable recollection that homeowners will easily relate to."
A 67-year-old East Coast real estate broker recalls her passage through 17 homes. Read full book review >

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ONE FOR SORROW, TWO FOR JOY by Clive Woodall
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"Despite the New Age idioms, Woodall keeps his story light and its pace quick, suggesting parallels between animal warfare and the human world but never overwhelming us with message."
Already optioned by Disney, this British bestseller by first-time author (and ex-grocer) Woodall describes an avian civil war, with the crows and magpies trying to exterminate every other species. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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MARLO by Christopher Browne
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2017

"With a deft minimalism recalling Charles Schultz or Mo Willems, Browne creates a character to care about, whether excavating at home or when plunged into the pleasures and perils of the wider world. Dripping with delight. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A pit bull transforms a simple bath into an underwater epic in Browne's picture-book debut. Read full book review >