Search Results: "Cole Thompson"


BOOK REVIEW

CHOCOLATE LIZARDS by Cole Thompson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 1999

"Affable and fun: Thompson's portrayal of an innocent gone (very) far abroad proves irresistibly readable."
A debut novel recounting a young man's sudden initiation into the real world—via the oil fields of central Texas. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 5, 2011

"A worthwhile read for true-crime fans and followers of the case, but those looking for insight into the mind of a killer will be disappointed."
A thorough, journalistic recounting of two crimes, five years apart, linked by the same alleged perpetrator. Read full book review >

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BIG BUG by Henry Cole
by Henry Cole, illustrated by Henry Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2014

"Visually lovely and appealing. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What is big and what is little? It's an enormous question, especially for young children who are just beginning to acquire a tentative understanding of their place in the physical world. Read full book review >

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THE SPROG OWNER’S MANUAL by Babette Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Required reading for would-be parents of any age. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
Filling the gap between her Mommy Laid an Egg! Read full book review >

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PRINCESS SMARTYPANTS RULES by Babette Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Smartypants exudes a salutary self-confidence—but the baby, with his big white eyes, gleeful grin and ash-dark skin, skates close enough to caricature that American audiences, at least, may wince. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Though probably intended to be no more than a breezy lesson in domestic politics paired to a cautionary tale on the dangers of not reading labels carefully, this sequel to Princess Smartypants (1987) takes a discomfiting turn when the ultra-capable young Royal inadvertently produces a brown-skinned baby. Read full book review >

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DR. DOG by Babette Cole
by Babette Cole, illustrated by Babette Cole
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"Ugh, puke. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-6)"
Poor Dr. Dog, the hapless Gumboyle family pet and doctor who is pulled away from a conference in Brazil to tend to his sick and rather disgusting owners. Read full book review >

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THE TROUBLE WITH UNCLE by Babette Cole
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Not essential, but fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A wickedly zany narrative about Uncle, who ``doesn't just play around with boats'' (e.g., the pictured remote-controlled craft in a park)—``He's a pirate!'' With grown-ups looking askance, he buys a treasure map, sets sail even though he can't do enough math to navigate, catches a ride on an accommodating whale, finds the treasure island developed and occupied by tourists, rescues a movie star kidnapped by real pirates, and marries a mermaid on the way home. Read full book review >

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FAIR MONACO by Brock Cole
Kirkus Star
by Brock Cole, illustrated by Brock Cole
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A vivid and satisfying testimony to the transforming power of hope and dreams. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Cole's words and pictures deliver his tale as effortlessly as a song, but one that pricks with intelligence, sorrow, and hope. Read full book review >

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TRUELOVE by Babette Cole
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"It's all in good fun, ends with a reassuring thought—'Sometimes love isn't easy, but there's always enough to go around'—and makes a refreshing anodyne to the gooier valentines of Joan Walsh Anglund, Charlotte Zolotow, and their legions of modern imitators. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Putting a characteristically screwy spin on the sappy "Love Is . . . Read full book review >

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MOMMY LAID AN EGG! by Babette Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1993

"For those who choose to share these specifics with young children, a notably fresh, matter-of-fact approach. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The full facts about human reproduction, ingeniously set in a story about parents who are offering their son and daughter some whimsical explanations—``You were delivered by a dinosaur'' or ``Sometimes you just find them under stones''—while the humor of these possibilities is dramatized in Cole's vibrant, cartoony illustrations. Read full book review >

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BRAMBLEHEART by Henry Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Nestled in a small trim size, this is an appealing and accessible genre blend. (Fantasy. 6-10)"
A young chipmunk finds his path. Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: TEJU COLE
by Michael Valinsky

Most readers know Teju Cole as the photography critic for the New York Times. Others know him as the novelist who explores, through his narrative gestures, the various ways in which one comes to build an identity in an environment that makes prejudice and binaries rules of thumb. But to assign Cole a trade would be undermining his entire practice ...


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