Search Results: "Constance Hale"


BOOK REVIEW

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Bubbling with energy and conviction but less practical than an old-fashioned style manual."
Self-help for aspiring writers, who need, it seems, to zap the red sauce of their prose with tangier verbs. Read full book review >

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STUNT CAT TO THE STARS by Constance Lombardo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"'Diary of a Wimpy Cat' or maybe 'Lynda Barry's Cat Goes Hollywood,' it's decent enough fare for graduates of Bad Kitty but not nearly as funny or inventive. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 7-10)"
Mr. Puffball longs to be a star. Will Hollywood welcome him? Read full book review >

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STUNT CAT ACROSS AMERICA by Constance Lombardo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Not a total hairball, but far from a first purr-chase. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 7-11)"
Mr. Puffball's done with being a stunt cat…what's next for him? Read full book review >

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WILD WILD WEST by Constance Perenyi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"A handsome, provocative introduction that should stimulate interest in and appreciation for nature. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-10)"
Eleven habitats—the Arctic tundra, the rain forest that harbors the spotted owl, a beaver pond, the Sonoran Desert, a Hawaiian coral reef, a city, etc.—each illustrated with a double-spread collage that effectively evokes the milieu in a simple graphic style; though the wildlife isn't rendered literally, Perenyi skillfully captures its essence. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"Best to punctuate the readings with a viewing of Albert Brooks's Mother. (b&w photos, not seen)"
With wrenching precision, 79 women recall their mothers in original letters, essays, poems, and stories, evoking basic truths about the inescapability of mother-daughter similarities, the lifelong rapture of mother for child, and the daughter's unquenchable longing for mother after her death. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"That said, there are many wonderful letters here, by Max Beerbohm, George Bernard Shaw, and Lord Alfred Douglas, discussing Oscar Wilde, and a sheaf of letters by various members of the Bloomsbury circle."
A lively and wide-ranging collection of sparkling missives, beginning with Sappho and ending with John Cheever, that offers pleasurable reading but fails to make the editor's larger point: that the letters, largely by accomplished writers, ``record a rich and remarkable slice of the gay experience.'' In fact, many of the letters don't address gay issues or demonstrate a particular gay sensibility at all. Read full book review >

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HABITATS by Constance Rosenblum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2013

"Some intriguing stories better read the way newspaper columns are published—one at a time—than as an extended series in one sitting."
A collection of recent newspaper columns on the homes of New York residents illuminates the ways in which the city has (and hasn't) changed. Read full book review >

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THE HAMSTER OF THE BASKERVILLES by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Clever, good fun. (Fiction. 9-11)"
For a box of jelly doughnuts and two Get-Out-of-Detention-Free cards, fourth-grade gumshoe Chet Gecko takes on his most baffling case yet: someone—or something—is trashing the classrooms of Emerson Hicky Elementary, leaving huge footprints, claw marks on the walls, and an aroma of peanut butter. Read full book review >

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SQUIRREL MEETS WORLD by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Despite a rough start, Doreen's story offers a heroine it's easy to go nuts over. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
A middle-grade origin story for Squirrel Girl, one of Marvel Comics' wackiest superheroes. Read full book review >

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THE CURSE OF THE WERE-HYENA by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"A series kickoff with a promising mix of chills and chortles. (Light horror. 8-10)"
Monterrosa seems like an ordinary small town—until a resident is bitten by a strange-looking dog one night while taking a stroll past the graveyard. Read full book review >

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YELLOWBELLY AND PLUM GO TO SCHOOL by Nathan Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"EWSLUGp1998. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Hale makes a common premise uncommonly appealing with illustrations that feature a gloriously multi-species cast. Read full book review >

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BIG BAD IRONCLAD! by Nathan Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Livelier than the typical history textbook but sillier than the many outstanding works on the Civil War available for young readers, this will appeal to both history buffs and graphic-novel enthusiasts. (Graphic historical fiction. 8-12)"
Travel with Nathan Hale back to 1861 for the famous Civil War battle between the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia, the war's first ironclad ships. Read full book review >