Search Results: "Craig Cravens"


BOOK REVIEW

MY CRAZY CENTURY by Ivan Klíma
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"A fitting capstone to a distinguished literary life and an exposition of one of the main flaws of communism—that 'the betrayal of intelligence leads to the barbarization of everyone.'"
From the Nazi concentration camps to the communist show trials, Klíma (No Saints or Angels, 2001, etc.) shines a vibrant light on the machinery of oppression and the struggles of artists and intellectuals to subvert government control. Read full book review >

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LOVERS & MURDERERS by Vladimír Páral
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2002

"Cravens's brisk translation gives Páral's labyrinthine sentences and paragraphs a welcome colloquial kick, making this merciless satire on bureaucracy and consumerism, among other human failings, a surprisingly entertaining reading experience."
An amusing if intermittently exhausting black comedy (originally published in 1969): the third volume of its eloquent Czech author's "black pentology" (Catapult, 2000; The Five Sonyas, not reviewed), about the aftermath of the 1960 revolution. Read full book review >

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AARON'S LEAP by Magdaléna Platzová
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"The revelations redeem some of the stilted writing and the characters' senses of self-importance, as the reader comes to connect with and care for these characters as more than mouthpieces for history."
A Czech novel about art, death and sex set against the backdrop of the Holocaust and never-ending war. Read full book review >

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HANK FINDS INSPIRATION by Craig Frazier
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Splendid. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Stanley and his snake friend Hank return in this beautifully illustrated and eloquently told tale of discovery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STANLEY GOES FOR A DRIVE by Craig Frazier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Children may never view a spotted cow the same way again. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Stanley goes for a drive in his old red pickup on a dried-out, brown-as-dirt summer day, he's not thinking about much. Read full book review >

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MULE TRAIN MAIL by Craig Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2009

"Informative as well as evocative, and told with crisp clarity. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
In some remote pockets of Arizona, the postman wears a cowboy hat and leads a mule train. Read full book review >

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LOTS OF DOTS by Craig Frazier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Zingy and crisp, joyful and sprightly, this is one outstanding read. (Picture book. 2-7)"
In his gamesome new work, Frazier shows how one shape—the simple dot—creates and shapes our world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY BARN by Craig Brown
by Craig Brown, illustrated by Craig Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"Still, an offbeat introduction to animal voices, worth a try where funds permit. (Picture book. 2-6)"
From cock-crow to moonrise, a farmer moves around his barn, feeding and observing his animals. Read full book review >

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THE TOWN MOUSE AND THE COUNTRY MOUSE by Helen Craig
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Tyler'' are charming; in the meantime, there are some splendidly dramatic takes, especially during Charlie's encounter with the cat, while the tiny protagonists are delightfully individual and appealing—as is this well-worn tale in its fresh new garb. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A spirited retelling with lively dialogue and many colorful embellishments, plus enchantingly detailed illustrations in cleverly varied frames and spreads. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TARGET by Joe Craig
Released: March 1, 2007

"Zippy and exciting for fans. (Fiction. YA)"
Roaring, constant action zooms along in this first sequel to Jimmy Coates: Assassin? (2005). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INTO THE TRAP by Craig Moodie
ADVENTURE
Released: July 19, 2011

"Nevertheless, an action-packed tale with guns and boat chases that will appeal to reluctant readers. (Adventure. 10-14)"
"What happens on the water stays on the water," is the attitude in this fishing community on the fictional New England community of Fog Island. Read full book review >