Search Results: "Craig Spearing"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"An author's note explains the beginnings of the Conestoga wagon in America, and a few historical details about the actual event. (Picture book. 7-10)"
A farmer from the countryside and his great big wagon carry the Liberty Bell to a safe hiding place. Read full book review >

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OUR TEXAS by Jackie Mims Hopkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"A bumpy ride through the Lone Star State. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
"The great state of Texas is waiting for you. / Come travel the land and meet people, too. / Then pick a direction—north, south, east, or west— / and you can decide which parts you like best." Read full book review >

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PRAIRIE DOG PIONEERS by Jo Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Spearing's art recalls the charm of woodcuts, with stylized and tidy landscapes, structures, and people. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Young Mae Dean is stunned when her father announces that he is moving his family from their home and manicured yard with the tree swing to the Texas Panhandle where they will have their own land and sod hut. Read full book review >

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OUR NOISE by Jeff Gomez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"And there's enough material here for a season's worth of TV shows."
A slacker soap opera, first published as a serial 'zine through mail order, classifieds, and in Tower Record stores, that lacks the literary pretensions of Douglas Coupland's Gen-X sagasand is much the better for it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE by Steve Kluge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 2004

"Gaily self-amused, told in tart memos, cheeky checklists, sighs, essays, legal briefs, and heartsick journal entries. Straights may nod off."
Gay guys go gaga. By the author of the well-received baseball novel The Last Days of Summer (1998). Read full book review >

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GONE, GONE, GONE by Hannah Moskowitz
Released: April 17, 2012

"A complete miss from an otherwise solid author. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
The Beltway sniper shootings and the attacks of 9/11 become the crucible for this exploration of teenage grief and love. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE INTERVIEW ROOM by Roderick Anscombe
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2005

"Along with the steadily mounting tension, Anscombe (Shank, 1996, etc.) provides enough exquisitely turned therapeutic dialogues between participants ferally skilled in talking around the point to create a heaven for connoisseurs of mind games."
A forensic psychiatrist asked to evaluate an accused stalker finds himself pulled into a nightmare in which nothing is what it seems—maybe not even himself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRACTOR by Craig Brown
by Craig Brown, illustrated by Craig Brown
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Every page reveals the author's experience and reverence for the enterprise in this loving view of life on a small farm. (Picture book. 3+)"
An increasingly unfamiliar scene in the American landscape gains a heartfelt tribute, and has a worthy advocate in Brown (City Sounds, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE LYONESSE STONE by Craig Weatherhill
FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"For collections with enthusiastic fantasy readers. (Fiction. 12+)"
In the first of a trilogy, ancient times and the present day intermingle in Britain's Cornwall, ensnaring modern children in ancient evil. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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

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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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 >