Search Results: "D.B. Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

D.B. by Elwood Reid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 13, 2004

"A sour, painfully slow tale, with two dull protagonists."
The title's initials refer to D.B. Cooper, the 1971 hijacker, you may remember, who vanished into thin air. Here, Reid (Midnight Sun, 2000, etc.) imagines his subsequent life. Read full book review >

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HENRY CLIMBS A MOUNTAIN by D.B. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2003

"Young readers may not understand concepts of tax protest and slavery, but would welcome reading another story about a familiar and unique character whose deep moral convictions are expressed in simple, daily deeds. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In his third book about Henry David Thoreau, Johnson describes a more complex concept: how people can change bad laws without fighting. Read full book review >

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MAGRITTE'S MARVELOUS HAT by D.B. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2012

"Arty, amusing and exceedingly clever. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Johnson recasts René Magritte as a dapper, blue-eyed hound and incorporates the painter's surreal iconography into a visual tour de force. Read full book review >

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FOUR LEGS BAD, TWO LEGS GOOD! by D.B. Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 10, 2007

"Slightly cubist, cartoon-like illustrations in mixed media capture the lighthearted politics of this comic animal farm. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A clever duck teaches a lazy, autocratic pig a memorable lesson in barnyard egalitarianism. Read full book review >

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EDDIE’S KINGDOM by D.B. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2005

"Fun for all. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Eddie's kingdom is an apartment building that houses a mixture of eccentric tenants. Read full book review >

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HENRY BUILDS A CABIN by D.B. Johnson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 25, 2002

"Readers will be waiting for more of Henry. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In an effective retelling of Henry David Thoreau's cabin-building project, Johnson relates with light-hearted humor how Henry builds a cabin barely big enough for himself. Read full book review >

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PALAZZO INVERSO by D.B. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"Few children will persevere through this exhausting journey. (Picture book. 6-8)"
An homage to M.C. Escher's head-tilting, mind-reeling artwork, this disorienting book asks children to stretch their imaginations and travel on a circuitous journey outside traditional, comfortable reading experiences. Read full book review >

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HENRY WORKS by D.B. Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 27, 2004

"Again, an unassuming, deeply affecting tribute to an essential philosopher and writer. (afterword) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Johnson adds new, rich meaning to a common phrase in his fourth Thoreau-esque episode. Read full book review >

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BEAR’S PICTURE by Daniel Pinkwater
ANIMALS
Released: April 21, 2008

"Bear makes a grand champion for all young artists, and it wouldn't hurt for certain grown-ups to hear his message, either. (Picture book. 5-8, adult)"
Pinkwater's terse 1972 tale of an ursine painter who stoutly defends his right to create against the sneers of two critics ("fine, proper gentlemen," as the text has it) gets a major visual boost from new illustrations in this reissue. Read full book review >

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HENRY’S NIGHT by D.B. Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: April 6, 2009

"A great bedtime read, as mysterious and thought-provoking as a zen koan. (Picture book. 6-10, adult)"
From Henry Hikes to Fitchburg (2000) on, Johnson has surpassed all conventional biographers in presenting Thoreau's philosophy and spirit in ways that will make sense to younger readers. Read full book review >

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ZUZU’S WISHING CAKE by Linda Michelin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

"Message amiably concealed, but heartfelt and winning. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Zuzu smiles a lot—at boxes, boots, bottle caps and the new boy next door, except he doesn't smile back. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANDREW JOHNSON by Annette Gordon-Reed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Gordon-Reed incorporates views by Johnson's other biographers to create a fleshed-out, many-sided portrait."
A fair-minded, toned-down portrait of a deeply problematic president who could not rise to the country's challenge after the Civil War. Read full book review >