Search Results: "Dan Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

ROBINSON CRUSOE by Dan Johnson
adapted by Dan Johnson, illustrated by Naresh Kumar
Released: July 6, 2010

"Passable for young readers fond of action-packed video games but unlikely to inspire interest in the original. (Graphic classic. 10 & up)"
Johnson and Kumar revisit Daniel Defoe's classic castaway tale for the PlayStation generation, creating a survival story told through fast-paced action sequences that barely scratches the surface of the original. Read full book review >

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DAN CHAON
by Stephanie Buschardt

When bestselling author Dan Chaon heard about a conspiracy at his sister’s university linking a string of drowning deaths to a serial killer, he scribbled it down in his notebook and let it simmer—for 10 years. “I kept trying to figure out a way to go back to it,” says Chaon. “And then eventually that image of [a] kid ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"Essential for watchers of politics and a model for similar electoral analyses in the future."
A superior piece of political reportage and interpretation by Washington Post writer Balz (co-author: Storming the Gates: Protest Politics and the Republican Revival, 1996) and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian Johnson (Journalism/Univ. of Maryland; The Age of Anxiety: McCarthyism to Terrorism, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CASEY BACK AT BAT by Dan Gutman
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Sheer delight. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Back in 1888, Mighty Casey struck out and left Mudville joyless. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIDING DINOSAURS by Dan Moynihan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"An intriguing cover, attractive, action-filled illustrations, and an amusing story add up to a beginning reader with solid appeal. (Early reader. 5-8)"
In this comical emergent reader, a half-dozen eggs that are past their sell-by date provide a big surprise when they hatch into baby dinosaurs. Read full book review >

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DOUG UNPLUGS ON THE FARM by Dan Yaccarino
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"A fine farm story that doubles nicely as a lesson about experiential learning. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Doug is back, and he's ready for hands-on fun and learning down on the farm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOUG UNPLUGGED by Dan Yaccarino
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"A lively, colorful celebration of unmediated living. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little robot boy goes on an urban adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SATURDAY WITH DADDY by Dan Andreasen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"Preschoolers will enjoy seeing the young elephant helping out and participating in some fun on every page—the pair is adorable in their matching orange aprons—but although well-intentioned, this title remains flat and forgettable. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This slice-of-life tale about a bright blue anthropomorphized elephant family is pleasant but fails to excite. Read full book review >

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WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM DADDY by Dan Andreasen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"This little gem is fun to look at, fun to read, and it gladdens the heart to boot. (Picture book 2-6)"
Andreasen explores the fulfilling possibilities of the relationship between father and son. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GET RICH QUICK CLUB by Dan Gutman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Fans of Gregory Maguire's Hamlet Chronicles will enjoy this fluffy, summer read with a fun twist ending. (Fiction 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old Gina Tumolo loves money and wants nothing more than to make a million dollars this summer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOOD NIGHT, MR. NIGHT by Dan Yaccarino
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The story would be lonely without these pictures, and takes on poignancy because of them; parents who work the lobster shift will find special meaning in these pages. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Yaccarino (If I Had a Robot, 1996, etc.) personifies the night sky as a starlit man in a bowler hat who brushes past the trees, closing flowers and calming seas in preparation for the arrival of night and a young boy's bedtime. Mr. Night closes the boy's eyes and whispers dreams; as the sun comes up, he grows tired, ``lies down just over the hill and drifts off to sleep.'' Simple forms and Matisse-like colors match the innocence of the story, told in a series of simple lines. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF I HAD A ROBOT by Dan Yaccarino
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Yaccarino (Big Brother Mike, 1992, etc.) uses the artwork, printed on matte paper, to reiterate his materialist conclusion, by subtly grounding Phil's fanciful imaginings in rotund, weighted images. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Rather than eat his vegetables, Phil conjures up an imaginary robot to do it for him. Read full book review >