Search Results: "Dan Jones"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WARS OF THE ROSES by Dan Jones
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Valiantly pared down for fluid readability."
In a follow-up to The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings Who Invented England (2012), British historian Jones authoritatively sets the scene for the next brutal act: the 15th-century succession crises. Read full book review >

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MAGNA CARTA by Dan Jones
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"This is politics-and-great-men history documented by medieval archives and unreliable contemporary chroniclers, but Jones has done his homework to produce an insightful, satisfying history of a beloved, if usually unread, icon of freedom."
At Runnymede in 1215, King John (1166-1216) signed the document that laid the foundation of our freedom. While not a myth, the reality is less glorious, writes British historian and media consultant Jones (The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors, 2014, etc.) in this lively, popular account of the Magna Carta's bumpy 800-year ride into immortality.Read full book review >

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THE PLANTAGENETS by Dan Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2013

"Historians may question a few dates and events, but for enjoyable historical narratives, this book is a real winner."
A novelistic historical account of the bloodline that "stamped their mark forever on the English imagination." 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

ANIMALS
Released: May 12, 2009

"Slight yet entertaining. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This patterned romp joins a genre-ette that utilizes a sort of "perverse psychology" to engage preschoolers. Read full book review >

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6 BOOKS FOR EARLY 2017
by Ana Grilo

Who’s excited that 2016 is coming to an end soon? I know I am, and I already started wish-listing all the awesome-looking 2017 releases and preparing my challenges and goals for 2017. One of them is to continue my Time Travel Project (in which I read as many books featuring time travel as I can, old and new) and the ...


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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 >

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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 >

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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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LAWN TO LAWN by Dan Yaccarino
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

"Although many children might not have seen lawn ornaments before, Yaccarino's endearing, earnest characters are worth getting to know. (Picture book. 4-8)"
After their friend Pearl moves, four tacky lawn ornaments hit the road looking for her new home in Ritzy Estates. Read full book review >

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GO, GO AMERICA by Dan Yaccarino
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"Still, browsers will find this hard to put down, and more systematic sorts will linger over the closing chart of state capitals, mottos and the like. (source list) (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
Yaccarino sends readers whose ride aboard Peter Sís's Train of States (2004) has only whetted an appetite for random facts, quirky laws and roadside attractions on a somewhat more leisurely car trip from Maine to Hawaii. Read full book review >