Search Results: "Daniel Defoe"


BOOK REVIEW

ROBINSON CRUSOE by Daniel Defoe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2011

"Readers themselves will be in need of rescue from this abominable adaptation. (iPad storybook app. 9-11)"
A drastically abbreviated and uncommonly inept version of the classic survival tale. Read full book review >

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ROBINSON CRUSOE by Daniel Defoe
by Daniel Defoe, illustrated by Penko Gelev, retold by Ian Graham
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"At best, a poor substitute for Cliffs Notes and like slacker fare. (Graphic novel. 11-14)"
A labored retelling of the classic survival tale in graphic format, heavily glossed and capped with multiple value-added mini-essays. Read full book review >

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THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH AHAB by Gideon Defoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2005

"Readers in search of intelligent, whimsical nonsense could do far worse than setting sail with Pirate Captain. Aaarrr."
Having recovered from schlepping around the Galápagos in The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists (2004), Defoe's scurvy dogs go in search of a famous whale in this slim, surreal sequel. Read full book review >

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THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS by Gideon Defoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 2004

"Completely juvenile and thoroughly enchanting."
Silly and very droll debut by a London paleontologist who likes pirates and has obviously grown up on old Monty Python reruns. Read full book review >

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THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH NAPOLEON by Gideon Defoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2009

"Relentlessly, aggressively, inventively and often hilariously silly."
In the fourth of this madcap series (The Pirates! In an Adventure with Communists, 2006, etc.), the Pirate Captain, disillusioned after a crushing loss in the Pirate-of-the-Year pageant, decides to throw over buccaneering for a quiet life of beekeeping. Read full book review >

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DANIEL LOWE
by Megan Labrise

A few months shy of his 60th birthday, Daniel Lowe’s publishing dreams came true—with a novel that proceeds from a nightmarish premise.

In All That’s Left to Tell, a mid-level American executive named Marc Laurent is held captive in Pakistan by two local guards. Each day he is blindfolded and an English-speaking woman, who identifies herself as “Josephine,” questions ...


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DANIEL SUAREZ
by Clayton Moore

Daniel Suarez finally made it to the future in his new novel, Change Agent, which Kirkus’ reviewer says is “...his most entertaining high-tech thriller yet.”

The author sometimes gets pegged as a science fiction author because his previous bestsellers—Daemon, Freedom, Kill Decision, and Influx—all revolve around technologies that are just around the corner. In Change Agent ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE THING ABOUT SPRING by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Although the underlying idea is that resistance to change is normal—and acceptance of change is healthy—an easier sell would have been an animal who dreaded the cold and dark of winter. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rabbit is apprehensive about winter turning to spring, and his friends Mouse, Bird and Bear help convince him that spring is equally wonderful. Read full book review >

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SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A FOX by Danielle Daniel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"This book will fascinate children expanding their horizons and learning about other cultures (or, in the case of Anishinaabe kids, their own). (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
An introduction to the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals. Read full book review >

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YOU ARE NOT MY FRIEND, BUT I MISS YOU by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"There are no bad sock monkeys, not even the one or two who have forgotten themselves for a second. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A sock monkey goes to the dark side, or as dark as a sock monkey can get, in Kirk's dovelike tale of dawning self-awareness. Read full book review >

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TEN THANK-YOU LETTERS by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"Inspirational examples abound in both giving thanks and sharing. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Before Pig can play with his pal Rabbit, he wants to finish his thank-you letter. But will his friend give him that chance? Read full book review >

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TEN THINGS I LOVE ABOUT YOU by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 27, 2012

"Although great for reading aloud, put this at the top of the list for using as a springboard for creative writing or a discussion starter about what qualities make a good friend. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Rabbit and Pig join the ranks of duos that grapple with the intricacies of friendship—and impressively stand out. Read full book review >