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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BOOK REVIEW

LIBRARY MOUSE by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"The familiar characters make this architectural adventure feel downright homey. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Sam the mouse and his friend Sarah are back in a new, fifth adventure, and this time, it's centered on the renovations to their library home. Read full book review >

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KEISHA ANN CAN! by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"One caveat: Readers of a certain generation may find themselves reading aloud to the rhythm of the 'Candy Man' song. (Picture book. 4-7)"
With jaunty rhymes and a spunky heroine brimming with a go-to attitude, Kirk's sprightly tale encourages readers to let their inner star shine. Read full book review >

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LIBRARY MOUSE by Daniel Kirk
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Though the substantial text skews to older readership, the earth tones in Kirk's gouache illustrations lend warmth to his tale, which should encourage young would-be writers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A writing rodent inspires young library patrons. Read full book review >

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LIBRARY MOUSE by Daniel Kirk
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"In all, a solid nudge to budding writers. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Mouse becomes muse. Read full book review >

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MOONDOGS by Daniel Kirk
by Daniel Kirk, illustrated by Daniel Kirk
Released: March 1, 1999

"As always, the palette is robust and retro, with images that are invitingly participatory. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A deliberate sense of the absurd infuses Kirk's story of a boy and his dog with great humor and appeal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUCKY'S 24-HOUR GARAGE by Daniel Kirk
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The jazzy design and bold, shiny artwork command more attention than the story; the string of unrelated incidents will recall old movies and other sources of nostalgia for adults but may not satisfy young children. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Stiff and stylized in the polished deco-style paintings, Angelo looks like a mannequin as he goes about pumping gas at Lucky's all-night garage, circa 1939. Read full book review >