Search Results: "Daniel Pennac"


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PASSION FRUIT by Daniel Pennac
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Pennac's gift for charmingly nonstop non sequitur makes this featherlight case less like most English-language crime fiction than like the comic-strip film farces of Pedro Almodóvar."
Life would be perfect for Benjamin Malaussène (The Scapegoat, 1998)—who, just fired from his job at Vendetta Press, is free to resume his unofficial status as professional scapegoat—if it weren't for the new man in his fortune-teller sister Thérèse's life. Read full book review >

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THE RIGHTS OF THE READER by Daniel Pennac
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Previously published in Canada as Better Than Life (1994). (Essays. Adult)"
Much improved by a new translation and the addition of Blake's thoughtful introduction and inspired illustrations, this witty plaint from a popular novelist and former teacher should finally find as wide an audience in the United States as it enjoys in France and the United Kingdom. Read full book review >

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BETTER THAN LIFE by Daniel Pennac
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

This ode to the joys of reading is itself no joy to read. Read full book review >

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THE SCAPEGOAT by Daniel Pennac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 1998

"The first of Ben's four adventures to be published in the US is very French and more than a little precious, with clownish Ben, like Jacques Tati's M. Hulot, a charmingly jittery guide to the mercantile postmodern."
Benjamin Malaussäne's official job title is Quality Controller, but since nobody could possibly control the quality of all the goods in his Parisian department store, his real vocation is to serve as a scapegoat who can absorb outraged customers' abuse in a manner so pathetically affecting that the customers withdraw their complaints. Read full book review >

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DOG by Daniel Pennac
by Daniel Pennac, translated by Sarah Adams
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Occasionally surreal and slightly existential, this well-written piece has an unusual flavor. (Fiction. 8-12)"
What seems at first like a simple, elegant dog's-eye-view uncurls into a dark-edged musing on hurt feelings, death, despair, and the problematic relationship between humans and dogs. Read full book review >

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EYE OF THE WOLF by Daniel Pennac
by Daniel Pennac, translated by Sarah Adams, illustrated by Max Grafe
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"This is mystery writer Pennac's (Passion Fruit, 2001, etc.) first book for children to be published in the US; while he shows a sure sense of mood and tone, the lack of actual narrative is likely to leave audiences wondering: what's the point? (Fiction. 10-13)"
A slight French import goes heavy on symbolism but light on story. Read full book review >

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SUMMER RERUNS
by Julie Danielson

It may be that, here at my weekly Kirkus column, I’ve sung the praises many times before of French author Daniel Pennac’s The Rights of the Reader, originally published in 1992. This is to say that, if I’m being redundant, I apologize, but it is a wonderful book. To call it a guide to reading, which it actually is, makes ...


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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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FLOAT by Daniel Miyares
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"Lovely and life-affirming. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This wordless story, bookended by the creation of two iconic paper toys, follows a Latino boy through outdoor playtime. Read full book review >

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PARDON ME! by Daniel Miyares
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 17, 2014

"For clever cautionary tales with a lingering bite, try those by Jon Scieszka, James Marshall or Jon Klassen. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"The Gingerbread Boy" meets "The Mitten" in this tale of a self-centered (and doomed) protagonist squawking about an increasingly crowded setting. Read full book review >

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ELF REALM by Daniel Kirk
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Unpleasant. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
A grim fantasy doorstopper uncomfortably juxtaposes gory adventure with New Age sermonettes. Read full book review >