Search Results: "Dave Tomar"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A cynical, guilt-obsessed, intermittently page-turning account of a first-class bullshit artist and his never-ending search for redemption."
Expanding on his 2010 article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, written under the name "Ed Dante," Tomar offers a book-length account of his decade writing research papers for college students on any topic and at any length. Read full book review >

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THIRTEEN CHAIRS by Dave Shelton
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 28, 2015

"An enjoyable collection of ghost stories, perfect for reading by flashlight. (Short stories. 9-13)"
Summoning the courage to open a creaky door inside a spooky old house, Jack finds himself in a candlelit room with 12 strangers sitting around a table. Read full book review >

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SOON BABOON SOON by Dave Horowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"A quick but thematically and sonically satisfying concert. (Picture book. 6-8)"
"Chimpanzees play timpani. / Lemurs laugh along. / Orangutans bang everythang. Gorilla's got a GONG." Read full book review >

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WHEN MARLANA PULLED A THREAD by Dave Eggers
FICTION
Released: June 7, 2011

"Inscrutable existential twaddle. (Picture book. Adult)"
A heartbreaking work of staggering self-indulgence. Read full book review >

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ASTRONAUT ACADEMY by Dave Roman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"Definitely goofy. (Graphic science fiction. 10-14)"
Hakata Soy and his fellow students at Astronaut Academy return from break to an academy in lockdown. Read full book review >

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MONSTER SCHOOL by Dave Keane
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Not just for the first day of school; this is sure to appeal year-round. (Early reader. 5-8)"
With its wide variety of monsters, mild creep and gross factors, and potential to allay some fears about fitting in, this is sure to find a wide audience among beginning readers. Read full book review >

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FIVE LITTLE GEFILTES by Dave Horowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Feh! (glossary) (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this variation of that favorite rhyme of children's librarians, "Five Little Ducks Went Out One Day," five little gefiltes leave their jar and cause their mother to cry "Oy Vey!" Read full book review >

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A MONKEY AMONG US by Dave Horowitz
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"A brief but engaging showcase, not too abstract for younger listeners and viewers to enjoy. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Rambunctious wordplay and big, stylized, Chris Raschka-like illustrations are the order of the day in this jazzy debut. Read full book review >

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THE BIG IDEAS OF BUSTER BICKLES by Dave Wasson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2015

"By the time giant robot dinosaurs invade the city, parents of kids with tornado tendencies may find much that is recognizable—and their young ones reading along may find a kindred spirit. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A boy with a hyperactive imagination encounters a machine that can bring to life his zany ideas in an assured if manic debut. Read full book review >

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A BOY AND A BEAR IN A BOAT by Dave Shelton
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2012

"Diverting but unanchored, this is training wheels for Waiting for Godot. (Fable. 8-12)"
This ocean adventure reads fast and clever but remains what it says on the jacket. Without backstory, identities or context to moor the boy or the bear to the rest of the world, off floats the story on its own. Read full book review >

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HUMPTY DUMPTY CLIMBS AGAIN by Dave Horowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"What with the fairly adult treatment of Humpty's funk, this will not be a standout on the fractured nursery-rhyme shelf, but it might garner some laughs for the underwear. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Horowitz's twist on the familiar nursery rhyme falls a little like Humpty Dumpty himself—flat. Read full book review >

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BUY MY HATS! by Dave Horowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

"As soon as the sun comes out, you know the hats will once again be as popular as three-day-old fish. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Horowitz goes out on a limb with his title here, for visions of Esphyr Slobodkina's folky absurdity, Caps for Sale, will immediately dance into readers' heads. Read full book review >