Search Results: "David A. Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

DAVID by Mary Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Nonfiction masquerading as a novel and failing as either sort of narrative. (character list, historical note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
The author of the Stravaganaza series reveals the muse behind Michelangelo's David. Read full book review >

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A PICTURE BOOK OF DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 30, 2002

"Still, as an accompaniment to an introduction to the events of WWII and the 1950s, it will be useful. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
The zeal to extend interest in the "Greatest Generation" to young children brings the 34th US president to picture book readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNOW SOUNDS by David A. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

"A wonderful introduction to the world of poetic language. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's December 23, and a young boy is sleeping. Read full book review >

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OLD MOTHER HUBBARD by David A. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Notwithstanding Johnson's strong stylistic ties to illustrators such as Randolph Caldecott and E. Boyd Smith, adults are the likeliest audience for this volume. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Although fine lines and a low contrast palette give Johnson's paintings a faded, smudgy look, he effectively captures the classic nursery rhyme's flavor, decking the matronly Mother Hubbard out in sweeping 19th-century gowns that are ruffled, fur- trimmed and elaborately accessorized, then dispatching her to a series of elegantly appointed shops and stalls for goods to lavish on her pampered canine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAMUEL JOHNSON by David Nokes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Rigorous and scholarly, but an introduction rather than an advancement in knowledge."
A swift life of the author of A Dictionary of the English Language (1755), whose corporal and hygienic eccentricities matched in uniqueness the brilliance of his mind. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PHILIP JOHNSON by Franz Schulze
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 1994

"An expansive view of Johnson's prickly intellect, ambition, and shifting aesthetic core. (125 photos, not seen)"
Spry and readable, this first major Johnson biography delivers the goods on the puckish 87-year-old godfather of American architecture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 5, 1992

"B&w photos. (Biography. 11-13)"
The fantasy world we build around professional athletes took a serious hit when this NBA superstar announced his HIV infection and retirement. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CALL ME MARIANNE by Jen Bryant
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Though a sample of poetry would have made a better sendoff than Bryant's biographical afterword, this does provide a tantalizing glimpse into one writer's creative process. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A Brooklyn lad finds common ground with an oddly dressed lady in this fictional but not unlikely zoo encounter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID BOWIE by Paul Trynka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2011

"Bowie nerds will love it, and music nerds will admire it; regular nerds and most others will think it's about 150 pages too long."
Everything you always wanted to know about the Thin White Duke. Everything. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Marks's storytelling skills are further demonstrated by the different sizes of the pictures, their distribution, and layout—on the whole, they evocatively conjure this hearty tale, and will send readers off to the original. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A more or less self-contained excerpt from the novel, in a creative abridgement done by Dickens for one of his public readings (Anthea Bell's afterword provides notes about these performances and the texts Dickens prepared for them). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NO, DAVID! by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"David is a small, snaggle-toothed piehead whose mischief—for those who don't have to clean up after him—is nothing short of exhilarating. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This autobiographical (according to the author's note) story from Shannon (A Bad Case of Stripes, 1998, etc.) features a young hellion, also named David, who is forever at the receiving end of a sharp "No!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANDREW JOHNSON by Annette Gordon-Reed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Gordon-Reed incorporates views by Johnson's other biographers to create a fleshed-out, many-sided portrait."
A fair-minded, toned-down portrait of a deeply problematic president who could not rise to the country's challenge after the Civil War. Read full book review >