Search Results: "David Kirk"


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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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Person offers an excellent guide to his legacy. (15 b&w photos)"
A concise, lucid tour of the writings and wide-ranging ideas of the American regarded in many quarters as "the founder of the modern conservative movement." Read full book review >

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MISS SPIDER'S NEW CAR by David Kirk
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The last page promises—threatens—a boat-buying expedition as a sequel. (Picture book. 4-7)"
For Miss Spider's fans (Miss Spider's Wedding, 1995, etc.), another visit to the long-lashed, pointy-nosed arachnid and her garish, high-gloss world. Read full book review >

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OH SO BRAVE DRAGON by David Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"An engagingly subtle way to convey the power of friends in helping us face our fears, real or not. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young, ruby-red dragon with emerald eyes explores the meanings of bravery and fear in this sequel to Oh So Tiny Bunny (2012). Read full book review >

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MISS SPIDER'S WEDDING by David Kirk
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Their bold and vibrant colors plunge readers into a dreamy, fragrant springtime, where all manner of insects and flowers mingle in a blooming world. (Picture book. 5-8)"
On the heels of Miss Spider's Tea Party (1994) comes word of the arachnid's wedding. Read full book review >

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OH SO TINY BUNNY by David Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Keep dreaming, little Oh So. You are oh so sweet. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A tiny bunny's nighttime flights of fancy soar straight up to the stars. Read full book review >

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NOVA'S ARK by David Kirk
by David Kirk, illustrated by David Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1999

"It's sentimental, long, and boring; readers will spend more time looking at the pictures than listening to the story, then they'll simply move on. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Kirk (Miss Spider's New Car, 1997, etc.) pens an incidental story—undeveloped, sentimental window-dressing—for brash metallic 3-D illustrations that may leave readers cold. Read full book review >

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MISS SPIDER'S TEA PARTY by David Kirk
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"With anyone so spidery'') hasn't enough merit to outweigh the flawed premise. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The photo-clear, crayon-bright illustrations of a handsome gold-and-black spider and the sensible insects that fear accepting her invitation are sure to attract bookstore buyers, and this story/counting-book (two beetles, three fireflies, etc.) with its happy ending of insects cheerfully sharing tea and cupcakes at Miss Spider's table while she munches violets may be as harmless as the evidently fictional species (Kirk is ``the leading authority on the rare and beautiful Arachne Vulgaris Florivora,'' confides the jacket). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEOPLE VERSUS KIRK by Robert Traver
Released: Oct. 20, 1981

"And for those who don't mind the creakiness here—likable Ludlow's wheezy humor, the chunks of technical exposition, or some truly unreal conversational outbursts from 28-year-old Randy ('How can mere clumsy words ever tell the state of enchantment, of suspended ecstasy and bliss, that came over me when we two were together')—this is a nice old-fashioned read, with special appeal to hypnotism buffs and armchair lawyers."
No, this isn't another Anatomy of a Murder: the psychology and law are a bit too undigested here, the central mystery is a little too easy to guess, and much of the stagy, folksy dialogue is awfully dated. 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 >

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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 >

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CHILD OF VENGEANCE by David Kirk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 2013

"While not having the epic scope of Shogun, Kirk's novel is sure to be compared to Clavell's work in its superb depiction of samurai culture."
Kirk presents 17th-century Japan as a world imbued with stately rituals, unshakable principles and a rigid moral code. Read full book review >