Search Results: "Dean Morrissey"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MONSTER TRAP by Dean Morrissey
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Morrissey uses light and shadow expertly to add a feeling of mystery to each scene, but by the end, there are definitely no nightmares left in the closet. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Mercer Mayer meets Rembrandt in the tenebrous, accomplished oils that illustrate this lad-meets-night-monsters tale. Read full book review >

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SHIP OF DREAMS by Dean Morrissey
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A handsome book that, despite its efforts to be wondrous, is just pleasantly decorative. (Fiction/Picture book. All ages) (First printing of 100,000; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate dividend selection; author tour)"
Joey wants a glimpse of the Sandman. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT KETTLES by Dean Morrissey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Readers are likely to ignore the unexceptional plot and characters to pore over the pictures, which are executed with dazzling virtuosity. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Having met the Sandman himself in Ship of Dreams (1994), Joey falls in with a larger cast of elementals, including Father Time and Mother Nature. Read full book review >

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THE WIZARD MOUSE by Dean Morrissey
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A gentle tale—no serious dark-magic threats here—that grips through its visual lushness. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Rollie is a curious, young field mouse discontent with his life in the field. Read full book review >

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THE CRIMSON COMET by Dean Morrissey
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"The text, a sketchy mix of prose and rhyme, provides the perfect blend of wonder and matter-of-fact for this adventure-filled nocturnal flight. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In another nighttime fantasy overflowing with visual extravagance, Morrissey sends two children to the Moon aboard a spaceship constructed from battered, photo-realistically depicted antique toys and bric-a-brac. Read full book review >

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A WEEKEND AT BLENHEIM by J.P. Morrissey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2002

"If Vanbrugh weren't such a hypocritical prig, one might feel sorry for him, trapped in an atmospheric house among a devious household in this coldly stylish debut."
Everyone knows that weekend house parties, especially parties in distinctive British country houses, mean trouble. Read full book review >

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KIT’S LAW by Donna Morrissey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2001

"Look for a film version soon, but don't deny yourself the pleasure of reading the book. Kit's Law is a charmer."
This appealing first novel, set in coastal Newfoundland and certain to be compared to E. Annie Proulx's The Shipping News, was published to widespread acclaim in its author's native Canada in 1999. Read full book review >

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EDSON by Bill Morrissey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 1996

"Morrissey's folky syntax and glum authenticity: the cigarettes and coffee, the working-class heroes and barroom hustles."
A singer-songwriter of some renown, Morrissey displays all the strained seriousness of angst-ridden folkies in this lugubrious first novel about a down-on-his-luck performer who returns to his small-town roots in desolate Edson, New Hampshire. Read full book review >

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DOWNHILL CHANCE by Donna Morrissey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2003

"Still, the narrative moves like a house afire, and its racy energy keeps our attention riveted."
Hardy and Dickens are the probable inspirations for this sprawling, old-fashioned tale of two maritime Newfoundland families. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2012

"A remarkably timely dispatch from the turbulent Land of Oz."
A Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist examines the highly idiosyncratic ways of Ozzie Guillen, baseball's most controversial manager. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2005

"Gripping soap opera tells a tale of the Eternal City's artistic transcendence."
A well-documented account follows the thread of ambition, pride, and betrayal that drove an unparalleled explosion of arts and architecture in Europe's 17th-century cultural capital. Read full book review >