Search Results: "Dean Morrissey"


BOOK REVIEW

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 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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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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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 >

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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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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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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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SYLVANUS NOW by Donna Morrissey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2006

"Absorbing human drama, in Morrissey's best yet."
A way of life is compromised and threatened, and life goes stubbornly on, in the Canadian author's third novel, following Downhill Chance (2003). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"A realistic yet positive approach to the great questions of death and life, the value of the human person, and faith."
A moving and highly personal account of Roman Catholic priest Morrissey's work with the terminally ill as a member of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York City. Read full book review >