Search Results: "Debbie Herman"


BOOK REVIEW

ROSIE SAVES THE WORLD by Debbie Herman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Innocuous and utilitarian. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Rushing around to get everything on her "Save-the-World spreadsheet" done, Rosie gains a better understanding of the meaning of tikkun olam (repairing the world by doing good deeds, or mitzvot.) Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Still, there is a bedrock of toponymic glory here, certainly enough to make some readers fall in love with geography. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
You don't have to be a geographer (or a toponymist, to get really specific) to take pleasure in odd place names, and there are far too few gazetteers out there for a new one to come amiss. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAM & EVA by Debbie Ohi
by Debbie Ohi, illustrated by Debbie Ohi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Expressive, high-spirited one-upkidship via artwork on walls—there's nothing wrong with that. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A power tussle between two kids plays out through mischievous drawings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ANIMAL BOOGIE by Debbie  Harter
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A musical score is included. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Part guessing-game and part dance, this rollicking picture book takes readers on a wild safari. Read full book review >

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NOTORIOUS DISSENSION
by Julie Danielson

Last night at a book club gathering of sorts, a friend of mine, who is the mother of two girls, was asking for picture book recommendations – picture books with a political bent, that is, which she can read to a five-year-old. More specifically, given that she’s nervous about a Trump administration, she wanted her daughter to see good picture ...


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BOOK REVIEW

B.B. WOLF by Debbie Fong
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2012

"A low-key, appealingly unpretentious twist on a familiar folk tale. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
A revised "Little Red Riding Hood," with unusually simple and effective illustrations and interactive features. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEGACY OF KINGS by Eleanor Herman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 25, 2015

"Both thoroughly researched and absolutely modern, this harkens back to the slightly soapy but still reasonably intelligent mass-market historicals of an earlier era, updated just right for today's audience. (author's note, author Q-and-A, discussion questions) (Historical fantasy. 14 & up)"
Herman, best known for nonfiction about what royalty get up to in (and out of) the bedroom (Sex with Kings, 2004, etc.), changes direction to enter the teen-crossover field with straight-up historical fantasy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SUMMER ON THIRTEENTH STREET by Charlotte Herman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"The book is neither as deep nor as poignant as Holtze's Summer Endings (p. 394) nor as dramatic as Hahn's Stepping on the Cracks (above); still, it's a good, undemanding neighborhood story about the same period, for slightly younger readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
During the Chicago summer of 1944, 11-year-old Shirley Cohen enjoys her friendship with Morton, with whom she starts a victory garden; shares malteds from the drugstore, where nice young Manny Zelznick helps his dad; waits for her adopted stray to have kittens; and speculates that the janitor, Otto, may be a spy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IRON GATE by Richard Herman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 22, 1996

"Vivid, violent scenes of aerial combat and plausible maneuvering behind the lines where geopolitical fates are determined: a notably exciting account of a low-intensity conflict that's uncomfortably credible on its own merits."
Bird-colonel Matt Pontowski (Dark Wing, 1994, etc.) takes his US Air Force Wing on a peacekeeping mission to South Africa, where aggressive white separatists may have made a go of cold fusion (giving them a nuclear capability): Herman's latest entry in a first-rate series of military/political thrillers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CITY BOY by Herman Wouk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1948

"Nice going- with no profound social significance or jibes at modern mores."
Divorcing himself from the artificialty and effort of Aurora Dawn (1947) this is a tragi-comedy of youngsters, understandingly, amusingly, entertainingly presented, with enough bite in the interpolations of the adult world against which they carry on incessant warfare, to keep it from a too humorous approach. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 1996

"A model Hollywood biography: cogent, to the point, candid, briskly written, and never dull."
This first book by Los Angeles Times correspondent Herman is an exhaustively complete biography of Wyler, director of such acclaimed films as Ben-Hur, The Best Years of Our Lives, Wuthering Heights, Jezebel, and The Letter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

"The incredible life of a formidable woman, fetchingly told."
Herman (Sex with the Queen, 2006, etc.) does her royal best with the fantastic story of a tax collector's daughter from Viterbo who finagled her way into a position of power at the Vatican. Read full book review >