Search Results: "Debbie Ridpath Ohi"


BOOK REVIEW

CHICKEN, PIG, COW ON THE MOVE by Ruth Ohi
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Here's hoping their next adventure is just as lovable and sparks just as many musings about the secret lives of toys and pets. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In their second adventure (Chicken, Pig, Cow, 2008), the toy trio is in need of some elbow room. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FREE TO TRADE by Michael Ridpath
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Plunging a Boy Scout into an abyss of greed, deceit, and violence is nothing new, but it's rarely this embarrassing. (First printing of 100,000; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
An absolute flop as a thriller, this first novel astounds as an exercise in slowly unfolding boredom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE THE SHADOWS LIE by Michael Ridpath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"This series debut from Ridpath (Trading Reality, 1997, etc.) combines long-winded exposition, humdrum detection, fascinating echoes of Tolkien and Njal's Saga and acute observations about the distinctive culture of Iceland."
An Icelandic-American cop, exiled to his homeland, finds himself caught in a centuries-old web of murder, power grabs and the One True Ring. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRADING REALITY by Michael Ridpath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Smooth and brimming with high-tech gimmicks: perfect for those who prefer no-brainer fiction; for the rest, this may seem a vapid tale peopled by flat characters. ($50,000 ad/promo)"
Keen to capitalize on his debut, Free to Trade (1995), a bestselling bond-market thriller, London-based Ridpath once again relies on his City trading know-how, but this time adds a dash of bonnie Scotland (in the form of a computer company specializing in virtual reality applications) to freshen the mix. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAR NORTH by Michael Ridpath
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"As in Where the Shadows Lie (2011), Magnus doesn't shine as a detective, and his fish-out-of-water act could just as easily have played out back home in Boston. Even so, his second case is bound to hook readers who wonder about either the fictional or the real-life implications of the Icelandic financial crisis."
Detective Sgt. Magnus Jonson, seconded from Boston to Reykjavík, tackles two cases, one with global consequences, the other striking considerably closer to home. 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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

MY GRAN by Debbie Boon
by Debbie Boon, illustrated by Debbie Boon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"The rollicking, festive rhythm makes the final line, 'I love her,' superfluous, but joy bursts forth from these pages, in the form of poppies and sunflowers, striped laundry on the line, and juicy tomatoes on the table. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Boon's first book is replete with vibrant paints that swoosh, crinkle, and glow across pages in which a young girl sings a paean to her grandmother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WALKING THROUGH THE JUNGLE by Debbie  Harter
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A simple, enjoyable environmental romp. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Harter sets her young character trooping through various habitats, chanting as she goes: ``Walking through the jungle,/Walking through the jungle,/What do you see?/What do you see?'' Readers soon come to understand that each place harbors a creature that might be a threat: ``I think I see a lion,/Chasing after me,/Chasing after me.'' All the animals—from blowfish to Dall sheep to Arctic foxes—are rendered in fantastical colors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE YEAR OF GOODBYES by Debbie Levy
POETRY
Released: March 16, 2010

"An immensely powerful experience that needs to be read with an adult. (Poetry/nonfiction. 10 & up)"
Writing for modern readers about the Holocaust is fraught, and when children are the intended audience, the difficulties can be insurmountable. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FOURTH QUEEN by Debbie Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Sometimes it's not all in the details."
Vivid details, graphic sex, and violence in yet another novel about a woman who takes on the world—in this case, an 18th-century Emperor of Morocco. Read full book review >