Search Results: "Denis Boyles"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"A conversational, amusing, instructive look at a landscape too many Americans merely fly over or—if they think of it at all—misunderstand."
To the question posed by Thomas Frank's bestselling What's the Matter with Kansas? (2004), a journalist responds, much as the Emporia Gazette's William Allen White did in 1896: "Nothing under the shining sun." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 28, 1991

"Vivid writing, well-chosen anecdotes, illuminating facts, and a special knack for finding and delineating memorable characters make this a treat for those who delight in the offbeat, always objective, and never pompous travel book."
Another splendidly keen-eyed and cant-free book from Boyles (African Lives, 1988), who takes the old travel chestnut—a journey by train in the wilds—and turns it into a tart but not unsympathetic commentary on East Africa, past and present. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2016

"A well-researched, brightly told history of the men and women who saved a great compendium of knowledge."
How grit and determination created an encyclopedia for the modern world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Capably transforms one of the bleakest episodes in modern history into an instructive account of events that have lasting repercussions to this day."
Journalist Duffy (The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Saved 1,200 Jews, and Built a Village in the Forest, 2003) recounts the story of the "Strokestown Massacre," offering a vivid account of the Great Irish Famine along the way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEST CLASS PICTURE EVER! by Denis Roche
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Here is that rare bird: cultivated anarchy. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A rambunctious class of second graders loses and finds their guinea pig, gets a new teacher, successfully completes camouflaged English and math lessons, and has their class picture taken, all in a day's work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MIM, GYM, AND JUNE by Denis Roche
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2002

"This is a well-crafted and believable story sure to relate to any school child facing her own concerns by creating her own solutions. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Parents and educators seeking to bully-proof their child and school will welcome this latest scenario from Roche (Little Pig Is Capable, 2002, etc.) depicting a child's real-life problem and well-resolved conclusion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Still, the book will be utterly welcome with teachers and young artists alike, and fans of the first book will be in awe of this encore. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Roche (Loo-Loo, Boo and Art You Can Do, 1996) takes her artistic talents on the road, exploring crafts from around the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLLIE ALL OVER by Denis Roche
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"The companion volume—Only One Ollie (0-395-81123-6)—is just as fetching. (Board book. 1-3)"
Roche (Loo-Loo, Boo, and Art You Can Do, 1996), in her hugely charming, hand-size board book, opens the story with a line that lets toddlers in on a familiar game: ``Ollie was hiding. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOO-LOO, BOO, AND ART YOU CAN DO by Denis Roche
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Roche's illustrations, primitive and antic, are sure to entice readers into a world of art that inspires rather than intimidates. (Picture book. 4-9)"
TV stars Loo-Loo and Boo walk readers through potato printmaking, mask creation, collage, and sculpture in this useful art primer intended to reach budding craftspeople at their own level. Read full book review >

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LITTLE PIG IS CAPABLE by Denis Roche
ANIMALS
Released: March 25, 2002

"Goofy stills of straight-armed, skinny-legged Little Pig suffering his parents' silliness give his steady hand real appeal, rather than turning him into a party pooper. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Little Pig's parents are fusspots. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RELIGION IN AMERICA by Denis Lacorne
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Forceful and intelligent."
French political scientist Lacorne offers rigorous insight from a continental European perspective on the often fraught and intimate relationship between religion and politics in the United States. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOBODY MOVE by Denis Johnson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2009

"There's some dirty fun here, but plenty of authors are better at this sort of novel."
After his award-winning Vietnam epic, Johnson takes a busman's holiday with this hard-boiled genre exercise. Read full book review >