Search Results: "Dirk Zimmer"


BOOK REVIEW

SEVEN SPIDERS SPINNING by Gregory Maguire
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"A fast, delightfully entertaining romp. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A lighthearted fantasy that, while easily read, is as intricately structured as a spider's web. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT TURTLE DRIVE by Steve Sanfield
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Delicious! (Picture book. 5-7)"
A young cowhand celebrating the end of a cattle drive plumps down at Frenchy's Gourmet Eating Establishment and Pizza Parlor and is outraged to be charged $4.00 for a tiny bowl of turtle soup. Read full book review >

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CURSE IN REVERSE by Tom Coppinger
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"There's wry humor in both the text and the illustrations, and the working out of the curses will keep the reader's interest to the very last page. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Nothing, including "the curse in reverse," is quite what it seems in this quirky original fairy tale. Read full book review >

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THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by Percival Everett
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1992

"A novel idea, developed with high style and wit. (Picture book. 6-9)"
An imaginatively silly premise is spun into an entertaining spoof by an accomplished illustrator and an author new to children's books. Read full book review >

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CURSE OF THE SQUIRREL by Laurence Yep
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 12, 1987

"This is neither as scary nor as funny as it sets out to be, and its short sentences result in an annoyingly choppy style."
Another in the new Stepping Stone series: a disappointing contribution from a noted chronicler, for older children, of the Chinese. Read full book review >

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THE MOONBOW OF MR. B. BONES by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 1992

"Skillfully crafted by all concerned: an entertaining book that resonates on several levels. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The author of some deftly comical verse (A Hippopotamusn't, 1990) spins an allegorical tale about a mysterious old peddler- -whose wares include glass jars labeled ``Sundrops,'' ``Snowrays,'' and ``Moonbows''—and the skeptical young storyteller who convinces the other people in a little mountain town that Bartholomew Bones's ``secret weather bottles'' are as empty as they look. Read full book review >

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TSUGELE'S BROOM by Valerie Scho Carey
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 1993

"As usual, the simple gestures and comically exaggerated expressions Zimmer gives his figures closely reflect the story's turns while broadening the humor; woven woodcut borders around each scene, plus the characters' peasant dress, give this original tale a traditional air. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Industrious Tsugele shocks her tradition-minded parents by announcing that she won't marry any man who isn't as reliable as her trusty besom. Read full book review >

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The Consummation of Dirk by Jonathan Callahan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 2013

"An obtuse collection with flashes of genuine fun and humanity."
Callahan offers a debut book of brief works that's strange but undeniably unique. Read full book review >

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DIRK DARING, SECRET AGENT by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A clever romp that's enhanced, not lessened, by its message. (Fiction. 8-12)"
With his double life in danger of exposure, Darren Dirkowitz, aka Dirk Daring, Secret Agent, must complicate his personal life in order to keep his secrets. Read full book review >

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FUN WITH DIRK AND BREE by Alice Kahn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"A knowing, often funny romp among northern California navel- gazers."
California narcissism—San Francisco Bay area division—is cheerfully satirized by Kahn (Luncheon at the Cafe Ridiculous, 1990), who also uses her echt yuppie title characters, Dirk and Bree, in a real-life syndicated newspaper column. Read full book review >

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THE DAY DIRK YELLER CAME TO TOWN by Mary Casanova
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 24, 2011

"Hoyt's marvelous caricatures are worth thousands of words, making this hilarious tall tale not only a plug for books and reading but an outsized winner. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It takes one ingenious little boy to defuse a threat that has a whole town quaking in its boots. Read full book review >

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MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY’S ANCESTORS OF AVALON by Diana L. Paxson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2004

"For die-hard fans."
Another prequel to Bradley's bestselling feminist take on Arthurian legend. Read full book review >