Search Results: "Dirk Zimmer"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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BIGGER THAN THE GAME by Dirk Hayhurst
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2014

"A flawed yet unique, personal story of an athlete's anguish at the end of his career."
A revealing yet occasionally tedious, seasonlong account of a major league pitcher on the outs. Read full book review >

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PLAY MAS'! by Dirk McLean
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 2000

McLean and Stone, Trinidad-born residents of Toronto, introduce Carnival in an artistically attractive picture book. Read full book review >

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REACHING FOR SUN by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Readers living with a disability or trying to understand others seem like the target audience, but Josie's voice has a universal appeal. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Josie's cerebral palsy has made her an outsider at school, but at home she is one of three strong women with a rewarding routine. Read full book review >

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GHOSTLIGHT by Marion Zimmer Bradley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Some creepy moments, but absurdly contrived and not even half thought out."
Contemporary occult fantasy from the author of Lady of the Trillium (p. 33), etc. Here, introverted psychic researcher Truth Jourdemayne seethes with hatred for her father, the occultist Thorne Blackburn, whom she blames for the death of her mother during a ``magick'' ritual back in 1969, following which Thorne vanished. Read full book review >

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HEARTLIGHT by Marion Zimmer Bradley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Fourth of Bradley's contemporary psychic/occult novels, this one embellishing the backdrop of the previous books (Gravelight, 1997, etc.) by focusing on the magickal Adept, fraud-buster, and soldier of the Light Colin MacLaren, whose prior appearances were brief and seemingly minor. Read full book review >