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BOOK REVIEW

BETTER THAN FICTION by Don George
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Some interesting reading for armchair travelers."
An uneven collection of pieces that extend and expand the typical notion of travel writing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BETTER THAN FICTION 2 by Don George
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Pleasant narrative adventures for the armchair traveler."
A Lonely Planet editor's compendium of 30 travel essays by an eclectic group of contemporary fiction writers. Read full book review >

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GEORGE SAUNDERS
by David L. Ulin

George Saunders never meant to write a novel. Or maybe he had come to a certain acceptance about his work. “I had gotten to the place,” he admits, over the phone from Santa Cruz, California, where he is on book tour, “where I was all right with not writing a novel. You know, me and Alice Munro: we don’t ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ALL UPON A SIDEWALK by Jean Craighead George
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1974

"We would prefer more explanation of the 'chemical messages' and fewer exclamation marks denoting ecstasy or panic, but there seems to be a niche for this sort of nature writing."
We'll never understand why so many competent juvenile authors choose to write about ants, those most unindividualized of creatures, in terms of the adventures of one individual — who is often referred to by her species name (here Lasius flavus) as if it's her own personal one. Read full book review >

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TEEDIE by Don Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 20, 2009

"All in all, this is a spot-on introductory book for lower grades. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
The author/illustrator of many celebrated picture-book biographies (Dolley Madison Saves George Washington, 2007, etc.) turns his attention to the frail, timid boy who became our athletic youngest president. Read full book review >

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EARL THE SQUIRREL by Don Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Preschoolers will love Earl's stumbling-but-steady journey towards independence, as nothing tastes as sweet as the first acorn a child procures on his or her own. (Picture book. 3-6)"
From unnamed origins springs a wonderful, never-before-published book by Freeman, creator of Corduroy. Read full book review >

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GET TO WORK TRUCKS! by Don Carter
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Busy, bright, and fun, with lots of opportunities to insert big-engine noises. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Saturated paint that looks as though it was applied with a shovel—a shovel wielded with considerable dexterity, it should be mentioned—is laid on foam board and plaster to produce a visually joyous celebration of big equipment for young children just being introduced to the picture-book format. Read full book review >

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ONE GIANT LEAP by Don Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The story has been told many times, but perhaps never with so much heart and spirit. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
From Brown (Alice Ramsay's Grand Adventure, 1997, etc.), a pithy look at one of the national heroes of the space age. Read full book review >

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CORDUROY by Don Freeman
by Don Freeman, illustrated by Don Freeman
Released: March 1, 1968

"Corduroy and Lisa break the spell by talking to each other but otherwise it's the sort of predicament that children recognize, made more poignant by the plea in Corduroy's eyes."
A bear missing a button looks shopworn, so Corduroy sets out after the department store closes to find his. Read full book review >

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DOLLEY MADISON SAVES GEORGE WASHINGTON  by Don Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 22, 2007

"Her altogether admirable tale makes a terrific lead-in to the likes of Robert Quackenbush's James Madison and Dolley Madison and Their Times (1992). (author's note, note on Stuart, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Brown continues his string of exemplary biographies for younger readers with this profile of the most charming, charismatic and intrepid first lady ever. Read full book review >

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OLD MACDONALD DRIVES A TRACTOR by Don Carter
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2007

"This likely offers them a few machines they haven't yet heard of. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Tractors do many different jobs on the farm. Read full book review >

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ACROSS A DARK AND WILD SEA by Don Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2001

"This works on many levels to delight and to inspire: as a stirring read-aloud, as a saint's biography, and as a beautiful picture book. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Brown (A Voice from the Wilderness, 2001, etc.) continues his series of picture-book biographies of lesser-known figures with a tale of the life of Saint Columcille, the sixth-century prince and monk better known by the Latin form of his name, Columba. Read full book review >