Search Results: "Donald Dreifuss"


BOOK REVIEW

BIRDHOUSE FOR RENT by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"But the seductive art makes it more than worthwhile to explain. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Told from the unusual first-person point of view of a birdhouse, this picture book begins with the arresting announcement, "I am a birdhouse," over a picture of a birdhouse sporting a For Rent sign. Read full book review >

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A DOZEN DUCKLINGS LOST AND FOUND by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: March 24, 2003

"An afterword offers interesting information about the Muscovey ducks that are so charmingly pictured. (Picture book. 2-5)"
When Farmer Donald removes 12 broken fence posts from the ground just before Mother Duck marches her 12 ducklings across the pasture, a gentle misadventure occurs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT AT THE FAIR by Donald  Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"This evocative book could be paired to nice effect with Elisha Cooper's sunny Country Fair (1997). (Picture book. 3-8)"
Crews (Shortcut, 1992, etc.) uses, to great effect, the contrast of the night sky and the gaudy lights of typical fair amusements in his picture book of very few words but very kinetic images. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ABC ANIMAL ORCHESTRA by Donald Saaf
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Preschoolers may not know all of the creatures (aardvark, kiwi, ibex), but they will have fun pointing out what's happening and connecting letters with them. Isn't that what alphabet books are supposed to do? (Picture book. 2-4)"
The title says it all—kind of. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COCKROACHES OF STAY MORE by Donald Harington
Released: March 10, 1989

Harington (The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks, 1975) returns to the fictional town of Stay More, this time to spin an exotic, amusing tale about a colony of cockroaches who talk in hillbilly dialect. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A DANGEROUS MAGIC by Donald Hounam
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Violent, profane, caustic, grisly, and pitch-black—but all in a good way. (Horror/mystery. 14-adult)"
A brilliant teenage sorcerer takes on the case of a beheaded bishop in this supernatural noir debut. Read full book review >

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WHITE TRASH, RED VELVET by Donald Secreast
Released: May 26, 1993

"A bull's-eye—full of luminous detail and a wisdom grounded in seasonal, industrial and, most of all, familial cycles."
In a second collection of blue-collar stories (The Rat Becomes Light, 1990), Secreast continues to impress with gritty, heartfelt fiction that chronicles life in a North Carolina factory town—this time by interconnecting 11 pieces that tell the moving saga of one family. Read full book review >

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THE PITCHER SHOWER by Donald Harington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Harington rides again."
The Depression years are made a mite less depressing by the likable protagonist of this latest of Harington's ongoing Arkansas Ozark chronicles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REBEL by Donald Spoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1996

"Spoto's analysis of Deanolatry in his opening and closing chapters is simultaneously on-the-money and rather cruel, as is his portrait of the troubled, talented, but callow young man on whom that worship has been posthumously lavished. ($125,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Do we really need yet another James Dean biography? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUR LITTLE SECRET by Donald Ward
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 1991

"Still, persuasively chilling."
Christmas 1947 in Crow River, Canada, finds Kate Taggert busy directing the school pageant; her husband, Jerry, a vet prone to nightmares, policing the town; and their eight-year-old daughter, Tilly, still upset about her chum Ellie's death-plunge down a mine- shaft. Read full book review >