Search Results: "Donnell Alexander"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2003

"Some will appreciate Alexander's recollection of rap's bling-bling '90s, while others will be haunted by the portrait of his delinquent father."
A mix of young-black-journalist memoir and rural family history, told with plenty of analytical flossing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEYOND ELLIS D by Donnell Alexander
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 18, 2012

"Question: 'What can baseball teach us in the age of Adderall?' Alexander's answer: That a myopic culture that values production above all else has always been with us."
An idiosyncratic memoir/tribute to Dock Ellis, the man who threw a major league no-hitter in June 1970 while kited on LSD. Read full book review >

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HYPOCRITES IN HIS MIDST by Donnell Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2014

"A substantial life-and-times novel."
Wilson's memoir chronicles the life and times of an ordinary man. Read full book review >

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OF DOGGEREL AND THE DEAN by Patrick O¿Donnell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 6, 1936

"Slow, steady rhythm and polite demeanor feeds this charming mystery."
A private detective investigating a series of thefts gets called to a larger case when a prominent dean is murdered. Read full book review >

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SUMMER READING WITH KWAME ALEXANDER
by Julie Danielson

It doesn’t take much to get award-winning, bestselling poet and author Kwame Alexander excited, especially if you’re talking about books and children and teens. If you’ve ever seen him speak, you know this Newbery winner is high-energy and has great passion for his work.

He’s especially excited these days about summer. Probably for the same reasons a lot of us ...


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BOOK REVIEW

MAGIC THUMBELINA by Alexander Pogrebniak
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 29, 2011

"Not the slickest app ever, but the art is well worth second and third looks. (iPad storybook app. 7-9)"
An alternate track of instrumental rock adds an unusual dimension to this paraphrased version of the classic female-bondage/abandonment tale. Read full book review >

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LILA BLOOM by Alexander Stadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2004

After a bad day at school a little girl named Lila announces to her caretaker aunt and her ballet teacher, Madame Vera, that she wants to quit her strictly run ballet class. Read full book review >

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DUNCAN RUMPLEMEYER’S BAD BIRTHDAY by Alexander Stadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"The Message hangs heavy over this, but Duncan's distinctive voice, plus a light touch with the moral, makes it a persuasive exercise in the benefits of socialization. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Stadler's jagged, thick-lined art may resemble William Steig's, but his young narrator is pure Jules Feiffer: "Why share? Read full book review >

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THE BEST PART OF DADDY'S DAY by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"A pleasant celebration of father-and-son love. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bertie the beagle wants to grow up to be a builder, just like his dad. Read full book review >

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MONKEY AND THE LITTLE ONE by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"The story looks beautiful, but the depths of the issue are never plumbed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A mouse disturbs a monkey's tranquility but soon turns from irksome to indispensable in Alexander's tale of friendship's often strange course. Read full book review >

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BEVERLY BILLINGSLY TAKES A BOW by Alexander Stadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Stadler succeeds in both his amusing illustrations and his well-paced, polished story, and surely Beverly will be back for an encore, perhaps baking brownies, buying a bicycle, or building a bridge as she conquers new fears. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Beverly Billingsly is back (Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book, 2002), this time with a new venue for her worries: auditions for the school musical called Stormy Weather. Read full book review >

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BEVERLY BILLINGSLY BORROWS A BOOK by Alexander Stadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"A refreshingly welcome new library story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Beverly (a little hippo) is sky-high when she gets her first library card. Read full book review >