Search Results: "Douglas Harsch"


BOOK REVIEW

CABBY CAT & THE MISSING CELLO by Timothy  Brewer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 28, 2012

"Cabby could use a little less catnip and lot more refining. (iPad storybook app. 6-10)"
After leaving his cello in the trunk of a cab, a world-renowned musician enlists help to recover his prized instrument. Read full book review >

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THE SLEEP OF THE ABORIGINES by Rick Harsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2002

"The signature quirks and insouciance are all in place, making this an apt closer for a tough trio of stories from the bleeding heartland of losers."
There's a dead writer in the swimming pool at the opening of Harsch's final installment of his Driftless trilogy (Billy Verite, 1998, etc.), but this isn't another Sunset Boulevard: the writer's friend spends an intensely noirish day retracing the dead man's movements, until it's déjà vu all over again. Read full book review >

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BILLY VERITê by Rick Harsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 1998

"Thanks to Harsch's sophisticated style, the smoky flavor of noir and its parodic doppelgÑnger strike an apt balance here: the result is impressive, as complex and redolent as fine old wine."
The sequel to last year's The Driftless Zone carries on in the same neo-noir vein, as Harsch mixes old villains and flawed heroes with new in a tale of a city so corrupt that the only homes for the good guys are places most people would think of as uninhabitable. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 1997

"Melodramatic and tough-guy-terse to excess, in true noir tradition, with a fringe of grim humor: a first novel that's too heavy on the hardboil at times, but appealing in its idiosyncracies all the same—and an almost sure harbinger of better things to come."
Out of La Crosse, Wisconsin (home of Nicholas Ray), comes a quirky black comedy paying considerable homage to film noir: a solid debut about a hired psychokiller who steps off a bus into a city aware of (and dreading) his arrival, sending ripples of fear and desperation through the demimonde. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"A first choice for the poetry shelves in all libraries, this collection is toadally terrific. (Poetry. 4-10)"
"It's wise to stay clear / Of the dangerous cobra / All months of the year, / Including Octobra." Read full book review >

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INSECTLOPEDIA by Douglas Florian
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The watercolor illustrations, abstract and stylized, achieve a comic effect by incorporating collage elements reminiscent of an entomolgist's field notes. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The creator of In the Swim (1997) joins Paul Fleischman (in Joyful Noise, 1987) in poetically praising insects. Read full book review >

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A FISHER by Douglas Florian
NONFICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"An interesting and useful text that would have been made memorable with the right visuals. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3+)"
One day in the life of a fisherman is captured in simple prose and cheerful watercolor illustrations. Read full book review >

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PIG IS BIG ON BOOKS by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A subtle, accomplished story with few words but a big overall effect. (Early reader. 2-8)"
A charming pink pig enjoys reading books of different sorts in different places, leading to the creation of a book of his own. Read full book review >

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POEM DEPOT by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2014

"Overall, a thick collection of humorous verse that might have been funnier with thinner ambitions. (Poetry. 9-11)"
Gifted poet and illustrator Florian (Poem Runs: Baseball Poems, 2012, etc.) here presents a chunky collection of drawings and brief poems on a host of silly subjects. Read full book review >

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POETREES by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 9, 2010

"Readers and listeners will learn and laugh. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)"
Trees receive a witty and informative rhyming appreciation. Read full book review >

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HANDSPRINGS by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Teachers in the early elementary grades will find this volume a breath of fresh air for poetry studies in the last months of the school year. (Poetry. 5-9)"
Florian completes a quartet of seasonal poetic explorations with this thoughtful but humorous look at the joys of spring. Read full book review >

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SUMMERSAULTS by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2002

"This is children's poetry at its best, and Florian's fans will be waiting for the corresponding collections on fall and spring. (Poetry. 4-10)"
Florian (Lizards, Frogs, and Polliwogs, 2001, etc.) keeps rolling along through one successful thematic poetry collection after another, making his work look as effortless and joyful as child's play. Read full book review >